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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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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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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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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 ...
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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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corrupt patition table - testdisk cant find all partitions

I was resizing a partition when my PC freezed and I had no alternative that shut down manually. Unfortunatly that cause my partition table to became corrupt. My partition table was like this: ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 - partition : write error

Today I bought a SATA-to-usb convertor to copy my data from old hard drive that had been abandoned for few months. When I connected to PC, the partition didn't show up so I decided to fix the ...
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Ubuntu 12.04/xp dual boot testdisk wrote the wrong mbr to my storage disk

Using disk Utility in Ubuntu 12.04, I inadvertently formatted my 1TB ext4 storage disk to NTFS. I was in the process of doing clean installs so I just pulled the drive and set up a usb hdd dock to ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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 ...