Hard drive recovery infers the recovery of previously lost data from a Hard Disk Drive due to system, user or device error.

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Low hdd IOPS - should I be worried?

I have been having issues with a pc that's randomly losing power. Ever since, I've been finding new ways to stresstest everything to try and find a way to force the power loss in order to be able to ...
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Recovering an HDD after using dd on it

I accidentally used dd on my HDD (/dev/sdc) when I wanted to put an ISO on a USB drive. I tried looking around and read that if the data was overwritten then I'm screwed.... Is there a way to ...
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Is a Bitlocker encrypted drive safe to dispose?

Based on the nowadays public knowledge about the strongness of the Bitlocker encryption - and supposing the user thinks the Bitlocker password is strong enough to make bruteforce unviable with the ...
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Hard Disk Drive has failed in all softwares, save for one, where it is perfectly, smoothly readable. What will resolve this?

Summary: My HDD is (pretending to) fail. I tried a few types of recovery software, none of which seem to help. Except for one. WinHex. Proof. It views it perfectly. I have no clue what hex editing ...
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Corrupt windows hard-drive - everything still available when using Mac

first time poster - i apologised if i've overlooked this question being asked already. I have a 2TB western digital "My Passport Ultra" which has become corrupt on my windows machine. I cannot access ...
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Can not copy data from HDD, because it has become very slow?

I have an external hard drive, that I cannot copy data from, because of very slow read speed: The speed gradually decreased overtime. Hard drive doesn't make unusual noise, and I can not see anything ...
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External hard drive unreadable after copy

So I had a macbook pro on loan from school. I had to turn it in yesterday so what I did was copy all the files that where on there to an external hard drive. After that I tried too copy the ...
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HDD corrupted after having put it on the docking station

Basically I bought a "DOCKING STATION HARD DISK 3,5 2,5 IDE SATA HD" (just google it to check what it is; I bought it as cheap SATA->USB thing) and after I tried to connect to my mother's netbook to ...
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How can I recover my files from my computer with corrupted hard disk drive?

My HP 250G3 computer can't boot and instead says: Boot Device Not Found Please install an operating system on your hard disk. Hard Disk (3F0) F2 System Diagnostics For more information, ...
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Fixing a NTFS hard drive that will mount but not boot

Something went wrong during the upgrade to Windows 10. Now I have a Windows computer that won't boot, but if I boot into Ubuntu I can mount the drive in read only mode, and copy things off of it. Is ...
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Recover deleted *.vdi file on ntfs

I've deleted VirtualBox VDI file from my hard drive (classic HDD, not SSD, Windows 10 x86_64). The only 2 programs that can find this file are GetDataBack for NTFS & undelete plus. But both see ...
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“You need to format the disk in drive J: before you can use it” is shown, disk is not corrupted

I have a 7-8 years old laptop (HP EliteBook 6930p), running Windows XP with a 500GB SATA Hard Drive. The computer is painfully slow and I'm about to give it away as a donation, but first I would like ...
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Create a Linux Live USB on an OTG USB from an Android device

Please Please Please help me. I Recently attempted to install windows 8 onto my laptop along side an Ubuntu installation. At the time I couldn't find a large enough USB drive to use as a bootable USB ...
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Recovering Word file from Encrypted External HDD

My partner is a teacher and therefore requires her external hard drive to be formatted using encryption called Endpoint. She had been writing reports and lost them. I have tried via Remote Assistance ...
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Can I move a hard disk platter to another hard drive?

My hard disk just started making a ticking sound, and then it stopped spinning. I checked the inside and saw that the r/w head is broken. Can I just move the platter to another hard drive or will it ...
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How do hardware read errors on a harddisk affect an NTFS file system?

I recently got a 1,8 TB, > 75% full harddisk formatted with NTFS, and with (hardware) read errors. I created an image in multiple passes of ddrescue, so that only 50 MB of raw data remain unreadable. ...
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Why does the space of recovered files exceed the original space of the HDD?

I ran RECUVA in hopes of recovering files deleted by reformatting my HDD. After RECUVA finished it requested 4 times the space of my original HDD to perform the recovery!?! How can this be?
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HP Recovery Media Creation Issue

I have a HP Pavillion G series I cant seem to get my recovery disk creator to move from this point i have had it sat loading in this very state for 20 mins ? i restarted the program but Its Stuck ...
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Corrupted Data after replacing disk in Windows 10 Storage Space

I have a Windows 10 upgraded Storage Pool with 5 drives (Parity, thinly provisioned). 'Upgraded' means that this Storage Space supports rebalancing/optimizing (and this was a Windows 8 machine ...
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DDRescue running very slow

I am recovering 2TB hard disk, It seems too slow that in 20 hours it rescued 4000MB only is there any way to increase the speed ? My command to run the ddrescue was sudo ddrescue -d -f -r3 /dev/sdc ...
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HDD - MBR or LBA corrupted, can it be recreated?

I have to recover an IDE Hard drive with some logical damage. After connecting it as external drive using an IDE-USB interface, I encountered the following: - Number of sectors seems to be zero - In ...
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How can I protect a hard disk being read when drive is inserted into another computer without using encryption?

Besides using an encrypting-filesystem on-disk, what other options are there for password-protecting a hard disk, so that when it is removed from a computer's encasing or laptop its contents cannot be ...
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After a hard restart, I am unable to repair the MBR of my BitLocked drive and don't have the key

Why would Microsoft not build in a password entry widget into the repair process? How can I save my data? I've tried everything I can think of. Windows 8.1 Pro (not sure if version N or not, not ...
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System will not boot with hard drive connected

After closing my laptop, which sets it to hibernate. Upon reopening the computer froze, I rebooted. Upon rebooting the computer will not get past the acer screen, with no options to go to BIOS or any ...
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Should I do a bit-to-bit copy or a mirror of my damaged, encrypted HDD? (And how?)

