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What causes this HDD sector damage pattern?

Out of curiosity, I ran GNU ddrescue on a Seagate ST1000LM024 HN-M101MBB hard drive with known bad sectors, and then I visualized the ddrescue mapfile with ddrescueview. When I zoomed in, this ...
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GNU ddrescue imaging of failing hard drive is extremely slow

My friend has a (nearly full) failing 1 TB Western Digital My Passport. It will only occasionally mount on my MacBook, and refuses outright to mount on my Ubuntu box. I'm trying to use GNU ddrescue 1....
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Data Recovery using testDisk failing

Continuation of this question: I am trying to recover an accidentally formatted partition using TestDisk. After selecting the partition and selecting Undeleted, it says, No deleted file found. ...
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Hard drive physical read error, how to find out which files affected?

My HDD is starting to go bad. So I'm cloning it to a new drive using HDDRawCopy. In the process, there are several read errors (from bad sectors?). The question is, how do I go about to finding out ...
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How to repair corrupt JPEG files

I have 100+ corrupt JPEG files. They were all taken from the same camera. Each file is approx 3MB, so there must be plenty of data to work with. Here is an example of one of the files. (Click here ...
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How can I recover a partition after luksFormat?

How can I recover an ext4 partition after luksFormat? It was late one night when I decided to try gnome-shell 3.16 without messing up my Ubuntu box. So, I downloaded an Antergos image and booted it. ...
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Reuse broken disk

My Western-Digital hard drive (WDC WD3200BEVT-80A0RT1) got broken yesterday. I don't care about the data on it, but I want to reuse this disk. As long as I do not have Windows installation DVD anymore ...
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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 ...
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Extracting blocks from a corrupt VDI snapshot in logical order

I have a Virtualbox VM on an hard disk that failed. The only thing I could recover from the disk was a snapshot of the dynamic VDI disk used by the VM, and I could only recover the first half of the ...
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Rebuilding a RAID 1 without data loss, recover from unallocated partition data

Mobo: ASUS P8Z77-M/Pro Gen 3 RAM: 32GB (4 x 8GB) Power Supply: corsair HX850 HDDs:Configuration before the problem: 1 x 128GB SSD for Windows 7 professional 64-bit 2 x 3TB drives in RAID 1 on the ...
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How to recursively restore older folder version in Windows 7?

While working on the computer (Windows 7 - HP Laptop), I tried to move a large folder and the system/operation froze. I tried to kill the process from the task manager, then restarted the computer. ...
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Part of my hard drive just died… anything I can do to get my data back?

One of the most important folders on my hard drive just died. It is no longer there at all. I got a few errors about files being corrupt before it disappeared. Anything I can do to get my data back?
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MPEG files damaged over time. How to fix?

I have a strange problem with a few MPEG files (.mp4 and .mpg). These files have been living on my hard disk for quite a long time. I also have recently copied them into a new disk, not having the ...
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Ubuntu Deleted /var/logs

Is there a way to restore /var/log ? I don't really care about past logs I at least need the dir structure so programs can write to their logs. For example I went to start apache and it failed ...
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Trying to rescue data from WD My Book Studio II, raid 0

For a friend I'm trying to recover data from a Western Digital My Book Studio II external disk drive enclosure in raid 0 mode. At first I tried to rescue the data under OSX, the OS used by the ...
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Recover FreeNAS network volume affected by rm -rf

I'm on OS X 10.8.2 and have FreeNAS 8.0 running with a 6 TB volume connected through AFP. 5 TB were recently deleted with rm -rf by a malicious script. The FreeNAS volume has no ZFS snapshots, because,...
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How can I recover data from a dmg that cannot mount?

I backed up a hard drive in a dmg, then reformatted the hard drive. (I had deleted the efi partition before which was preventing me from reinstalling the operation system). When I tried use the ...
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What does “Updating Boot Support Partitions for the volume as required” mean?

I have used GNU ddrescue to copy a crashed WD external disk over to an identical one. ddrescue told me that 9 MB out of 2TB could not be rescued, so I think that's pretty good. Anyway, being a Mac ...
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Recover partitions with both Windows 7 and Linux installed using TestDisk

I need to recover my partitions using TestDisk. I used deep search and the result is as follows: Disk /dev/sdc - 500 GB / 465 GiB - CHS 60801 255 63 Partition Start End ...
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Recover data from Dynamic Disk (MBR) bigger than 2TB

Here is the situation: Promise Array FastTrak TX4310 with 3 disks (750 GB each) in RAID5. This comes to around 1500 GB of data. Last week I had the idea of expanding the RAID with an additional 750 ...
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Recovery of accidentally repartitioned HDD

I have a USB HDD that had been repartitioned (two times), but no data was written to it and only quick format was used to initialize the file system (from Windows 7). It's a LACIE 500GB,with SAMSUNG ...
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Accidently deleted folder using Unlocker, how to restore it?

My bad! I accidently restore an important folder with Unlocker today. I can see it in Recycle Bin but I can't restore it. It reports Error Copying File or Folder: Access is denied. Make sure ...
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How can I find out what's on a certain block in an HFS+ formatted drive?

I've a hard disk that has damaged blocks. I'm now copying it using ddrescue to an external drive. I've a file with the list of the damaged blocks, how can I find out which files are located in the ...
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Buffalo Linkstation NAS (LS-CHL) died, trying to recover data from disk

I have infamous Buffalo Linkstation (LS-CHL) NAS which had one 500GT disk in it. And one day it started to flash red lights and not responding over the net. I tried to put it in different "recovery ...
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Recover Data Using Synology NAS

I bought a Synology DS415play around 2 years ago, and plugged 3x 4TB hard drives into it and set them up as a Synology Hybrid RAID. I've been using it to store my media on it and haven't touched the ...
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SSD died after BSOD

I was playing a game on Windows 10 when I got a BSoD telling me "Critical process has died", collecting the info took incredible long so I shut the laptop down via ACPI (waited for nearly 20 minutes ...
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Any chance I can recover this video file?

