Restore refers to making something the way that it once was. Common examples are restoring a backup, restoring preferences, restoring documents, and restoring tabs in a browser.

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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 can I undo or rollback an “apt-get upgrade” command on Ubuntu?

Is there a way in Ubuntu to rollback or undo the last upgrade after doing an apt-get upgrade if you don't like the results?
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Where does Firefox store the opened windows/tabs/urls for Session Restore after a crash?

In which location and file does Firefox save the last windows I had opened (when Firefox crashed)? I have a complete "hot dump" copy of a file system and need to restore the state Firefox was when ...
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Disable Google Chrome session restore functionality

Chrome offers to restore the last session when it did not shutdown properly (power outage, Chrome crashed, ...). How do I disable that? (Setting or command line switch) I'm using a batch file that ...
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Chrome crashed without providing “Restore” button

I've been using Chrome, then it crashed. If I restart the computer and reopen Chrome, there will be a Restore button. But what actually happened was that I restarted in Safe mode, and when I reopen ...
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Is it possible to copy all Windows 7 files from one HD to another and boot from the new HD?

Well, the hard-drive on my laptop died (it was displaying "SMART failure prediction -- Hard-disk Drive dailure might be imminant). So I took it out and hooked it up to an external enclosure and ...
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Best way to Duplicate a Laptop's Hard Drive One-to-One

I have a Lenovo X61 Tablet computer, with a plain SATA drive inside. I have windows 7 and Ubuntu 9.10 dual booting on the computer. I want to back up both of these OS's, and their special partitions ...
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Windows 7 Backup not backing up custom library?

I have created a custom Library under Windows 7 64bit professional to handle my source code. When I tried Windows Backup and Restore for the first time I get the following error Backup encountered ...
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Installing Windows Vista without system restore CD with OEM key (ie: from underside of my laptop)

I have a family friend who needs to reformat her laptop (virus infected). She has misplaced her system restore disk. The laptop is running Vista, and has a valid Vista product key on a sticked on the ...
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Windows 7 backup to 3TB Seagate external drive got 0x8078002A error

I'm using the Windows 7 backup and restore utility to create a system image and personal file backup to an external Seagate GoFlex 3TB disk. I got the following error: One of the backup files could ...
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What is the quickest and safest way to test new software and revert all changes, if needed?

I'm looking for Windows 7 software that will allow me to quickly create a "checkpoint", do whatever I might need to do to my computer - install programs/drivers/updates, create/delete personal files, ...
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“Restore session” in gVim like in Firefox?

I left some files opened in gVim, and hibernated my machine. Unfortunately, there was some error, and I lost my gVim session. Is it possible to do like modern browsers nowadays (like Firefox), that ...
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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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How to properly image a truecrypt system partition?

A couple of times now I have imaged a truecrypt system partition in windows. When the system has crashed on me I've attempted to recover the system only for truecrypt to not boot the recovered system. ...
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How can I test a restore from a Windows 7 backup?

I've set up backups for my PC using Windows 7's built in scheduled backup feature that backs up to a NAS I purchased. All seems to be going well but I can't sleep well until I'm sure my backups will ...
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Disk Utility Restore causes “Could not validate resource - Invalid Argument”

I have a problem with Disk Utility on Mac OS X 10.6. I have an image of Windows that I would like to use as a bootable volume on a pen drive or external hard drive. The thing is: When I try to ...
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How to restore the default Google search engine in Chrome?

How do I revert to the default Google search engine in Chrome? Most sites have a simple querystring search, like http://mysite/search/?query=%s, but Google has some weird query string, and I'm not ...
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How can I restore GRUB without a live CD?

I realize that this is a duplicate of a question asked before, but in that question the asker managed to find his live CD and no real answer appeared, thus I am re-asking it. I managed to screw up my ...
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How do I synchronize Firefox extensions?

I have a bunch of Firefox extensions. But in case if I have to reinstall my computer, how do I restore them all? Sort of like Dropbox syncing all my files.
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Restore MacBook Pro to factory settings without disc

Is there a way of restoring a MacBook Pro to it's factory settings without a disc? I want all files deleted and it to basically be like I just received it from Apple. I know you can do it with Dell ...
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FAT filesystem - bad superblock

Last night my android phone said it can't read the SD card and it wanted to format it. I pulled it out, put it in a card reader and tried to mount it on my desktop pc: $ sudo mount /dev/sdb1 tmp ...
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Can I restore files from a Time Machine backup onto a different computer?

I have a Time Machine backup (of personal files only) made from my MacBook Pro provided by my previous employer. Now I have a new job and a new (employer-provided) MacBook Pro. Can I somehow restore ...
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Can I recover from a complete OS X hard drive crash using CrashPlan Central?

The CrashPlan web site states: Once your files are backed up, CrashPlan continuously checks that your files are 100% healthy and ready to restore when you need them. If it finds any ...
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Is there any good RESTORE software for Windows? [closed]

In the spirit of Joel Spolsky's "Let’s stop talking about backups" article, is there any software that's good at restoring a Windows computer? By "good", I mean it can handle a situation where a ...
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Migrate selected applications from a Time Machine backup

I upgraded to OSX Lion. I have a previous Time Machine backup and I would like to get back just the information from Mail iTunes iPhoto I wonder if there is any workaround in the migration ...
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Restore Subversion from file backups

I recently had to send in my computer for repairs, and my hard drive ended up getting replaced. Luckily I had a backup of the files, but no system image. I'd like to get my SVN repositories back, but ...
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How do I repair the .Net Framework on Windows 7

So I ran spyware doctor and it had a bunch of malware stuff. I clicked "Remove" but failed to create a restore point first. Now my websites running on .net 2.0 as well as visual studio 2008 are not ...
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In what files in the home dir does xfce store the user config data?

