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Invalid Dynamic Disk in Windows, TestDisk shows no partitions

It shows up as invalid dynamic disk and is unallocated. I tried using Testdisk and followed the steps to 'Analyze' the disk. Sadly there weren't the partitions detected that I needed and after a deep ...
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Testing on My Artifacts

I'm not able to find any Test in available templates while creating a new tracker. However on Try Online Go Testing there is a test part on my Artifacts which includes test scenarios or etc.. ...
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How to test a bunch of video files if they are playable?

I would like to test my video files which have been recovered by Photorec. Some of the video files have errors. So I want to test them all at once to see if they can be played. For example, a video ...
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Have PhotoRec and Testdisk recover “.ts” file

I am using testdisk for a long time. But previously I never had .ts but now I have. So I deleted a .ts file which is not important file. After that I tried to recover any other file via testdisk ...
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TestDisk failed in Deep Search?

I'm trying to recover data from a colleague's 4TB external G-RAID drive. I've saved the main partition from the quick scan result, but that didn't help, so i spent the past week doing a Deeper Search. ...
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Nautilus corrupts if directory has .jp2 extension

I am using Ubuntu 15.04 and my portable hdd has errors so I tried to recover data via Photorec which is testdisk's tool. I have a LOTS of recup.dir* so I have to look for my important data but ...
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Why can I view my data in TestDisk but not otherwise? How can I recover the hard drive?

A few days ago I was working on my computer and my hard drive decided it was time to say goodbye; the screen froze, and when I tried booting my computer it failed. I take the drive out, put it into ...
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How to recover exFat partition?

I'm trying to recover a single 4 TB ExFat partition made in Maverick's Disk Utility. This single partition on the disk has storage files shared between Windows and Mac. It became inaccessible after ...
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recovering scrambled ext4 partitions

My year old 3TB Seagate drive stopped working. The drive had 3 ext4 1TB partitions which hold almost 2 years of accumulated data. I was using it in a ubuntu server when the mounted partitions stopped ...
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Fix Partition Table

I was recently installing manjaro on my hard drive. I set up the partition table how I wanted, wrote it, and proceeded to assigning partitions portion of the installer. To my surprise, I was presented ...
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TestDisk Read error at **/241/1 (lba=15183)

After my HDD got broken, Windows says it needs format. So, I'm using TestDisk to fix it. But a read error always occurs when I execute the Quick Search or the Deep Search process. To get one ...
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Partition broken: Testdisk can see files and copy them, but I can't recover the partition

Some days ago I attached my usb external hard drive, and windows started to say like that: "Disk/drive is not formatted. Do you want to format it now?" So I downloaded testdisk and I tried to repair ...
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Weird result of TestDisk

I want to recover a HD with an NTFS partition. The use of TestDisk of an image of this HD obtained using ddrescue give me this result (after DeepSearch): TestDisk 6.14, Data Recovery Utility, July ...
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Can't recover ext4 partition with TestDisk

I have a disk with some primary NTFS partitions and a extended partition containing Linux and Swap partitions. I lost one of the logical Linux ones I booted a live Linux CD (RipLinux) and TestDisk is ...
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Need to recover partitions

I will describe each and every step I performed. First the problem: A few days ago, my laptop refused to boot. It showed me automatic repair, but the repair was unable to solve the problem. So I ...
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Recover data from memory card by date

I was copying some files from my camera to my computer. Then I erased the files from my card and then realised that some files weren't copied. Is there a way to recover them by date using photorec ...
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BIOS can't find hard drive - accidentally changed partition table

My hard drive recently crashed after I had to do hard reboot when my computer froze up. I think there was some I/O happening at the time so there are a couple of bad sectors and stuff. After ...
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Can testdisk copy a lost ntfs partition when recover doesn't work?

A quick format was done on a disk with two ntfs partitions and so now it is just one partition. I can see the second partition with testdisk but when i do a recovery, the first partition gets damaged ...
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HDD only visible from Linux, GParted says “unallocated partition”

My Western Digital Caviar Green 3TB HDD suddenly is unrecognized by Windows 7. It's an external My Book drive, but plugging it vía USB from his case is unrecognized by Windows 7 or Linux, so I have to ...
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Reuse broken disk

My Western-Digital hard drive (WDC WD3200BEVT-80A0RT1) got broken yesterday. I don't care about the data on it, but I want to reuse this disk. As long as I do not have Windows installation DVD anymore ...
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testdisk and load backup of partition table?

I have a new disk, so I wanted to see how the testdisk backup works. After partitioning and formatting the disk with gksu gparted /dev/sdc, this is what I get: $ sudo fdisk -lu /dev/sdc Disk ...
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How to check that drive is really OK?

I have several (around 10) Seagate drives, some older and smaller (80GB, 160GB) some newer and larger (1.5 TB, etc). I wanted to check which one is still in good health - and I installed SeaTools for ...
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testdisk - deleted partitions can be seen, but if I recover, will it wipe out existing partitions

I have a 170GB ntfs partition lost after ntfsresize(command) aborted, I restored the partition wrongly with testdisk, which shows, now a 205GB ntfs(with a exclamation mark) which may be including the ...
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How to recover data from crashed Windows laptop?

