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Recover data from SD card

I have a 2 GB Kingston microSD card which is about three years old. I put it in a reader today in my Windows Vista computer, wrote a 32 MB file onto it, safely removed it, and then tried to ...
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How do I recover lost/inacessible data from my storage device?

What steps can I take to try to recover lost or inaccessible data from any storage device? Answers: This applies to any main storage devices; eg. internal/external hard drive, USB stick, Flash ...
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How do I recover files from an USB flash drive? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: flash drive ejected improperly- lost files I have a USB flash drive that claims it needs to be formatted every time I put it into my computer (Windows). Yesterday the ...
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Free NTFS partition recovery after disk was formatted in Mac OS X

I have a 1Tb disk which was partitioned into a ~700gb ntfs disk and a 300gb HFS+ (Mac OS X). I've accidentally allowed Mac OS X to wipe the hard-disk and create a single HFS+ partition over the ...
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Recover data from full format on NTFS partition

I have a harddisk with two partitions: one for windows and one for data. I've reinstalled windows on the first partition and formatted the data partition with full format (without /Q option) making ...
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How much time until an unused hard drive loses its data?

Do you guys know how much time needs to pass until the data stored on a hard drive starts to degrade? To keep the data intact for long periods of time, I heard you need to periodically rewrite it on ...
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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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How to recover folders from formatted drive

I had 500GB portable hard drive. it fell from the table and when i joined it was not showing any data and asked me to format it. i did format. Then again it was not functioning properly so i had to ...
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Recover files from deleted partition

Somehow one of my partitions disappeared (I didn't even have the disk manager open, so I'm really not sure how that happened). The volume was simply deleted. It was an NTFS partition, created under XP ...
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How do I recover or “undelete” files that I accidentally deleted?

I've accidentally deleted some really important files on my machine, and I'm looking to find out how to recover them. Using the Trash bins "restore" isn't an option, as the files aren't there (mostly ...
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How long will an unused hard drive store its memory? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How much time until an unused hard drive loses its data? I have a broken laptop, and it's the motherboards fault that it can't turn its power on. The laptop has been ...
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Is it possible to get back data from a Micro SD which is unresponsive?

I have a 2 GB Micro SD card. It was working very fine before few months ago and when I changed the phone I got a new one with that so I didn't use my Old one for a while. But few days ago I need some ...
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How can I recover a crashed hard drive?

My hard drive from my MacBook crashed and died hard last week. I replaced the drive with a new one, and installed 10.6/Snow Leopard on it. The old drive is now in a usb enclosure, and I really need to ...
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Accessing laptop's hard drive when OS won't boot

What is the best way to access a laptop's hard drive to recover data (assuming there is still intact data) when the OS (Windows XP) won't boot? EDIT: I've tried booting from a disc, but that failed ...
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Data recovery on working hard drive

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 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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Recover data from hard drive with partitions (but not most data) overwritten

I have a 500GB hard drive I've been keeping around to recover data from that I removed from a failing NAS drive that got sort of... erratic at the end. I finally got rid of the NAS when during a ...
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Recover Outlook PST files

I have a 6 GB Outlook file that won't load in Outlook any more. I am not sure what recovery options I have available. I downloaded one recovery tool demo which shows some but not all mail messages. ...
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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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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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NTFS Partition Repair - Recommendations

I wasn't able to find any threads that specifically mention repair of NTFS partitions, and recently I have ran into a couple of drives where I've needed to do this. As an example, I have a 60GB IDE ...
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How can I physically destroy data from a failed HDD?

I have a broken HDD that contains sensitive data. Since no software can access the disk, I can't wipe it using any of the tools generally suggested. Breaking the disk physically into very small ...
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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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Recover images from a digital camera memory card

I tried to connect the digital camera on the computer using USB but then the camera froze, so I tried to turn it off, but it wont turn off so I just removed the battery. When I plugged it in again, ...
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How to recover folder converted to file by check disk?