In what files/dirs in the home dir does xfce store the user config data? Or if you like. What files do I need to restore from backup in order to restore my xfce desktop with all the different ...
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How to restore all the files from trash in Mac OS X?

I can put back the items one by one, but there are too many files, how could I restore all the files in the trash?
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How to restore information from dead HDD?

So, i have old HDD and i need to get information from it but small problem that HDD is dead, can anybody explain proccess how peoples get information from it. Is this depends from model of HDD? ...
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Transfer Windows to another hard disk

I've got a 80Gb hard disk and I want to transfer the system to another 500Gb hd (without to reinstall windows). What the easy and free way to transfer the system to another hd?
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Backup file attributes / restore them later

Currently I am trying to imagine a way of backing up all the file attributes and permissions of a certain directory, i.e. /volatile, for later restore. The procedere I have in mind would be: backing ...
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How to get the “well, this is embarrassing” screen every time I start Firefox

Sometimes, when Firefox doesn't quits cleanly (pêrhaps because it crashed, or because the whole computer crashed or didn't successfully terminated Firefox when shutting down), Firefox shows a Well, ...
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How to restore Windows Live Mail Contacts?

I recently rebuilt my dad's computer, from Windows Vista to Windows 7. I have everything back now, except for the contacts in Windows Live Mail. How do I restore these from backup? I had his whole ...
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Windows 7 “Backup completed but some files were skipped”

I set up Windows 7 Pro to backup my files to a network path (woohoo!) and chose to backup "data for newly created users, libraries", and my user folder (no system image). All went fine (although the ...
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Restore Git from a local copy

We had a Git repo that was lost when the we forgot to back it up. One of us did a pull right before this happened and therefore has the latest code. Is it possible to rebuild the Git repo from a local ...
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How to Copy .VHD File to Physical Hard Disk Using DD Command

I have read other question/answers on this site that say this is possible, but I'm wondering how it is done. I have tried the following command, which completes successfully, but the NTFS isn't valid ...
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Can Windows 7 restore itself from image to a smaller HDD than original?

I've created a full system image using the built-in Win7 utility, it was from a 300GB drive but there is only about 50GB of data. I then swapped disks in my notebook, the new one being 80GB SSD and ...
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Restore Mail.app Backup to GMail

I have my GMail account setup with Mail.app using IMAP. I accidentally deleted my Sent Mail through Mail.app, emptied the Trash. This propagated to the cloud, and I lost all my Sent items. The one ...
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Easy way to recover Windows.old folder after Windows 8 PC Refresh?

I recently did a Windows 8 PC refresh, hoping it would solve an issue I'm having, which it didn't. Now I'm hoping there's an easy solution for undoing the refresh. Is there an easy way to recover any ...
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Windows 7 backup and restore: Is each backup incremental or complete? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Does built in Windows 7 backup perform differential (incremental) backups? I have a computer that's been taking backups using Windows 7's Backup and Restore feature. ...
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How to copy Cyberduck bookmarks to another MacBook?

Got a new MacBook, how can I copy Cyberduck bookmarks from my old MacBook?
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How do I save a “restore point” in Linux?

I have some program that I want to run but I am not sure if it is going to do anything malicious. I have an old ubuntu pc which I am using to run it. I know in Windows you have save a restore point ...
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How to get up and running immediately from a Time Machine backup and a borrowed computer

Imagine me showing up at my friend's doorstep with a laptop in several charred pieces, an intact external drive with (phew) Time Machine backups, and a deadline in a few hours. "Quick," I say, "give ...
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Restore complete PC from another computer

I have a few friends which keep on coming to me every month to format their laptops and then reinstall Windows. This is time consuming. Is there any way that I can make an image of their full system ...
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Clonezilla restore from Samba - no 'restoredisk' option

I used a CloneZilla LiveCD to back up a couple of Windows machines to a Samba share. Now I'm trying to restore those images, and CloneZilla won't even give me the 'restoredisk' or 'restorepart' ...
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Firefox Add-on that lists all open tabs urls in one tab as text links [closed]

When firefox crashes and restarts there is a "restore previous tabs" page that opens in a single tab in the freshly restarted window. Let's say I had 15 tabs open in one window when FF crashed, links ...
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Attempt to CLONE Mac OS X HFS+ main drive fails with "Restore Failure An error (32) occurred while copying (Broken Pipe)

For years I have been cloning the main drive on my MacBooks to make bootable external drives. This way I have a (reasonably) up-to-date, bootable, portable external drive that I can plug into any mac ...
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Pre upgrade backup for Ubuntu/Linux?

Well. I'd like to upgrade my parent's box from 8.10 (intrepid) to 10.04 LTS (lucid). Doing this from the package manager should work, but I want to get a backup of the system if things go haywire or ...
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Does Windows backup require reactivation?

I have an activated windows 7 installation on a HDD atm that I want to move to a SSD. I want to use the Windows backup function but I'm not sure about a few things. Do I have to create a bootable ...