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Questions tagged [data-recovery]

This tag is for questions about techniques for recovering lost data — e.g., from deleted files and/or damaged or corrupted digital media. Please review the tag wiki before posting a question. Do not explicitly ask for tools or other products; such questions are off-topic on Super User.

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HDD recovery after format [duplicate]

I recently installed Kali Linux next to win7 and win10 everything worked fine, but later I realised kali was not as useful and took a lot of space on my HDD so I deleted it and had 115GB of free space ...
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SSD that works reading/showing data but wont write to disk anymore

It's an old ssd, it stopped booting my linux and now after a while I realised that all the changes i make to the data is rolled back after mounting/umounting. Is there a way to confirm that it has a ...
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How can I recover the files of a recently reset windows PC? [duplicate]

So I recently had to do a factory reset of a Lenovo netbook running windows 10 pro. I was offered two different options when I did it, to clear the drives or to just wipe it. As it said that clearing ...
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Recovery from “0 size” sata hard disk [duplicate]

A 2015 3 Tb hard disk Western Digital Green SATA (WD30EZRX) has stopped functioning. It produces some repetitive noise (so it is rotating, I do not know if there is a mechanical problem but at least ...
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Which medium to use when rotating full backups of videos and pictures [closed]

I have 200gb of pictures and videos. I plan to institute personal backup procedure. I will have two physical copies on-site, and one physical copy off-site. The offsite one will be rotated monthly, ...
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Can I work on external hard disk until I have recovered all the deleted files from computer

I have a Dell laptop that have a single partition named "C drive" and I lost my whole data during reinstalling OS and I want to recover my whole data but I need some days to recover my data, So my ...
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Overwriting on SSD’s vs HDD’s [closed]

first time here, so not sure if this has been asked before. I was wondering if there is a difference with how hdd’s And sdd’s overwrite deleted files. For example, if I was too delete a few files ...
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Recover LUKS partition after being overwritten by Windows

After trying to install Windows 7 on a different drive, it appears that the partition table of my data drive is broken. What the drive should contain instead is a LUKS-encrypted ext4 partition ...
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USB cannot be detected. Possibly encrypted

I have a old USB drive 2.0. When plugged in, it gives an error " You need to format the disk in the drive" I tried various troubleshooting methods online. 1) Uninstalled and reinstalled the usb ...
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How to use explorer like functions in Recycle Bin itself?

I have a large folder in the Recycle Bin on Windows 7 Ultimate Edition. I cannot restore that folder (too big) but I want to be able to explore it; like open it so I can restore only the files I want. ...
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For professional hard drive data recovery, what hardware/software tools are essential? [closed]

I'm "gearing up" to start a computer repair business, but hard drive data recovery is my weak point that I haven't explored much. I am preparing to give myself the ultimate "crash" course in HDD data ...
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Laptop HDD fail, Shows partition but can not copy data, testdisk MBR code fail

I use 2TB HDD in my laptop with 250 GB partition for windows 10 and rest for data storage. I switched my laptop so moved the HDD from old to new laptop and started the system. Windows logo came up but ...
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making iso or binary copy of a corrupt file system microsd card in Linux

I have a microsd card which has got corrupted in windows 7 due to sudden power failure. When I insert it in windows 7 or 8 it says unknown file system, wants me to format it and shows up as RAW in the ...
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Decrypt files recovered from encrypted external hard drive

I am trying to recover the data from one of the external hard drives of my company. I ended up using DiskDrill to extract all the files into a new, non-encrypted hard drive. Unfortunately I made the ...
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HDD SMART interpretation - Possible impending drive failure

I've just had an issue pop up related to my drives. First things first, I was working in my case when I clumsily shifted the foot of the case off of my desk. Case shifted and hit the desk somewhat ...
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Dual SAN controller failure

I am new to storage but facing a serious disaster issue of the failure of Dual SAN Controller. Don't know whether this is a right place to ask this question. Anyways the problem is, None of the ...
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How to access files found inside an “invisible” or “nameless” directory (using terminal)?

Context of the problem: The other day I had my USB borrowed and got it's contents modified by some type of minor malware I'm guessing. I could no longer find my files but they were taking up space. ...
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How to read/copy as much as possible of a corrupt file on a SDXC card? [duplicate]

I have a Micro SDXC card from my phone with a couple of corrupt photos/videos on it. I suspect that parts of these files are unrecoverable, but I'd like to read as much of the files as possible. ...
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How to recover lost files? [duplicate]

My laptop was attacked by worms for a long time and it was difficult to operate and access any thing. My only chance was to format the hard disk without losing my file. But it was impossible, because ...
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USB Flash Drive gets disconnected after accessing a file

I have a USB flash drive with >1000 files which gets disconnected after copying one file and I have to replug the stick. I already tried it on several PCs with different versions of windows. Is there ...
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How to recover data from unallocated drive? [duplicate]

The 750GB hard drive in my Windows 10 laptop has died and I'm planning out my recovery strategy with the Parted Magic CD. The drive is currently showing up as "unallocated" in GParted. Here are the ...
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Recovering files from a USB drive that 'disconnects' after current error and becomes hot

When plugging in this USB drive, out of the blue, it fails to auto-mount (like other usb drives would). Below you'll find the dmesg print that repeats 2 tot 3 times. [Nov 3 03:16] usb 3-2: new ...
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Restoring accidentally overwritten LDM partition with pvcreate on linux?

