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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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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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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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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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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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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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Recover windows 8 UEFI Boot

I have a Asus x202e notebook and I accidentally deleted the whole partition table while trying to install Ubuntu. I have recovered the partition table using testdisk tool. Now I see OS, Data, Restore ...
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How to mark pending badblocks on mounted SMART disk

Here I'm going to describe some technique I've used to mark the pending badblocks on the disk, what has worked out, but anyway I have some questions about this. Recently I've noticed weird behavior ...
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possible data recovery service options

My internal HDD failed due to a sudden power outage. I can hear beeping sounds like the motor is trying to spin the drive up and failing to do so. This drive contains all my important data ( ...
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Testdisk VersuS corrupted removable sdcard and phone storage

I've tried most of things for my very specific situation in Testdisk but they didn't help except a few things I havent tried because I dont know if and how do them. What happened: I had removable ...
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Almost all files are missing from phone's storage and sdcard

I unplugged phone from usb (didnt do anything at all but charge the phone) and I immediately found out that almost every file in phone storage and removable sdcard vanished. I havent wrote anything to ...
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How to restore FAT32 filenames?

Ive recovered several files with photorec but at least >90% offiles Ive already checked are corrupt.To eliminate how many files I need to check Ive been finding and removing duplicates. Now I want to ...
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External harddrive recognized, but no activity?

I have a WD passport external hard drive, which is very full and has been in use for a while. For a while now it has been running extremely slowly, and I have had trouble copying stuff off it. I have ...
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Almost all files disappeared from phone's storage and sdcard

I unplugged phone from usb (didnt do anything at all but charge the phone) and I immediately found out that almost every file in phone storage and removable sdcard vanished. I havent wrote anything to ...
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Seagate Momentus HD crash. How to 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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Is this hard drive salvageable at all?

My friends computer wouldn't boot up so he asked to me to take a look at it. I quickly noticed that the (well aged) hard drive was making a real bad grinding noise. I plugged the hard drive into ...
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Recover directory *entries* in NTFS

I somehow managed to delete the root directory in a NTFS volume (I know... don't ask). Using ntfsundelete on Linux I can find a lot of inodes I can recover 100%. The problem is that I end up with ...
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Disappeared photos

I have Copied my photos from Lumix camera to laptop with Windows 7 and now I can only see half of the amount of photos on my camera. The amount of MB tells me that the ones I cannot see are also ...
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Share external drive under knoppix

I have this weird situation where I need to recover a broken HDD. The physical drive is split into 2 logical partitions and for some reason they broke up really bad. Here is a schema: ...
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Is it possible to recover cells with hidden content wiped out upon opening with LibreOffice

Some of my .xls Microsoft Excel files contain cells with hidden information formatted using custom code ;;; to deter casual viewing. I made the switch to LibreOffice a year ago and converted all the ...
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WD (Western Digital) Mybook appears and disappears

Don't know but maybe it's an odd problem, Using windows 8, didn't have critical errors, sometime I got the blue screen on Win8, after restarting it didn't show my WD MyBook 2TB USB3 external drive, I ...
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Seagate harddrive: unable to mount

I have a notebook with a Seagate Momentum 5400.6 in it. Suddenly it stopped working, only giving strange errors when trying to boot windows. I booted with an Ubuntu DVD, but Ubuntu couldn't fing the ...
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Unable to recover deleted file using icat

I am trying to recover a deleted file using icat, but I don't get any output. The partition looks like this $ fls -o 59472 -r w3_image.dd d/d 11: lost+found r/r 12: msg r/r * 13: msg.txt d/d 2529: ...
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After using external HDD in Windows 7, it stopped to be readable in Windows XP

After using an external hard drive with Windows 7 (Prof), it stopped to be recognized in any Windows XP (Prof), telling (in XP that it is not formatted and should be formatted for using), though it is ...
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Virus changed some folders and files' extensions to .exe

A virus changed all folders and some of files on my USB flash drive to .exe files. I scanned the flash drive with USB Disk Security and scanned my computer with Microsoft Security Essentials, deleting ...
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Will simple copying files over mac os x installation actually save the system?

I'm having a macbook with freshly installed os x mavericks. I also have a disk with my yet to be working copy of mac os x with all my documents and software installed. Unfortunately this disk won't ...
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Recover Files from Verizon LG EnV3 (VX9200) Phone?

I am running into trouble trying to recover files from my Verizon LG EnV3 VX9200 phone. My computer, running Windows 7, will only read the phone as a Windows Portable Device and will not assign the ...
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No partition on USB Flash Drive?

