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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Is there any way to speed up ddrescue?

I had a 500GB drive HDD crash about 5 days ago. I used ddrescue on the important partition a few days ago, and it's been on "Trimming failed blocks" for almost 2 days now. Original command: ddrescue ...
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Why can data be recovered after formatting?

If a quick format just marks bits as writable, and a normal format writes 0s to the entire disk, why do people bother with DBAN, and why are multiple passes ever required?
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Restoring Windows System Image Backup to a different hard disk

My SSD died. Fortunately, before the crash, I made a System Image backup (to a USB hard disk) using Windows 7's built-in backup tool. The SSD has been replaced (with exactly the same model and ...
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HardDisk is recognized but dd copies nothing

I've got an old harddrive (Seagate, 200MB) here which just failed, and I wanted to get an image from it with dd. The hd is recognized as device (f.e. /dev/sdb) but dd does not copy anything from it. ...
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How do I recover data from my presumably dead hard disk

I have a Seagate ST3500620AS (Barracuda 7200.11) hard disk: SATA 500GB 7200 spindle speed I've used this disk for about 2 years now. But today it happened that my computer wouldn't wake up from ...
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Likelihood of a hard drive PCB replacement working?

I have a 1.5TB Seagate 7200.11 that died. The platter still spins up initially when attached to a machine, but then the drive clicks and spins down. Then the cycle repeats. I've found a few sites ...
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Is it really possible to repair bad sectors?

I have found different and opposite opinions on the internet: is it really possible to repair bad sectors on a hard disk ? should I replace the hard disk or just repair it? I would be glad to read ...
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Overwrote Bitlocker MBR

I'm not sure exactly how I overwrote it, but I was writing a floppy image to a floppy disk (using a USB floppy drive), and somehow I inadvertently wrote the floppy disk to my primary hard disk which I ...
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DISKPART.EXE - Clean wrong disk [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How to recover data from re-partitioned hard drive I made a terrible mistake. DISKPART.EXE select WrongHarddisk clean What is the best way to recover my data? I ...
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Can you successfully clone a Mac OS X boot volume directly to another larger volume with ddrescue?

Can you clone a Mac OS X boot volume (specifically a "Mac OS Extended, Journaled" a.k.a. JHFS+ volume) directly to another, larger volume using ddrescue or even dd, and have the target volume end up ...
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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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My External Hard Drive fell and I cannot access storage anymore. How can I fix it?

My eternal hard drive fell and now I can no longer access the files through My Computer. (under devices and drivers) The hard drive is a Seagate Expansion Portable Device: Model SRD00f1 Seagate ...
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ddrescue has slowed down massively on os x

I'm using ddrescue to image a drive, and it's slowed down to about .1 % as fast as it started, at this rate I'm not sure if it will even finish, at any rate, I'm not sure I can tie up this machine ...
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Hard drive show less size (8 GB instead of 200 GB), wd2000jb IDE

I have a failed IDE hard drive. It shows his size as 8GB, but the drive was a 200GB. It allows to read data from first 8 GB, but most valued data is at 10..200 GB. What does this symptom mean? How can ...
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Tool for checking boot sector / MBR?

I'm currently trying to recover a friends ATA100 hard drive, that suddenly started giving an 'ntldr not found' error. I've got it hooked up to a ATA->USB converter, and can read the contents. Can ...
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Copy all contents of an Amiga harddrive to a PC

I have an old Amiga hard disk drive (CP2088 Conner drive). It is a 2.5" IDE drive (see bottom). How can I connect this to a PC, what software is needed, and how can I convert the entire disk to a ...
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How to connect Western Digital “My passport” using other means?

I have a Western Digital My Passport 500Gb external Harddrive where the USB connection on the drive seems to have worn out. I am trying to retrieve the data for a friend. Here is an image of the ...
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Any way to recover a file with bad blocks (CRC error in Windows)?

What I see is this: Windows complains when reading a file because the CRC for it mis-matches its calculated CRC. This means NTFS has a CRC for the file. I expect the offending block/sector can be ...
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Killdisk rendered external hard drive useless

I used Killdisk to wipe a hard drive intending to clean it before selling. I now cannot use the hard drive. Device Manager in Windows reports the "device is working properly" It is connected using ...
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Can't access external harddrive in OSX

For some reason i can't access my external HDD anymore. It's not showing up in Finder, although i can see it in the Volumes folder and in Disk Utility app. When i access the HDD from terminal and try ...
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Is there a way to get software out of a computer running windows 4?

