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How to recover a removed file under Linux?

By accident, I used rm on a file I didn't want to delete. Is there a way that I can get it back under Linux?
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What's the proper way to prepare chroot to recover a broken Linux installation?

This question relates to questions that are asked often. The procedure is frequently mentioned or linked to offsite, but is not often clearly and correctly stated. In an objective to concentrate ...
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How do I recover the password of a RAR file on Mac OS X?

I'm running Mac OS X 10.6.2 and have been handed a couple of old files that need to be extracted. Old backups or finances or bills I believe. They are RAR files, and password protected. Is there a way ...
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Recovery of deleted data on SSD / USB Flash

Is there a way to recover deleted data from a SSD / USB Flash drive? All I could find were recovery for damaged drives, but I want to recover deleted data. So how do I do this?
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Recovering a accidently deleted file in Ubuntu

I'm using ubuntu 9.10 and accidently deleted a specific file within a directory on my system. I checked in the Trash bin and could not locate the file. I deleted it 10mins ago, are there any tools ...
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Harddrive in the freezer ever work for you? [closed]

Once upon a time, my little 10 GB drive in my webserver failed and of course I had no backup, teaching me to immediately set up an automatic backup job afterwards. Anyhow, this drive refused to ...
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How can I recover/undelete files from an ext4 partition?

Has anyone had success recovering deleted files from an ext4 partition? I've tried various utilities, but none have worked yet. I'd be grateful if someone can share a success story!
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Is it possible to recover a computer from a failed BIOS update?

While attempting the update the BIOS on an Asus motherboard, i learned the Asus Update Utility for Windows doesn't fully support Windows 64-bit. It was able to erase the BIOS without problems, but ...
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Windows 8 upgrade Recovery Disk

I have upgraded to Windows 8 from Win 7. I want to create a recovery disk for Windows 8, just in case something goes wrong. I didn't find the option of creating it from the control panel. How do I ...
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Recover files deleted from Windows 7 with no backup

I accidentally deleted important files, for which I do not have a backup. My thesis files worth four years of sweat is gone and when I tried to go back to a "previous versions" I get the message: ...
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Help in recovering partition

Okay so i had one NTFS partition and i wanted to resize it, but while resizing it with partition magic some error occurred and now i am not able to enter in my partition anymore. I have slackware 13 ...
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Patch is preventing the system from starting, need to manually uninstall Windows 7 update

Last night windows updated itself with some kernel drivers related patches and as a result today morning my Windows 7 won't even boot in safe mode. It tried to repair itself, but no good Root ...
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Hard Disk makes “Click, click, click …” noise on system start. Won't boot

Computer was humming away happily. It had downloaded a kernel update eariler in the week and been asking for a reboot since. This morning I relented. When the computer powered back up it made a ...
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Started DBAN on an external by accident - can I get my data back?

I was running DBAN on a laptop HDD and I had an external HDD attached. Without realising that, I ran DBAN in auto mode. Completely stupid, I know. I noticed it was attached when the operation ...
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Can I delete empty recovery partition (Win8)

I'm trying to install Linux alongside my 64-bit Windows 8 and went into my partition manager to find this structure. In order to create partitions for my Linux install I need to free up some space. ...
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Recovering a Partially Formatted USB Thumb Drive

I have a USB Thumb Drive that I was going to use to install Windows 7 with. While formatting the drive with the Windows 7 USB/DVD download tool it failed leaving my USB drive in an unusable state. I ...
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How to undelete big file in NTFS? [duplicate]

I made a mistake and deleted a 6/7GB file on an external hard drive with NTFS and now I'm trying to undelete / recover it. I tried with Recuva and the file is there but with filesize 0. it seems NTFS ...
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Formatted hard drive, forgot to back up a text file. How do I get it back?

I have already had the same problem before. On that occasion, I found a program that could scan my entire hard drive for string pieces so I could recover it. Unfortunately I don't remember the name of ...
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Recovering a password for a Word 2007 document [closed]

I have an old Word 2007 document that I don't remember the password for. I'm guessing a brute force attack is the way to go to get it open. Anyone know of any free tools I can use to do this?
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Free Data recovery tool for linux?

I deleted files on my linux drive that I shouldn't have. What is a good tool to use to recover these files that will: Recover the various file types (txt, php etc) Recover it as the original files ...
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Recover data from bitlocker partition in Windows 7

I have one hard drive. It's partitioned into 4 partitions, one of them is encrypted by Windows 7 Bitlocker, then I used Acronis Disk Director to merge both partitions during the process PC power off ...
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Windows: how to install driver from recovery command prompt?

I'm trying to enable Intel SRT on my laptop. To do this, I need to change SATA controller mode from AHCI to RAID. The problem is that windows has no drivers for RAID and I can't install it while ...
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Remove a user's password using “net” command'

is it possible to remove a user's password using the net command? I tried "net user <name> *" and just hitting return twice, but this does not work as expected. Is there any other way to do ...
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Attempting to recover Windows 7 on my Toshiba Laptop

One day my computer was working fine and the next it won't boot properly. System Specs: Toshiba Satellite T235D-S1345RD (Laptop) Windows 7 x64 BIOS 1.7 4GB RAM I have gotten the computer booted ...
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How to start recovery from recovery partition on a Asus A6000?

