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I accidentally broke my 1tb drive during a dd iso image to a usb thumb drive [duplicate]

Which method suits most useful for this kind of situation. It took me 8-10seconds until i realized i was doing dd on the /dev/sdb instead of sdc and i guess that means 100-150mb of new stuff is ...
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Accidentally overwrote wrong disk with dd, how to recover?

I wanted to dd an image from sdb to sdc, but because one hour before I had set up things differently, I just copied the same command: dd if=/home/user/Downloads/ubuntu.iso of=/dev/rsdb bs=2M; sync ...
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Reconstructing a file from 2 partially corrupted copies and a check sum on linux

I am looking for a way to reconstruct a file from two corrupted copies and the md5sum of the original, preferably on a Linux system. Since the two files only differ in less than 4 MB out of roughly 2 ...
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How can Testdisk recover more data than the size of the partition which the data is on?

This is going to be a long text because I'm not sure what parts of the back story are relevant - if you want to skip the boring parts, you can just read the two last paragraphs which have the actual ...
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On a USB that has been formatted as a windows recovery USB, can i use the spare space for file storage/transfer?

I just created a recovery disk for my laptop w/a 16Gb recovery SanDisk Ultra Fit thumb drive and there is still 4.8GB of free space. Can i put other files on the USB drive, and will it still function ...
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Fix corrupt found.000 file? [duplicate]

I have an external USB drive, formatted as NTFS. It has started to fail, and has a number of bad sectors. I have been able to recover most of the data, but one directory was giving errors so I ran ...
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Recovering Thunderbird mail after a Windows 7 upgrade

I installed Windows 7 over Windows XP and forgot to backup my emails. I still have the Thunderbird profile folder saved in Documents and Settings though. How do I go about recovering all my mail and ...
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Recovery data after formatting data after testdisk and photorec provided poor results

I have two disks with files that I manually mirror with rsync. The disks are two 1TB external usb disks (disk A, disk B). Sometimes I put some files only on one disk when I feel that I do not need to ...
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Any chance I can recover this video file?

So I had a MOV file I recorded. It was game-play form a game on my iPod. I spent forever timing it to music. Anyway, I saved it to my flashdrive, and plugged that drive into my windows machine ...
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How to repair or recover my Word and PDF files

My Windows 7 was infected and the malware destroyed both of my Word and PDF files. I searched the web much but couldn't find a way to really help me on recovering or repairing those two files. I found ...
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Windows won't start and system repair can't fix it

I get a black screen with the error 0xc00000e9. Windows recovery can't fix my problem and system restore points aren't working. I have: changed cables (power and SATA) put a different HD from ...
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Seagate FreeAgent XTreme 1.5TB - Faint Beeping but not recognised

I have a FreeAgent XTreme 1500GB (eSATA, Firewire400 and USB 2.0) external hard disk. The hard drive I have is the same as displayed in the image at http://images.bit-tech.net/content_images/2008/09/...
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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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What do I need to know to replace the PCB of my WD Caviar Green Hard Drive?

I have a dead 1.5 TB WD Caviar Green hard drive that I'd like to try to fix by replacing the drive's PCB. The drive was housed in an external enclosure. After a power cycle, neither the drive nor ...
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data recovery from unallocated harddisk partition

I accidentally deleted a partition which mainly served as space I put my data, labeled D: drive. The partition wasn't subsequently formatted though, following the delete incident. Obviously the D: ...
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Accidentally deleted lots of things from root-direct(/), how to rescue?

My laptop runs linux Mint 17.3. I was coding, while there was a bug in target clean of my Makefile. As I run 'make clean',GNUMake tries to delete everything from root-path(without sudo). I found and ...
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Large container file overwritten by empty file (0 b) on external NTFS volume

In order to build a new container file on an external NTFS volume using the terminal command dd, I unintentionally overwrote the existing container (280G). Fortunately, I realized the mistake ...
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Which pdf files were open when Adobe Reader XI crashed?

I had been working with hundreds pdf files. A couple dozens of them had been open, when Adobe Reader XI (on Windows 7 Pro) crashed. Where can I find the list of files, which were open during the crash?...
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Open SSH / missing files

Confession! I don’t know what I am doing! At least I am at the edges of understanding what has happened and what I might be able to do to put things right. A couple of weeks ago we had a power cut. ...
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How to recover damaged Excel files

I have a few Excel files which are not working since a sudden attack by some unknown virus. It then encrypted all my values in the datasheets. I have no backup for those Excel files. I need to recover ...
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Pendrive shows up, but no data is accessible

I have lots of private data on my ADATA S107/32GB USB 3.0 pendrive, that recently stopped working. On linux, the pendrive does not show up in file manager, as well as programs like gparted or testdisk,...
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Quicken resource fork issue? Identical files behaving differently (one works, one doesn't)

My hard drive recently crashed, and my last Time Machine backup was in November. Fortunately, I was able to get all the data successfully recovered, however, I'm having a serious issue opening my ...
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Why would number of files recovered not match number deleted?

I am overly tired and accidentally pressed shift-delete on the wrong folder, and thus deleted it and all it's contents. The progress message box said that 225 files were being deleted. Without doing ...
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Increase Hirens Boot Mini XP RAM

I'm trying to recover some data from my formated HDD using GetDataBack. When the software processes the MFT found, it needs a lot of RAM and when it reaches 2 GB, the program exits and everything is ...
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Recovering Windows 10 Files Using ntsfundelete on Ubuntu?

