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Best way to salvage SD cards exposed to salt water, rust, and lithium

So, right off the bat, I want to acknowledge that the data on these cards is likely lost to time. However, I am hoping someone may know some best practices to check for sure. I recently recovered some ...
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Which Linux shell command can completely remove a file from the system and make it unrecoverable?

Which Linux shell command can completely remove a file from the system and make it unrecoverable ? I have tied rm and shred but they have their limitations:- rm --help and see the information, you ...
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3d tlc vs 2d mlc, which ssds type lasts longer? [closed]

These days 3d tlc is the mainstream technology implemented in SSDs sold in the market. But there still are 2d mlc ssds available for those who focuses on more robust and longer lasting storage, ...
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Data recovery from a crashed hard disk

One of my hard disks is failing and I need to recover some data from it (mostly photos). It's not the boot disk, which is an SSD. But as long as the failing hdd is connected, the system hangs on boot (...
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What's the rule of thumb to keep data safe in portable SSD? [duplicate]

I am well aware that SSDs in general are not ideal medium as long term shelf storage. But if one insists on using it for that purpose, what can be done to keep files stored in SSD corrupt-free, other ...
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How to restore a LUKS 2 drive corrupt by improper partition resizing?

I have a 256 GB (232.88 GiB) M.2 SSD with GPT and a root partition which is a "full-drive" LUKS 2. The drive actually has some unencrypted partitions too - bootloader w/ cryptsetup, recovery ...
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How to recover corrupted btrfs partition that nothing can read

I was on Manjaro on a btrfs partition. I came back to my laptop and it wasn't accepting my password, which in the past I solved with a reboot. I tried to reboot from tty 2 which was logged in, and it ...
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Windows 10 Upgrade Failed, Disk is now write protected, Cannot wipe system and install a new Windows or login normally

Surface Laptop 2 with BitLocker, cannot login normally Device : Surface Laptop 2 OS : Windows 10 20H2 ( attempted upgrade to 21H1) Upgrade Fail cause: Battery died before updating fully Possible ...
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Data repair for a FAT32 drive that failed dynamic conversion to NTFS

I used this command "CONVERT F: /FS:NTFS". where F: is a 1Tb FAT32 formatted drive. Process hung and had to close it. After that my files sizes remained same but they were corrupt & ...
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Convert MBR 3TB External HDD to SATA Internal without backing up on a 2nd drive

Hello I've been researching this for a bit and haven't found anything substantial: So I have a WD 3TB External HDD, I'm trying to convert it to a SATA drive without losing the data. Here's some ...
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Recover lost form data in Chrome (macOS / SIP enabled)

I had lost form data on a website (Chrome/macOS), and was unable to follow the recommended resolution for Linux/Mac due to SIP being enabled (relevant comment). However, the associated page/tab was ...
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How can I boot up an old HDD inside another OS?

I found an old HDD while cleaning out the attic and was wondering if it was possible to see what it contains. The drive is a pATA device manufactured in 2002, so I've had to buy a sATA to pATA adapter....
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IMovie HD Recovery

15 years ago Apple had iMovie HD and it was great. I have a few projects that I made in iMovie HD and I would like to recover them. I think I need to install a Mac OS virtual machine somehow, install ...
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How to recover Mac OS 9 data off of a failed hard drive

A while ago I used Mac OS 9 and had an external hard drive which failed. I want to recover my data, but am unsure of the best way to do that. I got this cable: “SATA/IDE to USB 3.0 Adapter, FIDECO USB ...
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Is there any way to get the BitLocker password from the laptop?

I have a personal hard disk of 1TB with lot of data. I connected it to my office laptop and the drive got bitlocked automatically within a second. I talk to the office administrators and we ran the ...
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External hard disk is showing more space than it should

I have a Seagate external hard disk. Out of sudden it is not detected on all the laptops. I tried to use disk management, it came up as unknown and not initialized. I tried to initialize it to GPT but ...
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Found a very large zip file with (HSQL?) database inside, what is it?

