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Best practice is to use no tool that writes to the drive as that can cause more damage. So think twice before using tools like Spinrite. Regarding the drive disappearing with ddrescue. I have seen this many times operating on Seagate drives. It's very frustrating. Skipping over the problem sectors using ddrescue is the only way I have been able to create a ...


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The problem could also have been that the account was just created and no password was assigned yet. If so, passwd -S <user> will show LK (for locked) and passwd -u <user> will not work. You just need to assign a passwd to the user to fix the issue.


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Before you spend thousands on data recovery services, I recommend trying SpinRite at GRC.com for $89 dollars. Written by Security Now's Steve Gibson, SpinRite can be used on any operating system and any file system. This means it can run on drives formatted with Windows XP's/Vista's/Windows 7's NTFS and all other older FAT formats (in addition to all Linux, ...


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Fix for Multiple active partitions: Get a Linux live CD (I would recommend Ubuntu or any GParted containing live CD). Boot from it, open GParted and look at all the partitions. Remove the active flag from all except the Windows one or the System Reserved one). Also check if there are more than one boot flags. Also remove these leaving only one. Reboot. Fix ...


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in bash, type: export NCURSES_NO_UTF8_ACS=1



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