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Recover corrupted video files

I managed to delete video files from a SD card when transferring. Using testdisk I have been able to recover some .mov files and .dat files with the right time-stamp and size, however the .mov files ...
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Recovering a Mac HFS partition

The other day my 128gb flash stick refused to be recognised when I plugged it in, giving me a 'failed to initialize' error with options to format it or eject. This was particularly frustrating because ...
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recover data from single RAID 1 disk

I have a Lacie 2 Big NAS drive containing 2x1TB disks in RAID 1 mode. Since one of the disks was being reported to fail, I tried to backup the contents of the NAS to another external HDD. ...
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Restore deleted Mac OS Extended (Journaled, Encrypted) partition

I've deleted an external HDD via OS X disk utility and created a new Mac OS Extended (Journaled, Encrypted) partition but didn't write any data to it. The password differs from the deleted Partion (...
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How to access the data on an old hard drive?

I had a few old backup drives from my Windows computer that I wanted to go through. They are 5-6 years old. And they are internal drives so I got a USB adapter kit from the brand Deltaco. So far I ...
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Recover NTFS partition overwritten by Mac OS X installer

When installing OS X to a different disk, I accidentally quick erased my ~3TB NTFS HDD to Mac Extended (HFS+). I believe I originally had one partition on the drive because it didn't have an OS, it ...
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How to recover data from a bit-shift partitioned/formatted hard disk with only a LBA-Assist USB dock?

I have a 3TB hard disk partitioned and formatted on a SATA-to-USB3 dock that used bitshift address translation. I use it with my Mac so it's GPT and HFS+. The dock has died and I have been unable to ...
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How photorec works in recovering files?

This is in relation to my previous question here, but since it involves the program itself, I'm asking this separately for those who may use photorec. I'm currently running photorec to recover files ...
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I have a corrupt gpt with a luks partition. How do I recover the disk?

I encrypted my drive about a month or so ago with LUKS(through Gnome Disks). It was working just fine and I restarted my computer, then Some time later I tried to access the drive and it wasn't there.....
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Recover truncated/overwritten (with zero bytes) file on ext4

I managed to truncate a file on my ext4 file system. (Ubuntu 12.04/64). I realised the problem right away and unmounted the file system. No bytes were written to the new file so it's now 0 bytes ...
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NTFS file restore it without copy for recover

I have deleted a file from an NTFS drive using winhex by setting flag to 0x00 of file in use. It deleted the file from the drive. I now want to get the file back by setting the flag again to 0x01 of ...
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USB Drive can't be recorgnised, and I created a 64Mb map

I have a 8Gb Sandisk Cruzer Blade drive. I used it between Mac and PC. One time when I try to use it both PC and Mac said they can't recorgnise/access my drive(file system) and tell me to format it. ...
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How can I recover a Mac OS X system partition accidentally deleted in windows command prompt?

I ran into some trouble installing Windows 8.1 in my MacBook Pro "Core i7" 2.2 15" Late 2011 (8,2). I was trying to delete the partitions created when the Windows installation failed when and I ...
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DELETE DISK (with DISK PART) on exFAT file format - How to recover?

So I got myself into a bit of a situation here... I have a 1TB HDD with all my files on it. I was in DISK PART cleaning up my SSD for Windows 10 clean install, but I accidentally selected the wrong ...
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Windows directory data from backed up PC is showing as a regular file

I have a backup of data that was copied from an old PC circa-2001/2002 (probably Windows 2000 or even Windows 98). I don't recall the details but I believe this data may have been xcopy'd from an ...
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After running disk check on an external hard drive, folders and files disappeared

I have a 1TB external hard drive( NTFS, my passport Western Digital). Yesterday I right clicked on the drive in Windows 7 my computer > properties > tools -> check now > and I check both these boxes: ...
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I Accidentally overwrote my hard disk with a floppy image

I Accidentally overwrote my hard disk with a floppy image (with win32 Disk Imager). The disk is 500Gb and had 3 NTFS partitions on it. Now it shows 1 FAT partition with the size of the floppy disk. ...
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Partition and data lost after HP recovery

I have lost all my data on my HP Pavilion 15-e016tx Notebook PC and other partition now by using HP recovery disk. Now my system only has 2 partitions: One is the system and the other is the recovery ...
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How to restore backup made with proprietary software to an incompatible system

I'm trying to restore a backup system image that was created using Dell's software on a Dell computer.  (I didn't create it; I would have used a different method.)  The source machine isn't available ...
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Invalid Dynamic Disk in Windows, TestDisk shows no partitions

It shows up as invalid dynamic disk and is unallocated. I tried using Testdisk and followed the steps to 'Analyze' the disk. Sadly there weren't the partitions detected that I needed and after a deep ...
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Is there any way to recover data from a locked and password protected BlackBerry SD card?

I have a backup of my SD card from a few years ago, while I was using a BlackBerry device. Foolishly I did not check the quality of the contents while backing up. Since then I have changed phones and ...
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Recover files from Erased USB

I have 250 GB Transcend hard drive and i had it pertained it in 3 drives. I wanted to install windows only mac and when i tried to do that using boot camp assistant. I formatted all my partitions and ...
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Need help retrieving FAT32 partition from an unallocated portion of and external HD

I was going to create a liveusb out of my external HD, as indicated in the archwiki, using the dd command, except I didn't know what the result of the command would be. I then realized that it ...
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Windows 8.1 says my used HDD needs to be initialized

I bought a new, 1T 3.5" SATAIII HDD (WD Green) next to the an existing SSD for archiving. I tested it with HD Sentinel for hours, and it looked perfect. I used Windows 8.1 partitioner to initialize (...
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Hard drive with bad sectors(?), Windows cannot read, want to rescue data if possible