After turning on my computer, check disk checked my flash drive and converted corrupted folder to a file. How can I recover data from converted folder? Below is the message I found in bootex.log file ...
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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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Recover Files From Formatted HFS+ Partition

I offered to help a friend of mine with his computer, and it turned out to be a bit more complicated than I first thought. He originally came to me asking me to recover some of his files from his ...
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accidental fsck on mounted

I accidently run "fsck" on a mounted partition which was my only parttion. Now I can't boot. It was Fedora 13, filesystem should be ext3. I have booted from usb with ubuntu 11.10.I found that ...
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data recovery from deleted partition

i recently merged my hard disk partitions f into c using a partition manager, i didnt need data in f but unfortunately i forgot to backup some important office docs in that partition. manager ...
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Recover a partition

So I really thought this question would have been answered already... but I can't find it. One of the drives I had in my system had a single partition on it. When I turned my machine on recently it ...
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Recovering files from laptop with XP that won't boot

I have a laptop with Windows XP installed that won't boot. It gives me a BSoD right before the log on screen. I can't access Safe Mode either. (same error). Thing is, I need some files that are ...
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How do I find out the file type without an extension? [duplicate]

After recovering my HDD, I ended up with a lot of files with no extension. Many of them are .bin files. Is there any way to find out what file format they actually are? Many of them have no ...
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How can I get data off of a damaged thumb drive?

A guy I work with just came by to ask me about a damaged thumb drive/USB flash drive. Apparently his son dropped it on a hard surface and it won't power up anymore. They've tried plugging it into ...
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Where do deleted items go on the hard drive?

After reading the quote below on the Casey Anthony trial (CNN) ,I am curious about where deleted files actually go on a hard drive, how they can be seen after being deleted, and to what extent the ...
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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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Excel: How to convert “string” to a “number”?

I have a user with a query from an SQL Database that returns a series of string in this form: 000123123.23000 000123123.23000 000123123.23000 000123123.23000 000123123.23000 These are really ...
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Is there a chkdsk equivalent available for Ubuntu?

When I asked this question about recovering data from a damaged Linux partition, people recommended booting from a Windows installation disk and running Chkdsk. Well, I still don't have a Windows ...
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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 save a ntfs partition which suddenly became empty

One ntfs partition of my laptop was suddenly wiped out without any notice to me, when I rebooted from Windows 7 to Ubuntu 12.04 today. I am in need of help to save my files on that partition, which ...
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Accidentally reformatted a EXT4 drive to NTFS; lost all data. What are my options?

I'm going to sound like a complete idiot here, but I was installing Windows 7 on a new partition, accidentally selected my Linux partition, and hit install. The installer (which had no "Are you sure ...
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Can I recover data from broken usb?

Whenever I put the USB into my PC it says: "You need to format the disk in drive G: before you can use it. Do you want to format it?". I press cancel and when I open the drive it says: "Please insert ...
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Undelete utility that preserves folder structure

I did a dumb thing and now need to undelete some files. In fact, I have already recovered the files using Glary Undelete, which has served me well on the other rare occasions where this has been ...
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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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Need to recover data from laptop before sending it in for repair

Here's the issue: Water was spilled on my laptop and after trying everything we could to dry it out, it still won't turn on. Called Toshiba support and they are going to look at it, however, we were ...
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How I can recover files when the folder shows empty but the files are not deleted?

Yesterday, my laptop caught a virus which caused massive damage. Since them, I have been trying to recover important files before reformatting my computer, a task the virus has not made easy. ...
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Recovering corrupted files uploaded in wrong FTP mode

Some files were uploaded in the wrong mode to the FTP (via command line). I believe I have some binary files that were uploaded in TEXT mode and now I cannot open them. I dont have access to the ...
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Successful data recovery but most files are corrupted

I used Recuva and EASEUS Data Recovery Wizard to see if there's any difference in the files they recover. Both software were able to recover files that I want however most of the files where no longer ...
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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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Drive removed while accessing, filesystem is corrupt, can it be fixed?

The drive slipped off my desk and dropped out of a USB-HDD 2.5" SATA caddy while I was copying some files, and now it won't recognize properly in Windows. It does show up in Testdisk but before trying ...
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Repair or recover drive from Mac OSX recovery mode

My main HDD is failing to boot. (Neither Normal nor Safe mode). Single User seems to work. I can only boot from Recovery Mode or DVD. The scenario was the following: Computer was asleep (lid down). ...