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Why did my flash drive become “read only” and (how) can I fix it?

I have a brand new flash drive (one week old) that has become marked as read only, by Windows, Kubuntu and a bootable partitioner. Why did this happen? Is it fixable? If it is, how can I fix this? ...
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What's a file system's “magic” number in a super block?

I'm working on a midrange NAS system basically running on Linux and I got to do some great testing today. The step-by-step lead me to using fsdb to corrupt the magic number on a file system in order ...
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Is it safe to just yank an external hard drive if you know nothing is writing to it?

Yes, I know somewhat about the possibility of data corruption if there was data that hadn't been all written to it. But I just saw this: Note:If u remove HDD(not USB sticks) without safely ...
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Tool to repair MFT or NTFS journal on a disk which underwent failed hibernation

I've read through some of the posts related to corrupt or not working NTFS partitions, but without a proper solution for my case. Here it is: my system is SSD on mini PCI express (PCIe), with ...
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How can I create a file with invalid Windows timestamps?

I'd like to create a file with an invalid created/modified/accessed timestamp. To be invalid it should be a date and time before 12:00 midnight January 1, 1601 C.E. UTC
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TrueCrypt: filesystem corruption: is it possible to lose all data at once?

I read that among various corruption risks is the filesystem corruption, that also affects TrueCrypt volumes, like any other system.I would like to know if it is possible that a corruption in some ...
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How to delete corrupt folder?

I have a folder on the desktop which is about 1.6 GB in size. When I try to open it I get a message like this: The file or directory is corrupt or unreadable Fortunately, I have a backup of that ...
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Ubuntu and Windows 8 shared partition gets corrupted

I have a dual boot (Ubuntu 12.04 and Windows 8) system. Both systems have access to an NTFS "DATA" partition which contains all my images, documents, music and some application data like Chrome and ...
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Windows 8 To Go corrupts host desktop's drive

I'm testing the Windows 8 Consumer Preview's To Go functionality and created an installation of Windows 8 on an external HD (instead of a USB stick). I can attach this drive to my main desktop via an ...
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Linux media box/mail server suffering filesystem/RAID errors, kernel panics

In the past week, the mini-ITX machine I built myself to serve mail and Samba shares has kernel panicked twice with filesystem-related stuff. Last night I noticed integrity errors when streaming a ...
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Corrupted NTFS Drive showing multiple unallocated partitions

My external hdd with a single NTFS partition was accidentaly plugged out (kids!)... and is now corrupted. Iv tried running ntfsfix - with no luck - output below.. When I look at the disk under disk ...
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Folder appears as a single file in Windows XP

Basically my cousin just called and said that one of her folders of pictures now is showing as a single file in windows explorer, and when she tries to double click it, the "Open With" dialog is shown ...
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Windows 7 clean install becomes corrupt after reboot (repeated many fresh installs)

My laptop keeps crashing on boot after clean Windows 7 install. Ok, here is the story, and some fact. Computer: Samsung NP900X3C-A04HK (256GB SSD, 8GB RAM) OS to install: Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 (not ...
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Windows XP - found.000 folder on external drive, access denied, can't delete and there's no Security Tab

I tried to run a disk defragmentation, but it said there is this folder called found.000, corrupted, on my external hard drive (FAT32), it came after a chkdsk, when I try to access it, it says "access ...
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Recover a corrupted exFAT volume under OS X

I have a external drive that is formatted as exFAT. It does not show up on my system when I plug it in. When I run Disk Utility, the drive appears on my system but I get the following message: ...
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Filesystem corruption (?) and appropriate use of fsck

Last week at work, our linux server (CentOS 5.5) was unresponsive to log in attempts, so I had to hard shut down it. After pulling out a couple of disks, on boot up it reported a degraded raid array ...
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Retrieving data from an encrypted corrupt Windows disk - any way to access it from Linux?

My Windows system disk crashed (taking away tons of personal and work related files) This disk was encrypted using BitLocker The IT guy did his thing using some BitLocker recovery tool and gave me a ...
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Corrupt DLL “Netutils.dll”

I have never encountered this particular error before so any help will be fantastic. I had a computer reported to me that wouldn't allow the user to log in, then the user reported that they couldn't ...
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Difficulty removing corrupt directory

I have two disks in raid 0. I ran fsck on them and long story short, didn't fix it completely. I found it is all in a single directory. I dont mind losing this dir completely so i tried to rm it. I ...
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How to fix file system errors in VMware

My VMware server behaves strangely recently. It turned out to be a file system error. I ran the following command: voma -m vmfs -f check -d /vmfs/devices/disks/naa.600508e00000000075b722086590fd04 ...
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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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After a repair/chkdsk, all NTFS junction points are gone

I've been repairing a Windows 7 64-bit installation. In the process, the Windows partition was subjected to several rounds of automatic repair, chkdsk, sfc, even a volume shrink. Long story. Anyway, ...
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Recovering Corrupted TrueCrypt Data?

I recently attempted to set up an encrypted TrueCrypt folder (non-hidden) on my USB Flash Drive. Before doing anything I copied all the files on the USB to my computer's harddrive. I then deleted ...
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Repair corrupted directory files

Last time I used my computer, it ran out of battery and turned off while I was working. Now when I restart it and try to start my web browser, it reports that files were corrupted. I cannot reinstall ...
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Hard Disk NTFS restoration

I know there are many restoration-related articles (read through some of them), however my scenario seems to be less generalizeable and the data is critical, so any serious recommendation will be much ...
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Data Recovery from a USB with exFAT file system that gone RAW

I have a 64 GB USB with exFAT (with 4096 byte Unit Allocation Size) file system. I have connected it to a Bus entertainment system which was running Android to listen my music within. It didn't see my ...
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Unable to delete corrupted files

I have an mp3 player which has somehow gotten corrupted. In some folders where there used to be mp3 files, its suddenly gotten these weirdly named gibberish files. Screenshot is below: Notice also ...
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unreadable hard drive partition. is partition table corrupted?