Below are the step wise events that occurred to me: My system goes into hang state. A pop up appears which says "something went wrong, collecting information". After 20 seconds it shuts down. Then ...
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“Can't overwrite NTFS boot sector” using Testdisk

I have the following issue. A laptop (XVision SS-2505 with Windows Starter Edition) got its HDD corrupted. After checking the installation with a Windows 7 disk and seeing it was unable to even ...
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Recovering a partition table with testdisk

I'm trying to recover a partition table with testdisk. The disk contains a dual boot Windows 8 along a Linux OS. The Linux install contains four partitions: a swap partition, the / ext4 partition, the ...
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Filesystem on sd-card lost

Last time I want to bring my photos from SD-card (Sandisk Ultra SDHC 32 GB) to my computer (windows), my computer said that there is no file system on the card and I should format the card. Also my ...
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File system corrupt after attempting to repair NTFS partitions using TestDisk

Primarily I'm looking for: Details of what TestDisk means by "Warning: number of bytes per sector mismatches 2048 (NTFS) != 512 (HD)" Analysis or suggestions regarding what probably went wrong and ...
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Do I have a bad HD sectors?

A computer user and an avid learner but an absolute novice to HD partition. Got a new laptop less than a month but DAMNED, dropped it (tripped on the power cord and it dropped to the carpeted floor). ...
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Is my SD card physically broken?

I have a 64GB Kingston Micro SD card that I am wondering if could be physically broken since I am completely unable to repair or restore it. I have no data on it to worry about, so I only want to ...
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dd destroyed my partition. how do I recover the data? [duplicate]

I used the command dd if=/dev/mmcblok0 of=/dev/sda2 to backup my sd card of my raspberry pi (where /dev/mmcblok0 is my sd card and /dev/sda2 is the second partition on my external hdd) ...
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Testdisk VersuS corrupted removable sdcard and phone storage

I've tried most of things for my very specific situation in Testdisk but they didn't help except a few things I havent tried because I dont know if and how do them. What happened: I had removable ...
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Data recovery software recovered folder as .exe [duplicate]

The exe has exact same size and name as the original folder so Im sure data is intact. Ive searched about this problem but all results were about a virus hiding folder and making a new malicious .exe ...
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Corrupt NTFS partition's MFT – Which tool is right? What tool to fix?

I used Avira Rescue Disk (Ubuntu 12.04) to access a broken NTFS boot partition. Windows 7 fails to mount it: it displays a bluescreen ("UNMOUNTABLE_BOOT_VOLUME") and restarts immediately. With the ...
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Testdisk says Copy done! 0 ok, 0 failed on almost every file :'(

What causes this? In the Boot menu I get the following warnings: Disk /dev/sdb - 12 GB / 11 GiB - CHS 1502 255 63 Partition Start End Size in sectors P FAT32 ...
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Testdisk on SD card heads/cylinder mismatch

I tested the micro SD card of my phone with testdisk, and it says somethings about heads/cylinder mismatch. What is that? SD card should not have heads...
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how to recover data from a logically corrupted external hard drive using testdisk

So I think ignored too many of my computer's warnings and disconnected my external hard drive without properly ejecting it and now it seems the file system is corrupted. Are there any programs that ...
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Recover data from NTFS partition

My brother scandisked NTFS partition of my USB HDD. Safe remove didn't work safely. After reattaching the data is missing. Testdisk outputs the following (I have no undelete in Advanced). I run ...
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Default Mac 500GB partitions

I am trying repair hosed partitions on a Macbook. It has a 500 GB drive and as far as I know, it was a standard install with no Bootcamp. I ran testdisk and it found: EFI System 40 409639 Mac HFS ...
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I would like to test a secondhand laptop [closed]

I'm shopping for a secondhand laptop (Alienware). I would like to know what are main things I should test on the machine. What are some tools/applications to do that? I need to find tools that don't ...
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Will data become unrecoverable if I force write partition structure?

I am planning to use the "write" the partition structure option available in testdisk. There is a chance that this structure is wrong. In that case will any of my raw data get overwritten if I write ...
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Bad sectors? HGST Deskstar 3.5-Inch 2TB 7200RPM SATA III 6 Gbps 64 MB Cache Internal Hard Drive [duplicate]

I'm running Windows XP (still!) with 2 hard drives, 2nd drive stopped working a couple of nights ago. PC crashed, restarted - heard a couple of beeps - not the usual start up sound. On starting pc up ...
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Testdisk/Photorec to get back data from unallocated partition

Recently, I screwed up a partition resize on a Windows machine (an HP Pavallion dv7 3180-us to be precise) and found through gparted that my entire Windows partition is now unallocated space! Since ...
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What are “:ms-properties ” files?

Due to a failure of a partition managing software, I had to recover the files from my local hard drive with TestDisk on a live Ubuntu drive. Afterwards, I encountered several files named ...
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Will writing a new partition table change anything other than the first 512 bytes

I'm trying to recover data from a 1TB drive removed from my NAS, but when I run fdisk -lu /dev/sdb I get a message saying that there's no valid partition table. From what I understand the partition ...
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Restoring partition using TestDisk

I'm on Windows 8.1 Pro. I have a 60GB SSD from which I boot, and most of my data is on a 1TB SSHD. The SSHD was formatted with only one partition. I recently tried to shrink that partition to dual ...
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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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How to Recover HDD Formatted by “Create a Recovery Drive” Tool of Windows 8.1? [duplicate]

I have 2 TB USB HDD which had these drives F: about 1 TB with 750 GB data H: about 120 GB with 60 GB data I: about 780 GB with 250 GB data (For TV: It was raw in Windows but visible in the Smart TV) ...
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windows 8.1 preview to pro version all programs deleted [duplicate]

After the update from Windows 8.1 to Windows 8.1 pro all programs were deleted. At the update dialog they said that you have to reinstall all apps. I understood this to mean only the apps in the ...
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Data Recovery from a USB with exFAT file system that gone RAW

I have a 64 GB USB with exFAT (with 4096 byte Unit Allocation Size) file system. I have connected it to a Bus entertainment system which was running Android to listen my music within. It didn't see my ...