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WD My Book Essentials- Can only copy files from command prompt very slow

I have an External WD My Book Essential 3tb that I was running a windows check disk with both options checked (fix file system errors, attempt recovery of bad sectors) during the process the check ...
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Reading files of Ubuntu Home from Windows 8.1

I had dual OS. I today tried to upgrade Ubuntu to 14.10 but due to error at the process, my Ubuntu doesn't open. I tried to recover Ubuntu but had no luck. I had important project file in the home of ...
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Can testdisk copy a lost ntfs partition when recover doesn't work?

A quick format was done on a disk with two ntfs partitions and so now it is just one partition. I can see the second partition with testdisk but when i do a recovery, the first partition gets damaged ...
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Ext3 drive will not mount after power failure; how to recover files?

After a recent power failure which caused my linux box (Ubuntu 8.10) to rapidly poweroff twice from a normal running state, I have a drive that will not mount. UPDATE: The drive will sometimes ...
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Restore a file overwritten with ln -nfs?

I accidentially "deleted" a file by doing this: ln -nfs /path/to/file In my understanding the data itsself should still be there. I also stopped working on the machine as I did this shit... Is it ...
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Recovering a Partition with data on it

So I stupidly deleted a partition when I was trying to join two partitions from the same disk together. It had been split up to a 100mb partition and the large hunk. This was my old drive that I used ...
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Retrieve Mail from .mbox files (Outlook Express)

Have a client with a borked Windows install who wants to get some mail out of his Outlook Express mail which I believe uses .mbox. I'm looking for a decent program to do such a task.
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What are the various options I have for a faulty disk?

To know : What all things can I try myself to recover data? (Can I open the disk and do something myself with the hope of fixing? I know data recovery centers are possible, but they are very ...
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How can I recover these hidden files?

I made my Windows 7 hard drive unbootable (don't ask how right now, I was being stupid :P), and am running Ubuntu from a CD to backup the files before I do a system restore. The only problem is, the ...
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HDD only visible from Linux, GParted says “unallocated partition”

My Western Digital Caviar Green 3TB HDD suddenly is unrecognized by Windows 7. It's an external My Book drive, but plugging it vía USB from his case is unrecognized by Windows 7 or Linux, so I have to ...
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Mac Excel 2011 xlsm file will not open

I really hope someone might be able to help. I have just saved my research data base as a macro-enabled file. The screen went grey and hence I closed the app. On reopening, the file can be seen, and ...
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Filesystem device on a VPS

I did some bullcrap on my VPS and accidentaly deleted wrong files. Now I want to recover them with extundelete but I can't seem to find the filesystem device on my VPS. I tried ls -la /dev | grep ^b ...
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WD 1TB HDD Password enabled and unallocated. Data recovery required

Ive got a WD 1TB HDD with a password enabled on it. The drive is still an external enclosure, it has never been taken out of the original casing. One day, for some unknown reason, when I plugged it ...
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How to scan for and remove (or recover) corrupted Word documents in a folder?

I have an old dying hard drive which I could not recover files from using TestDisk, so I instead used PhotoRec to scan the HDD to recover whatever files I can. I ended up with a lot of Word documents ...
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MACOSX Repair Disk failed - need data backup

I booted into recovery HD mode via cmd-r and ran repair disk which failed and prompted me to erase. Since the system worked normally before, I wanted to reboot and save all my files. Now the reboot is ...
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Accidentally formatted ext4 partition

I have just formatted an ext4 partition to fat32 using gparted. I stupidly closed gparted before I realized that I might have been able to use the undo function. I am currently attempting file ...
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Recover overwritten contents from a saved word file in Office 2013 & Windows 8

My dad wrote a new word file and saved it with a same name to a word file previously saved. Now previous file was overwritten. How can I restore this file and keep the new one as well. Now the ...
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How to recover zfs pool when root fs fails

I have a FreeBSD 8.0 amd64 box w/ 1 ATA drive for system and 4 SATA drives as a RAIDZ pool. The ATA drive isn't mirrored nor part of any pool, but also doesn't hold any valuable data. How can I ...
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Windows 8: How much bad blocks are there in USB flash drive?

I have a USB flash drive. After using it for a year or so some blocks became unreadable. I formatted the drive in order these blocks to be marked as bad ones: Was they really marked and excluded ...
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How to recover data from damaged hard drive?

I have a hard drive which seems to be damaged. I took it out of the notebook and plugged it into another one with no result. Now I am trying to get the data off of it with a SATA-to-USB adapter. The ...
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Reuse broken disk

My Western-Digital hard drive (WDC WD3200BEVT-80A0RT1) got broken yesterday. I don't care about the data on it, but I want to reuse this disk. As long as I do not have Windows installation DVD anymore ...
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Repair windows 7 software RAID

Sorry that some of this is vague, I wasn't onsite when it happened and am preparing to go in tomorrow and try to fix things. We had a Windows 7 PC that had 2 disks in a software RAID configuration. ...
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How can I restore my Chrome search engine list after beta killed it?

So I have loads of keyword sites (>100) built into Chrome (8.0.552.231) in what it calls search engines even though most are actually simple keyword links and only a few actually search anything. I ...
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Recovering corrupted VB.NET Form file?

Good day. This question is directly related to this one I made here: http://stackoverflow.com/questions/4911099/there-is-no-editor-available-for-form1-vb-error There, I was working on my VB.NET 2010 ...
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Lost Corrupt Microsoft Word Document

I was just working on a MS word document on Word 2011 for Mac. All of sudden the document got severely corrupted, and I hadn't saved it in a few hours, so I went to the Autorecovery folder. The file ...
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How to recover deleted files?

