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Recovering text files in terminal using grep on Mac OS X Snow Leopard

I foolishly removed some source code from my Mac OS X Snow Leopard machine with rm -rf when doing something with buildout. I want to try and recover these files again. I haven't touched the system ...
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How to Restore Data After Motherboard Death in dell laptop [closed]

My laptop has died. The problem is in the motherboard - I have taken it to the service center they told me to change the motherboard. I have very important data in it.. how to get it back?
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Why would an internal hard drive suddenly short circuit when attached on another PC?

The hard drive is a main drive in a pc I was troubleshooting. It was working fine and was able to boot Windows XP on the original pc. When I pulled it out and attached it (via USB + external power) to ...
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Quicktime killed my AVCHD file

I have a Sony DSC-HX50V photo camera. The system I have been using for video storage is this AVCHD thing, which consists of a big file storing all the videos. Using Quicktime under Mac OS 10.9.2, it ...
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Micro SD card data loss/recovery

I have Patriot micro SDHC 32GB class 10 memory card. I use it only for saving pictures and videos taken with my phone (Galaxy S3 GT-I9300, CM 10.2 stable) and for saving music too. Basically all large ...
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Data Recovery software for Mac hard drive that does not display on desktop

Is there a data recovery recovery software that works for hard drives that do not display on the desktop? This is a laptop. It is booting from an external drive. The internal drive does not ...
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Corrupted RTF file

My PC locked up while I was editing an .rtf file which got corrupted - when I try to open the file in Wordpad now it starts with HTML code: (removed leading html bracket) <!DOCTYPE HTML PUBLIC ...
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How to recover folders from formatted drive

I had 500GB portable hard drive. it fell from the table and when i joined it was not showing any data and asked me to format it. i did format. Then again it was not functioning properly so i had to ...
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How Do You Recover An Encrypted Partition?

I was reformatting one of my extra hard drives with Windows DiskPart and accidentally selected the wrong hard drive. I used the clean command, but it wasn't long before I realized I cleaned the ...
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Recovering Hotmail attachments deleted when messaged moved between folders in Thunderbird imap

When connecting to Hotmail through Thunderbird imap, moving messages between folders strips the content of attachments (resulting in an empty file object). Since no message was deleted, their 'recover ...
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Are there any data remanence issues with flash storage devices?

I am under the impression that, unlike magnetic storage, once data has been deleted from a flash drive it is gone for good but I'm looking to confirm this. This is actually relating to my smart ...
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How to Recover Google Chrome User Settings

Someone logged in as a user and removed all of the Google Chrome user's apps, extensions, bookmarks, history, and settings. After which, they closed the browser window and restarted it (overwriting ...
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Data recovery from file collections

I am presently working as a summer intern. My first objective is, given a collection of files, recover and identify the file types present in it. To download sample pseudo-forensics data I have been ...
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Restoring data from lost NTFS partition?

I had 3 NTFS partitions (C,D,E) on my old laptop running Vista. I wanted to install Ubuntu on the system partition C, i.e. over-write Vista, but keep D,E which were storage partitions. Stupid moron ...
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Segmerntation fault when running extundelete on Ubuntu - what to do?

I have a partition raw image on which I am trying to run extundelete to undelete some files from an ext4 filesystem. Unfortunately extundelete exits with a segmentation fault. Is there anything I can ...
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Cannot compile C programs after deleting libc.a and libc.so

I removed libc.a and libc.so files from my Raspberry Pi. I read somewhere that it was going to fix a problem i had with the mpi.h library, but instead of that it has prevented me from compiling C ...
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Recover data from a diskpart > clean command

This must be my one time blunder but I did manage to clean my 2TB backup external HDD in an attempt to clean a pendrive to make a bootable pendrive for installing Windows 8. Now the help file for the ...
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Can files be recovered after a failed mv command?

I used mv * .. in Unix to move all contents of a directory to its parent folder. There was a folder called "Downloads" in both the current directory and the parent. The one in the parent was empty to ...
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“Do you want to format it” Message when open partition

I can't open a partition on my PC that contains my projects and all my source code, since the PC powered off incorrectly, when I open it I found this message "Do you want to format it" the partition ...
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Where does Windows 7 store documents saved in the temporary profile?

I'm asking on behalf of a friend of mine. Here's the situation: My friend logged onto a Windows 7 install and ended up logging onto a temporary profile (he made it so it does this intentionally). ...
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Recover SDHC card used in an SD card reader

A while ago when SDHC cards were fairly new and all the office computers had only SD card readers, I made a 4 GB Class 6 ADATA SDHC unreadable and unformattable by trying to get it to work in SD card ...
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Mac Disk Utility Undo volume scheme change

My sister made a mistake when trying to reformat a hard drive, and buggered up a hard drive with her work on it. She says it happened very quickly which leads me to believe she's actually just ...
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Recover broken exFat drive

So I'm an idiot And last night, half-asleep, in an attempt to mount a .img to my exFAT-formatted external drive so I could boot Ubuntu from it, I ran dd if=foo.img of=/dev/disk1 like the Ubuntu ...
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External Hard Drive reformatting and data

I have an 100Gb external HD with bunch of stuff that was originally formatted to windows XP. I now have a mac and want to re-format the external to work with my Mac but dont want to lose the valuable ...
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PCMan increases file size dramatically on destination drive (data rescue attempt (win7 not booting after crash)

1TB hard drive does not fit onto 1TB external drive Over a week ago, my busy PC crashed whilst a number of applications were running. Since then, Windows has been suffering from dementia and ...
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Data recovery; nearly 1 tb of movies on a WD 3.5 tb personal cloud drive disappears with scanty traces

I have a great collection of movies that I had stored in a logical mesh of folder on my 3.5 tb WD personal cloud drive. I woke up 1 morning and found that everything was fine with my data on this ...
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My laptop erased entire hard drive

I own a Toshiba Satellite laptop L305D and it runs Windows Vista 32-Bit. So my laptop was starting to catch a virus and I figured that it would be easier to install an antivirus software if I restore ...
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Is it possible and how to recover deleted/erased and overwrited data from hdd? [duplicate]

Windows8, 2.5" hdd, d:\ ntfs partition, file in need 9GB archive.pst Archive was deleted by mistake. Instead of recovering/undeleting that archive, we copied one from all mighty but very old and ...
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Recover data from a corrupted virtualbox vmdk file?

