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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 progress,...
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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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Fix a drive that contains XENIX bad blocks?

I recently bought a 64GB Samsung microSD card formatted in ExFAT. I also tried to format it to NTFS but never succeeded. At first I tried to copy a 40GB file back and forth and the file checksums ...
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Recover data from corrupted LVM partition with TestDisk?

I had setup 3 disks in a LVM array with each disk holding some data. A few weeks back one of the disks "disappeared" from the LVM array and BIOS. After rebooting, the disk reappeared but does not ...
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Will ddrescue make recovering an overwritten partition easier?

I have an external HDD that's been erroneously formatted. I've never used ddrescue before, and have read much about it. The one thing I'm a little confused about is: Will creating an image of the HDD ...
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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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TestDisk - getting Structure: Bad when trying to restore partition table

Unfortunately the Disk Management tool from Windows 7 corrupted my partition table on one of my disk, when I tried to set the active (boot) flag on a partition. The original structure of the ...
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How can Testdisk recover more data than the size of the partition which the data is on?

This is going to be a long text because I'm not sure what parts of the back story are relevant - if you want to skip the boring parts, you can just read the two last paragraphs which have the actual ...
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Recovering deleted/overwritten partition

Short: By mistake I overwrote my partition table using the tool testdisk. I would like to recover my data and operating system. Using the tool testdisk I have located the lost partitions on my disk. ...
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Accidentally lost all my partitions, testdisk can't find them

I had 1 100GB partition with Windows and another ~800GB one with all my data. I shrinked that one to get another 100GB partition to install Mac OS X on (which I did successfully a couple times before) ...
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Cut off a ntfs partition and repair it later

I have a semi theoretical question regarding ntfs partitions. Assume we create a ntfs partition inside a file dd if=/dev/zero of=test.img count=40960 mkfs.ntfs -F test.img for testing ...
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HDD filesystem suddenly changed to RAW and testdisk show Filesystem seems damaged

One old PC which my dad uses suddenly didn't boot into Windows XP. So I get HDDs from it and put them into external HDD box. One of them is shown in Explorer but can't access it, it shows message: You ...
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Retrieve data from a mountable partition refusing `cp` but allowing `dd`

Recently, my internal drive failed after a manual reboot and I would like to retrieve the data before changing it. My computer is a Macbook Pro mid-2012 and the drive is formatted as HFS+. (From my ...
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Windows can't read the data on newly connected HDD but testdisk can both show them and recover them

I am using a 32-bit Windows XP desktop PC. I gave a friend of mine my internal 1.5TB hard drive to copy a lot of files for me. When he gave it back to me I tried reattaching it to my desktop but ...
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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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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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Recover important photos/videos from unallocated space on MicroSD card (if possible)

I'm trying to recover photos/videos from the unallocated space on a MicroSD card, which was used in a Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini GT-I8190N. The previously healthy card appears to have become corrupted, ...
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Using testdisk to recover a partition corrupted after enabling NTFS support on OSX

I have a 1TB WD external drive. I had a 1TB ntfs partition that I used to keep all my files on Windows. After moving to OSX, I tried many ways to make OSX write on it (macfuse, paragon), but after a ...
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Recovering files with Testdisk - got some files to appear, but can't get the rest

I have a drive with a windows 8.1 install that got pretty mangled after I accidentally installed linux mint to the whole drive instead of a partition for dual boot. I canceled after a split second, ...
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How to recover accidently deleted partition(s)? — diskpart > “clean” command issue

I've lost 750gb. Like all those people having the same issue in here, i'd add myself into them by using "clean" command in diskpart during windows installation. I'm using late 2011 i7 2.2ghz ...
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Recover corrupted video files

I managed to delete video files from a SD card when transferring. Using testdisk I have been able to recover some .mov files and .dat files with the right time-stamp and size, however the .mov files ...
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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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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 120GB ext4. I created an image on the 4GB using the Linux utility dd on Fedora ...
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TestDisk: The harddisk is reported as too small?

I am trying to restore partitions on an old hard drive. The drive has been formatted previously. I am using TestDisk 6.14. When I choose the option Deeper Search I think it finds something, because a ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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USB Drive Name / Files consist of random characters

One of my USB Sticks just kind of broke and now it's name and all file names consist of pretty much random characters, like ‗t|%ò┼½.¯f¥. I did some research and its probably my file table that is ...
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Recover deleted files from FAT partition under Linux [duplicate]

I need to recover deleted files from a FAT partition under Linux. I tried to do it with TestDisk and it was ok, but now I need to do it from a partition which has many bad sectors – and I found the ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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 /dev/...
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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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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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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 ...
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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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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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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 ...