I found a very, VERY, large file on my computer. FileName.7z, which is around 12.9 GB in size. Inside the file are 5 files: ParserCommand.class ParserDDL.class ParserDML.class ParserDQL$CompileContext....
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Need help to recover large file from Microsoft Edge blob_storage

I have large 8.3GB RAR file on Google drive, since it is RAR file I wanted to extract it through the Google drive, so I have used Zip Extractor app on Google drive, however once extraction started I ...
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Recover files from HDD with partition type unrecognized and boot sector that can't be read [duplicate]

I was trying to retrieve data from an old (9 year old) HDD, which was working fine a month ago, after leaving powered off for a month. When I turned on my Windows PC on, it took a long while to boot [...
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How to recover folder overwritten by `mv` command in ubuntu

How to recover folder overwritten by mv command in Ubuntu-20.04 on wsl2? I was moving two folders, folderA and folderB from current directory to dest. Here is what I did: mv folderA ./dest/folderA mv ...
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How to recover partitions?

my partitions are lost and my datas are also lost when I use ntfsfix on my hard drive. For the partition table like this: sdb disk └─sdb1 unallocated └─sdb5 /DATA1 └─sdb6 /...
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How can I recover files from Bitlocker encytped HyperV virtual disk?

I have a virtual disk that I created with HyperV. I encrypted this disk with Bitlocker and put my files in it. I deleted all these files by doing Shift+Delete with a momentary anger and turned off the ...
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Explorer crashed while moving files to external drive, amount of free space after that is wrong

During the weekend something strange happened, which I don't understand. Maybe somebody smarter than me can help me out here. Last weekend I had the idea to move some movie files from my internal D ...
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Data recovery from my SSD encrypted with Veracrypt is not working having the password

I have one SSD and one HDD. My SSD is encrypted with Veracrypt. Yesterday my SSD just stop to work and I can not do much from my SSD so I have installed Veracrypt on my HDD in order to get back all my ...
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Recover accidentally deleted VeraCrypt container

I created a VeraCrypt container and stored some files, but today I noticed that I mistakenly deleted that container from disk about 3 days ago. The size of the container was 30GB. What are my options ...
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How to recreate a formatted raid1 disk

I realized I have some data I want back on a disk that was previously part of a raid1 array in an asustor NAS. The disk has since been reformatted to exFat but never filled with data. The ext2 data ...
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Hard Disk containing data unallocated but recovery tool says zero files [duplicate]

The internal hard disk of my laptop containing about 500GB Data became unallocated partition when I connected it through a USB adapter to backup the files on a Windows 10 laptop. Just the previous day ...
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Hiren's Boot PE, NVMe & RAID - a RAW deal

On HP laptop Windows 11, I booted into Windows perfectly normally, then I rebooted into Hirens Boot PE, opened Aomei Backupper, did not do any action in that application, then I opened Disk Management,...
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Data Recovery gave me more data than I had

I have a drive with a MBR partition table, and a 2TB NTFS partition. I performed data recovery on the 2TB partition using Wondershare Recoverit, and when the program finishes, you can recover your ...
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Recovering 'zero bytes' files

I had some .mp4 files in an external hdd, that somehow were turned into zero bytes files. The files are still there, however, their size is zero bytes. I am on a dual boot system, with both Windows 10 ...
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ddrescue --generate-mode produced mapfile for resume, but missing non-trimmed blocks?

I started ddrescue to recover a failing 2TB WD drive from my NAS. Although I specified a logfile, unfortunately I was running ubuntu in trial mode from a bootable flash drive and did not write the ...
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x250 Supervisor Password and Harddrive Lock

Is there a way to remove the supervisor password of a lenovo x250 if I have a bootup and harddrive password but don't know the supervisor password? I had a problem with hdd0 not being recognized and ...
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HDD SMART Recovery [duplicate]

I am performing data recovery on a HDD that has SMART failure. I need to get all the data copied off this disk. The disk contains a Windows C partition, that is all. I have many softwares and external ...
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I have a failed Raid1 array and need to repair or migrate it so I can boot from it again

I have a server for old medical equipment (2013, Win7) that was using an Intel RST v3.6 Raid1 array for the boot/OS drive. The server stopped booting and that's when I noticed the bad array (no ...
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I wiped all my most important data stored in Microsoft StorageSpaces due to a PowerShell copy/paste error. It formatted every volume! What can I do?

