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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mdadm: Win7-install created a boot partition on one of my RAID6 drives. How to rebuild?

My problem happened when I attempted to install Windows 7 on it's own SSD. The Linux OS I used which has knowledge of the software RAID system is on a SSD that I disconnected prior to the install. ...
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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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Samsung Recovery Solution 5 - Restore backup to blank hard disk

Has anyone had any success with restoring a Samsung (Win 7) that uses the Samsung Recovery Solution 5 onto a new (thus blank) hard disk? I've taken the complete backup through the POST F4 ...
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hard drive raw read error rate 9

My main HDD is about 2.5/3 years old. All that time, it has been running with about 40-45 (temperature). I have had a HDD failure before and it was really frustrating, I don't want that to happen ...
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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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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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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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Why can I view my data in TestDisk but not otherwise? How can I recover the hard drive?

A few days ago I was working on my computer and my hard drive decided it was time to say goodbye; the screen froze, and when I tried booting my computer it failed. I take the drive out, put it into ...
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Mount ddrescue imaged password protected drive

I'm trying to recover a crashed HD from a Macbook. I've imaged the HD successfully onto my external HD but when I try to mount it I get a mount_hfs: Invalid argument error. I'm assuming this is ...
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1TB ext. HDD suddenly stops working - does not show up on desktop - Lion OS X

I'm really annoyed right now. I brought this 1TB external HDD (brand: WD elements) about 3-4 days ago. I put two partitions onto it, one Mac journal partition (for Mac) and one for PC to be able to be ...
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Locked hard drive Eee pc 1005 HAB

I have a Eee pc 1005 HAB that has a locked hard drive. I don't have a password for it or the master password. I was told i could take up the battery for the BIOS and put it back in to reset it but I ...
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Recover an accidentally initialized Bitlocker partition

NOTE: Before you downvote or mark as duplicate, please note that i DID look around and while i found similar issues on stackexchange and elsewhere, I wasn't able to go very far. In short, I have a ...
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ddrescue from drive intermittantly cutting out - way to minimize initialization or other reads?

Have a Windows/NTFS drive that's on its way to the dustbin, able to intermittently read on another PC via USB-to-IDE cable, a Knoppix 7.2 LiveUSB, ddrescue and ddrutitliy to pull what I can onto ...
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Fastest External Hard Drive recovery

500 GB External Hard drive got formatted... please help to recovery it fast.../ currently running test desk Disk /dev/sdb - 500 GB / 465 GiB - CHS 476940 64 32 Analyse cylinder 1741/476939: 00% ...
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Recover files with deleted indexes by chkdsk from corrupt NTFS volume?

First off, I realize similar questions have been asked before, but most of them don't actually have any answers from what I've found. I'm hoping that perhaps there might be an actual answer out there ...
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Massive GNU ddrescue slowdown

I have a 500GB disk I'm trying to recover; I ran the following command: sudo ddrescue -r3 -n /dev/sda /dev/sdb recovery.log. This ran fine for the first couple days, grinding out about 120GB a day. ...
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Extracting ddrescue image file pass 1

I am trying to recover data from a failing usb hard disk using ddrescue. I ran ddrescue for about 4 days at the end of which it completed pass 1. Sometime after it began with pass 2, I interrupted the ...
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How can I get my 2nd hard drive (that disappeared from Windows Explorer) back?

I have a Dell XPS running Windows 8. My C Drive is 120GB SSD, for windows and programs, then I have a 1TB D Drive for my own files. The other day it disappeared from Windows Explorer and I cannot get ...
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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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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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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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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 before)...
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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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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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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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Can't boot windows

So I have a Dell Inspiron 15 7537 laptop for about one and a half year, it has performed quite well over the years. But yesterday when I started it, it got stuck in the Dell logo. I ran the ePSA and ...
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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 on ...
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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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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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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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Is this normal new HD SMART Health?

Temperature is around 49ºC / 120ºF Also, it is making a noise like if there was dust inside it. What can I do?!
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How do i recover data without reformatting drive after USB to SATA conversion?

My External USB Hard Drive became unusable. Removed the enclosure and connected via SATA. Windows is failing to recognize without formatting. What are my options to recover drive without losing data?
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Recovering data from Mac OS X encrypted SSD with broken MBR

On my Mac, running on Mawericks OSX, I had whole encrypted SSD (240 Gb). By mistake (instead of external, and same size! HDD plugged in), I've chosen wrong disk (my SSD) for Linux installation. So on ...
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Missing data after 2 logical partitions were merged automatically

I have a Macbook Pro with a 1 TB HDD in it. Windows 7 runs via Bootcamp. I've made 3 partitions. 1 for Mac (HFS, boot partition) 2 for Windows (NTFS, boot partition and data storage partition). ...
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Windows 10 Technical Preview worst case scenario

I'm planning on installing Windows Technical Preview on a dual boot on my (gasp) primary Windows 8.1 laptop. Naturally, the repeated cautions relating to this pre-release software have made me ...
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create recovery partition in hard disk

Unfortunately, I deleted my Samsung notebook Windows 8 recovery partition from the hard drive. So, I need it now. Are there any tools to create it again? This solution did not solve my problem. ...
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check if hdd has bad sectors ad force windows to ignore them

i have a 500gb hdd (SeaGate), and every now and then i get a bsod with error being ntfs.sys it happens daily, maybe even 3 times a day is there a way I can check if my hdd has: a. A bad sector/s ...
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Nexstar Dual Bay Hard Drive Dock without format?

My computer was replaced by dell. They also sent me hard drives out of the laptop. I did not want to wait for a computer store to recover my data so I bought Nexstar Dual Bay Hard Drive Dock. How can ...
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Copy failing drive in order to retrieve files?

I have an NTFS hard drive with a dynamic partition, which I believe is on the verge of failure (multiple spin-up retries, drive disappears from "My Computer" in Windows). I have ordered a 1TB drive to ...
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WD My Book 2 TB hard drive can't access it

From within the Device and Printers in Windows 7 it can see the external hard drive. When I click on Properties it states it working properly but there is no information in the Volumes tab. When I go ...
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Recover HDD after creating USB installer

I just mistakingly used the wrong device to create a USB installer for Ubuntu. I wanted to use my flash drive which was disk1 and ended up using disk2 which was my external HD. Is there any way I can ...