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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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Where does Word keep its autorecover data? [duplicate]

I accidentally closed Word withous saving a file. I had autorecover enabled. I immediately realised my mistake and pulled the plug on the computer and connected the hdd to another. How can I recover ...
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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 ...
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Recover Files from Verizon LG EnV3 (VX9200) Phone?

I am running into trouble trying to recover files from my Verizon LG EnV3 VX9200 phone. My computer, running Windows 7, will only read the phone as a Windows Portable Device and will not assign the ...
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Can I tell TestDisk to ignore filesystem?

I recently formatted a FAT32 external hard drive to ext4. After realising this was, in my case, a mistake I now want to attempt to recover the data whilst keeping the folder structure intact How can I ...
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Getting data from linux partition on SATA drive from Windows or Linux

My laptop became unbootable today. Something popped when I plugged the power supply in and it wouldn't boot. Anyway, I took it to a hardware specialist shop to get them to open up the laptop and fetch ...
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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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pendrive recovery that damaged while installing linux [duplicate]

I tried to intall linux mint in my hp v165w pendrive.After I partition the device,I clicked on the "next" to install linux.in progress bar after 80% completion the progress stops and cancelled.after ...
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Linux ntfsundelete for recovering files in a Windows XP NTFS partition

Recently some folders have began disappearing from my Windows XP partition while booted in it. Sometimes after a drag and drop or move operations, a folder becomes undeletable, and I am afraid that it ...
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.DBF file recovery needed from a quick formated NTFS HDD

I formated a HDD to install Windows XP and deleted partions while installing, then performed a quick formant (NTFS) on new partion to install the OS. (One of the partions is still unformated, just ...
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Recover a MicroSD memory

I connected my MicroSD Memory to a computer and when the computer was reading data from it, I suddenly removed it from the computer. Now there is no files in memory and it's empty BUT My Computer ...
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Rebuilding a RAID 1 without data loss, recover from unallocated partition data

Mobo: ASUS P8Z77-M/Pro Gen 3 RAM: 32GB (4 x 8GB) Power Supply: corsair HX850 HDDs:Configuration before the problem: 1 x 128GB SSD for Windows 7 professional 64-bit 2 x 3TB drives in RAID 1 on the ...
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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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Rescuing disk contents from an unrecognized NTFS partition

I have an hdd from a notebook that fell and now it's not being recognized. It had 2 ntfs partitions. First for Windows, second for data (my documents, my pictures, etc were mapped there). I mostly ...
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Undelete NTFS Files to Same Location

My backup utility deleted about 200 GB of data accidentally from my backup drive. I still have the data on my main drive but it will take too much time if I copy and paste it again. Is there a way to ...
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Does any Spinrite level intentionally result in data loss?

That is, are any of the operational levels designed in a way which writes over or otherwise destroys existing data on the disk? I looked around but couldn't find an answer to this question, and can't ...
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How to recover data from a USB-connected hard disk that shows no partition?

Is there a possible way to recover data on my Western Digital 2TB drive? I have tried different ways like using gparted and fdisk etc.. but nothing helped. The error I get is that it cannot find a ...
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Programs recommended for data recovery [closed]

My external hard disk is busy packing up. I tried to access the drive to save some photo's, but no success through Windows disk management. So I tried my linux box at work, read up about the fsck cmd ...
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testdisk - partition : write error

Today I bought a SATA-to-usb convertor to copy my data from old hard drive that had been abandoned for few months. When I connected to PC, the partition didn't show up so I decided to fix the ...
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Is there a way to read the files off of a hard drive that was previously in a Western Digital MyBook External HDD Enclosure?

My external hdd unfortunately took a tumble the other day and it landed square on the usb connector, breaking the socket off so it was inside the enclosure just rattling around, leaving me unable to ...
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How to recover unsaved PSD file on MacOSX

Adobe Photoshop creates temporary *.psb files for emergency recovery at this path: ~/Library/Application Support/Adobe/Adobe Photoshop CS6/AutoRecover The files created have names like ...
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How can I recreate my git directory and working tree?

My hard drive failed. No backups. (I know. I know.) Managed to clone the drive and recover most lost data. However, files and directories which were prefixed with dot (or blob) are now without their ...
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Corrupt Git Repository

After a hard drive crash, I recovered what I could. Stupidly, I had no backups (I was away, and was going to set up backups when I got back), and I could only recover part of a git repository. I got ...
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Recover deleted files from FAT partition under Linux [duplicate]

I need to recover deleted files from a FAT partition under Linux. I tried to do it with TestDisk and it was ok, but now I need to do it from a partition which has many bad sectors – and I found the ...
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Does Windows modify a non-primary HDD without explicit user command

My Western Digital MyBook Essential external HDD crashed recently and I'm trying to recover my data from it. Thinking that the HDD enclosure is simply a USB/SATA converter, I tried connecting the ...
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Corrupted compact flash not accessible anymore

The CF card in my DSLR got corrupted. I'm trying to get this card back to life, or at least, do a backup and operate on it. I already tried several recovery tools but most of them won't work since ...
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If an external HDD's USB port gets busted, will plugging the HDD's SATA directly to a PC possibly work?

