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Recovered JPEG files won't open [duplicate]

I have recovered some photos with Recuva and a lot of them have been recovered fine, however there are some that only half the picture shows and the other half is just grey, then there are others that ...
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Why should we wipe disks multiple times? [duplicate]

There exists various ways of destroying the data on a disk. Even simple wipes differ, some disk utilities give these options: Format (does not actually wipe) Wipe 1 time with zero Wipe 1 time with ...
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Post-“btrfs replace” - get data from replaced device

Prelude: I have a laptop with a HDD, and I added an SSD recently to the DVD-bay. I used btrfs replace start to migrate from the HDD to the SSD live, and all went well. There is a big "mysterious" ...
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Windows Recovery

Can I use a recovery disk created on a Lenovo to recover windows 8.1 Toshiba Satellite. The Lenovo is also windows 8.1. I recently accidentally installed Linux Mint on the hard drive and removed ...
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Why some recovery tools are still able to find deleted files after I purge Recycle Bin, defrag the disk and zero-fill free space?

As far as I understand, when I delete (without using Recycle Bin) a file, its record is removed from the file system table of contents (FAT/MFT/etc...) but the values of the disk sectors which were ...
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How to reset an NTFS MFT for no tracks of deleted files names to be found there?

When a file is deleted from the hard drive and the free space it used to occupy is securely overwritten (wiped), recovery tools can still usually find the file was there and show its name. As far as I ...
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Running Windows 10 Recovery caused my files to be deleted

Note: I've asked this question before with an unregistered user and lost access to it (I have lost alot on Christmas day this year) so I am reposting it to be able to comment on any feedback. I have ...
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Running Windows 10 Recovery caused my files to be deleted; how do I recover them?

I have a dual boot Windows 7 and Linux Mint. I decided to upgrade to Windows 10 but I had the black screen with cursor issue. I power cycled my laptop and booted to Windows which showed me the windows ...
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mount .dmg from one hard drive to another

I was able to create a clone from a failing 1 TB HD via Data Rescue 3. The .dmg that is produced is 1.01TB and currently sitting on a borrowed 2TB hard drive. In order to mount this onto the brand new ...
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Repair BitLocker Partition

Recently, when trying to update from windows 7 to Windows 10, I did something wrong: With "diskpart", I selected my main drive, ran the "clean" command, and created a partition, as follows: X: \ ...
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Recovering the data from a failed WD My Book NAS drive

My Western Digital 500GB NAS drive (which is my main backup device) has recently broken. Windows can no longer use it as a network drive (using Map Network Drive), and the web-based control panel is ...
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External WD hard drive unrecognised and making odd noises (hum of death?)

My 500GB WD external HDD was working fine a few months ago, and I've just plugged it in again. It is now unrecognised by my OSX, Ubuntu and Windows boxes, and doesn't seem to spin up when connected. ...
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Can I find the previous (not last) modification time in NTFS?

A file was modified in a text editor and saved. Modification and access time changed, creation time was left untouched. I need to find out the modification time before the edit. Is it somehow ...
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Is it possible to recover a directory on Linux?

I did something stupid: /trunk/vmware$ du -h svn 6,1G svn /trunk/vmware$ sudo mkdir -p /data/vmware /trunk/vmware$ (sudo tar cf - svn) | (sudo cd /data/vmware; sudo tar xf -) sudo: cd: command not ...
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How to extract multipart rar with missing parts?

I have a multipart .rar archive containing a single .tar.gz file inside it (don't ask why, that is just how it was made). I am missing a few of the parts, but do have the first part. I would like to ...
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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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Can't do System Restore (failed to extract the file, 0x80070301)

System Restore did not complete successfully. Your computer's system and settings were not changed. Details: System restore failed to extract the file (C:\Windows\Installer) from the restore ...
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Corrupted external ssd after connecting to windows

I have a samsung external ssd with password protection. This ssd was formatted on a mac. After connecting it to a windows pc (which failed) I am no longer able to access any of the data on the ssd. ...
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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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Recover data after deleted and formated

Well I've searched on this site something equal to my problem and I didn't find any help... Let's say I had a keystore.jks file on my %User/KeyStore/% (I was using Windows 8 by the way), then I ...
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Is Kaspersky deleting my files?

My coworker has a Windows 7 Professional x64 machine with Kaspersky installed. Lately, Kaspersky has been giving her popups with malware warnings. Today, she informed me that Kaspersky brought up a ...
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I need a software for converting hex file to readable text [closed]

I need some suggestions for software that can convert corrupted database file (in hex format) to readable text in one line. As you can see in the screenshot, I want that text in red box to be ...
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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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FreeNas single disk ZFS Pool Volume no longer mounts, HDD is 100% SMART ok, need help recovering data

I'm facing a huge issue with a small NAS i have at work. I've made the NAS a few months back as a test, but since then it's full of important data, a lot of which not backed up anywhere else. This ...
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OS X Time Machine

So was trying to backup my time machine drive onto another disk, but I got an message about it being case sensitive. So I was playing around with Disk Utility in El-Capitan, I was on the partition tab ...
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Recovery Hard Disk with Bad Sectors

I have a WD Element 1TB external hard Disk and suddenly I got some errors in data reading and writing. I decided to recover it, and I tried to do so many ways and nothing worked. I tried to run ...
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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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How do I export the Browsing History in Firefox?