My laptop has two os. one is windows vista. and other is Ubuntu. I am currently on ubuntu system, this is my primary OS. There are 4 partitions of my hard disk Windows OS Linux(Ubuntu OS) Data ...
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Recovering data from a hard drive

After some fiasco with installing Windows 8 Developer Preview, I ended up with my 1.5TB HDD wiped. Unfortunately, I had some data on there that I needed. So I started up Recuva and recovered most all ...
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Seagate Backup Plus Portable drive can't be found on my computer

I'm trying to recover/troubleshoot my external hard drive (Seagate Backup Plus), for some reason it had just stop working. I'm on OSX and trying to troubleshoot it using my Windows XP running on ...
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Recover semi overwritten partition, with output from fdisk

Okay so I was trying to dd a Ubuntu disk to a USB pendrive from a Debian laptop, when I got my disk names messed up and managed to overwrite my external hdd that has all my backups on it, not the ...
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sata hard drive failed

Initially my dual core PC started shutdown and re-start by itself after adding 1 GB ram and upgrading the graphic card. Then refused to boot. I restored Window using Ghost but failed to boot. I ...
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Ubuntu: How to get my data back after sudo rm -r *? [duplicate]

Given an user made a clean and successfull: sudo rm -r * #erase all folders and files recursively starting from root How to get all the hard drive's data back ?
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When an SSD finally reach its end of life, can you still read its data?

For "end of life" I mean when some of the SSD cells won't erase anymore, and the S.O. starts complaining about write failures. When this finally happens, will I still be able to safely copy all of ...
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`.~lock.myfile.jpg#` Windows 7 photos corrupted/locked

I'm facing this problem where all photos in this specific folder (over 700) are named .~lock.myfile.jpg# and .~lock.myfile.doc#. Windows can't recognize nor open these files. How can I rescue or ...
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Recovering some windows session data from hibernation file [duplicate]

I just suffered from a BSoD on my HP laptop running Windows Vista SP2. I had a few unsaved notepad (text editor) windows open with some notes and reminders scattered around in them (very bad practice, ...
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Recovering a corrupted .txt file

Well, my system crashed as I was saving a text file. When I reopened it, the data was unreadable (shows up as a bunch of ascii NULL characters) I'm guessing that there was a bit or two missing at ...
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Recover bad superblock after using Testdisk EXT4

I Have a problem with my NAS Hard disk. I tried to make a raid-1 array but now my drive is corrupted. After that I made a mistake with "testdisk" and I selected ext4 instead of ext3. Now it's ...
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Does NTFS overwrite file on the same physical location (sector)?

I want to recover an overwritten file on a NTFS partition. Let's say I have file named A in a directory. I made another file but I saved this new file with the same name, "A". Will the new file ...
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Getting data off a flaky WD external drive

I have a Western Digital 1TB MyBook with some photos that I would like to offload and access. A PC seems to see the drive; a Mac doesn't see it over Firewire or USB. Between Windows 7, Windows XP, ...
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Will running ddrescue on a badly scratched DVD damage my DVD drive?

Is there any reason why running a lengthy ddrescue session on a scratched DVD would be bad for the DVD drive? Something like overheating or straining of certain components?
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How to avoid damage to ISO archives?

So had a problem where a 16 GB ISO was damaged (likely my own fault using standard Windows copy dialog instead of proper copy tool like robocopy with verification turned on). It took several hours ...
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Accidently deleted folder using Unlocker, how to restore it?

My bad! I accidently restore an important folder with Unlocker today. I can see it in Recycle Bin but I can't restore it. It reports Error Copying File or Folder: Access is denied. Make sure ...
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System ERASED 2000 files suddenly without any user action. Can recover part of it but some files of importance are corrupted

On a Virtualbox WIN XP SP3 guest machine, the following situation occurred While I was working I had 3 opened windows as usual - Browser, notepad for writing notes in a txt file, and a PDF (thats ...
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Data recovery from a single RAID1 disk

I extracted the disk from a Mybook World 2 (White Led). The device has only this 1TB SATA disk, and it is using RAID1. Yes, it is bizzarre, but WD enabled RAID even for a 1-disk configurations. This ...
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How to save a ntfs partition which suddenly became empty

One ntfs partition of my laptop was suddenly wiped out without any notice to me, when I rebooted from Windows 7 to Ubuntu 12.04 today. I am in need of help to save my files on that partition, which ...
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How best to copy an SD card with corrupt filesystem to attempt recovery?

I have an SD card with a corrupt filesystem, so wanted to clone it and attempt recovery on the copy (just in case of problems). I was thinking that dd-ing it Linux would be a sensible way to go, but ...
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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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Recovering Deleted Data onto the Same Drive [closed]

I just accidentally deleted pretty much all of my data. It is on a separate partition, and I have not touched anything except to try some undeleters. The biggest problem is that it is terabytes of ...
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WD External Hard Disk repeatedly making Clicking noise. Can I recover data? [duplicate]

My Western Digital External Hard Drive recently stopped working and started giving a clicking noise. Western Digital says that I need to send it to an authorized data recovery center for the warranty ...
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Restoring Windows deleted all my data, any way to recover it?

I have two users on my HP Pavilion g6 Notebook(laptop), one of them is a Standard and the other Admin. Some months ago I had forgotten my admin account password which made working on the laptop ...
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How do I recover deleted e-mails that are still contained in a .dbx file?

Long story short I accidentally deleted all of my e-mails except for about 3. Now, fortunately upon looking at my Inbox.dbx file (from Outlook Express) they're all still in the file, even the deleted ...