Partition recovery is the process of recovering data from a hard drive partition that has been rendered unreadable by normal methods. A problem that is caused by drive failure, accidental formatting, corruption of data.

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How to fix a damaged/corrupted NTFS filesystem/partition without losing the data on it?

I was going to install Fedora 15 along side my Windows 7 Starter on my Acer Apire One D255E and at some point during the resizing of the NTFS partition (the one with Windows on it) the setup failed. ...
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How can I repair or install startup repair/system recovery after BCD corruption?

How should I go about repairing startup repair? Installing startup repair onto the hard drive, as if it was not originally there, would also fix this. In the hope that someone at a Windows-specific ...
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Get rid of “Resource Busy” message on Mac OS X

I am trying to repair a lost HSF+ partition table an iMac by running the i command inside of sudo pdisk /dev/rdisk1. Once I try running the i command, I get an error message saying that the resource ...
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Restoring factory recovery partition (samsung)

I have upgraded the HDD in a Samsung laptop and would like to restore the "Press F4 for recovery" partition. My new disk has three partitions, System, Windows, and Recovery. I did a dd of the ...
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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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Recovering files when Windows 7 MBR has been corrupted

System Stats: Type: 64-Bit Desktop; OS: Windows 7 Premium; HD: Seagate Barracuda 750GB, S.M.A.R.T. Enabled. History: There is the complex situation I'm dealing with, I'll do my best to break it ...
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How to replace the laptop HDD but preserve the recovery partition?

I need to replace the HDD from one laptop, but the goal is to preserve the recovery partition, thus allowing me to re-install windows at any given time, just like if it was the original HDD. I've ...
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My hard disk does't get recognized

For a few days now I have a problem with my 500GB internal hard disk. I am on Linux Mint 13 but I have the same problem with my Windows installation. When running fdisk -l I can see my hard disk (...
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mdadm RAID 1 - spare drive after SATA cable change

Yesterday, my hosting provider changed a SATA cable of one of my HDDs. When my server came back up again, cat /proc/mdstat showed this: Personalities : [raid1] md124 : active raid1 sda1[0] ...
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Creating a system deployment disk [duplicate]

Hi guys i want to create an image of a windows 7 system and use it as a deployment tool and when I want to setup up like more than 10 laptops, then i just connect them on a network and deploy the ...
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Drive Partitions not Extending [duplicate]

I have a USB stick which I made into a bootable USB stick for Ubuntu. I installed Ubuntu, and then I formatted the USB stick. However, it only has 2MB of space on it, however it is an 8GB USB. I ...
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Whole working Windows 7 partition (on SSD) suddenly became “Unallocated Disk Space”

I have an HP 2540p with Windows 7 installed on a Plextor M3 SSD that sits in the upgrade drive bay (that used to house a DVD drive). The system has been working fine for months until this morning when ...
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How to force partition to value out of range

I have an ubuntu desktop system (VM guest), whose partitions were created by the install media. I wanted to expand the disk, so I shutdown the guest, and increased the disk size of the guest in the ...
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Correcting tree from messed up file tree in NTFS partition

It's a real messed situation, but I'm quite at the end of my options. It's my personal hardrive, so it's very important for me, and yes, I have no backup =( The short story: I have two discs. One ...
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Weird partition table

I was given a hard disk to repair/extract data from. This hard drive was once the hard drive of a computer that had windows and linux installed (using grub to change between two). Booting from the ...
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LVM volume with corrupt MBR: how to mount and recover data from it?

I am new to LVM and partitioning in general, and so, am in a situation here. The Situation: I accidentally overwrote MBR of a Fedora 16-created LVM disk. Now, everything else on this disk is ...
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Recover files from corrupt filesystem

My situation: I have an older 80GB IDE internal hdd, with a few files on it that I would like very much to recover: some word documents some latex documents (text files) and pictures (png, jpg, eps ...
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Ext4 fs corrupted after shrunken by parted

I was trying to make room for an Arch Linux installation and I ran parted and shrunk my main Ubuntu partition. I made a new one in the new space but after I rebooted it put me in a grub prompt. I ...
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Install window 7 Professional to Asus A43S

Currently my Asus operating system is window 7 Home Premium. Now I want to change to window 7 Professional and also formatting my Asus. I have read through this article but unfortunately my ...
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How to recover data in formatted hard disk and already installed a new OS

Help how to recover formatted hard disk and already installed a new OS but not yet installed applications. Edit: I have two 500g hard drives lets say HD1 has my personal files and the other is HD2 ...
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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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How to recover BitLocker encrypted partition that is now 'unallocated'/'free space'?

My hard drive had five partitions, including one some 4-5 GB BitLocker encrypted one. When I used Disk Management I could view two partitions (24.4 GB and 8.94 GB) in green colour labelled Empty space....
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Accidentally Formated /dev/sda1

I was messing around with some partitions on a PC that has both Windows 7 and Ubuntu 15.04 installed on it. In gparted, I distractedly formatted /dev/sda1 as fat32. Upon rebooting, I got the message "...
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Hard disk drive's full capacity is not recognized

I have a HDD (wdc wd30ezrx-00mmmb0 western digital 3gb, Link to HDD specifications) I purchased a while back and it had an original capacity of 3TB. Some unknown error happened to my computer which ...
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How to make my restore partition usable again?

