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Recovery Hard Disk with Bad Sectors

I have a WD Element 1TB external hard Disk and suddenly I got some errors in data reading and writing. I decided to recover it, and I tried to do so many ways and nothing worked. I tried to run ...
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How to repair video files?

I have a corrupted micro SD card. With huge trying I could to recover it's data using recuva tool, but now my files are corrupted also. They are video file with some famous extensions such as 3gp, ...
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Faster recovery from a disk with bad sectors

Recently I tried to dd from an unhealthy HDD to a file. I used dd if=/dev/sdb of=somefile bs=4096 conv=noerror,sync. My problem was that dd wasted a lot of time when it encountered a bad block. In my ...
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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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How do I import/recover/repair an Outlook 2013 .ost file into a new instance of Outlook 2013?

Note: This is not a Microsoft Exchange problem, but an Outlook 2013 one, and even though it might seem as a duplicate of a previously asked one, please pay attention to the end of the post. A little ...
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Total SSD failure with irreversible data loss. Is it worth to get a second opinion? [on hold]

My SSD gave up the ghost with a bluescreen and then prevented the computer from booting - didn't even let me access the BIOS anymore while connected. For some reason I did not back up. But please ...
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Recover deleted files of unknown file type [on hold]

The xbox 360 formats external usb devices to fatx by creating some "container" files on top of the normal fat / fat32 filesystem and mounting them. So if you plug the usb hdd to a normal computer and ...
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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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Newly generated pgp keypair missing from Portable PGP

I have a USB drive with Portable PGP on it and have used it for quite some time with no issues. I generated a new key-pair the day before yesterday in order to secure a new account with 2FA ...
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Is there any way to restore EXT4 partition

Is there any way to restore ext4 partition after formatting the entire hard disk then making two partitions of NTFS
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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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Backing up encrpyted hard drive image to cloud?

So I have a hard drive that I think is dying, but I am going to be moving soon, probably busy, and I do not need the data on the drive in the near future. However I do want to ensure that I will not ...
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How to fix HDD malfunction which gives rapid beeping noise and it's not recognized by PC?

I have a 1TB Seagate External hard drive. Upon trying to plug it in to my TV today, it would not load and told me it was "empty". So I tried to plug it in to my computer, at this point it started ...
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Modify a large file, then be able to rollback changes doing it (almost) inplace

I'm recovering data from a damaged 500GB disk drive. I'm copying data (ext4 partition) to a 500GB image file. The process is taking about 3 months of copying in total (yes, months). So I'm using dd ...
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How can Recovery tools recover file's metadata?

According to articles about File system on Wikipedia, file's metadata should be saved in area of file system itself so if we format that drive, it's file table and file system will be erased though ...
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Recover a chunk of compressed data from SD card

I split a tar.bzip file in 3.5GB chunks and stored each chunk in a different SD card. After copying the data to all cards, I inserted one by one and opened it to verify that the file was there, then I ...
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How can I restore my deleted calendar data in Windows Live Mail?

I have been using the calendar in Windows Live Mail for months now. When I logged on yesterday, all of the data and appointments I have been inputting for months is gone. The calendar is completely ...
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rescue data from partially overwritten ntfs partition

I accidentally overwritten part of my ntfs partition with image of another partition using dd if=diskimg of=/dev/sdaX. I canceled it immediately, but unfortunately about 200MB was already written. I'm ...
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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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Intel RAID not detected after rebuilding PC - recovery options?

I'm running a RAID0 array on a Windows 7 PC with an Intel ICH10R SATA chipset, consisting of 4 x 4TB drives (plus a separate drive for the OS). I re-built my PC after getting a new case, and cleared ...
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Want to restore Windows 7 from Linux Ubuntu

I want to recover Windows 7 from Linux and I don't have the Windows 7 CD or any previous back up files. Please tell me if there is a way to recover Windows 7 from Linux because I do not want to boot ...
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How to restore partitions and data after diskpart “clean” command?

I was on my way installing windows 7 alongside linux installation that was scattered over 3 partitions, namely: root, home and additional big partition for data files. I was trying to install windows ...
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How to recover windows data [duplicate]

I just had a problem with my computer, and now my harddisk with my windows data says that I need to format it. I don't have a DVD dvd rom to reinstall windows and I dont know if all my data in that ...
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How to recover data erased by Killdisk Active@? [duplicate]

I'm getting working experience as hardware tech guy meaning I have to repair and fix used computers daily. One of those tasks is formatting all the hard disks and we use Killdisk active@, at Work for ...
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Deleting (Erasing) all Data from Failed SanDisk MicroSD Card

I've had two 32GB SanDisk MicroSD cards go bad recently. One I was able to temporarily revive using the kind advice offered in this thread: Recover Data from Card that cannot be read When I insert ...
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How to recover moved (cut) files from a disk?