I have a 3TB Seagate hard drive that has pretty much failed. When I connect it directly in the PC, windows 7 does not seem to read it at all. It actually takes several seconds longer in My Computer ...
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Rescue Data after Hard Drive Head Crash

I have a Western Digital WD20EARS Caviar Green 2TB. A long time ago, the HDD had a head crash. I have sought help from a company, they wanted to have for data recovery over 3000€. I switch the head ...
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Recovering a deleted 128-bit encrypted .dmg file

I need to recover a recently deleted 15 GB .dmg file, which was deleted from a drive which is otherwise not in use. It should be easy to recover, but neither Data Rescue 3 nor Disk drill seem to find ...
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Linux - Recover a deleted Java file

Today I was coding in Android Studio when suddenly the computer ran out of battery and it shut down, and when I restarted the computer, I found the Java file empty. How can I do to recover this file? ...
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Partition recovery

During a fresh installation, I accidentally formatted a disk containing datas. I tried using testdisk to recover the erased partition, but , it only detects the new one. With the deeper search mode, ...
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How to use testdisk on external hard drive that freezes whenever connected?

I've been trying to recover files from my WD external hard drive, and nothing has worked so far. I've heard of testdisk but I can't use it because as soon as I connect my external, it freezes the PC.
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How to find and copy all NON-encrypted user-created files?

I have a drive from a Windows XP computer full of files, all the usual filetypes, many the user has created, many 'owned' by Windows or programs... 18120 of them are encrypted. I need to recover all ...
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What does “the wrong volume is in the drive” mean?

My phone took a bath in the river a few days ago. The phone is dead, but the SD card works still. However it is excruciatingly slow! The average read speed is well under 50kb/s. To copy 32GB of data ...
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Have PhotoRec and Testdisk recover “.ts” file

I am using testdisk for a long time. But previously I never had .ts but now I have. So I deleted a .ts file which is not important file. After that I tried to recover any other file via testdisk (...
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Recovering a file after reset offline cache Windows 7?

I was having problem with a network mapped folder stop syncing. I made it available offline before but couldn't get it back online no matter what (got "This folder is offline because of a user chose ...
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DDRescue locks system up on disk clone

I have ddrescue running on the latest version of Fedora trying to clone a dying IDE disk. When I run ddrescue --no-split /dev/sdb imagefile logfile the copy will happen then the entire system will ...
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Ubuntu 14.04 LTS corrupt microSD - manual recovery?

i have a corrupt microSD card from a colleague. He asked me to save his data if possible. I use a recent usb-multi-cardreader. The microSD is a high capacity card with 32gb of space. I suspect it to ...
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chkdsk - Recover lost files using windows chkdsk log

Windows 7 Chkdsk searched my flash drive for bad sector recovery, and it deleted hundreds of my most important folder and files. unfortunately I have not any new backup from them. The file system is ...
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Backing up encrpyted hard drive image to cloud?

So I have a hard drive that I think is dying, but I am going to be moving soon, probably busy, and I do not need the data on the drive in the near future. However I do want to ensure that I will not ...
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How can Recovery tools recover file's metadata?

According to articles about File system on Wikipedia, file's metadata should be saved in area of file system itself so if we format that drive, it's file table and file system will be erased though ...
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Recover a chunk of compressed data from SD card

I split a tar.bzip file in 3.5GB chunks and stored each chunk in a different SD card. After copying the data to all cards, I inserted one by one and opened it to verify that the file was there, then I ...
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How to restore partitions and data after diskpart “clean” command?

I was on my way installing windows 7 alongside linux installation that was scattered over 3 partitions, namely: root, home and additional big partition for data files. I was trying to install windows ...
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On a FAT32 filesystem there was a file with ext2 filesystem image. Now it's truncated. How do I restore?

How do I restore ext2 filesytem that was stored on FAT32 volume in a file which got truncated? Is there analogue of reiserfs's --rebuild-tree option to restore filesystem from content?
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Recover GPT Unformatted Partition

I have a 500GB HDD, with a partition that I tried to move. After moving it, I found it is still in the starting place, but now I don't have access to it anymore. I tried to recover it with EaseUS ...
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Recover missing files on an external hard drive

I backed up my files from the office in my external hard drive couple of days ago. The files are from a Mac. Then after I went home I checked the files and the files were there. After that I ...
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How do i recover data without reformatting drive after USB to SATA conversion?

My External USB Hard Drive became unusable. Removed the enclosure and connected via SATA. Windows is failing to recognize without formatting. What are my options to recover drive without losing data?
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Recovering data from Mac OS X encrypted SSD with broken MBR

On my Mac, running on Mawericks OSX, I had whole encrypted SSD (240 Gb). By mistake (instead of external, and same size! HDD plugged in), I've chosen wrong disk (my SSD) for Linux installation. So on ...
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Can the %PATH% be recovered without any Restore Points?

I just found out that my PATH system variable in Windows is nearly empty (it has only the path to the ExtFS tool - I installed that one recently , and I'm guessing it overwrote the Path instead of ...
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Hal.dll with XP file backup

any knowledge or help for a novice would be greatly appreciated. I have some files which I NEED to back up before reloading an OS Laptop running XP (I think Home SP3 but not sure) went belly up during ...
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Is there a way to recover a document if the document has never been saved for Excel 2007?

I unchecked the auto recover box by accident and in the middle of my calculations my computer crashed. Is there a way to recover the workbook I was working on when it crashed? I never got the chance ...
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Recovering deleted files using php

I honestly don't know what I did. But I used either rmdir() or unlink() and accidentally deleted some files I worked on today. I am using Mac OS X PLEASE PLEASE tell me there is someway I can any of ...