The power went out while I was doing a build on a VirtualBox machine, when I restarted the vmdk for the disk the vm was using was corrupted, apparently irrecoverably. I have been able to grep the ...
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how to recover OSX files (failing drive) using a Windows PC?

I need to recover some files from a failing drive (OSX, macbook drive) using Windows. I dont have a Mac to work with. Just a standalone drive that had osx installed. What is the best way to do this? ...
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I lost my files under the libraries Music, Pictures and Videos after doing a windows refresh.How can I get them back?

When I did a Windows refresh, I lost my files under the libraries Music, Pictures and Videos. How can I get them back? I am using Windows 8. I have my files in the library Documents, also other files ...
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HDD not bootable. Folder still exists, but with no data

my HDD refuses to boot (Windows 7). I started the SystemRescueCD and discovered the following (I had 3 logical partitions( ntfs-3g /dev/sda1 /mnt/windows Error reading bootsector : Input/output ...
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Data Recovery for laptop hard drive windows 7 connected via usb

I would be grateful if you can assist me with a bit of an urgent problem (for me!) I have a Lenova laptop and windows would not start and nor would it allow the repair function to repair and restart ...
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Rebuilding a RAID 1 without data loss, recover from unallocated partition data

Mobo: ASUS P8Z77-M/Pro Gen 3 RAM: 32GB (4 x 8GB) Power Supply: corsair HX850 HDDs:Configuration before the problem: 1 x 128GB SSD for Windows 7 professional 64-bit 2 x 3TB drives in RAID 1 on the ...
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Hard Drive malfunction : rapid beeping noise and not being recognized by computer

I have a 1Tb Seagate External hard drive. Upon trying to plug it in to my TV today, it would not load and told me it was "empty". So I tried to plug it in to my computer, at this point it started ...
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Saving files off of cell phone with no display

My Casio GZone flip phone fell in the lake. The computer recognized the device and installed the drivers. However, I do not have access to the flash memory to download the files. Is this because the ...
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Why is RAID rebuild/recovery tied to a specific RAID card?

I would assume that although the RAID specification itself does not detail the implementation, the manufacturer of the card would like to write the RAID implementation just once and reuse that in all ...
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HDD recovery — linux does not see drive (fdsik -l)

fdisk -l does not see the HDD. The hdd is from a friend's lenovo laptop (ultrabook type). He says that the hdd made a clicking noise that went away the last time he tried booting his laptop. His bios ...
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SSD Wear-Leveling and Fragmentation

I'm trying to understand the effects of wear-leveling on fragmentation in SSD. To be more specific, when the SSD controller decides to allocate a noncontiguous block to a file because of ...
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How to connect Western Digital “My passport” using other means?

I have a Western Digital My Passport 500Gb external Harddrive where the USB connection on the drive seems to have worn out. I am trying to retrieve the data for a friend. Here is an image of the ...
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CryptoLocker Ransomware. Can you recover files? [duplicate]

Today one of our PCs got infected with nasty CryptoLocker trojan crap. The PC was a Windows XP machine with up-to-date NOD32 a/v. As you probably know the virus encrypts your file with an 2048 bit ...
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Lost data at CP -r <from source> <To destination> How to do Recovery

I took a backup into external hard disk and moved all of them to my new Ubuntu machine location /tmp which is near around 100 GB. And I moved via command prompt cp -r /tmp /home The folder into my ...
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Changed “partition type” to EFI GPT accidently when default WAS Intel using TESTDISK

So i was trying to recover a failing drive by doing some tests. This drive was connected externally. After some trial and errors - I decided to 'write changes' after going into the EFI GPT category ...
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I accidently clicked Image Creation with TestDisk

For anyone familiar with the TestDisk (undeleting software), I accidently selected 'Image Creation' and it created some file which took up the entire disk space of my Linux partition. I do not know ...
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USB stick no longer recognised

I have an 8GB Transcend USB stick which - as of yesterday - is no longer recognised as such. When I plug into a USB port it shows as a new drive but clicking on the drive in Windows (XP) Explorer ...
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Can we get the data from the hard disk after performing Disk Sanitizer?

I accidentally press F10 4 to 5 times while the system rebooting and it gone to the Disk Sanitizer option , and the total harddisk data is erased . When I try to install the OS again , it is showing ...
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How to Connect to Wireless Home Network with Hiren's BootCD?

I just recovered all the partitions in my Dell Inspiron 1525 but for some strange reason, the screen stays black after loading Windows title. I can boot on Hiren's BootCD and want to transfer the ...
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Is there a way to find who I sent an email to, after deleting the email in windows live mail from the trash folder, on windows 7?

I've sent an email with sensitive information, with Windows Live Mail, then put it in the trash folder of the software, then emptied the trash folder. The person on the other end never got the email. ...
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How can I retrieve event logs for a user account that was deleted?

Recently had a user in Windows 8 who deleted their local account without permission and thus making it difficult for me to find logs of when passwords were changed etc. The laptop works as a ...
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Reading old 5.25" floppies

Summary: Having problems reading some old 5.25" floppies. Looking for advice on what else I can try before declaring the disks un-retrievable and giving-up. Details: I recently found a box of old ...