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How is the computer able to save things before it crashes?

I was under the impression that when a computer has crashed, something went wrong and it can't perform anymore. I was wondering how is the computer able to save things before it crashes? Is the ...
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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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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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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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How is it possible that WinRAR can repair any volume with one .rev file?

I just learned about .rev files with WinRAR -- where if you have a 10-part RAR volume, for example, plus one .rev (recovery) volume -- the .rev volume will be able to "fix" any one corrupted .rar ...
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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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Mac OS X - Could not start Terminal.app - shell has illegal value

I can not run the Terminal.app after rolling back my system from time machine. Mac OS X Version 10.6.2 It displays the following error. "Your are not authorized to run this application" "The ...
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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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Put files deleted over the network into a Windows trash can?

From a Windows workstation when I delete files over the network (e.g. a file share, server disk, etc) those files are never put into a trash can, either on my Windows workstation or on the server - ...
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How do I use Firefox' “sessionstore” files to restore my crashed session?

My Windows XP system crashed. Usually about:sessionrestore shows me my previous session. But this time, after I rebooted, the page appeared blank. I was able to find my sessionsstore files in my ...
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i just deleted a worksheet that was critical, what do i do now?

i also saved it is there any way to recover it?
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corrupt NTFS filesystem, how to recover files in folder?

I lost a folder with important data, and would like to know what's the best way to procede in order to recover the files. this is what happened: after booting up windows (vista), i received the ...
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How often do you have to wipe/shred your files, to make them not undeletable

If you have a private data on a recent, normal hard drive - how often do you have to delete the data, to make it unrecoverable. Not in the sense, that a forensic team of 20 experts with a budget of ...
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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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Dead USB flash drive

So a friend has come to me with a problem. They have a dead USB thumb drive which no longer responds when plugged into a machine. I've tried it in a Mac and it doesn't even respond, at least on a ...
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Jump drive with a virus

If I have a flash drive that I think may have a virus on it, but also has some important tax stuff on it, is there a way I can get at the files without endangering my computer?
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How to recover open but deleted file on Linux using ln instead of cp?

I have a file that's downloading (from a source that's hard to re-download from), but accidentally deleted from the filesystem namespace (/tmp/blah), and I'd like to recover this file. Normally I ...
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Why some recovery tools are still able to find deleted files after I purge Recycle Bin, defrag the disk and zero-fill free space?

As far as I understand, when I delete (without using Recycle Bin) a file, its record is removed from the file system table of contents (FAT/MFT/etc...) but the values of the disk sectors which were ...
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Can you fully remove a user's (administrator's) password in Windows 7?

I've recently sent my computer to be repaired and I am almost certain that I set a password to my account - the only account on the system. After the repair has been completed I've found out that my ...
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Recover Windows 7 license key from formatted drive

I recently performed a fresh install of Windows 7 on my computer, but only as I deleted the old partition (that contained my old Windows 7 install) did I remember I hadn't extracted my Windows ...
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How to undelete files on btrfs partition?

How do I undelete (recover) a deleted file on a btrfs partition? I have not taken a snapshot yet, so I can't use that feature. I know there are some tools for other Linux file systems, but google ...
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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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How can i recover a zip password using CUDA (GPU)?

How can i recover a zip password on linux using CUDA (GPU). For the past two days i tried using "fcrackzip" but it's too slow Few months back i saw some application that can use GPU / CUDA and get ...
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Recovering a word file (Select the encoding that makes your document readable)

My girlfriend requested me to recover a word file which is her 2 months of work :(, and this is her thesis for graduation. It shows the "Select the encoding that makes your document readable" screen ...
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How to recover deleted file if it is still opened by some process?

$ cat important_file > /dev/null & [1] 9711 $ rm important_file $ killall -STOP cat [1]+ Stopped cat important_file > /tmp/p $ ls -l /proc/`pidof cat`/fd/ total 0 ...
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How to make sure I can restore the OS which came preinstalled on my laptop?

I bought a Lenovo IdeaPad with Windows 7 preinstalled. The laptop has a "OneKey Rescue System" which is able to restore the factory install of the OS. As I understand the files necessary for this ...
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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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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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Mac UI locked up. Are there any ways to unfreeze it short of cycling the power?

My Mac's UI has locked up. Is there any way to unfreeze the system short of cycling the power?
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How do I access Windows 8 Recovery partition and how to recover it to factory image?

On Windows 7 I usually enter into Windows Recovery partition by using F7 and choosing it to recovery mode. Now on Windows 8 F7, F8 or any of FXX keys works on booting (even on Full Reboot). How do I ...
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How can I recover from an accidental git push -f?

I just ran git push -f by mistake, thus overwriting a remote branch. Original: (remote origin:) branch master -> commit aaaaaaa branch foo -> commit bbbbbbb (local) branch ...
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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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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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How do I safely partition a hard-drive to accept a GNU/Linux distribution in the presence of OneKey Recovery?

I am currently using a Lenovo Essentials G550 Laptop. When the laptop was sold by Lenovo, a proprietary recovery solution created by the same company was bundled with the laptop, taking the name of ...
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Mac OS X program to recover images from a memory card

I'm looking for a Mac OS X program to recover images from a corrupted memory card.
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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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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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File recovery: How can I make a non-destructive copy of a (NTFS) partition?

I want to recover some deleted files from a healthy NTFS partition on an undamaged hard-disk. In order to leave the partition undisturbed, i plan to use dd to clone the partition to a raw image file ...
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Looking for fault-tolerant, multi-CD/DVD burning software

A few years back, I saw an open-source application that created fault-tolerant, multi-CD backup sets. The thought was that if a few sectors went bad on one CD, the data could be reconstructed from ...
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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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Mounting a complete disk image rescued by ddrescue

I've recovered a complete NTFS disk with ddrescue in Linux. The catch is I didn't just rescue the partition (sdX#) but complete disk (sdX) with partition table. It's really easy to mount disk ...
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Windows 7 not booting after failed SRT (SSD caching) install

This is a fairly new computer, only about a month old. i7 2700k, z68 motherboard, with a 1.5tb WD black HD, and a 128gb crucial M4 ssd. I followed the instructions for setting up ssd caching, the ...
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Undelete utility that preserves folder structure

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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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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Windows 8 recovery partition on main hard drive

I've recently been having a lot of trouble with my current laptop which has caused me to reinstall my operating system several times, and I'm getting sick of always burning installation disks or ...
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Window 7 Bad Driver BSOD, How Can I find out which driver it is?

So I have probably looked at every resource I can on Google - I have spent the last 15 hours looking and testing. I am experiencing a BSOD loop. After investigating further it would seem it is a Bad ...
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Files deleted from network share. Where would they go?

I've had a question posed to me by a user, they've deleted some files from a network share, and they're looking at somehow recovering them. Of course, if they go for file recovery, it will have to ...
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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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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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Creating Acer Recovery DVD to ISO - No Optical Drive [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Virtual CDR driver I have an acer travelmate laptop that i'm trying to create the recovery dvd(s) for. I am stuck at this screen: This machine doesn't have an optical ...