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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 ...
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Recover deleted *.vdi file on ntfs

I've deleted VirtualBox VDI file from my hard drive (classic HDD, not SSD, Windows 10 x86_64). The only 2 programs that can find this file are GetDataBack for NTFS & undelete plus. But both see ...
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Recover a particular folder from the hard disk

I am learning about recovery processes of corrupted / deleted data etc. from hard disks. So, I took an external hard disk and made 3 big folders with Pictures Videos and Music. The total data content ...
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“You need to format the disk in drive J: before you can use it” is shown, disk is not corrupted

I have a 7-8 years old laptop (HP EliteBook 6930p), running Windows XP with a 500GB SATA Hard Drive. The computer is painfully slow and I'm about to give it away as a donation, but first I would like ...
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How can I recover data from 3TB Seagate GoFlex home in Mac OS X?

I have a 3TB Seagate GoFlex Home, and it stopped working on me. It’s not a hard drive failure, just a software issue. It’s a Barracuda drive. I can hear the drive spin up without any knocking or ...
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Restore data from bacula

We are using Bacula for data recovery. One of my client system has crashed. I want to recover the data from Bacula server. Can anybody suggest me solution or link which can help in above situation? ...
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Restoring XP Recycler folder on Win7

Now I am not terribly optimistic but here goes. Have been sifting through the old HDD copy to recover some Symbian files, and found some through search. Turns out the whole directories were in the ...
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Alternatives to professional data rescue [closed]

I have a broken external hard drive that spins, but won't come up in /dev, and thus I can't mount it and run ddrescue on it. (I've rescued many drives before using this method.) When the drive doesn'...
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USB not recognized or showing a drive letter

I have a SanDisk Cruzer that suddenly stopped being recognized today. It's two years old and has been through the washing machine a few times (though not recently) so it's entirely possible the ...
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How do I recover data from only a single drive in RAID 1 setup on Synology DS214+ NAS?

I'm doing this so I know how to recover my data in case the NAS itself dies out and I'm only left with just a single drive from the 2nd bay (or from the 1st bay). Setup Synology DS214+ NAS 2x 4TB ...
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Recovering Word file from Encrypted External HDD

My partner is a teacher and therefore requires her external hard drive to be formatted using encryption called Endpoint. She had been writing reports and lost them. I have tried via Remote Assistance ...
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TrueCrypt crashed during encryption, files recoverable?

I was encrypting a ~4.5TB external drive with TrueCrypt and it crashed at roughly 0.04% completion when I attempted to pause it. I've tried a few tools in an attempt to recover my files, however they ...
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Recover SDHC card used in an SD card reader

A while ago when SDHC cards were fairly new and all the office computers had only SD card readers, I made a 4 GB Class 6 ADATA SDHC unreadable and unformattable by trying to get it to work in SD card ...
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How to recover data from corrupted WD external hardisk [duplicate]

I have Western Digital Passport 1 TB external Hard disk. It has got corrupted. When I connect to my Window 7 machine, my external hard disk rotates but my machine does not recognize it.I have checked ...
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Data Recovery software doesn't recover recently deleted files but can recover year old files

I have deleted a zip archive from my E: drive which was really important to me about 3 days ago. Since I really needed it back, I ended up using Data Recovery software like eraseus data recover. This ...
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data gone on hdd after os installed on hdd

I just installed a new os (win7) on an ssd. After installation I plugged in my old hdd drive which seems to be recognized ok but the data drive just shows a folder called $WINDOWS.~BT while all my ...
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Can a HFS+ drive be recovered if reinitialized to Master Boot Record?

I (stupidly) used my RocketRaid 2300 BIOS to initialize an 8TB HSF+ drive. Now I want the HFS+ drive and directory structure back! Is this even possible? If so, what steps could be taken?
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Recovering data from parts of partition which were not overwritten

I was running Xubuntu in a VMware virtual machine, with a 40GB virtual hard drive. I accidentally overwrote the first 8GB with a Raspberry Pi image. I would like to recover files (text files, images,...
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Cipher /W not blanking deleted files

Windows includes a tool called Cipher which can be used to blank deleted files from a harddisk by overwriting the sectors. As per these documents: http://www.thewindowsclub.com/cipher-command-line-...
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Is formatting recovery partition to update OS recovery safe

So, I bought my HP Notebook 15 2 years back with Windows 8.1 installed. It came with a factory reset recovery partition. Last year, in the July of 2015, I updated to Windows 10, free of charge, as my ...
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Can’t access USB flash drive anymore

I have a 32 GB Lacie Cookey USB flash disk that doesn't show in the Computer window but it's visible as a device. cmd > diskpart DISKPART> list disk Disk ### Status Size -------- ...
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how to write files to random locations on hard drive?

I bought a hard drive in the store. After some days it broke down. My 14 days return policy is almost expiring (I want my money back, not other unit). Overwriting/Wiping 4TB of data with a broken hard ...
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How to find out what file is on a particular sector

How do i find out on Linux what file is occupying a given sector on a NTFS partition? I need to do it because i am rescuing data from a failing HDD (using ddrescue), and want to find out what files ...
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Is it possible to recover HTML form data from Microsoft Internet Explorer 11 (MS IE11)?

