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Formatted D partition by mistake

I just did a huge mistake. Yesterday, a friend of mine asked me to install Windows XP for him. I have done this task hundreds of times, but yesterday I was tired when I started the install procedure ...
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Expectations for NTFS file recovery

Yesterday I booted my XP system, and as I looked up a minute later I saw the light blue screen and tail-end of that pre-boot diskcheck Windows sometimes does if it finds an error (or was previously ...
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Word Document Changed All Text Into Asterisks

A friend is writing his master's thesis with Word on a Mac, and hasn't saved his document, he simply closes the laptop (sleep mode) and reopens to continue (bad idea, I know). Anyway, he said as he ...
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Can I run 2 data recovery softwares simultaneously?

Does running two different hard drive recovery softwares (Recuva, TestDisk etc) hamper any chances of data recovery. Its probably not as I don't think they'd be doing any writing at all. But just to ...
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Resize partition failed (XP) - can I get the data back?

A customer resized a Windows partition to make the C drive bigger and the D drive smaller. I don't know how, or with what software, but it failed and now the D drive is unreadable in Windows. The ...
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How to recover data from an external HDD?

I have a Verbatim 1080p external HDD (47535 model). When i plug it in, the power and the hdd leds are lighting, but it has an anoying sound every half second or so. Is there any posibility to fix it ...
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Recovering Hard Disk

Is there a way to recover data from a hard drive when it's not detected anymore by the PC? I've looked around and all the solutions seem to assume that the hard drive is still detectable. How can I ...
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Weird partition table

I was given a hard disk to repair/extract data from. This hard drive was once the hard drive of a computer that had windows and linux installed (using grub to change between two). Booting from the ...
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Recovering data from external hard drive with hard drive enclosure

So I spilled water on my WD Essential 1.5 TB hard drive. I think it is just the enclosure that is affected so I bought a Rocketfish hard drive enclosure. Now when I connect it to the computer it ...
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Application for recovering deleted files for Windows 98 [closed]

What is the best tool for recovering deleted files in hard disk for Windows 98?
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saving data from a failing drive

An external 3½" HDD seems to be in danger of failing — it's making ticking sounds when idle. I've acquired a replacement drive, and want to know the best strategy to get the data off of the dubious ...
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I have to export the data from an HP Vestra 05/20 computer. How can I do this?

It's a computer with Windows 3.1, and I don't have a mouse for it, only a keyboard. It has a diskette and cd opening, but I don't know if they can burn things. Also, there's no USB entrance. Is there ...
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Where does Quickbooks store its data?

I was given a HD that has gone bad and I need to rescue the data saved by Quickbooks. Where does Quickbooks save data by default?
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What is the best tool (and my chances of success) for recovering files from an Ext4 partition?

I have a 500GB drive. The first 100GB was an ext3 Ubuntu 9.04 installation, the last was formatted as a 400GB ext4 for storage. I had a lot of files on that 400GB partition - most weren't ...
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Securely delete a file in Ubuntu?

I have been reading about government standards for secure data erasure by overwriting the file location with random data [wikipedia: data erasure standards]. I am wondering if Ubuntu's default Delete ...
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Why do data-recovery programs often recover files without the original names/structure?

Why do data-recovery programs often recover files without the original names/structure? For instance, I use PhotoRec, I think it is a very good application for recovery purposes but everything it ...
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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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Need a testing automation program for a Winforms application without source code

I am looking for (what I'm assuming) is a testing automation program. I need to harvest the data this application uses. I cannot access the database directly. I do not have the application's source ...
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recover partition after reinstall windows XP

My OS was infected by trojan or virus and system files are corrupted. After tried to reinstall XP several time and failed, I took out the hard drive and prepare to back up files for a clean reinstall. ...
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No more than one copy is allowed on Hp recovery manager when creating Vista discs

I had an issue with my laptop so I sent it to customer services for repair, and today trying to make a recovery disc it tells me that just one disc creation is allowed, which means they did this on ...
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When an SSD finally reach its end of life, can you still read its data?

For "end of life" I mean when some of the SSD cells won't erase anymore, and the S.O. starts complaining about write failures. When this finally happens, will I still be able to safely copy all of ...
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What filesystems can cope with a loss of power while copying?

(This is kind of a followup to the issue I had yesterday where I lost data because of a removal-while-copying) I already know NTFS doesn't handle an unexpected removal too well. Do the newer ...
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Recovering files from a Windows account on an internal drive

I was wondering would there be problems if I tried to recover my files from my Windows 7 account on an internal drive that I took out of my laptop and then hooked up to my other laptop? Will I have ...
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Western Digital My Passport 1TB HDD Failed - Any last ditch things I can do?

So two days ago now my USB 2.0/3.0 external hard drive would not come up in Windows. When I plug the drive in it spins up and Windows recognizes that a USB drive was plugged in (I get the sound, but ...
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How? Mount, Find & Recover DATA in HDD outside of Synology Box

How? Mount, Find & Recover DATA in HDD outside of Synology Box I had originally posted this question here on Synology Forums and no real solution was suggested except a Linux / RAID based ...
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Does “scan” by data recovery software modify the partition it scans?

I am new to data recovery software. Many have a scan step, like Recuva. I wonder if scanning a partition by data recovery software will modify the partition? I learned that never modify data on a ...
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Recover a disk that won't spin after begin shaken?

I have a 2.5" hard drive that has been shaken while it was turned on. When I connect it, nothing happens what so ever. It doesn't spin and the BIOS can't see it. At this site they talk about putting ...
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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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Data recovery on working hard drive [closed]

So I have a 5 bay hot swap SATA enclosure that's connected to a Silicon Image-based SATA adapter in a computer. It's running XP Pro. There are two 1.5TB hard drives in slots 1 and 2 respectively, set ...
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How to recover data in formatted hard disk and already installed a new OS

Help how to recover formatted hard disk and already installed a new OS but not yet installed applications. Edit: I have two 500g hard drives lets say HD1 has my personal files and the other is HD2 ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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Should I, and how do I, backup my database for a web application that is hosted on an Amazon EC2 server?

I set up Amazon EC2 instance using the Ubuntu server edition, and I installed the LAMP stack on it. I did up a PHP web application running on MySQL. I have tested the web application on Amazon EC2, ...
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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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Data Corruption in binary files from forceful shutdown of computer

I saved some data in a binary file using C++. Two minutes after the data was saved, the power to the computer was suddenly cut off. When I restarted the computer the data was corrupted. When I read ...
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How can I recover a deleted docx file?

I have a very important Word 2010 file that has been deleted. I believe the kids may have deleted it as it's not available on the desktop where I had saved it as well as in the recycle bin. I have run ...
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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 ...