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partition order messed up grub

testdisk put my partition table into sector order. Next I ran update-grub to rewrite the bootloader. Now every boot lands me at error: no such partition. grub rescue> The only thing that gets ...
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Data recovery after installing ubuntu (Chose “Erase disk and install Ubuntu”)

I installed Ubuntu 12.04 on my laptop and chose the option "Erase disk and install Ubuntu" from liveUSB without any backup. When I realized that this would format my whole HDD, I immediately unplugged ...
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Start testdisk from specific point or sector

Recently, a malfunctioning program cleared all but one partition entries inside of an extended partition. I was going to just run a deep search with testdisk, but by my calculations, this will take ...
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Recovered video files won't play

I have an SD card with pictures and video which malfunctioned. I was able to recover the files with Photorec. The pictures are OK, but wen I try to open the vide files (*.mov extension) in get the ...
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BSOD, MBR corrupt, tried to fix using Testdisk on Linux dual boot, now nothing works

The short story is I received a BSOD from a Windows program. I then couldn't boot Windows. My system is set up with GRUB to dual boot into CentOS, so I booted into CentOS and attempted to fix the MBR ...
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Can't restore HDD using multiple programs

Please refer to my original question about this issue. I tried GetDataBack and it doesn't seem to scan or do anything. I chose the default settings from the first screen and then on step 1 I chose my ...
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TestDisk - Recovered partition not mountable

First here's my Partition Table reported by fdisk. Disk /dev/sda: 2000.4 GB, 2000398934016 bytes 255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 243201 cylinders Units = cylinders of 16065 * 512 = 8225280 bytes Sector ...
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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: 1) I have two discs. ...
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Fixing damaged partition table

This is continuation of Recover Extended Partition , but this time I have different problem related partition table it self. I managed to restore partition that I needed and backed up files that were ...
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can chipset or sata version keep hard disk testing tool from recognizing the drive?

I've a brand-new barracuda 500GB sata3 drive ST500DM002, installed on a asrock B75M-DGS, and I'd like to test it's healt status, before starting using it. When I launch seatools for dos, the program ...
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linux can't read partition table

My laptop has a Hitachi HTS725050A7E, this is 500GB with 4k block size. It shipped with two partitions, a 10G recovery partition on the front of the disk and the remainder of disk space in one big ...
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Can I make my drives visible and change their partition type without losing my data?

I have made a lot of mistakes and now I cannot see my hard disk nor I can start my operating system on my laptop. All my passwords and important files on my hdd without any backup. I followed this ...
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Cannot delete the the many Zone.Identifier files testdisk left behind

After successfully recovering many files from a Windows drive with a broken partition table with testdisk, I have noticed that for many filetypes, so-called Zone.Identifier files were created as well. ...
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recovering partition in multiboot configuration with tesdisk

i have a multiboot configuration with three os,suddenly two have become corrupted. i have read the testdisk guide,but i´m not confident,anybody could help?I have doubts like should select only the ...
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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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Windows can't read the data on newly connected HDD but testdisk can both show them and recover them

I gave a friend of mine my internal 1.5TB HDD to copy alot of files for me. When he gave it back to me i tried reattaching it to my desktop but Windows couldn't read the HDD or recognize it, so i ...
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Unrecoverable partition: is there still hope?

My desktop's motherboard recently died and I decided to salvage its 2 500GB HDDs while I save up for a new mobo. I bought a docking station to use with my laptop. One HDD works flawlessly; however the ...
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Regaining access to a partition

My friend recently formatted his computer and after installing Windows 7 again the system does not allow access to his backup HDD anymore. Opening it in Computer triggers the "The drive is not ...
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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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Recovered Files with TestDisk, but File Names and Folder Structure is Bad

I used TestDisk to recover files from an internal hard drive which I connected externally to another PC. With PhotoRec all the file names are wrong and the original folder structure doesn't exist. ...
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Non destructively Convert offline dynamic disk to basic disk using testdisk tool

I had a 250GB hard disk having several NTFS partitions. The disk was a dynamic disk (created in windows). Now when I formatted windows (which was in another disk), the dynamic disk is shown as ...
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testdisk: finds primary NTFS boot partition, but can't mount/access data/boot

Ran Ultimate Boot CD on a Windows XP machine that's in a reboot loop (safe mode not working), checked disk health, etc. It's fine. Ran testdisk, finds the NTFS primary boot partition, can browse ...
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Only able to recover few partitions at a time

Currently recovering a drive that had it's partition table messed up by some malware, and I have been able to successfully recover all of the partitions, just not at the same time. There are three, ...
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Recovering data from two partitions, one NTFS, the other ext4

I have an external HD, and it had three partitions on it. One was a 4GB ext4 filesystem ,and two others 120GB NTFS and 120 GB ext4. I created an image on the 4GB using the Linux utility dd on Fedora ...
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How do I reformat an unmountable/unrecognised/unformatted USB drive?

How do I reformat an unmountable/unrecognised/unformatted USB drive? It will not mount or format on Windows Vista or OSX Tiger. Disk Utility sees the hardware, but no partition to mount. Testdisk ...
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Data Recovery - ChromiumOS reformats drive

System: EeePc 1015pem hard drive size: 320 GB Before Chromium install: 1 recovery partition - Windows 7 starter. 1 NTFS for Windows 7. 1 EFI partition for boot booster. The remaining drive, ...
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Manually restoring corrupted Clonezilla (partclone) image (whole disk)

DISCLAIMER: Linux noob :) I have a corrupted clonezilla (partclone) image of entire disk. It was made of failing disk and as a result there is discrepancy in geometry information for partitions. I'm ...
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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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Gparted error “can't have overlapping partitions”?

I ran an old version of the windows fdisk tool on a drive with 4 partitions (the 4th one was just unpartitioned space). I used it to format the last partition into FAT32 and then set that partition to ...
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How to Recover files from a CDROM?

i have a mini cdrom, there are bluetooth drivers on it. i wanted to copy the files from the cdrom, but it seems...one file [?] is corrupted Can anyone help me? How could i recover the files from my ...
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Recovering a missing XP NTFS partition when testdisk, chkdsk, mbrtool, mbrfix, fixmbr, fixboot all fail

I have an netbook hard drive that won't boot or be mounted and is refusing to cooperate in my debugging. There were two partitions on the disk, an Acer installed recovery partition and my main XP one. ...
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What tests are there for a damaged GPU in Ubuntu?

Due to a freezing problem I've had on Ubuntu, I want to test the GPU in detail because I think it is connected to my problem. I've tried the Phoronix Test Suite but I don't think that the three ...
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Ubuntu: Can't login into Gnome after using testdisk, what should i do?

i had a problem with my NTFS resizing using gparted that made me use testdisk tools. (described here). after i used testdisk to rewrite table partition and rebooting, system crashed. now it goes to ...
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Can you recover partitions that have been overwritten twice?

I had a problematic OS partition (original) that I could not fix. I made a backup 2 months ago and decided to just restore to that older partition since I could not fix it. I had trouble with the ...
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Recover an HFS+ formatted IDE drive connected via USB-IDE adapter

I have a 120GB IDE drive connected to my MacBook via a IDE-USB adapter. I formatted it fresh with a single full-size HFS+ partition and backed up a bunch of stuff. Unfortunately, upon reconnecting ...
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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 ...