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Linux - transfer all files modified after a specific date to a new harddrive

I recently had my second hard-drive of the past semester begin to fail on me and become unable to ghost to a new drive. I still had the first hd that failed so we ghosted that drive but now I need to ...
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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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Is it possible to recover deleted data from a clonezilla image?

Since foremost/sleuthkit seem to require a disk image, I created one using clonezilla. However, I realized afterwards that it "saves and restores only used blocks in the harddisk". Does that mean it ...
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Any way to unlock drive locked by BitLocker?

My wife's laptop loads straight into a prompt asking for a BitLocker password. The encryption is on our Win7 boot drive so no way to boot into safe mode or something similar. If I quit out of this ...
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How to automatically recover lost file extensions?

We're recoverying bunches of data from a crashed partition of which we had no backup, using a data recovery software. Files are getting recovered, but file names are lost. Is there any software or ...
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Recovery tool that reads disk sectors several times

I am trying to recover data from damaged hard disk that sometimes outputs corrupted data – I copied all files from it twice, compared the files and some bytes in sone files where different. Is there ...
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How to fix NTFS MFT if chkdsk hangs?

Once my external has became too slow I've ran chkdsk /f. And it has found no problems. Next time (in a day approximately) I've ran it it still found no problems in files, indices and security ...
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Good practices of creating redundant archive for long time cloud storage

I want to create digital archive of photos, documents and other imporant stuff to store in the cloud (likely Amazon Glacier). Preferably one year per archive, up to 10 gigabytes each. I want to make ...
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Can't recover hard drive

My drive got corrupt after a thunderstorm. It used to be 1 partition of 2.5tb but now it shows 2 partitions. It's weird because 300gig free space is about how much it had before corrupting, but it was ...
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USB drive is empty in drive management

I've got a USB drive here, that somebody asked to try and fix. When inserting it, it shows up in explorer, but when I double click it I get a message saying "Please insert a disk into drive H:". So I ...
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Suggestions for data recovery from an external hard-disk

Recently when I was installing Ubuntu on my Laptop, I had an external 500 GB SeaGate hard-drive attached to the Laptop. During the installation setup Ubuntu asked where I would like to have my ...
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Recovering Crashed Flash drive?

So my friend has a USB flash drive that isn't working. I don't know a whole lot about "recovery" software so I figured I'd ask you guys. What steps can I try (I have access to a Linux machine as ...
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Windows 7 secondary drive data still present, but file tree doesn't display

After recovering my system from a malware attack, I restored all of my previous settings, run malware/virus scans, etc. Everything appears to be back to normal, except: E:\ directory tree does not ...
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Should Windows 7's built-in image restore really be so slow that it takes DAYS?

When I restore a ~500 GB disk image made with Windows 7's built-in system image tool, it runs for 8-10 hours with very little progress, and even after 3 days it is still only about 30% done. Why is ...
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How to access single files from partially broken disk?

My laptop fell down and now I cannot start it. BIOS Hard drive tests shows "Error Code: 0000 Read Verification Failed" on the 0% of the test. I need to copy data from the disk and thus I took it off ...
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Retrieving data off my broken hard drive, what can I do?

My Seagate Freeagent external hard drive broke the other day. I accidentally pulled on the chord with my leg and it fell on my desk. It then started beeping and was no longer recognizable by my ...
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Should I run two ddrescue processes in parallel on separate logical drives?

I've got a Windows harddisk that had been partitioned into three drives: some proprietary ACER recovery partition C drive, about 90 GB D drive, about 60 GB It died hard, so now I've been running ...
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Data recovery after failed partition resize/move

I was doing a partition resize, assuming (yes..) that power loss was not a possibility. Unfortunately someone turned off the PC during the resize operation. As a result, many of the files are now ...
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Hard drive failure?

I have a 500GB hard drive that is about 3 years old. I've used it for video editing and it's been on and spinning for almost the full 3 years solid, with an occasional weekend shutdown every few ...
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On a failing hard drive, I am able to view data but unable to copy it - why?

I have a 2.5" external hard drive that is failing. It's not making the expected 'clicking' noise that most hard drives and I am able to view the data, but I am unable to actually retrieve the data. ...
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Recovering data from a hard drive with bad sectors

A friend of mine recently gave me a laptop that wasn't booting past the Windows screen. I replaced the hard drive with a new one and put the old hard drive in my comp. to try and recover the data. ...
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Recovering data from a Silicon Image SiI3114 RAID

I have a set of 3 disks in RAID 5 originally created with a Silicon Image SiI3114 on-board RAID controller. The old motherboard is dead. The new motherboard (which has a different raid controller) ...
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XP - user deleted. Now can't access data related to that user.

