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how to view hidden files on an NTFS drive that were copied from a Mac?

I have some files on my external NTFS drive that were copied from a Mac using Paragon NTFS. Back in Windows 7, I'm unable to view said files. I believe they exist because they still occupy space on ...
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MySQL server stopped working

Yesterday, out of the blue, the MySQL working as a backend for my private postfix server stopped working. No log entries, nothing, it just won't start. I reinstalled it and it worked until I copied ...
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HDD disappeared and very slow windows boot

My secondary hard drive disappeared in windows and when I restart the DOS booting takes like 15 mins while it shows the "Starting Windows" logo. How to solve this problem? Also how can I retrieve the ...
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Recover a lost LibreOffice document [duplicate]

I was working in LibreOffice Writer with an .odt document yesterday, was saving it regularly, but today it looks like I did nothing! I think, the reason is in me accidantally saving it in /tmp all the ...
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How to save data from a dying hard drive?

I have three drives installed, 1 SSD and 2 HDD. While the system is in the SSD, many program are installed in one of the the HDD. But I think that HDD is failing. I can hardly even boot the computer. ...
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External Hard Disk is not accessible. “The disk structure is corrupted and unreadable”

I have a 1 TB AgentGoFlex seagate External HDD. Lately is was causing some issues like few folders which had data were not showing any file in it. Few folders were not opening, etc. So I tried ...
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Restoring pictures from formated drive

My hard drive was formatted, and installed new windows. I wanted to restore images so I used iCare data recovery software. Some pictures were restored, and some are restored but i can't open them. Is ...
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Recover data from NTFS partition

My brother scandisked NTFS partition of my USB HDD. Safe remove didn't work safely. After reattaching the data is missing. Testdisk outputs the following (I have no undelete in Advanced). I run ...
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Possible to access Intel Matrix Raid 1 partition from chipset without ICH*R?

I have got 2 HDDs that were part of an Intel Matrix Raid (now "Rapid Storage Technology") where I had it setup as half RAID 0 and half RAID 1. The motherboard had an ICH9R chipset I think. The ...
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Why erase file with random patterns instead of all 0's or 1's?

Computer files aren't actually removed when they are deleted on Windows. The address pointer is simply released and that space freed for overwrite later. For sensitive information, it is recommended ...
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Restore data on unallocated space

I'm trying to recover a deleted partition. The partition can't be restored from the partition table. I've tried EaseUS Data Recovery, which finds files but crashes halfway through. I've also tried ...
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Data Recovery from a USB with exFAT file system that gone RAW

I have a 64 GB USB with exFAT (with 4096 byte Unit Allocation Size) file system. I have connected it to a Bus entertainment system which was running Android to listen my music within. It didn't see my ...
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SSD and file recovery (on Windows 8)

Typical commercial "file recovery tools" are not usefull on modern SSDs, because the recovered file (if any) appears empty. Windows 8 sends the TRIM command to the SSD when a file gets deleted from ...
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Why can data be recovered after formatting?

If a quick format just marks bits as writable, and a normal format writes 0s to the entire disk, why do people bother with DBAN, and why are multiple passes ever required?
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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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lost files, not freed on disk

I had a NAS with 300GB data stored on it. I played around with it and finally broke it - all of the data was lost. I opened the NAS and put the disk into my computer (running Ubuntu). I put new data ...
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Extracting blocks from a corrupt VDI snapshot in logical order

I have a Virtualbox VM on an hard disk that failed. The only thing I could recover from the disk was a snapshot of the dynamic VDI disk used by the VM, and I could only recover the first half of the ...
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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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partition moving crashed mid-process - what damage have it done / what to do ? (AOMEI app used)

I used AOMEI Partition Assistant Pro (5.x) to "Align" an NTFS partition with about 170GB of data. (Cca 800GB partition on standard (non SSD) 1TB hard disk). The app started after reboot in "PreOS" ...
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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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Recovering text from an indexed and now-corrupted RTF file, using Windows.edb

My laptop with SSD drive had a sudden power loss, and upon booting windows up again, an RTF file seems to have been corrupted as a result (despite the file being saved to disk just fine - the file WAS ...
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recovering a (permanently) deleted Outlook task

Last night I accidentally deleted an Outlook 2007 task that was in my deleted folder. this task contains important data that I would like to recover. I tried using Pandora recovery freeware to no ...
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What steps should I take to recover my data due to partition error?

Specs : HD : 3 TB external Samsung Hard-disk OS : Win 8.1 64 Bit SW : Paragon How it happened : Applied a resize at end operation in Paragon on my 3 TB disk. I wanted the 3 TB to split to 2980 ...
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Will data become unrecoverable if I force write partition structure?

