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External hard disk not showing disk Info in Windows 7 and asking for format for opening [duplicate]

I have a Dell external hard disk and when I plug it in it shows the disk name alone and nothing more and when tried to open it, it's asking for format. How should I recover my data before ...
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How to recover data from BitLocker encrypted drive after format in Ubuntu

I had NTFS drive with 4 partitions C:, D:, E:, F:. E drive is BitLocker encrypted. While installing Ubuntu, I have accidently formatted the whole drive. I have used TestDisk along with live Ubuntu ...
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Lost assassins creed save progress by reinstalling windows

Lost assassins creed save progress by reinstalling Windows system. Any idea how to recover it ?
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My thumb drive became corrupted and reads RAW now can I recover info

Inserting a thumbdrive i have been using for the past year - I get an alert that the drive is not formatted and is requesting to format the thumb drive. I did a recovery run and it showed up as RAW. i ...
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Recovery of data from hard disk

Let's assume I have consumed 100% space of HDD with 3 movies (A,B,C) Now i have deleted A,B,C and filled 100% space of HDD with movies (D,E,F) can i recover the files A,B,C from the hard-disk? PS: ...
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Recovery a file filled with zeroes

Can I recovery the contents of a file which was filled by zeroes? my notebook somehow lost the power and when I turned on my machine back some of the files open in a text editor was filled by zeroes. ...
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I Initialized my HDD to MBR? Can I recover the data ? (Note.. I just intialized, nothing else.) [duplicate]

I had an HDD in my Laptop. I connected that HDD to some other laptop via USBtoSATA bridge and it dint show in My Computer. After trying for several times, I went to disk management, and as soon as it ...
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How to restore from .ost file?

Before giving up my old computer, I copied the .ost file (with 6 OAB and 1 DAT files in the Outlook folder). I forgot to make and save a .pst file! Anyway, I see that there is no easy way to open a ...
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Accidentally Deleted folders and files from Desktop - Windows 7

I purposely shift+deleted a bunch of .jpeg files directly from the Desktop and ended up deleting also shortcuts and folders accidentally. I have already used two recovery programs: Recuva and ...
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Recover data from drive with broken partition table

I have a laptop with Windows 7 installed in it. Recently it started showing corrupt windows installation, so I formatted the boot drive. But thereafter Windows installation itself showed that it could ...
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Recovering files in specific directory deleted after a specific time in Linux exf4

I got myself into a pickle earlier, and wanted to share my story in case it helps anybody. There is a question as well. I spent most of the day reworking a Rails app to internationalize it as a ...
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Hard drive failed, suspected filesystem corruption, still cannot salvage any data from harddrive

Firstly, I am terribly sorry if this is a duplicate, but I couldn't find a similar issue to mine, so here goes. I have a 1TB hdd bought around 8 months ago used as backup hard drive. I have not used ...
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Recovering User Profile Deleted by System

Silly me trying to save time over data, accidently got my user profile deleted. Here is the situation: I have an ssd and an hdd. All program files/data are stored on ssd, user files were stored on ...
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Has my flash drive failed? (no media)

Flash drive model: Kingston DataTraveler SE9 64GB I was restoring the back-up I had made on my flash drive after re-formatting and reinstalling Windows 8.1 Pro, and it started behaving weirdly. ...
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Data Recovery: Override kernel / usb-storage / sg idea of disk geometry

I have two Western Digital Caviar 68AA (6,8GB) drives pulled from an old server, one of them spun up and worked fine, and I retrieved the data using a USB-IDE converter. The other drive did not spin, ...
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Recover data after format from NTFS to FAT32 [duplicate]

I accidentally formatted an external hard drive on mac with Disk Utility from NTFS to FAT32. I'm looking at TestDisk to see if I'm able to recover the data that was on there, but I can't seem to ...
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Can I repair a physically broken USB drive?

My friend just wrote to me, all in panic, that he had broken his USB with his math homework for tomorrow. (Yes, no other backups, just that.) It looks like this now: Is there any way that I could ...
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Recover 2.7TB partition converted from GPT to MBR

I have a 3TB disk which had a 128MB Microsoft basic data partition at the beginning, and the rest was a large ~2.7TB ntfs partition. I recently converted this disk from GPT to MBR, and the second ...
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Recovering a partition table with testdisk

I'm trying to recover a partition table with testdisk. The disk contains a dual boot Windows 8 along a Linux OS. The Linux install contains four partitions: a swap partition, the / ext4 partition, the ...
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Does deleting files via the command prompt using the del keyword offer any built in recovery such as the recycle bin?

So if a user did something like cd super_important_directory del /s /q *.* in the command prompt, does Windows push those files to the recycle bin? Are they permanently deleted and the only ...
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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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I have an unbootable Windows XP install. I can open the registry (offline). How do I figure out what folders were shared on the network?