I had a user in Windows XP. I have deleted that user through My Computer\Manage\Local Computer. Now when I log in through Administrator I can't access to data related to that deleted user. When I ...
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Recovering broken NTFS partition

I have been given a hard disk that needs some data restore. Let me explain the situation... The HDD's owner says the disk cannot be mounted in Windows, I suspected a power problem but verified that ...
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Create image from RAID images

I have 3 raw images of what was once a 3 disk RAID5 setup. The hardware has been lost and the configuration is unknown. Does anyone know of some software that can automatically detect the raid ...
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data recovery from unallocated harddisk partition

I accidentally deleted a partition which mainly served as space I put my data, labeled D: drive. The partition wasn't subsequently formatted though, following the delete incident. Obviously the D: ...
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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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Recover a corrupted exFAT volume under OS X

I have a external drive that is formatted as exFAT. It does not show up on my system when I plug it in. When I run Disk Utility, the drive appears on my system but I get the following message: ...
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How do I make my computer recognize my old hard drive

Ok so.... I had to wipe my computer clean of everything because of bad malware that completely locked me out of safe mode and my computer itself. So I wiped my MAIN hard drive clean, and I can see my ...
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LaCie NAS failed - Recover Raid 5 From bad device

here is my problem: I have a 5disk (Seagate 2To) RAID5 working with a NAS LaCie 5big. Each disk is still working but the NAS device has failed and it refuses to boot with HDD inside (LaCie helpdesk ...
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Can I recover a lost text file in Windows 7?

How can I recover a lost text file in Windows 7?? It has very important information in it and of course, it is gone because of the stupid Windows Update thing....it just automatically closed all of my ...
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Lost all data on Windows XP after blue screen

I got a blue screen and was trying to boot with my OS disk. Frankly, I was unsure exactly how to do this. I was trying everything and booted in partition mode. Finally, I booted with disk and ran ...
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Files names with forbidden characters for Windows, disappeared in TrueCrypt

I have files and folders in a TrueCrypt volume that contain the character :, which is not tolerated by Windows. These files were named with this character on a Linux system. When I opened the ...
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Non destructively Convert offline dynamic disk to basic disk using testdisk tool

I had a 250GB hard disk having several NTFS partitions. The disk was a dynamic disk (created in windows). Now when I formatted windows (which was in another disk), the dynamic disk is shown as ...
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RAID5, Can you clone the drive and access the media from Windows?

So my server is about to die and all of a sudden my RAID5 isn't accessible anymore. Is it possible to access the files on those drives some other way? Like maybe plugging them into another comp, ...
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Need to recover data from a poorly burnt 8.5GB dual-layer DVD - Cannot copy half the data from the disc

Synopsis: I had a series of backup CDs that I had burnt some time ago. In order to consolidate the many discs I copied them all to my hard drive in separate folders, compressed them into .RARs (at ...
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How to connect Western Digital “My passport” using other means?

I have a Western Digital My Passport 500Gb external Harddrive where the USB connection on the drive seems to have worn out. I am trying to retrieve the data for a friend. Here is an image of the ...
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Hard disk has one foot out the door. What should I do?

My computer has always had a loud (Fujitsu) hard drive drive. Since I bought it in 2007, its ticking has been noticeable during normal activity. Increasingly, it's made loud CLACK sounds (every ...
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Mounting external hard drive as read only

I was asked to pull some data off of a hard drive for a friend. The disk is 3-4 years old so she has no idea what is on it, just pull anything off I can. I don't know if there are any viruses on it ...
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Is it possible to view a deleted email that has since been deleted from Gmail servers, by finding the cached Chrome browser files

Is it possible to recover email text that was originally viewed in Google Chrome browser by finding it somehow in the cached browser files. The original gmail messages was deleted and so was the ...
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Mac Disk Utility Undo volume scheme change

My sister made a mistake when trying to reformat a hard drive, and buggered up a hard drive with her work on it. She says it happened very quickly which leads me to believe she's actually just ...
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Recover all files from SD card (not just known file extensions)

I've run PhotoRec and it was able to recover photos, mp3s and video files from my phone's "dead" SD card. The fact that it recovered these files would suggest that other files (Android system files, ...
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Can I recover my /opt/local/bin folder that I accidentally deleted?

I'm running Mac OS X 10.5.8. I was recently uninstalling mysql5 from /opt/local/bin. I typed: rm -rf /opt/local/bin mysql* instead of rm -rf /opt/local/bin/mysql* This deleted my entire ...
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Cross OS data recovery, USB drive involved.

A MacBook had OS X 10.4 and Windows XP dual booting using rEFIt. Then the Windows partition gets corrupted and it won't boot. Presumably a virus. There were sensitive files there and those were ...
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Recovering text files in terminal using grep on Mac OS X Snow Leopard

I foolishly removed some source code from my Mac OS X Snow Leopard machine with rm -rf when doing something with buildout. I want to try and recover these files again. I haven't touched the system ...
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How to get data out of a Maxtor Shared Storage II that fails to boot?

I've got a Maxtor Shared Storage II (RAID1 mode) which has developed some hardware failure, apparently: it fails to boot properly and is unreachable via network. When powering it on, it keeps ...
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DriveImage XML - Recover XML Index File?

I'm paying a bit of an idiot tax here, and could use some help. Had windows machine that was virus-laden, so prior to wiping & reinstalling XP, I used Ultimate Boot CD for Windows to get in, and ...
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Disk Management Action History/log

I deleted a partition in disk management earlier today, and then extended the partition before it over the newly unallocated space, and now need to recover a file from it. Does Disk Management keep ...
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I Initialized my HDD to MBR? Can I recover the data ? (Note.. I just intialized, nothing else.) [duplicate]

I had an HDD in my Laptop. I connected that HDD to some other laptop via USBtoSATA bridge and it dint show in My Computer. After trying for several times, I went to disk management, and as soon as it ...
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hard drive detected internally but not externally

I have an acer laptop with a WD hard drive I have been using for about a year. Of late I noticed my system slow down dramatically. Further inspection revealed that the hard drive was going bad. The ...