So I had a MOV file I recorded. It was game-play form a game on my iPod. I spent forever timing it to music. Anyway, I saved it to my flashdrive, and plugged that drive into my windows machine ...
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Large container file overwritten by empty file (0 b) on external NTFS volume

In order to build a new container file on an external NTFS volume using the terminal command dd, I unintentionally overwrote the existing container (280G). Fortunately, I realized the mistake ...
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How to recover damaged Excel files

I have a few Excel files which are not working since a sudden attack by some unknown virus. It then encrypted all my values in the datasheets. I have no backup for those Excel files. I need to recover ...
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Accidentally lost all my partitions, testdisk can't find them

I had 1 100GB partition with Windows and another ~800GB one with all my data. I shrinked that one to get another 100GB partition to install Mac OS X on (which I did successfully a couple times before) ...
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Cleaned the disk by mistake using diskpart. Is it possbile to recover the data stored in the particular partition?

So I had this particular partition in which there were important files and I was trying to install Windows on the disk but was not able to because it had GPT partition system and by mistake I ran the '...
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Can a HFS+ drive be recovered if reinitialized to Master Boot Record?

I (stupidly) used my RocketRaid 2300 BIOS to initialize an 8TB HSF+ drive. Now I want the HFS+ drive and directory structure back! Is this even possible? If so, what steps could be taken?
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Recovering data from parts of partition which were not overwritten

I was running Xubuntu in a VMware virtual machine, with a 40GB virtual hard drive. I accidentally overwrote the first 8GB with a Raspberry Pi image. I would like to recover files (text files, images,...
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Data recovery on flash drive showing incorrect size

I have a Kingston 32gb USB 3.0 flash drive that I need to recover data from. The problem is that the drive is now showing as 32.5kb of raw storage in Ubuntu (using gparted) and Windows is not ...
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Copy files from dying hdd and create log under Linux

How can I copy files from dying HDD and also create a log file which will include the status of given file (if it was successfully copied or not?). My goal is to run the backup tool without user ...
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Running Windows 10 Recovery caused my files to be deleted; how do I recover them?

I have a dual boot Windows 7 and Linux Mint. I decided to upgrade to Windows 10 but I had the black screen with cursor issue. I power cycled my laptop and booted to Windows which showed me the windows ...
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Recover Chrome passwords from laptop drive

I have a failed laptop which has some passwords stored in the Chrome browser. Unfortunately, it seems that some of the passwords were not properly synced with the cloud before the laptop failed, so I ...
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How to restore from truncated btrfs?

I'm suffering from the combination of two issues: after changing the HDD enclosure once and changing back to the initial enclosure (and others in order to test), a 5TB btrfs is now truncated after ...
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How to recover file from a hdd with corrupted partition

Few days ago, I ruin the hdd partitions by wrongly use the partition wizard. The user reported to me that she wants to recover some files in the ssd harddisk.. The SSD is laterally not detachable. ...
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How to tell whether the memory chips or controller have failed on an SSD?

I've got an Intel SSD 320 Series 160GB that's suddenly failed - it just wouldn't boot one day. I'd like to have a go at recovering the data by desoldering the memory chips and soldering them onto the ...
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BTRFS: too many missing devices, writeable mount is not allowed

Environment $ btrfs --version btrfs-progs v4.2.1 $ uname -a Linux [REDACTED] 4.2.1-040201-generic #201509211431 SMP Mon Sep 21 18:34:44 UTC 2015 x86_64 x86_64 x86_64 GNU/Linux Problem Today the ...
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SD card not detected

I have a SD card with photos I'd like to recover. The card suddenly stopped working in camera, maybe because of the temperatures like 40C outside. The camera can't read the card and advises to use ...
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Adobe Reader DC filled in data disappears

A week ago we started using Adobe Reader DC for filling out PDF documents. The new "Fill & sign" tool seemed like a really good option for that. The documents get edited by 2-3 Users on a ...
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Internal hard drive connected by usb no longer displays in Disk Management. How to get the drive to show without deleting it's data?

I bought this: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004RORMF6 3TB internal hard drive to back-up data across multiple computers. When I connected the sata cable to USB, the hard-drive did not ...
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Seagate External Hard zero size

I have a seagate external hard disk and recently I encountered some problem with that. I am using both windows and Ubuntu environment and my hard disk detecting on both but, in windows it's says the ...
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how to mount a XFS filesystem in LVM volume with RAID0 having a bad disk?

I have a small NAS with two 500GB disks in a RAID0 (JBOD) setup. (I know, I know, big mistake... as you will see...) Now, one of the disks started to fail (Murphy is always right, isn't he...) I ...
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Raid0 recovery - failed mobo

Short story: motherboard died, need to recover data from 2 working HDD's in RAID0 Long story: My mobo died on a Dell Studio XPS 7100, I basically upgraded all the components and my pc is now up and ...
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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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Recover text on Reopen closed tab in Chrome

It is easy to hit close mark when switching a tab with mouse. Chrome allows to reopen it. But, does it recover the text? It happened to me when I was editing livejournal post. Chrome did not warn me ...
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Can't recover ext4 partition with TestDisk

I have a disk with some primary NTFS partitions and a extended partition containing Linux and Swap partitions. I lost one of the logical Linux ones I booted a live Linux CD (RipLinux) and TestDisk is ...