A friend gave me a corrupted USB memory stick to try recovery data from. But I've had some unusual results, so thought I'd share to see if anyone is familiar with this problem... First off I just ...
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testdisk to recover formatted external

I accidentally reformatted a 1TB external hard drive from FAT32 to HFS+ Journaled (Mac OSX Extended Journaled). I've been looking at data recovery programs such as VirtualLab's Data Recovery and ...
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Creating recovery drive in Windows 8 - Factory backup v/s current system backup

I bought a Lenovo Ideapad Z500, with Windows 8 pre-installed. I want to create a recovery drive before tampering the partitioning for obvious reasons. Now, I've got two options for creating a ...
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LVM woes - is it possible to recover data from LVM?

I think I've cocked up a smidge, so asking for some advice. I have 4 drives in my machine: sda - OS sdb-d - sdb1, sdc1, sdd1 - swap sdb2, sdc2, sdd2 - LVM Total logical volume size ...
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HDD fails to show properly

OS: Windows 7 (32) Okay, I have two HDDs, the primary a 160Gig with installed OS and general software and another secondary with a 500gig Capacity. Now the problem is after a recent freak power ...
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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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Recover deleted disk (diskpart clean) which was protected with bitlocker

I am in big trouble I have a western digital disk with 2 drives which contained all my digital life. I mistakenly used clean command in diskpart and cleaned the disk one of the drives (900GB) were ...
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Recover files in windows (NTFS) without actual data copy — ie modify MFT only

I'm looking to undelete some files that I just... deleted. I recall several (10) years ago I used a program than scanned a given drive and undeleted the files in place, presumably by just relinking ...
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Recovering a striped volume

Is it possible to recover a striped volume (6 TB from two 3 TB disks) that has had all it's data removed with sudo rm -rf? Assuming no overwrites. As a last resort (I'm a student with very few ...
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Files recovered with full size but unusable

About 3 weeks ago, I have accidentally used the "clean" command in diskpart in DOS.. And every thing in the hard drive was removed even the drive letters, it became unallocated space (465.8 GB). I ...
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Recover data or repair partition from a 1TB external HD used by a Mac

I have an external 1TB HD that was previously formatted with NTFS and then given to a Mac user who, probably, formatted it with HFS+, filled it with data, and then ... BOOM. Nobody can tell what ...
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Data recovery from a RAID1 disk

I extracted the disk from a Mybook World 2 (White Led). The device has only this 1TB SATA disk, and it seems it is using RAID1 This is a report from disktype: francesco@blackhole:~$ sudo disktype ...
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Is it possible to recover partial compressed files?

Of the most popular compression methods (7z, RAR, Zip, GZip) is there any of them that allows to retrieve the uncompressed data from a partial file? Imagine there is only one compressed file, and it ...
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raid-0 failing, restore array on intel matrix controller, mark as a spare drive

I have asus p3k-35 (or something like that) and it comes with a raid controller on board. I set it up with raid0 2x500G drives and one is failing now. At first WinXP BSODed and then after restart it ...
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How to recover a directory that was corrupted to a 32kb file?

I am trying to recover a 200 GB directory that was accidentally lost and "converted" to a 32kb file. It was on a FAT32, 500 GB external hard drive. Only this folder got corrupted, on a Windows ...
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Identifying a recovered back-up file from ProSoft Data Rescue

I recovered some files from a lost backup using ProSoft Data Rescue for OS X, but without any extension or indication of the filetype. I've tried the file utility but to no avail, all I get is a ...
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Is it possible to repair corrupted hard disk?

I have a 500 GB Seagate portable hard disk. It was partitioned with 5 partitions, each of 100 GB. 3 partitions are working properly, but 2 partitions are corrupted. When I plug the hard disk into my ...
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parted killed my ext4 stuff

In parted you're supposed to be able to delete a partition, make a new one, and your data will still be there. It's gone. Nothing, not even testdisk is finding the partition. If I do the same stuff ...
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Is it possible to recover files from an encrypted drive after starting to format it but not going through with it?

Until a few hours ago, I had a pretty large drive that was entirely encrypted using TrueCrypt. I was working on getting the Windows 7 installer working from a USB drive and when it came to formatting ...
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View Files from mirrored RAID outside the device

The Product I have is a Western Digital My Book The device has stopped working but there is nothing wrong with either of the two mirrored drives. I would like to take out the two mirrored hard ...
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I think I broke Kubuntu; boot from USB, mount FS, then install what I uninstalled?

I am booting #! Linux from a USB drive in the hopes that I can either Install what I uninstalled to get Kubuntu working again... (see Installed KDE in Ubuntu, removed lightdm, cannot boot) OR Copy ...
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How can I unarchive .IAB files?

I'm attempting to recover data for someone and was given a backup hard drive filled with .IAB files. I've searched Google and have tried tar and gunzip on OS X 10.6 but with no success. How can I ...