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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 ...
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Folder missing either before or after Chkdsk ran in verify mode

When I started my computer I was shown a popup window asking to check the disk of H:, I chose the scan mode that only checks and would allow me to choose what to do. I wasn't asked again if I should ...
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Folders got converted to files Windows 8.1

My PC didn't get closed down correctly so windows had to repair my HDD. After windows repaired my HDD it left me with some files that had the same name as the directory's that were there before. I ...
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How to Restore Data After Motherboard Death in dell laptop [closed]

My laptop has died. The problem is in the motherboard - I have taken it to the service center they told me to change the motherboard. I have very important data in it.. how to get it back?
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Recover files formatted / broken partition

I recently got my hard disk broke (not physically broke) and that I tried to do data recovery. I've tried Easeus and GetBackData tool already, it works great and I can recover files, however there is ...
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ddrescue attempt ends with drive disappearing from dev

I have been trying to recover data from a Seagate 7200.11 1.5TB drive (2 ext4 partitions_ for 3 days now, predominantly with ddrescue and testdisk, but because of some critical error on the disk ...
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How Do You Recover An Encrypted Partition?

I was reformatting one of my extra hard drives with Windows DiskPart and accidentally selected the wrong hard drive. I used the clean command, but it wasn't long before I realized I cleaned the ...
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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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Restoring data from lost NTFS partition?

I had 3 NTFS partitions (C,D,E) on my old laptop running Vista. I wanted to install Ubuntu on the system partition C, i.e. over-write Vista, but keep D,E which were storage partitions. Stupid moron ...
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Cannot compile C programs after deleting libc.a and libc.so

I removed libc.a and libc.so files from my Raspberry Pi. I read somewhere that it was going to fix a problem i had with the mpi.h library, but instead of that it has prevented me from compiling C ...
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Can files be recovered after a failed mv command?

I used mv * .. in Unix to move all contents of a directory to its parent folder. There was a folder called "Downloads" in both the current directory and the parent. The one in the parent was empty to ...
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Ext. USB HDD crashed - managed to recover files, but family videos seem corrupted. Anybody know how to fix them?

Last night I had everybody's worst nightmare. My external 2TB drive crashed, with all my family videos and photos on it. Right now you're all facepalming, but yes, I didn't have another backup. Not a ...
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“Do you want to format it” Message when open partition

I can't open a partition on my PC that contains my projects and all my source code, since the PC powered off incorrectly, when I open it I found this message "Do you want to format it" the partition ...
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PCMan increases file size dramatically on destination drive (data rescue attempt (win7 not booting after crash)

1TB hard drive does not fit onto 1TB external drive Over a week ago, my busy PC crashed whilst a number of applications were running. Since then, Windows has been suffering from dementia and ...
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Data recovery; nearly 1 tb of movies on a WD 3.5 tb personal cloud drive disappears with scanty traces

I have a great collection of movies that I had stored in a logical mesh of folder on my 3.5 tb WD personal cloud drive. I woke up 1 morning and found that everything was fine with my data on this ...
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Is it possible and how to recover deleted/erased and overwrited data from hdd? [duplicate]

Windows8, 2.5" hdd, d:\ ntfs partition, file in need 9GB archive.pst Archive was deleted by mistake. Instead of recovering/undeleting that archive, we copied one from all mighty but very old and ...
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how to recover OSX files (failing drive) using a Windows PC?

I need to recover some files from a failing drive (OSX, macbook drive) using Windows. I dont have a Mac to work with. Just a standalone drive that had osx installed. What is the best way to do this? ...
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I lost my files under the libraries Music, Pictures and Videos after doing a windows refresh.How can I get them back?

When I did a Windows refresh, I lost my files under the libraries Music, Pictures and Videos. How can I get them back? I am using Windows 8. I have my files in the library Documents, also other files ...
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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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Hard Drive malfunction : rapid beeping noise and not being recognized by computer

I have a 1Tb Seagate External hard drive. Upon trying to plug it in to my TV today, it would not load and told me it was "empty". So I tried to plug it in to my computer, at this point it started ...
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Data recovery from file collections

I am presently working as a summer intern. My first objective is, given a collection of files, recover and identify the file types present in it. To download sample pseudo-forensics data I have been ...
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Saving files off of cell phone with no display

My Casio GZone flip phone fell in the lake. The computer recognized the device and installed the drivers. However, I do not have access to the flash memory to download the files. Is this because the ...
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Why is RAID rebuild/recovery tied to a specific RAID card?

I would assume that although the RAID specification itself does not detail the implementation, the manufacturer of the card would like to write the RAID implementation just once and reuse that in all ...
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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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SSD Wear-Leveling and Fragmentation

I'm trying to understand the effects of wear-leveling on fragmentation in SSD. To be more specific, when the SSD controller decides to allocate a noncontiguous block to a file because of ...
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CryptoLocker Ransomware. Can you recover files? [duplicate]

Today one of our PCs got infected with nasty CryptoLocker trojan crap. The PC was a Windows XP machine with up-to-date NOD32 a/v. As you probably know the virus encrypts your file with an 2048 bit ...
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Lost data at CP -r <from source> <To destination> How to do Recovery

I took a backup into external hard disk and moved all of them to my new Ubuntu machine location /tmp which is near around 100 GB. And I moved via command prompt cp -r /tmp /home The folder into my ...
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I accidently clicked Image Creation with TestDisk

For anyone familiar with the TestDisk (undeleting software), I accidently selected 'Image Creation' and it created some file which took up the entire disk space of my Linux partition. I do not know ...
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Can we get the data from the hard disk after performing Disk Sanitizer?

I accidentally press F10 4 to 5 times while the system rebooting and it gone to the Disk Sanitizer option , and the total harddisk data is erased . When I try to install the OS again , it is showing ...
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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 ...