Earlier this evening I stupidly recycled a few files that I still needed in Windows 10. Even more stupidly, I cleared the recycle bin immediately! After I realized my error I quickly began looking for ...
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Recover “My Documents” folder documents from Old Hard Drive

I am trying to recover my GF's four-year architecture work (assignments and designs) from her recently gone-for-good Asus N73 laptop running Windows 10. I have detached the hard drive from the laptop ...
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Replacing Controller For Clicking Drive [duplicate]

I have a Hitachi 5400 RPM 60.0 GB 2.5 hard drive that clicks once when it is powered on and is not recognizable in my computer or in disk management. I have also tried connecting to a Linux box and ...
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NTFS Recovery: No such Device or address

A student gave me a hard drive that he says no longer works. I told him I'd at least take a look at it, since I run Ubuntu 13.10 on my desk computer. I didn't make any promises, but I'd very much like ...
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External hard drive unreadable after copy

So I had a macbook pro on loan from school. I had to turn it in yesterday so what I did was copy all the files that where on there to an external hard drive. After that I tried too copy the ...
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What does “the wrong volume is in the drive” mean?

My phone took a bath in the river a few days ago. The phone is dead, but the SD card works still. However it is excruciatingly slow! The average read speed is well under 50kb/s. To copy 32GB of data ...
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How do I use Firefox' “sessionstore” files to restore my crashed session?

My Windows XP system crashed. Usually about:sessionrestore shows me my previous session. But this time, after I rebooted, the page appeared blank. I was able to find my sessionsstore files in my ...
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Opening up and diagnosing a faulty 2.5'' hard drive

The laptop of a friend of mine ceased to function after being clumsily dropped to the floor. It had boot problems for a while (never getting to the O.S.) and then it stopped working altogether. ...
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Recovering unsaved Wordpad files after Windows 8 forced reboot

I had several wordpad files open when Windows 8 did a forced reboot after an update. Strangely enough, two of them were recovered and are titled "Document (Recovered)", but the most recent one is lost....
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Seagate Momentus HD crash. How can I recover?

I have an Alienware M11x R3 that had a hard drive crash the other day. I replaced the Seagate Momentus 750 GB 7200 RPM drive with a WD 1 TB drive from Best Buy (as I was in a hurry). I used a ...
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HDD corrupted after having put it on the docking station

Basically I bought a "DOCKING STATION HARD DISK 3,5 2,5 IDE SATA HD" (just google it to check what it is; I bought it as cheap SATA->USB thing) and after I tried to connect to my mother's netbook to ...
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How to recover TrueCrypt partition deleted with Windows Disk Manager

I got a whole HDD encrypted with TrueCrypt (one partition, non-system disk). I have deleted this partition by coincidence with windows 7 disk manager. Now, I can't mount the TrueCrypt disk (saying ...
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How can I recover lost Google Chrome bookmarks?

I installed the free upgrade to Windows 10. Now, I see that I've lost all of my files (pictures,videos,..), and more importantly in my case, the content of my bookmarks in Google Chrome. How can I get ...
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how do you fix a corrupt microsd card that's is not responding to anything?

My Microsoft Windows 8.1 64-bit computer froze up so I had to shut it down by holding the power button. Then when I restarted I got the Windows 8.1 problem where the computer freezes at personalized ...
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Accidentally lost all my partitions, testdisk can't find them

I had 1 100GB partition with Windows and another ~800GB one with all my data. I shrinked that one to get another 100GB partition to install Mac OS X on (which I did successfully a couple times before) ...
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I need to find what the first (and maybe last) sectors of a NTFS partition were, on a drive with corrupt partition table

I have a 3tb hard drive. I also have its entire disk image backed up, so you don't need to worry about the actual condition of the drive. The problem is this: The GUID Partition Table (GPT) got ...
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Bootable NTFS data recovery [duplicate]

A friend of mine has a Notebook with two hard disks, one SSD and one HDD. The SSD held a Windows 7 installation, the HDD contained most of his data. After a bluescreen, the computer won't boot anymore....
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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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Data Recovery on a Laptop

I am trying to recover data from HP laptop that is running Windows but does not start up anymore. I am able to start it up with Knoppix. $ fdisk /dev/sda Command (m for help): p Disk /dev/sda: 465.8 ...
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What causes this HDD sector damage pattern?

Out of curiosity, I ran GNU ddrescue on a Seagate ST1000LM024 HN-M101MBB hard drive with known bad sectors, and then I visualized the ddrescue mapfile with ddrescueview. When I zoomed in, this ...
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How to delete information from a hard drive, when the hard drive is too damaged to use?

I recently bought a hard drive, and after only a couple weeks it broke completely, to the point where I can't even log in to my computer. I want to mail it back to get a refund, but the problem is, ...
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The home directory content deleted

My home folder disappeared all of a sudden (Desktop, Downloads, Documents ... all deleted) and now my system considers my Desktop as the home directory. Is there any way to recover my old Desktop, ...
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How to know how much (and which) data I have lost after disk failure

One of the disks in my cluster (with a RAID 5) died last week and I had to replace it. After a rebuild and a consistency check, some data belonging to different users were lost. I need to know exactly ...
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Is it possible to prove that a hard drive was within a certain PC?

I have a situation in which a person has been accessing confidential information from another PC which they shouldn't have accessed and stored the acquired information on their own PC. Since all of ...
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Cleaned the disk by mistake using diskpart. Is it possbile to recover the data stored in the particular partition?

So I had this particular partition in which there were important files and I was trying to install Windows on the disk but was not able to because it had GPT partition system and by mistake I ran the '...
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File recovery from live disk

Recently I haven't been able to boot into my primary drive which is an SSD, it has the windows installation on it and many important files. I've spent the last few days working on getting the data ...