I have an Acronis disk image of a PC that had Windows XP Pro on it. The hard drive is dying and the Acronis image is incomplete (some missing sectors, blah blah). I did my best to get the computer to ...
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Can I delete all data/files definitively from my computer? [duplicate]

I have a couple of very important personal files, that I don't need anymore. But the problem is that even I delete these files using default Windows 'delete' command, the files can be restored using ...
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solid state drive data returning

Is there any difference between software which are used for recovering data from HDD or flash memory drives and SSD? For example, can we use of the apps used for HDD to recover data from SSD too?
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how to recover partition from harddisk

I have a 500 gb internal laptop harddisk.I have windows 7 in one of the four partitions. The system didn't boot so I used pendrive linux to boot ubuntu from usb. After booting using ubuntu I'm able to ...
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Mount ddrescue imaged password protected drive

I'm trying to recover a crashed HD from a Macbook. I've imaged the HD successfully onto my external HD but when I try to mount it I get a mount_hfs: Invalid argument error. I'm assuming this is ...
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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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How can I “undelete” files on my 1.5 tb external drive? [duplicate]

I accidentally erased my 1.5 tb external hd and need to recover/restore or undo this mistake to save 1.3 tb worth of music mp3's, mp4's, pictures, and programs etc. I am getting a message saying that ...
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How to restrict others to recover my personal files

There are lot of "Undo delete" softwares available in the market. My thought is: how to restrict others to recover my personal files. For example, if I give my mobile phone(eg: Samsung Galaxy S3, ...
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Filesystem on sd-card lost

Last time I want to bring my photos from SD-card (Sandisk Ultra SDHC 32 GB) to my computer (windows), my computer said that there is no file system on the card and I should format the card. Also my ...
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Recover Unsaved Notepad Files

My computer rebooted when I wasn't home and I lost several very important notepad files. Is there any way to recover them? Anything?
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Internal hard drive is dying. Is this the right procedure to recover data (with ddrescue)?

As the title says my hard drive is supposedly dying. Two days ago, I powered on my Windows laptop after a week of not using it. After being on it for an hour with no particular problems, I got a BSOD. ...
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How to recover data in formatted hard disk and already installed a new OS

Help how to recover formatted hard disk and already installed a new OS but not yet installed applications. Edit: I have two 500g hard drives lets say HD1 has my personal files and the other is HD2 ...
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How to format/recover data from external SATA hard disk of notebook? [duplicate]

Recently I was bought a lenovo notebook. but due to motherboard issue It not started. I removed SATA hard disk from there and try to format and recover data but It not working in other machines.. ...
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Can data be recovered by removing hard drives from ReadyNAS Duo?

I have a five year old ReadyNAS Duo that seems to have kicked the bucket. It has two Western Digital Black hard drives that have been run in mirror RAID configuration. They are both a year old so ...
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File system corrupt after attempting to repair NTFS partitions using TestDisk

Primarily I'm looking for: Details of what TestDisk means by "Warning: number of bytes per sector mismatches 2048 (NTFS) != 512 (HD)" Analysis or suggestions regarding what probably went wrong and ...
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Recover data from exFAT formatted HDD

I have a WD Elements 1TB HDD (originally with FAT32 system) which was mistakenly formatted (quickformat option) to exFAT file system using windows 7 format command. I primarily have personal photos, ...
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Can I recover data from a partially RAID 1 system?

I recently bought two 1TB HDDs because I wanted to build a RAID 1 system. I didn't want to lose 1TB of space so using the Windows 7 disk management I mirrored 700GB and kept the rest as a simple ...
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iCare recovered files from a formatted partition but they all have an incorrect extension

I have a HDD partition that was formatted and I needed to recover the files. After formatting, the partition was not used anymore. I used iCare to recover the files and after 4 hours of scan it found ...
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Corrupted hard drive - how much data is recoverable?

The laptop that I have no longer boots to Windows in any mode and so I took it in to a computer repair store. I was told that my hard drive is corrupted and that they would only be able to recover ...
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Finding files/folders deleted from truecrypt container

In the course of "backing up" my TrueCrypt files, I managed to delete the wrong files (deleting my new files and and leaving the older backups instead). I tried pressing Ctrl-Z but no luck. I have ...
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Manually extract files from Windows Home Server 2011 backup?

A drive in my WHS2011 server went down and took all the pictures of our son's first month of life with it. I had StableBit Drive Pool installed, but it seems not to have gotten the pictures onto the ...
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Recovering deleted files from a truecrypt system volume

I have an NTFS truecrypt system volume with a large number of recently deleted files. It was not used much after the files were deleted (maybe an hour). I've mounted it through truecrypt on another ...
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(How) can I recover a truecrypt partition, or files from it, after deleting it and formating over it?

I had two truecrypt encrypted drives, and I subjected them to this process: With the two drives mounted in truecrypt, I deleted their partitions using Windows 7 Disk Management After dismounting the ...
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How to retrieve data from dead hard disc [duplicate]

i have a hard disc that is completely dead. dead in the sense the hard disc is not even detecting in computer or neither starting. i had data in that hard disc which is important. How can i take ...
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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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File recovery from phone went wrong, seems to have damaged laptop drive

I decided to recover some files I had recently deleted from a micro SD card in an old Nokia. I connected the phone to my laptop, downloaded TestDisk, and for some reason or another I selected all ...
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Recovering data from possibly corrupted Truecrypt volume

I have an external hard drive (no system files on it) which has been encrypted using truecrypt. Suddenly today when i tried to mount the hard drive, I got the following error: Incorrect password or ...
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Archive file corrupted after using Testdisk in Ubuntu

I installed Ubuntu after Windows 8.1, while installing Ubuntu i lost all my 500 GB of data but with "TestDisk utility" I recovered all my data.Then i changed my OS to Windows 8, My all files are ...
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How to copy a hard drive that is not formated

I have a hard drive from a PS3 that I am trying to copy to a portable hard drive. I am trying to do this without deleting data from the portable hard drive. Does any one know of a program or a way to ...