I want to know if it's possible to recover HTML web form data from MS IE11. The 4 scenarios that I'm interested in, are: when you've closed IE11's process (iexplore.exe (*32)), but have not ...
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Faster recovery from a disk with bad sectors

Recently I tried to dd from an unhealthy HDD to a file. I used dd if=/dev/sdb of=somefile bs=4096 conv=noerror,sync. My problem was that dd wasted a lot of time when it encountered a bad block. In my ...
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HDD filesystem suddenly changed to RAW and testdisk show Filesystem seems damaged

One old PC which my dad uses suddenly didn't boot into Windows XP. So I get HDDs from it and put them into external HDD box. One of them is shown in Explorer but can't access it, it shows message: You ...
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EaseUS taking months to recover data from external HDD, NTFS table corrupted

My 1 TB external hard disc (WD - My Passport) stopped working and the NTFS table is corrupted so the drive is unreadable. I haven't formatted the drive so it shows up as RAW. I installed two programs ...
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no /dev/*, but /sys/bus/mmc device info on damaged SD-Card [duplicate]

A friend gave me a broken SD-card, hoping I might recover something from it. I have no trouble mounting any other cards, whatsoever. I am not getting any block devices in /dev, but the mmc subsystem ...
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Retrieve data from a mountable partition refusing `cp` but allowing `dd`

Recently, my internal drive failed after a manual reboot and I would like to retrieve the data before changing it. My computer is a Macbook Pro mid-2012 and the drive is formatted as HFS+. (From my ...
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What is the other alternative technique of RAID? [closed]

I've been searching about this topic but I keep getting RAID only. I was told that there is another technique for data recovery and redundancy that replaces RAID. Kindly, can someone enlighten me. ...
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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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Finding raw text on disk drive

I have lost a document I have worked very hard on. I have a backup that is three days old, but a lot of work has gone into it in the last three days. Here is the details: File still exists on my ...
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Fix boot sector in unallocated NTFS exteral hard drive

The damage Yesterday evening I accidentally started formatting my external HD (2TB NTFS formatted) and eventually completely removed (I replaced data with 0s) about 70MB. The analysis I ran ...
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Recovering Deleted Files after Emptying Trash on OS X Lion

I moved a complete folder to the trash, then I emptied my trash. How do I recover those deleted files which I emptied from the trash on OS X Lion? By searching with Google, I have found a few tools ...
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used DISKPART CLEAN command on my external HDD - need to recover data

I accidentally used the clean command while using DISKPART, the result was all my information erased, the result was my 1TB HDD erased! And dont know if it makes a difference but I had two partitions ...
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Windows Explorer - restore list of favorites from previous OS version

I broke my Windows 10 installation (but not my files) by overclocking. I am moving the files to a Windows 7 installation, but I cannot figure out how to transfer the contents of Explorer's Favorites, ...
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Data recovery on flash drive showing incorrect size

I have a Kingston 32gb USB 3.0 flash drive that I need to recover data from. The problem is that the drive is now showing as 32.5kb of raw storage in Ubuntu (using gparted) and Windows is not ...
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Failed Partition Table - Is there a way to recreate partitions and retain data

I have a hard drive that has somehow been corrupted. File recovery software seems to recover lost files well. My assumption is that a virus has wiped the partition tables. TestDisk manages to ...
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recovering corrupted files after recovery [duplicate]

So I've managed to recover a lot of formatted files (after Windows re-installation), with Remo Recover... however, some files cannot be opened. I am aware that this is because of fragmentation... Is ...
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Files missing after CHKDSK [duplicate]

Last night I moved 220 GB of pictures to a 600 GB drive. It took a few hours to move the pictures. Once the pictures were moved, I put the harddrive in a computer with Windows 10 installed. When I did ...
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why did my USB flash drive stop working and now it works again?

I have a 16GB kingston usb flash drive in a small metallic body. It get in contact with few common office/fridge magnets, after which my computer neither the printer could not recognize it. It didn't ...
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Need advice. Is it safe to recover 4TB of data from a 4.5TB drive using the same drive to put the recovered files in? (Recuva) [duplicate]

I've accidentally formatted my 5TB storage drive (I got so angry with myself that punched the wall and broke my right hand over it) but luckily all the important files are still in "excellent" ...
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Broke MBR & Grub2 on Multi-Boot System

For all those out there looking for a challenge, this is the most messed up hard-drive I will probably ever have to deal with. So to make solving this massive problem as easy as possible, I am going ...
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Recover Data from a Restore from a Backup?

Recently, the computer was not working, and thus the computer had to be restored to a backup from a month ago. The restore worked perfectly, except for one problem: since I had done all my work on it, ...
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Recover data from partitions (HDD from broken NAS)

I've seen similar posts around, but no answer that fits my needs (seems that most people just want to format their drives or they run linux?). But it I've missed an answer and this is a duplicate, I ...
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How do I recover information I've typed into a website after I accidentally lost the information?

I typed a good amount of information into a form while in Safari, but I never bothered to save it and when I pressed to submit the data there was an error and I lost all the work I had done. Is there ...
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Access / fix corrupted windows file system SSD under Linux

After my PC crashed apparently due to a corrupted RAM module (scanned my RAM after the crash while trying to find out what went wrong and tons of errors came out) I now seem to have a locked / ...
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How do I restore a file tree in windows visible after data recovery?

To be brief.. New terabyte HD gets messed up after a few weeks due to motherboard incompatibility. After a successful Easeus partition wizard scan, Easeus can see all my old file tree / folders and ...
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Recovering data from partially formatted external HDD [duplicate]

I had a 1 TB western digital external hard disk filled with data. Mistaking it for another USB drive, my friend right clicked and went ahead with formatting. Within around five seconds after the ...
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Recycle Bin storage location [duplicate]

I am interested to know, in which location and format are files stored when we put them in Recycle Bin? And when we delete them, where they go?