I have an HDD with 2 partitions: 100GB unencrypted, unimportant data and 1,7TB encrypted (AES with TrueCrypt) important data. When I installed Windows 7 on another hard drive it wrote about 100MB on ...
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Recovering files with Testdisk - got some files to appear, but can't get the rest

I have a drive with a windows 8.1 install that got pretty mangled after I accidentally installed linux mint to the whole drive instead of a partition for dual boot. I canceled after a split second, ...
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How to recover data lost by clean command in windows 7

I was trying to install new OS in my HP pavilion 2000 series 6gb ram, 500gb HDD, 2.4GHz i3 3rd Gen processor. At some point I was not able to delete the partition So I googled for it. I got a solution ...
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Is this hard disk dead? Is there a way to get it to power on?

I have dismounted hard disk from notebook because the system were not loading and there were no bootable options in BIOS so I decided to put this hard disk to my desktop PC, however the hard disk is ...
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Alert before hard disk data corruption occurs that notices both

Is there a run time monitor that alerts before data corruption occurs that notices both media/surface problems NTFS logical errors (that chkdsk can fix). And if there's no active monitor, maybe ...
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How to recover data from an encrypted HDD which was demolished by a “Microsoft Reserved Partition”

So I reinstalled Windows 7 and apparently something went wrong: during the install I had two drives connected (drive A & B), I selected drive A for Windows to be installed to. Later I noticed that ...
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How does one recover from an internal Hard Drive I/O error?

This is the latest stage in a long running chain of events that has seen me cross the seven circles of HDD hell only to arrive at these depths of virtual inferno. My Hard Drive is a 750GB Seagate ...
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Error 1962 - No Operating System Found

Last night, my computer was ok . But when i turned it on in morning , the message says , Error 1962 - No Operating System Found Press F1 to repeat boot sequence. I started the bios and tried looking ...
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What should I do if my Hard Drive isn't being recognized? [duplicate]

I've been attempting to recover files from a damaged external hard drive which starts up and transfers data extremely slowly but still technically "works". After a few different recovery attempts at ...
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Restore windows 7 hard drive from raw image

I have an unfragmented raw image of my laptop's hard drive stored on an external hard drive (created with ftk imager which just makes a raw .001 file, not through windows to make a .iso file). My ...
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Cant boot windows

So I have a Dell Inspiron 15 7537 laptop for about one and a half year, it has perform quite well over the years. But yesterday when I start it, it get stuck in the Dell logo. I ran the ePSA and got ...
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Installing Ubuntu Linux for the first time, couple questions about recovering Windows when I wipe the drive

If I backup a system image to my external hard drive, will the computer find the OS and boot from that? If not, is there anyway to pack up the Windows partition to shrink it from 32GB to a ~4GB iso ...
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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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Can I recover my HDD data after clean installing Win 7 on SSD, after the installation created System Reserved Partition in the HDD instead of the SSD?

I can't find the solution by searching the forums because I lack too much knowledge about partition tables functioning. I've found this quite similar situation Recover or recreate partition after ...
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SSD failed, will cooling down recover it?

My work laptop’s SSD failed or so tech support told me. The laptop was very hot to the touch at the time and was being operating continuously. Should I ask them to try it again (it has already been ...
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Extracting Files from a Virus-Filled Hard Drive

I need to restore some documents, images, music, etc. from an old hard drive, which is filled with viruses. I have a SATA-USB docking station in order to connect the old hard drive to my computer, ...
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Western Digital My Passport Beeps [duplicate]

My Western Digital My Passport Drive () is broken, when I went to plug it in today, It made beeping sounds when connected. It makes 7 beeps, then 3, then another 3, and then it pauses for a few ...
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Invalid GPT and No Partitions found on External Hard Drive

Ok so I'll start from the beginning here, and I'll do my best to give you all of the info upfront. Hard Drive: Toshiba DWC120 2TB Original File System: NTFS I was having issues with this hard drive ...
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If I copied some files from a hard disk with bad sectors without errors, are those files unaffected?

Or do I have to find a backup? It had thousands of reallocated sectors. I ran badblocks on one partition but not others. Does that change the result? I'm using Ubuntu. Some partitions are ntfs and ...
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Western Digital hard drive not initializing after being in storage for 3 months

I took my desktop with me abroad, and thought it would be smart to leave out my drive with all my personal pictures on it in a safe at my house. After plugging it into my computer when I got back, my ...
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Damaged hard driver data recovery

I have a problem about hard disk. My important data is in the hard drive. But I did so try to recover but not. I did try to connect hard drive with system but could not. There are three ways which i ...
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copying recovery partition to flash drive

I have this half-dead drive from a Toshiba laptop. I would like to copy its recovery partition on a usb flash drive and recover Windows 7 from it on the new hard drive. I see 3 partitions on the old ...
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Figuring out what sectors ddrescue recovered

My hard drive (which I bought back in 2008) has unfortunately died. Or, well something's wrong with it and I'm not sure what. GRUB can't find the partition(s) on it (and just stops with an error and ...
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windows doesn't recognize recovery partition

I delete all my partition in my SSD and I install a new operating system. before that I copy all files of recovery partition to external disk also hidden files. I thought that if I set a external disk ...
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Can't recover with exernal disk

When I bought my PC(VAIO Z) I open the recovery partition and I copy all the files existing,and I past in a external disk.(just copy/past. NO create recover partition). and I delete the recovery ...
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Can my recovery partition be used after upgrade?

I have an HP Pavilion laptop that came with Windows 8.1 pre-installed. I have not made a copy of recovery partition to DVD. Now, if I upgrade it to Windows 10, will I be able to make recovery DVD/CD ...