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Restore a file overwritten with ln -nfs?

I accidentially "deleted" a file by doing this: ln -nfs /path/to/file In my understanding the data itsself should still be there. I also stopped working on the machine as I did this shit... Is it ...
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Recover files from RAW Drive in Windows

Portable USB Hardrive get corrupted (Bad sectors) and now is detecting as RAW. I'm trying to find golden solution to deal with this so Everyone including me will have example what to do to recover ...
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Lost assassins creed save progress by reinstalling windows

Lost assassins creed save progress by reinstalling Windows system. Any idea how to recover it ?
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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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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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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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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 ...
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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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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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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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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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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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Trying to mount a partition to recover files

One of the partitions on an external drive just went partway south on me. It shows up grayed out (unmounted) in Disk Utility as "disk3s5" but DU won't mount it. I ran the following: localhost:~ tod$ ...
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Replace disk electronics in HDD Password Protected hard drives

I have HDD password protected hard drive (Seagate ST320LT007) which dies recently, most probably because of damaged electronics. I would like to buy new one and replace demaged electronic with ...
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My LapTop Internal Hard Drive is Not detecting

I am using HCL Leap top model Laptop. It is 5 years old one. The internal 160gb hard drive is not detected. I enquired nearby data recovery agents for data recovery and they informed me that head part ...
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External hard drive unplugged while running iTunes…Corrupted files

I have nearly 2TB of Movies and TV Shows copied to iTunes on an external hard drive. Last night, I was unplugging a cord behind my desk and I accidentally unplugged my HD. Well, when I plugged it back ...
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Recover .php files from an accidental partition format

I'm trying to recover .php files from an accidental partition format. I've used a lot of software, but the results are the same, unreadable text that looks: Download full file.
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Windows forces me to format hd

When I mount a harddrive to my computer, then it tells me I've got to format it, before using it. I know that I once used it as a normal hd and it still contains data. As I've found out, the mfr could ...
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Can an inode table on the root partition be-rebuilt or salvaged?

A friend (not technical) has a Linux server running CentOS which will no longer boot. His IT guy looked at it and says the inode table on the root partition was basically gone. Since the inode table ...
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How to restore data after repartitioning a drive?

Yesterday night I properly shut down my laptop, but the next morning when I opened my laptop, I found that two of the drives were missing. I checked Disk Management and it said that there was "90GB ...
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Error check first and then recover?

I have a few files that I'd want to try recovering from a pendrive. The thing is, when I connect it, windows popped up saying if I'd like to get my drive checked for errors. My question is, would I ...
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How can I recover damaged FAT12 disk image?

So a damaged disk image with FAT12 filesystem is given, which FATs and RootDir is empty but content of files are still existed in clusters. How can I recover this damaged disk image? I tried to use ...
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Cannot access files after trying to upgrade Ubuntu

I tried to upgrade Ubuntu from 11.10 to 12.04. I left it for 24 hours but the upgrade did not complete. Hence I cancelled the upgrade. I thought I will copy all the files that I have to a DVD/CD and ...
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Recovering text from an indexed and now-corrupted RTF file, using Windows.edb

My laptop with SSD drive had a sudden power loss, and upon booting windows up again, an RTF file seems to have been corrupted as a result (despite the file being saved to disk just fine - the file WAS ...
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How do I back up my Windows partition from an Ubuntu live CD?

My Windows partition (C:) is corrupt. I'm booting up from an Ubuntu live CD and trying to copy all the files from C: to my external drive, but the system expands all of the links, producing a ...
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Mounting a USB drive that doesn't automatically install in Windows 7

I have an external usb hard drive enclosure. I'm attaching some very old IDE drives to from an old computer to see if there are any photographs or things worth saving on them. I plug the enclosure in ...
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How to access NTFS partition and erase files on clicking hard drive (part-success)

Had a new laptop for 4 days and when turned on today, the hard drive (Hitachi) was clicking (hardware fault) and Windows won't load: "0xc00000e9 error - hardware fault". Definitely not dropped the ...