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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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.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 ...
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Recover EFS Certificatate Dead MoBo

I created an encrypted file with Windows 7 32-bit on a NAS (mybooklive) and backed the file (not the certificate) up locally to the computer's hard drive. The original Win7 computer had a motherboard ...
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My WD passport detected but not shown on my computer

1TB WD harddisk is detected in laptop but drives not visible on my computer. Under disk managment drives shown without letters. Right clicking on these drives give 2 options: Delete volume Help. ...
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TestDisk: The harddisk is reported as too small?

I am trying to restore partitions on an old hard drive. The drive has been formatted previously. I am using TestDisk 6.14. When I choose the option Deeper Search I think it finds something, because 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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Windows 8 unformatted drives data recovery

My system recently crashed and I have to re-install Windows. I had 4 drives and 100GB each and system drive of 30 GB. Now when I was installing it did not let me install on the already existing 30 GB ...
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Recovery of disk with intermittent errors

The hard disk drive (Hitachi HTS547575A9E384) in my laptop (Samsung NP300E5A-A07PL) has failed... again (it was once replaced by warranty)! Lubuntu 12.10 noticed disk errors and switched '/' to ...
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Reiserfs partition data recovery (success)

i am having windows xp as my os. but i have raiserfs partions created by suse linux on same HDD. i need to recover data from the linux partitions now. i created opensuse live usb and booted from it. ...
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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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Recover directories just deleted in Nautilus

In Nautilus, I accidentally delete several directories on a partition (unfortunately, I deleted them in a way such that they don't remain in Trash). I haven't write any new data to that partition yet. ...
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Trying to recover HDD from desktop computer

I have a friend's HDD which has crashed due to a virus, at least he thinks. The HDD's C:\ partition shows up as unformatted/raw, D:\ is fine and has no problems. The HDD is from a Windows 7 machine ...
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Restore files after a reformat

A couple of friends of mine had problems with their computer (OS crash) and let a friend fix it. The problem is that he did a reformat and a fresh install of the OS without asking. They had all their ...
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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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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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How to recover a file using the FAT cluster chain instead of using the stored length in the FAT table?

I'm trying to recover movie files from my TNT receiver hard drive but it corrupts its FAT32 allocation table (crappy cheap device...) Using dosfsck is useless because the correct file length is the ...
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What diagnostics are safe to run on an SSD drive?

I have a MacBook Pro (late 2010) with a Crucial RealSSD 256Gb in it; 60Gb is given to the Windows 7 x64 BootCamp partition. I have a USB-attached 500Gb drive for (most) data. In the last day or so, ...
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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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Hard drive failed, suspected filesystem corruption, still cannot salvage any data from harddrive

Firstly, I am terribly sorry if this is a duplicate, but I couldn't find a similar issue to mine, so here goes. I have a 1TB hdd bought around 8 months ago used as backup hard drive. I have not used ...
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Recover 2.7TB partition converted from GPT to MBR

I have a 3TB disk which had a 128MB Microsoft basic data partition at the beginning, and the rest was a large ~2.7TB ntfs partition. I recently converted this disk from GPT to MBR, and the second ...
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I have an unbootable Windows XP install. I can open the registry (offline). How do I figure out what folders were shared on the network?

I have an Acronis disk image of a PC that had Windows XP Pro on it. The hard drive is dying and the Acronis image is incomplete (some missing sectors, blah blah). I did my best to get the computer to ...
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how to recover partition from harddisk

I have a 500 gb internal laptop harddisk.I have windows 7 in one of the four partitions. The system didn't boot so I used pendrive linux to boot ubuntu from usb. After booting using ubuntu I'm able to ...
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How to restrict others to recover my personal files

There are lot of "Undo delete" softwares available in the market. My thought is: how to restrict others to recover my personal files. For example, if I give my mobile phone(eg: Samsung Galaxy S3, ...
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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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partition recovery diskpart clean

So i've done diskpart clean in one hard drive than i create 3 partitions the problem the client said that he needs backup at last second but we did the the format (what i say in the begin) any way ...
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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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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 RTF file

My PC locked up while I was editing an .rtf file which got corrupted - when I try to open the file in Wordpad now it starts with HTML code: (removed leading html bracket) <!DOCTYPE HTML PUBLIC ...
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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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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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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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Changed “partition type” to EFI GPT accidently when default WAS Intel using TESTDISK

So i was trying to recover a failing drive by doing some tests. This drive was connected externally. After some trial and errors - I decided to 'write changes' after going into the EFI GPT category ...
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Is there a way to find who I sent an email to, after deleting the email in windows live mail from the trash folder, on windows 7?

I've sent an email with sensitive information, with Windows Live Mail, then put it in the trash folder of the software, then emptied the trash folder. The person on the other end never got the email. ...
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How to Recover Google Chrome User Settings

Someone logged in as a user and removed all of the Google Chrome user's apps, extensions, bookmarks, history, and settings. After which, they closed the browser window and restarted it (overwriting ...
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Knoppix only shows 2 out of 7 hdds

I'm trying to recover some data from a computer. The computer has 7 disks. When booting from the latest knoppix live cd I only see 2 hard drives. Why are the other ones not showing up? Anyone an ...
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About skype chat history

I asked skype to delete 2 weeks of chat history from just one contact and skype deleted it all from all contacts. There is no more any history saved. I am very frustrated because I wanted all the ...
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is clonezilla really doing a copy of 1 to 1 of a harddisk ?! (regarding testdisk…)

When I want a clone of an harddisk and do this with Clonezilla - with the exactly same sectors and blocks - is it then possible to get the same results with testdisk of the cloned partition like the ...
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SD card mounting trouble

Im trying to mount an SD card, And it generally (~80%) works great for a few seconds, Long enough for me to see the folder structure, and then unmounts itself. I need to have it monuted long enough ...
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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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Damaged hard disk - FAT32 - lost boot sector and root directory

I've got an external 640Gb HDD which has been badly treated (accidentally packed into a sea shipment container then left in storage for 9 months, probably had some extreme temperatures too). I'm ...
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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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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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Can I recover e-mail account settings from SeaMonkey?

One of my e-mail accounts is POP3 only. This means that having it set up on multiple computers might get confusing. So I deleted it from SeaMonkey on my desktop (Windows Vista) before creating it in ...
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Restoring partition using TestDisk

I'm on Windows 8.1 Pro. I have a 60GB SSD from which I boot, and most of my data is on a 1TB SSHD. The SSHD was formatted with only one partition. I recently tried to shrink that partition to dual ...
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How to recover files deleted by System Restore

My buddy has done a System Restore to recover his laptop. This System Restore deleted a whole bunch of Javascript files in his My Documents folder belonging to a project he was working on. They were ...
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Postgres DB table recovery

I was using PG Admin and modifying a table in my DB. I was actually adding two fields. Once done, I hit the OK button and PG Admin hung up. I think this is the first time. Now I cannot open that ...
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Best program to restore NTFS partition table

I have a drive that seems to have a lost partition table. EaseUS and Photorec seemed to not know about any partitions, but restored about 1 TB of files from the disk, however they are all useless and ...
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Recover data from corrupted LVM partition with TestDisk?

I had setup 3 disks in a LVM array with each disk holding some data. A few weeks back one of the disks "disappeared" from the LVM array and BIOS. After rebooting, the disk reappeared but does not ...
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recovering a windows home server (v1) hdd

I just had my windows homeserver (v1) die All im left with are 3 hard drives 2 of the drives show up as blank when I plug them into my usb sata reader the 3rd drive has 2 partitions system and Data ...