In Powershell ISE I meant to paste the drive letter D into the Command Browser argument for FormatDisk. But apparently the drive letter never got copied so it pasted New-VirtualDisk instead. I then ...
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Is it possible to recover data using a USB to IDE/SATA adapter?

I have a Gembird IDE/S-ATA2 to USB adapter and I was wondering if it is possible to use it for deleted files recovery from a notebook SATA hard-drive? Is the data recovery process sending some low ...
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Recovering data from corrupted macbook pro SSD (PLEASE HELP)

Recently my Mac had one of the most costly issues I've ever had with apple... it's a 2019 16' MacBook pro (there are no other variants for that year) the laptop drained the battery and shut down, and ...
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Does encrypting a partition prevent data recovery?

When a partition on a drive is not encrypted, and a file is accidentally deleted, it is relatively easy to restore the data. This is because, for most file systems, a delete operation simply marks ...
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How to unlock drive that has been locked by Windows 10 fast start up from outside windows

I have been using this windows 10 laptop that used my credentials from my former workplace to log in (it's not a managed computer though). Today those credentials expired and I'm trying to access some ...
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Recover deleted user profile windows 10

How can I recover a deleted user profile from windows 10 that was deleted properly? SID not listed in: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\ProfileList Is there another way ...
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DD ZFS Disks: The pool metadata is corrupt

I've was doing a full sync to another ZFS server when suddenly my main pool errors out and gets in a degraded state. Later that day, the PSU of the server died. Perhaps it had something to do with the ...
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Linux: Deleted user with "-r" tag. And the whole directory got removed

I deleted a user at my Debian 11 VPS. But I don't notice the "-r" tag. Now the whole parent directory got deleted. Is there any way to undo this?
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Recover data from encrypted disk, extundelete Error

I am trying to recover files from an encrypted disk on ubuntu. I used rm -rf in the wrong dir. And killed the commnad a few seconds when realising my mistake. These are the steps I did so far: $ ...
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How to access system laptop system drive using Windows to Go

I'm booting a laptop using a Windows to Go (Win 10 home) USB. After booting I cannot see the local drive of the laptop. The laptop has only 1 drive with a single partition. It is also BitLocker ...
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DD'd my secondary internal drive - recover anything?

So I "failed successfully" at DD-ing a 20G image to a USB drive. As a result, I now have a 20G GPT partition table (MBR, UEFI and a BTRFS partitions) in the beginning of my former ext4 ...
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Searching for strings in a dd image, extracting data from it

I am trying to recover the contents of a text file that became corrupt following a power outage. The file size is still correct (14 MB), but the text in the lower half of it has been replaced by ...
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STUPID ! -- partially overwrote my HDD with zeroes -- trying to recover

In an effort to thoroughly clean an infected HDD, I accidentally sent a dd command to overwrite the disk with zeroes (with one pass) to my other/wrong HDD... STUPID !!! I managed to stop it when I ...
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Calling exiftool on a huge number of recovered images from photorec

I am trying to recover images of the last 20 years from a friend. She moved all recent files to trash, then emptied the trash. Those images were lying on the system partition, so photorec found a huge ...
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Word Document Overwritten With Background Image?

My cousin has called me quite panicked because she could not open a word (.docx) document after a hard reset of her computer. Office 365's Word was giving us the run around, one thing it suggested was ...
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How to salvage data from faulty usb drive

I have a small 64GB usb thumb drive that has valuable files on it, but I can't really get everything off of it. It's recognized by my OS (Manjaro Linux), I can see the contents and even copy some ...
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