I have a hard drive that had 2 partitions C drive and D drive. My internet stopped responding, so I restarted my computer. However, my computer acted like it no longer recognized my C drive and that ...
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CHKDSK freezes at stage 2 for 3 days now

Last week on my laptop fair few files got corrupt. I cannot rename them, copy them or delete them. Files belong to visual studio so I cannot compile some of my projects, which I need to finish by ...
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Hard drive file system corrupted

I have a 500GB hard drive which I primarily use for data storage. It worked just fine on my computer. My Windows 7 installation and applications are on a different drive so this storage drive is not ...
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Slightly Corrupt Boot Drive - Can't AUTOCHK because I installed software and need to Restore. Can't Restore because the volume needs to be Autochk'd

After solving this Video card problem, on my Windows 7 box, I find myself with a slightly corrupted boot volume. It boots, but wants to run Autochk. Autochk refuses to run because I've reinstalled my ...
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Rebuilding tree of reiserfs partition with no free space left

$ dd if=/dev/zero of=qqq bs=1M count=40 $ mkfs.reiserfs -f qqq ReiserFS is successfully created on qqq. $ mountlo-0.6 qqq ~/mnt/tmp $ cat /dev/frandom > ~/mnt/tmp/qqq cat: write error: No space ...
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How to remove a directory which looks corrupted

I am using Ubuntu 9.10. When I examine a directory, it shows as '?' for user/ownership. How can I remove it? -rw-r--r-- 1 hap497 hap497 1822 2010-01-28 22:48 IntSizeHash.h d????????? ? ? ...
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Error “The file or directory is corrupted and unreadable” when accessing my external hard disk

I have Windows XP SP3. I was copying files from my ADATA 500 GB external hard disk (via USB 2.0) when a "Delayed Write Failed" error came up. Now I am unable to access it and it gives the error: ...
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Recursive AppData\Local\Application Data link - where should this point to?

I seem to have broken my Win7 home directory somewhat. in my users folder at AppData\Local\ there is a link from 'Application DatatoAppData\Local` which leads to pathalogical paths such as ...
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Recover Memory Stick which system is being only recognised as RAW partition

I removed my 8GB Memory stick Pro Duo (FAT32) from my Windows 7 laptop while it was being accessed and when i tried to put it back in to read something from it, it tells me I need to format it. it is ...
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Resized NTFS partition, now it wont mount

I have had a 1.5TB drive used as an external for 6 months or so, then I decided to put it in my linux server for network storage. ntfs was being crazy inefficient so I wanted to change the filesystem ...
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Accidentally deletion of C:\Windows\assembly folder! How to restore?

I accidentally deleted C:\Windows\assembly folder from a Windows 8.1 setup while trying to remove a virus. Everything seems to be working fine except for a program I use called Gmail Notifier. When I ...
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What happens to ReFS if I reinstall Windows?

ReFS seems nice. As far as I know, it is some sort of software RAID. If so, the information is managed by the OS. What happens somehow Windows is corrupted and I reinstall Windows? Is all information ...
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Linux directory becoming a clear plain text file

Did anyone encounter this before? I have a directory called opt which is working previously. Last few days ago, i tried to expand LVM size by using off-line expand. It show success but with some error ...
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I'm out of ideas how to get my usb drive working again.No solutions on the internet worked

The device is not visible under the section Mount Devices in Parted Magic, nor in my mini-install of Windows XP. I've tried several things to fix the 16GB flash drive, which is a Kingston Data ...
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Windows 8 copying issues

I recently formatted my laptop and installed Windows 8 Pro (it was Windows 7 Pro before format), now I am receiving a lot of weird issues when copying files onto the laptop. Issue 1: When copying a ...
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What would cause an .exe to vanish without a trace?

I have a few computers. One computer, at home, one day suddenly had its pgbouncer.exe vanish. The antivirus didn't have it in its virus chest [avast]. I couldn't find the bgbouncer anywhere. All the ...
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Best way to try to recover FAT32 corrupted usb flash drive

I've got a FAT32 USB flash drive (Not mine; I would never store critical data on a FAT32 flash device!) with evident signs of data corruption: When viewed in Windows 7: All or almost all files are ...
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Linux, corrupted file, ran fsck, file still corrupted

Here's my situation: I have a server running Ubuntu Server 9.04 I copied a file on the server and was able to access the file from a Windows client computer without any problem. Then recently I ...
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Can updating the hosts file in Windows via batch file cause harm?

I have this script that I have saved as a .bat file. Can it hurt a computer? echo # >> %Windir%\System32\drivers\etc\hosts echo 0.0.0.0 www.facebook.com >> ...
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Upgraded from OS X 10.4 to 10.6, unable to repair filesystem booting from install disc

I have a MacBook which is a few years old now. When I run the "Verify disk" command from within Disk Utility, I get a message: Volume header needs minor repair The volume Mac OS X was found corrupt ...
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Corrupt file indicative of corrupt hard drive?

I have noticed that two files on my (almost full) 2 TB hard drive have been corrupted. One file has 20 kB (!) corrupted, i.e. consecutive 20 kB have changed, even though the modification date of the ...
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Computer freezing while watching Flash videos from net

I have a Windows 7 home basic, while watching videos from net (within 5 minutes) computer starts to freeze and shows 100 percent CPU usage. I first thought it's a browser issue but watching videos ...
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Dying SanDisk Memory Stick Pro Duo

I have a Memory Stick Pro Duo and after attempting to delete the largest file from a Mac the stick has become unusable. I can almost access it. When I put it in my PC I can ...