I have an old Samsung X420 in which I had installed Linux years ago, alongside Windows 7. I gave it to my girlfriend to use and since she didn't deal well with Linux and GRUB, I wiped and recreated ...
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Restore deleted Windows 8.1 recovery partition

I selected the option to create a recovery drive in Windows and then deleted the recovery partition using the option provided (see screenshot). Now I want to restore the partition exactly as it was ...
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Recover NTFS partition GPT with TestDisk, gdisk, EasyRecovery

I have broken my hdd file struture. I will not go into details how that happened. I had several NTFS partitions which have some data I need, and it was in GPT. I tried several applications for ...
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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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How do I copy the boot sector from one computer to another?

I have a pair of identical computers. One of them stopped booting the other day (it gets past the BIOS screen then goes black). Booting from a USB recovery stick I've verified that the partition is ...
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File structure corruption after installing ubuntu

I am using Windows 7. When I installed Ubuntu and ran it for the first time, everything was going fine. I booted Ubuntu and accessed my FAT32 and NTFS partitions. After restarting Ubuntu, I booted to ...
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Windows 7 system drive says it is raw, but System Recovery starts without issues

I have been running Windows 7 RC1 since it was available a couple of months ago and had no issues whatsoever until today. When I start my laptop, Windows does not boot but instead Windows System ...
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Recovering filesystem in mangled partition

Accidentally booted the Acer Recovery partition of my multi-boot laptop and despite selecting EXIT when presented with a choice of whether I wanted to recover anything or not, one of my partitions got ...
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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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Mounting Safecopy Image in Kali (Or any other OS)

I've been trying furiously for about 2 to 3 weeks to get the data off this drive. And I've had lots of learning while I've done it. However I still am with no data. I have used SafeCopy to make a copy ...
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Disk Management Action History/log

I deleted a partition in disk management earlier today, and then extended the partition before it over the newly unallocated space, and now need to recover a file from it. Does Disk Management keep ...
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Recovering HDD partition table using Testdisk

I have a total of 4 operating systems installed on my notebook. I use a WD Blue 1TB 2.5" internal HDD. The installed OSes are Win XP, Win 7, Win 8 and Ubuntu. Of these, Windows XP only boots when I ...
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Can not copy files after installing windows

I am experiencing a weird problem. I was running Xubuntu on my laptop until yesterday that I had to delete Xubuntu and install Windows. I had a NTFS partition on my Xubuntu that I kept some files on ...
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Recover lost 5th primary partition

I recently decided to enable bitlocker on my Windows 7 computer. Little did I know that this meant the setup wizard would chop off a 300MB piece of my C: partition and create a primary partition from ...
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How to fix damaged NTFS partition?

I have an external HDD with one NTFS partition. I wanted to transfer some files between PCs, so I have copied some files from Debian PC to the drive. After then as usual I have chosen safety remove ...
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Recovery Partition Healthy?

I tried to backup my recovery partition a couple of times on a CD and HDD but this process fails every time. I used "Dell Datasafe Local Backup-Basic Edition", but after 2 minutes of burning/writing ...
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Recovering multiple partitions with testdisk in a multiboot configuration

I'm facing this kind of problem for the first time. Two of my three partitons got corrupted. In searching for a solution, I found testdisk. I've read the tutorials and feel confortable to use it, ...
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Is there a way to backup the windows recovery partition or recreate it on a sony vaio laptop?

My friend got a Sony Vaio laptop. Soon, I will install him Linux. But I want to back up the Windows 7's recovery partition that came pre-installed. But on laptop, normally, when we boot up, they ask ...
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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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Recovering/repairing partition map following Linux installation/removal

Through a variety of Linux installations (and reinstallations) this evening, I seem to have borked the drive in my MacBook Pro. Gparted at some stage reported drive errors and tried to "fix" them, ...
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Windows 7, disk partition disappeared

I have a Mac Book Pro with 320GB HDD, I had Mac OSX (139.70 GB) on one partition (using BOOTCAMP) and Windows 7 (157.59GB) on other partition (Bootcamp). And in Windows I divided that single partition ...
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Btrfs volume management for normal home user

Btrfs is by design for enterprise use, but that doesn't stop normal home users from using it. By normal home user, I mean those people who don't use complicated setup like mirroring, or any level of ...
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Is it possible to restore a wiped MBR partition table on a machine that has not been rebooted?

While experimenting with how to fix this, I came across a suggestion to wipe the MBR, so I did. dd if=/dev/zero of=/dev/sdb bsize=512 count=1 Whoops. No partition table. Yes, I have backups, but I’...
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Windows reporting less space on SSD. Is it the ex-linux partition?

I attempted a Windows 8.1/ LinuxMint dualboot on the same drive. After giving up on Mint, I would like to have my disk space back. I reserved about 20 GB for Mint when I installed it. As a result ...
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Everything on my NTFS partition disappeared. DESPERATE ASSISTANCE NEEDED

I just rebooted into Windows (I dual boot with Ubuntu), and everything in my D: partition is gone! First question: How do I best preserve the current state of the hard drive to maximize chances of ...