I have a PC with two hardrives, in one I have Windows 7 installed, on the other I have a hackintosh; Snow Leopard to be more specific. Recently (yesterday) I had a disaster with one of my disk ...
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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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Data recovery solutions/methods

I accidentally formatted my hard disk, but I was able to see all my files and recover them by using the GetDataBack recovery tool. Is there a way to just restore the complete hard drive in place, ...
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Diagnosis for a very slow hard disk that is not making any noises [closed]

My laptop’s 2.5 inch hard disk become very slow. According to the symptoms outlined below, is the I am experiencing problem is located on the hard disk drive’s platters or the hard disk drive’s board? ...
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Oracle VM VirtualBox Win 7 Data Recovery

So I'm running Oracle VM VirtualBox with a Build of Windows 7 Ultimate, and the virtual guest OS just crashed out of no where, and won't allow me to access my windows guest os. I wanted to know if ...
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Recover /var/lib/mysql file after reformat/reinstall

My server would not boot, so I have repartitioned and reinstalled Ubuntu. Afterwards I found out that my MySQL backup script has not been working for the past 5 years. This was an ext3 filesystem. I ...
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Unable to see data on an external HDD, is it infected?

I will try to describe the problem directly: suddenly I am unable to acces the data I have on my external HDD. It's name has changed, both Ubuntu and Windows(7 and 8) complain when I plug in the ...
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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 TrueCrypt partition deleted with Windows Disk Manager

I got a whole HDD encrypted with TrueCrypt (one partition, non-system disk). I have deleted this partition by coincidence with windows 7 disk manager. Now, I can't mount the TrueCrypt disk (saying ...
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How to recover Windows 7's encrytion certificate (EFS) from formatted partitions?

I am a home user of Windows 7 ultimate. I am just a local admin for my computer. A standalone system. I am quite noob about computers. I formatted, Windows 7 installed(size 200gb) partition of 1tb ...
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On a FAT32 filesystem there was a file with ext2 filesystem image. Now it's truncated. How do I restore?

How do I restore ext2 filesytem that was stored on FAT32 volume in a file which got truncated? Is there analogue of reiserfs's --rebuild-tree option to restore filesystem from content?
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How to reset an NTFS MFT for no tracks of deleted files names to be found there?

When a file is deleted from the hard drive and the free space it used to occupy is securely overwritten (wiped), recovery tools can still usually find the file was there and show its name. As far as I ...
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Recovering Windows 7 Product Key from Registry Backup

My SSD gave up a little while back and I would like to recover my Win 7 Product Key from the drive. Even using recovery software, I was unable to recover my Windows/System32/config directory which I ...
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How to use `undo.data` to recreate `pending.data` for TaskWarrior after encountering a disk full condition?

When my disk hit 100% TaskWarrior overwrote my pending.data with a zero byte file. I have an intact undo.data but I can't find a way to "replay" the data in it to get my todo list back in a consistent ...
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Export possibly corrupt Outlook Express

I am trying to recover, or, preferrably, export mailboxes from a possibly corrupted Outlook Express (for XP). The main issue is that any attempt to do anything with certain emails, such as open or ...
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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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Folders visible on flash drive, but no files

For no apparent or obvious reason, the files of my usb-flashdisk (32gb) are not visible/gone. The drive is located, I get an 'autoplay' dialogue and all the folders are visible, but all the files ...
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how do you fix a corrupt microsd card that's is not responding to anything?

My Microsoft Windows 8.1 64-bit computer froze up so I had to shut it down by holding the power button. Then when I restarted I got the Windows 8.1 problem where the computer freezes at personalized ...
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How do I repair a corrupted Firefox places.sqlite database?

I had some problems with my RAM (bluescreen several times, Windows XP) and now are my Firefox databases damaged. Firefox is working, but my history is gone and it's reporting several inconsistencies ...
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How to recover exFat partition?

I'm trying to recover a single 4 TB ExFat partition made in Maverick's Disk Utility. This single partition on the disk has storage files shared between Windows and Mac. It became inaccessible after ...
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How can I copy files from a scratched CD/DVD?

I have so far tried the following software solutions without success. Windows Explorer Copy (default) TeraCopy Roadkil's Unstoppable Copier Unstoppable Copier stops copying as a whole, it keeps ...
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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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Excel 2011 Mac auto-recover file lost

Yesterday morning my colleagues Excel 2011 (on Mac OSX 10.8) crashed. He reopened Excel and was asked if he wanted to recover the previous document. Yes, he said and then got a document named ...
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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 files without formatting from data on a seemingly corrupted Seagate Wireless Plus.

I have a Seagate Wireless Plus 1TB hard disk. Last week, when I was copying videos from my DVD collection to the hard disc, the DVD drive somehow stopped working. Now I cannot access my hard disc ...