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How to recover data from a damaged or bad DVD?

I have many data DVDs these were working fine some days back. But now I am having problems reading the data of these DVDs. I have tried them on different drives but no luck. It seems that they are ...
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Recovering a corrupted .txt file

Well, my system crashed as I was saving a text file. When I reopened it, the data was unreadable (shows up as a bunch of ascii NULL characters) I'm guessing that there was a bit or two missing at ...
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repair/recovery tool for Western Digital Elements (1TB)

My Hard Disk Drive just got corrupted due to electricity fluctuation. When I plug my Western Digital Elements, It ask me if I want to format it or not... I can't see my files or even the capacity of ...
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hex edit of FAT32 partition tips wanted

I currently have a wrong-sized partition in a "very damaged" status. The first problem for most recovery tools: - disk size is 9*10x units. - logical partition starts at 2*10x units - logical ...
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Data recovery for OS X

I've got a Mac that won't boot and I'd like to recover whatever data I can before wiping the hard drive and reinstalling. I'm looking for something similar to TRK (which is Windows-centric) — boot ...
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How to recover deleted files?

My laptop has two os. one is windows vista. and other is Ubuntu. I am currently on ubuntu system, this is my primary OS. There are 4 partitions of my hard disk Windows OS Linux(Ubuntu OS) Data ...
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S.M.A.R.T reads 'Caution' on external hard drive but no bad sectors were found

I have a 3TB Western Digital My Book that I use to store all of my media. I have had it for almost 3 years and have only moved it a handful of times, and because the drive is only accessed on ...
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Recover txt files based on known strings

I have lost a number of txt files, which contain important personal information. I accidentally deleted them from the hard disk. I am not sure which folder they were in. I am not sure what filenames ...
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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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How to get back the deleted folder and its content on a linux server?

I am using a linux (red hat) server and contents gets updated using CVS. A folder was not in CVS and it got deleted/replaced by another content after I run an update. How can I get the deleted content ...
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Recovering data from an external hard drive

I have a WD Elements 2TB hard drive (formatted NTFS). I accidentally kicked out the USB cable while writing data to the disk, and now I can't access most of the data. Although this was ostensibly my ...
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How to recover data from previous sessions in a CD or DVD

A friend handed my a DVD supposedly having a backup of his kids photos and videos. The DVD shows as empty in Windows 7, but I can see that data was burned in the disk. Is there a utility to explore ...
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Recover Windows Encrypted Files

Today my harddrive had some kind of mid-life crisis and got itself in a state that no amount of dskchking or "Startup Recovery"ing could resolve, so I attached another disk, installed windows on that ...
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Computer won't boot up: “hal.dll is missing or corrupt”

I'm hoping that someone will be able to help me out. I'm in desperate need to recover my data, and I really do not know where to begin. This is my old PC (HP Pavilion M7480N media center, Windows ...
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Recovering files using Recuva

I'm currently using Recuva to recover some files from an external NTFS disk. It finds the files I'm interested in during it's analysis phase (when tools like test-disk fail to find them at all) and ...
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how to read/recover a udf partition

I need to recover the files inside a UDF partition on my vcr external disk. Which program can I use in (preferably) Windows or Linux os?
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What are the various options I have for a faulty disk?

To know : What all things can I try myself to recover data? (Can I open the disk and do something myself with the hope of fixing? I know data recovery centers are possible, but they are very ...
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Restoring old documents found by search engine Everything from $recycle.bin of hard drive D of another PC

I'm trying to recover some old files whose status I do not quite understand. Back in ~2006, I accidently deleted some essential Word documents from my then D:\ -hard drive (Windows ME). Some years ...
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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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Segmerntation fault when running extundelete on Ubuntu - what to do?

I have a partition raw image on which I am trying to run extundelete to undelete some files from an ext4 filesystem. Unfortunately extundelete exits with a segmentation fault. Is there anything I can ...
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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 [duplicate]

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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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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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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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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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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File corruption prevention strategy

I recently read about BTRFS and it's superiority in terms of error handling and noticed that I have no real plan in case data corruption happens, other than backing up regularly. I am not asking for ...
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File Recovery No Signatures(Magic Numbers)

Is it possible to recover a file from a disk image (dd image) if File Header/Footer, Signature has been altered/modified or removed? I mean for example if signature of the bitmap image (0x42 0x4d) or ...
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ddrescue - how are my chances and how could I speed it up? [closed]

I am trying to rescue data from a damaged laptop's 500 GB hard drive using ddrescue version 1.19 on Ubuntu 14.04. By damaged I mean that the drive got corrupted when the laptop hit the ground while ...
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Can’t access USB flash drive anymore

I have a 32 GB Lacie Cookey USB flash disk that doesn't show in the Computer window but it's visible as a device. cmd > diskpart DISKPART> list disk Disk ### Status Size -------- ...
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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 ...