Our lab uses a computer that runs windows 4 (ancient I know) to run specialized equipment. The software we want is rsview32, it runs a program that controls our specialized equipment. We would like to ...
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hard drive recovery after low-level reformat

I've reformatted my hard drive and reinstalled Windows but nothing else. I've looked at several hard drive recovery options and many say they can recover data after reformatting but the reformat I did ...
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Cannot access disk, partition table broken

I was so dumb, to turn of the power on my Readynas Ultra 4 when it was installing the disk (3TB WD Green), I had no time to wait for it as I was going to return it (It was to damn noisy) The disk ...
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Read data from old hard drive Seagate ST-1239A

I received an old hard drive from which I need to read the data. I connect it using an AT-Interface to USB connector. (I tried two different ones with the same results). I guess it is about 210-211 MB ...
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Restoring old documents found by search engine Everything from $recycle.bin of hard drive D of another PC

I'm trying to recover some old files whose status I do not quite understand. Back in ~2006, I accidently deleted some essential Word documents from my then D:\ -hard drive (Windows ME). Some years ...
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Western Digital 1TB external hard drive could not be read

I have a problem with my external hard drive, I was copying a huge amount of data (approx 100 gigs) from it to another hard drive, suddenly an error popped up and told me that the operation could not ...
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SSD stopped working suddenly. Any chance of data recovery?

I have been using a Corsair Force 3 (120GB) SSD since last 1.5 years. Yesterday, the laptop freezed suddenly and I had to hard reset it. Then it refused to boot as if no HDD was installed. This has ...
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Lost all data after chkdsk on NTFS partition. How do I get it back?

I have a multiboot system with a shared NTFS partition (300gigs) across OS's (Windows7, Debian, Arch). Recently I booted into Windows and it prompted me to run CHKDSK and after that I can't see any of ...
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Hard disk has one foot out the door. What should I do?

My computer has always had a loud (Fujitsu) hard drive drive. Since I bought it in 2007, its ticking has been noticeable during normal activity. Increasingly, it's made loud CLACK sounds (every ...
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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 ...
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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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How to save data from a dying hard drive?

I have three drives installed, 1 SSD and 2 HDD. While the system is in the SSD, many program are installed in one of the the HDD. But I think that HDD is failing. I can hardly even boot the computer. ...
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Data recovery from laptop which was formatted because of new Windows 7 installation

I want to recovery my data from an Windows 7 Ultimate installation. My laptop got stolen but later I caught the theft. But unfortunately all my data is lost because he formatted my laptop and put on a ...
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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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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). ...
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Recover partition tables/bad hd

I had a some problems in my Hard-drive and now the hard drive seems to be corrupted. Its Seagate 500GB Hard-Drive The hard drive started doing problems when i copied files to it, and started to shut ...
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Need to recover an accidentally formatted (i.e. wiped out) hard drive. [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How to recover folders from formatted drive I accidentally erased my 500GB external hdd, and I desperately need to recover the data. If I read correctly, a quick format ...
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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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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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SEAGATE HD UNMOUNTED DAEMON INHIBITED

I've got a Seagate HD 888GB here which I use with a Macbook Pro. This week it stopped working. It is shown as "unmounted" in Disk Utility. I tried it on Windows 7 as well but it's not working there ...
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How do manually mount hard drive on mac?

My mac recently gave up and I'm trying to salvage whatever data I can from the hard drive. I was able to boot using the OSX Installation CD and fire up Disk Utility that basically told me that the ...
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Dead motherboard. How can I save the software on my old hard drive?

My motherboard died. I'll be installing a new copy of Windows 7 on a new machine, or replacing the motherboard in my current machine and then installing a new copy of Windows 7. There is nothing ...
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How to recover data from dead disk? [closed]

I just dropped my disk and it doesn't spin anymore when connecting. Unlucky me - it's a backup disk - and I need the data. I did try to find a service but they are really expensive and outside my ...
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Is my Hard Drive repairable OR can I get my data back (Picture)?

I have an old 80GB Seagate Baracuda Harddisk. It fell on my toe. That time it was working fine. But today as I turned my pc on and this happened. Can replacing the circuit board will help me ...
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Recover files ex-internal, soon to be external Windows 7 primary hard drive?

I have a broken Laptop with Windows 7 on it. The laptop needs a new motherboard and needs to be sent to the manufacturer for a while. Owner of the laptop needs her files while it will be gone. So ...
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recover data from a drive that has been low level formatted [closed]

I low level formatted the wrong drive. I used the WDC DLG diag to write zeros to the drive. Is it possible to recover the data from the drive? model hard drive wdc wd5000BEVT
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Backup HFS+ drive on Windows machine

I'm imaging a hard drive that has a copy of OSX (10.8 I believe) installed on it and is beginning to fail. I need to backup the entire Macintosh HD partition to a network drive, from a Windows ...
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Cannot format external drive as it could not be detected

I have an external HDD. Suddenly, I got the message to format the harddisk in order to use it. I clicked on format. I accidently aborted the format as it was taking hell lot of time. Now that I plug ...
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Cant read from an external HDD [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Bad Sectors on Hard Drive ISSUE: I have an external HDD that I recently lent to my cousin. He has this problem that whenever he connects a flash drive or a memory card ...
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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 ...