Can't find the manual that came with the notebook. What was the keycombination on boot to start the recovery process?
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How to recover a file overwritten with another in Linux?

I did this on the command line (Ubuntu 12.04 , ext4) mv some_arbit_file required_file Is there any way I can recover required_file? I had put so much work into this. I usually backup files but I ...
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DDRescue - Did I do the wrong command which is causing it to take longer then expected

I am running the following command on a 500GB drive: ddrescue --force --direct /dev/sde2 /home/backups/sde2.img sde2_logfile.ddrescue However, the time has been almost 24hrs and all it has done so ...
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A display driver has stopped working and has been recovered issue

I got this issue today where the computer first began to 'hang' and then the screen momentarily turned black and came back again with a pop up saying that the display driver stopped working and has ...
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How can an operating system be installed when the installation media is missing?

Often when trying to fix someone else's computer - especially consumer machines - the operating system will need to be reinstalled, but the owner will have lost or never created the installation or ...
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Copy Windows 7 recovery partition to a bootable external drive

I would like to copy my netbook recovery parition to a bootable external HDD because two of my partitions were damaged including the partition which contained the Master Boot Record. I wasn't able to ...
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Fastest way to restore Windows 7's original MBR?

I have removed GRUB's partition, and I wanted to restore the original Windows boot part. WinToFlash failed again to make my pendrive bootable, thus I'm in a bit of a trouble now. I looked all ...
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Windows XP stuck on loading screen

Since yesterday my Windows XP install is stuck on the loading screen (XP logo and "progress bar" constantly moving). I waited more than one hour but nothing more happened. Before this problem occured ...
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Windows 8.1 - Why are there multiple recovery partitions in the system?

DISKPART> list partition Partition ### Type Size Offset ------------- ---------------- ------- ------- Partition 1 System 500 MB 1024 KB Partition 2 OEM ...
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Undelete utility that preserves folder structure [closed]

I did a dumb thing and now need to undelete some files. In fact, I have already recovered the files using Glary Undelete, which has served me well on the other rare occasions where this has been ...
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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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Corrupted the hard drive after planned write of RAMDisk image to SD card went awry

I was trying to write a RAMDisk image to my SD card but unfortunately I wrote the image to my hard disk instead. The size of the RAMDisk image is about 7 MB (approximately 16000+ sectors) and it was ...
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Lazarus Form Recovery for Safari?

I use Lazarus a lot on Chrome and FireFox. Well, not a lot, but it's great for crashing when you're writing something online in a form that doesn't automatically save what you're writing. Plus, this ...
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Window's can't be configured after a system restore

I've just had to do a complete system recovery, (back to factory settings) on my computer using the recovery discs that I made when I first bought it. All went fine until the end when it said to ...
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iPhone 3G backup encryption? I've never entered a password?

I can't unclick or access my backup iPhone encrypted file. For the life of me I can not remember ever entering a password for the encrypted iPhone backups. I've tried every password I've used or use ...
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Restore windows 7 without “system repair disk”

I have a blank hard drive. I also have a Windows 7 system image backed up on an external hard drive. I don't have a system repair disk (SRD) and also don't have Windows 7 disk. I only have the ...
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Create recovery disks when Windows 7 will not load

Sony Vaio laptop with Windows 7 Home will not load Windows; automatically goes into startup repair then fails. Unfortunately, there are no restore points and the owner did not create the recovery ...
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undelete big files - mission impossible?

I've accidentaly deleted outlook.pst (6.7GB) file, while there was only 400MB free space left on primary NTFS partition (winxp). I've tried several recovery tools to get this file back. "Ontrack Easy ...
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How can I create a recovery drive for Windows 8.1?

I just installed Windows 8.1 on my computer. I am trying to create a recovery drive. I click start, type "recovery", hit "Create a recovery drive". I click next once, and this is what I see: We ...
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Replacing hard drive of laptop having geniune windows 8 [duplicate]

I have bought a new Laptop Sony VAIO E17, it has a pre-installed windows 8 64bit. Now after using it few days I want to replace my HDD with new SSD, if I will change my hard-drive I will loss my ...
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How to recover NTFS partition from Linux?

I've formated partition to empty - only erased information that partition is NTFS. Partition data haven't been changed. So i think only little change to partition table is required. How can i ...
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How to mount a disk with data (a deleted partition table) from gpart and testdisk

I am trying to recover the ext4 partition table of a 2TB disk, where I have 900.000 files. I have cloned the original HD and now I am working on the cloned HD. And I am running Parted Magic Live CD. ...
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Recover Vista install key from non-booting OS drive

A friend's Vista-based computer won't boot, so I am just going to format and reinstall. The problem is that she never kept her product key for Vista. Is there any way to recover that key from ...
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Can I use HP Recovery Discs for a different hard drive capacity and make?

About two years ago I created HP Recovery Discs (3 of them). Now my hard drive has crashed and new one is still a week from delivery. I was reading up on how to reinstall the genuine OS using the ...
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How to recover Word document that was mistakenly replaced

I worked on a Word document and also saved the file on my flash drive. When it asked me to save, I pressed the Replace document option by mistake. I can see the missing work under the Properties ...
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How to revert formated partition?

While installing Windows 7, I accidently formatted a partition (D drive) while I was trying to install Windows on the system partition (C drive). I know that it is possible to revert this situation, ...