I am planning to use the "write" the partition structure option available in testdisk. There is a chance that this structure is wrong. In that case will any of my raw data get overwritten if I write ...
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Can I create a self healing file or archive

Earlier I backuped data to CD disks which get unusable after some years as CD get damaged (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Data_corruption). So I made 2 or more copy of that data file so that even if ...
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Data recovery from laptop which was formatted because of new Windows 7 installation

I want to recovery my data from an Windows 7 Ultimate installation. My laptop got stolen but later I caught the theft. But unfortunately all my data is lost because he formatted my laptop and put on a ...
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Recover data from GPT NTFS partition after deletion

I accidentally deleted a NTFS partition of 1600 GiB in a 2 TB hard disk. The partition had 355 GiB of data. I tried to recover it using several utilities but could not. I know that the partition ...
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Connect Macbook Air hard drive to other PC

My friend spilled Apple Cider on her Macbook Air (a1466) and I am trying to see if there is a way to connect the Hard drive to a PC so I can do the data recovery. Is there any connector that I can use ...
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Dell Laptop - Hard Drive failed

I recently bought a new laptop from Dell. It's three months old and already the hard drive has failed. Luckily the data I lost was not too important. I've lost 3 weeks of data. I'm still under ...
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How can I recover files from a part of a disk image?

I am backing up a dying hard drive using dd. Unfortunately the process is taking very long (95KB/s) and I would like to see if I can get some of my files from the part that is already copied (~26GB). ...
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How to best recover archived folder which appears as a file on NTFS drive?

I archived a folder to an external HDD and kept it in sync with another one using Sync Toy. Now I see that the folder appears as a 0 byte file on both HDDs. Everything else is fine and readable. I am ...
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Recover Deleted Partition on USB Stick

I accidentally deleted everything off my (16GB Sony Micro Vault) USB memory Stick. I ran DISKPART /CLEAR on the wrong drive. How do I recover my data (approx. 14GB)? Scanning with Active@ Undelete ...
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Cancelled a folder deletion, now it does not appear in the original folder nor the recycle bin

I accidentally clicked on delete on the wrong folder on Windows 8, then I clicked the X in the progress dialog before the deletion was complete, the dialog dissapeared. Now I don't see the folder in ...
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How to recover files from hybrid drive

I have a somewhat complex problem. My notebook's hybrid drive failed and the HDD part (500 GB) was damaged physically so any software based solution was off the table. However I have taken an image of ...
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In accessible USB stick

A friend of mine had an assignment on a USB drive but it stopped working. On her computer the drive appears but when you go to the folder it says "inaccessible". I tried it on my computer and it ...
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An abnormal high pitch sound is coming from my hard drive

My hard drive is making a high pitched sound. And it has now for a few months, however in the past week or so the sound has gotten worse. What surprises me is that my laptop is not even a year old. I ...
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Is there a way to keep file structure when using Photorec?

I keep getting folders that are just piles of items. I need the original structure of the recovered files.
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Bad sectors? HGST Deskstar 3.5-Inch 2TB 7200RPM SATA III 6 Gbps 64 MB Cache Internal Hard Drive [duplicate]

I'm running Windows XP (still!) with 2 hard drives, 2nd drive stopped working a couple of nights ago. PC crashed, restarted - heard a couple of beeps - not the usual start up sound. On starting pc up ...
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How to access files and folders in a damaged hard disk?

I have got a hard disk with problems. HD Tune shows a lot of bad blocks and CHKDSK fix it, but the disk isn't accessible via Windows Explorer. I will replace that disk, but I need recover some files ...
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Recover recycle bin data when deleted data exceeds the bin capacity [closed]

My recycle bin was empty. I deleted the 6 GB of data but when I restoring it I get only 4 Gb. How can I recover the 2 GB ??
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Website/tool to download certain section of a file

Are there any sites or tools that let me download cetain portion of a file and merge automatically with my local incomplete one(partially recovered from a scratched disk or something). Because I don't ...
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Testdisk/Photorec to get back data from unallocated partition

Recently, I screwed up a partition resize on a Windows machine (an HP Pavallion dv7 3180-us to be precise) and found through gparted that my entire Windows partition is now unallocated space! Since ...
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Can I recover a password-protected hard drive using an external USB adapter?

I want to set the HDD password (in the BIOS) on my Dell Latitude C840 laptop. But before I do, I have a question. If the laptop was to fail, can I still connect the HDD to a USB hard drive adapter and ...
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Accidentally dd'ed an image to wrong drive / overwrote partition table + NTFS partition start

I screwed up and set the wrong output for dd when trying to copy a freenas iso, overwriting the wrong external hard drive. Ironically, I was trying to setup a freenas server for data backup... ...
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Recover txt files based on known strings

I have lost a number of txt files, which contain important personal information. I accidentally deleted them from the hard disk. I am not sure which folder they were in. I am not sure what filenames ...
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How to inspect disk image

I have a dump of a hard disk. A hard disk recovery company made it for me. I don't know what software they used to make the dump, all I have is a file disk.img. My only idea to get started was using ...
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Recover Windows to Go (BitLocker enabled)

How can I recover (maybe just use start up repair??) Windows to Go on USB? When I want to boot the PC it asks for the BitLocker password. I type it and it starts to boot. Then it crashes with an ...
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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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What are “:ms-properties ” files?

Due to a failure of a partition managing software, I had to recover the files from my local hard drive with TestDisk on a live Ubuntu drive. Afterwards, I encountered several files named ...
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.mov files recovered with TestDisk won't play properly

I accidentally deleted some .MOV files from a FAT32 formatted SD card. Using Testdisk I was able to recover all the files, however, they don't play properly. They'll play for the correct length of ...