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A weird issue relate to ext4/lvm/raid-5 after partition recovery

I have 3 hard disks, in the following paragraphs named /dev/sda, /dev/sdb and /dev/sdc, newest came first. Note: /dev/sdc has one primary partition /dev/sdc1, one extended partition /dev/sd2, and 3 ...
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Why is my 500GB hdd not readable after dd'ed on a different 500GB hdd?

Accidentally formatted an important external 500GB hdd yesterday. Not an SDD, 2.5". (Quick) formatting occured while installing windows xp on it. I had the wrong usb drive plugged in. ~600MB are ...
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How do I import/recover/repair an Outlook 2013 .ost file into a new instance of Outlook 2013?

Note: This is not a Microsoft Exchange problem, but an Outlook 2013 one, and even though it might seem as a duplicate of a previously asked one, please pay attention to the end of the post. A little ...
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File corruption prevention strategy

I recently read about BTRFS and it's superiority in terms of error handling and noticed that I have no real plan in case data corruption happens, other than backing up regularly. I am not asking for ...
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Mounting Safecopy Image in Kali (Or any other OS)

I've been trying furiously for about 2 to 3 weeks to get the data off this drive. And I've had lots of learning while I've done it. However I still am with no data. I have used SafeCopy to make a copy ...
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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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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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Overwriting a files in place on NTFS

Let's say I have a Python program that opens a file and overwrites it with zeros, and I run it on a Windows 7 computer formatted in NTFS. If this is done on an HDD (not an SSD) will the file be ...
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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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corrupt patition table - testdisk cant find all partitions

I was resizing a partition when my PC freezed and I had no alternative that shut down manually. Unfortunatly that cause my partition table to became corrupt. My partition table was like this: ...
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How to recovery files from a damaged Windows instalation?

My Windows 7 installation won't start, so I need to reinstall it. But I have some important files in the Desktop, and I can't back these up using a Ubuntu LiveCD. I can enter every folder except my ...
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/home “cleaned” during ubuntu 12.10 installation on btrfs

I had a seperate btrfs partition for my home directory in my old ubuntu instalation. I "upgraded" the installation by installing a clean system on my ext4 partition which got formatted and mounted as ...
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ICQ Messenger - Recovery Of Historical Chats

I have uninstalled an older version of ICQ. I triple checked that I did NOT, in the uninstall process, set it to delete the historical conversations (and anything else related to ICQ history). Then I ...
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External WD drive not recognized

I have a friends WD hard drive, he has had it for about 8 years. I know, a long time. After recently picking it up after not using for a while, it seems that it will not recognize on the multiple ...
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Does software (similar to DVDisaster) exist which can create images and parity at the same time?

DVDisaster is an awesome tool for archiving things reliably, as it creates ECC in case of physical damage to the media. However, when using it for backup purposes it can be a bit awkward -- one must ...
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SEAGATE HD UNMOUNTED DAEMON INHIBITED

I've got a Seagate HD 888GB here which I use with a Macbook Pro. This week it stopped working. It is shown as "unmounted" in Disk Utility. I tried it on Windows 7 as well but it's not working there ...
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How can I restore my deleted calendar data in Windows Live Mail?

I have been using the calendar in Windows Live Mail for months now. When I logged on yesterday, all of the data and appointments I have been inputting for months is gone. The calendar is completely ...
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Recover corrupted Ubuntu partition

So I have a laptop dual-booting Windows 8.1 and Ubuntu 14.04, and my Ubuntu partition ran out of space. I shrank the only partition I could to make more room for Ubuntu, but the unallocated space came ...
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How to recover data from Intel SSD 320 Series

I have an Intel SSD 320 Series 600GB. A few days ago, my system froze because of some irrelevant failure and I had to force the computer to turn off. When I attempted to reboot the computer, my SSD no ...
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Recovering part of a Word document

Last week, a friend of mine was typing in a Microsoft word document while driving (being driven), and reports "hitting a bump in the road" and losing the content of the document. I imagine that what ...
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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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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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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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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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Unable to access WD external drive

Basically the HDD started acting weird (couldnt access files on it) and event viewer was flooded with "bad block" reports. Now the HDD cant be accessed at all. It shows up in windows explorer when ...
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How to recover files deleted by using foremost

I'm wrong folder and delete a list of very important python files! How can I configure the rules in foremost to recover them? and using Debian O.S /etc/foremost.conf CONFIGURATION FILE ...
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Trying to restore data, usb drive not properly detected?

I am trying to recover files from a usb drive with a corrupted filesystem, thus far I have had no luck. When hooking it up to a machine with Ubuntu I get the following information: Syslog ...
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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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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 ...
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Recover data from corrupt excel file

a friend has a corrupt excel file. When you attempt to open it in excel it says "File format is not valid". None of the tricks here work. The file is Excel 2003 format. She sometimes edits it on ...
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System Log Event Viewer will not display

Am trying to view the System Event Log on someones laptop that is misbehaving. botted in safe mode, load event viewer and click on system and it tells me "Data is invalid (13)". Tried clearing the ...
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Blinking blue power button on a HP tower

My computer was on when the power went out and now has a flashing blue power button. We tried removing ram to reset then the battery then dusting it out and lastly removing all components and plugging ...
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Accidentally created partition on WD Passport can I recover the data?

I was using windisk imager to image an SD card for my Nook and some how the drives have got confused and now my 500gb Passport has a 155mb partition. How can I recover the data and get it back to a ...
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Recovering corrupted VB.NET Form file?

Good day. This question is directly related to this one I made here: http://stackoverflow.com/questions/4911099/there-is-no-editor-available-for-form1-vb-error There, I was working on my VB.NET 2010 ...
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My ext4 partition became unreadable

When I boot up my PC (duel boot with Vista, which works fine) and go to ubuntu in the grub menu I get an almost immediate kernel oops. Errors include (from memory) /dev, /proc & /sys doesn't ...
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undelete files using a live cd

I'm trying to recover some data using testdisk and running ubuntu from a live cd. When i choose the undelete option i get the following message and it takes me out of testdisk: file ...