My Western Digital MyBook Essential crashed recently, and I'm unable to access it through Ubuntu nor Windows. My goal is to recover my data, and wondering if it's advisable to connect the HDD ...
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How to recover mails of deleted mail account from .thunderbird directory?

I was using a gmail account. Now my TL deleted that gmail account. I was using mozilla thunderbird as mail client. Also it got disappeared from my mozilla thunderbird . but I found that all those ...
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Photos on media card show as shortcut only

I accessed the media card on a notebook computer (which I believe to be virus infected) and after that, the photos can only be seen on the camera. When I try to read the media card on another ...
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How to prevent file recovery when the recovered state is identical to the file content?

When my PC crashes for some reason and I open my files again in vim, it asks me to perform recovery on previously opened files. The recovery plugin helps a lot, but in 90% of cases the recovered data ...
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VirtualBox: files missing after after attempting to move them from the shared folder to trash

I'm running an Ubuntu 12.04 VM on VirtualBox with a Mac host. I had some very large files(140GB+) in the shared folder and I needed to free up some disk space, so I moved the files to the VM trash ...
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Hard drive looks empty after CHKDSK

My hard drive seem to have crashed, windows used scandisk on it for a long time. Now the disk appears empty, even though Windows claims that 200Gb are in use : If I show system files, now I see ...
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Why is it impossible to compress on the fly images by ddrescue?

I'm trying to recover files on a dying hard drive, using GNU's ddrescue. The drive is rather large (1TB), and all I have to store the image is another 1TB drive. ddrescue fails near the end, with an ...
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Accidentally deleted ALL Chrome cookies while trying to view some

I was trying to view the cookies in Chrome and perhaps delete them for a specific site. I tried to click the search box to enter some text to view just the cookies for the specific site, but ...
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How to recover data from ext4 partition formatted to LVM?

During Debian 7.1. installation I accidentally formatted my 60gb logical ext4 partition to LVM. I tried to recover data with testdisk and similar tools but with no success. Testdisk is unable to find ...
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Recover overwritten contents from a saved word file in Office 2013 & Windows 8

My dad wrote a new word file and saved it with a same name to a word file previously saved. Now previous file was overwritten. How can I restore this file and keep the new one as well. Now the ...
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Restoring messages from Nokia Ovi Suite

I had synchronized many messages from my phone to Nokia Suite but after upgrading my computer from Windows 7 Home Premium to Windows Ultimate I can no longer access them. Nokia Suite gets uninstalled ...
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How to recover lost partitions using a bootable pen drive?

I have lost all partitions in my laptop's hard disk recently and its now showing as a raw disk. I have made a bootable pen drive using Ubuntu-12.04 and trying to recover the lost data using ...
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Opening up and diagnosing a faulty 2.5'' hard drive

The laptop of a friend of mine ceased to function after being clumsily dropped to the floor. It had boot problems for a while (never getting to the O.S.) and then it stopped working altogether. ...
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External Adata HDD stopped working

My external HDD Adata Classic CH94 has stopped working. It is a 500 GB HDD with at least 270+ GB filled with TV shows, games, movies and images. When I attached it, I got this message. The message ...
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How to recover information from Dropbox?

Well, we had an emplyee who used to store all of his business accounts in Dropbox. Now he left our company turned off the sync and uninstalled dropbox so all of his files went poof! His Dropbox ...
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How to undo 'create partition primary' command of diskpart

I was trying to recover my pendrive as it was showing 0 bytes allocated space, and I came across some information about using the diskpart command to format it. For the worse I selected a wrong ...
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Accidentally formatted hard drive when installing Ubuntu 12.04 [duplicate]

So, I had Windows 7 on my hard drive. I decided to dual boot with Ubuntu 12.04. I was in a hurry and hit the wrong button, so it wiped out (full format) my Win7 install. It was a NTFS drive, but was ...
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How can I see the hidden data of a bootable CD/DVD media?

I have this bootable DVD that holds a recovery program. When I insert the disc in Windows I can only read the label of the disc. When I try to explore the contents I don't see anything. But when I ...
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Why recovered .xls and .doc files show as symbols?

I formatted an NTFS drive (and re-installed windows) which had some important .doc and .xls files, I used 2 recovery software and both recovered my files but seem to be corrupt, when opened they ...
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Is there a way to keep file structure when using Photorec?

I keep getting folders that are just piles of items. I need the original structure of the recovered files.
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Is dd_rescue destructive when I resume a copy in “backward” mode? [duplicate]

I am imaging a damaged 500gb ext3 filesystem using dd_rescue. By around 403gb of data copied, the program finds very numerous bad sectors (over 8000 so far) and runs miserably slow. If I stop the ...
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Can not copy files from old CD's into new system

I am trying to access some very old CD's I have (8+ years) When inserting into my current OS (Windows 7) I can see the files, and I can also browse the folders. The problem starts when I want to ...
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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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HP 1TB external HDD data recovery

My HP 1TB external HDD stoped working. I was unable to find a service center in my area because it was bought from an online shopping site and some them rejected to service because it was an external ...