I lost a load of open tabs in Firefox that I want to recover. The details are in the browsing history but it is not the most friendly area of Firefox to wade through. The Export option there actually ...
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Recover contacts from a deleted profile from Outlook for Mac 2011

I deleted a profile in Outlook for Mac 2011. My contacts were on this profile. Is there a way to get them back?
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Recover password from Window 7 email client from external HD

I have a hard drive pulled from a Windows 7 computer. The user added their email to the default Windows 7 email client and then forgot the password. They can't recover their password using the ...
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Post-data-recovery: list of file types that can be checked for integrity?

I just got back from the data recovery center, where they recovered about 2TB of data from an HFS+ volume on a failed Seagate ST3000DM001. They say there was no physical damage to the platters, it was ...
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Accidentally deleted ALL Chrome cookies while trying to view some

I was trying to view the cookies in Chrome and perhaps delete them for a specific site. I tried to click the search box to enter some text to view just the cookies for the specific site, but ...
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File causing player to play 'arbitrary' data

I have come across a really weird thing, and I'm asking so that you might be able to help me make sense of the situation - which I believe shouldn't occur. So... I started downloading a video file ...
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Can files be recovered from a disk encrypted with FileVault?

I formatted a USB stick that had an HFS+ partition encrypted with Apple's FileVault. This seemed like a good idea at the time, but now I would like some of the data back. The drive was not ...
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Recover important photos/videos from unallocated space on MicroSD card (if possible)

I'm trying to recover photos/videos from the unallocated space on a MicroSD card, which was used in a Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini GT-I8190N. The previously healthy card appears to have become corrupted, ...
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Bitlocker on Windows 10

A year and a half ago I successfully encrypted my external Western Digital hard drive using Bitlocker. After a few days I disabled Bitlocker, so the decryption process started. Halfway through this ...
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Undelete unliked, opened file on NTFS

I was unpacking a big tar.gz archive and by mistake I deleted the archive while it was unpacking. I need it back. It's still held by tar -xf (which is using pigz) but I SIGSTOPPED them both waiting ...
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Recover Deleted File Seconds After It was Downloaded and Deleted

Hypothetically speaking, If I transferred an excel file (75 MB) from a remote location to my downloads folder and it only sits on my drive for no more than 2 minutes, then got deleted. How likely are ...
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How? Mount, Find & Recover DATA in HDD outside of Synology Box

How? Mount, Find & Recover DATA in HDD outside of Synology Box I had originally posted this question here on Synology Forums and no real solution was suggested except a Linux / RAID based ...
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Unable to format memory card in PC [duplicate]

My memory card is not detected in PC. I tried the following but still could not recover it, Tried the HPUSB format tool it says "Memory card is write protected". Right clicked on my computer -> ...
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Recover Chrome passwords from laptop drive

I have a failed laptop which has some passwords stored in the Chrome browser. Unfortunately, it seems that some of the passwords were not properly synced with the cloud before the laptop failed, so I ...
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Difficulty Connecting To Hard Drive Via USB SATA Cable

I have a one year old 1TB Western Digital hard drive from which I am trying to recover some files. The drive had Windows 7 on it, installed from a factory disk. I am attempting to connect to my ...
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External hdd wont open

My external hdd appears on my computer but wont open. It appears in disk management aswell as active and healthy. Is there a way to recover the files in the external hdd? EDIT So far I have used the ...
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/bin removed in Kali 1.0.9

I had to delete a bin directory from my USB and accidentally typed "rm -r /bin" (deleting the bin directory from my file system instead). I restarted and now I can't even log in (there's no prompt for ...
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Using testdisk to recover a partition corrupted after enabling NTFS support on OSX

I have a 1TB WD external drive. I had a 1TB ntfs partition that I used to keep all my files on Windows. After moving to OSX, I tried many ways to make OSX write on it (macfuse, paragon), but after a ...
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Copy OS to a new system

There are lots of posts to help you move your system to another one just like this one. However my PC is dead and I am buying a new system with an SSD. Is there a workaround to copy my system and work ...
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Recover Word documents from computer lab PC when source (USB) drive no longer exists?

I lost my 60 GB USB drive quite recently back in my school's computer lab. Unfortunately, by the time I got there when I realized my USB was missing, it was already gone. So, its currently missing. ...
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Recover files deleted during windows installation

I had windows 7 installed on my computer and somehow it stopped working after trying for few times I decided to reinstall windows 7 hoping that files in c drive will be moved to windows.old but it ...
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Error whilst initializing SD card on Linux

I have noticed troubles with my microSD card in my Android phone and when I tried to insert it into my Linux laptop, I get the following error in dmesg: [ 247.588279] mmc0: error -123 whilst ...
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dd'ed the partition my debian was running on, now I get 'unknown file system'. how to make the (surviving) files accessible again?

details: Wanted to create linux boot stick with dd command (1,1 GB iso) Copy paste mistake led to dd'ing this iso to the partition running my debian jessie (sda1) After reboot I get 'unknown file ...