-My Setup- My computer has 2 500GB HDDs in an LDM array, (those were partially overwritten, I read pvcreate only overwrites part of the partition table), 1 1TB drive, and 1 220GB SSD. -Actual ...
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Accidentally Restored LUKS Header on Regular Filesystem

I am in really big trouble right now, so a VERY quick solution would be much appreciated. I was in an SSH session on my laptop that has LUKS encryption, and I thought I was restoring its header. But I ...
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How to monitor an external hard drive for data quality / health

Not knowing anything about hard drives, I am wondering how a cloud service provider monitors their hard drives for problems (data corruption, loss of data, hard drive failure, etc.). Searching google ...
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How do I do to recover the entire folder structure from an erased hard drive using totally free software? [duplicate]

I was using my 2TB SSD, and after a while, maybe because of a mis-click, it got entirely hard erased, only few files survived (40KB). After that, I attempted to use Glary Undelete to recover files, ...
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Disk data recovery after partial format – TestDisk and PhotoRec failed to find anything [duplicate]

So I was trying to create a bootable USB to reinstall Windows for a friend, but mistakenly started partitioning the wrong disk (probably the dumbest mistake I could have made). This disk is a 1 TB WD ...
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Windows 10 partition disappeared, initialising not possible [duplicate]

One of my partitions disappeared after a crash which required a hard shutdown. When I go into the Disk Management it says "Disk 3, Unknown, Not Initialised" When I try to initialise it, I get an error ...
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OS X file recovery after failed Mojave Installation

Recently I was attempting to install Mojave, I must admit I wasn’t paying a lot of attention and doing a few things at once and when I looked up my Mac had booted into recovery mode. I’m not sure ...
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How did my Documents folder just disappear (NVMe SSD, Windows 10) - and how can I recover it?

I came to my computer today and saw that my Documents folder is missing. That's all my personal documents, just gone, poof! (No, I don't have a good backup!) It was perfectly fine last night. Some ...
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How does WinRAR recovery record work?

I was trying to put up some protection against bit rot and WinRAR has the option to add a "percentage" of "recovery record" that claims to protect against data corruption. The only way I can think of ...
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I want to restore my Windows to factory setting

I have Sony VAIO with Windows 7 pre installed. I have installed Ubuntu in a seperate partition to get dual boot to work. I am trying now to restore the Windows factory settings on drive C, but my ...
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Recovering lost partitions [duplicate]

I faced a problem: Windows couldn't start at all. After connecting the hard disk to another PC only about 3GB is there, the actual size is 1TB. Is there any way to recover lost partitions ?
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internal storage data recovery after flashing rom

i forgot take a backup my project's source code before flashing rom. It was in my phone's internal storage. So i refered this guide to take my phone's storage data as raw file: https://howtorecover....
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Raid5 gone bad, using ASRock raid

My son has (had) a PC using ASRock Z97 Extreme4 MB. The PC died, seemingly because of some Windows issue. I got the C drive working using Windows restore points &c, and by moving the drives to an ...
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Desktop Files Moved Into Folder Turned Into Shortcuts. Shortcut Virus?

My cousin cleaned her Windows 10 desktop by moving all of the files into a folder she created on the desktop. When she looked at them a few days later, all of the files were turned into shortcuts and ...
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Recover & Verify MFT from a repartitioned harddrive [duplicate]

After accidentally repartitioning my external harddrive (I still maintain that I clicked "No", the computer was just out to get me), I began looking for a way to recover my data. (The repartitioning ...
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Recover exFat partition

I have been working on fixing my bootcamp partition, but in the process I make a big mistake. I ran 'bootrec /fixmbr' and bootrec /fixboot on the wrong disk. My data is now inaccessible, if not lost. ...
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How to overwrite deleted files completely the right way [closed]

I have 1 TB hard drive, and I want to delete sensitive data from it. What I have tried: Format the hard-drive "deep slow format" from CMD command. I tried c-tools. Also I tried cipher built in tool ...
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Rocks cluster export partition recovery

We have a rocks cluster and apparently, the export partition has been deleted by rm -rf. We have tried several tools (ext4magic and extundelete) to recover this partition with no success. Actually, ...
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Why is PhotoRec taking so long and claiming it will take 480,000+ hours to complete pass 1?

So I've got a 3TB hard disk with bad sectors attached to my MacBook Pro 2015 via a USB 3.0 to SATA adapter from Unitek. I'm trying to run PhotoRec (a part of the TestDisk suite) with maybe 10 common ...
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folder for no reason converts into file - why? where is my data now? can I get it back?

I just shut down my PC yesterday and when I started it today the directory, where I saved my important files is not there anymore and instead there is a file with the following content: "AppWorkshop" ...
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Creating a .pfx or PKCS#12 file from PFX or other external

Reading the fine manual, I can copy and/or export all the required credentials to another Windows machine for import after exporting: Figure 1: Exporting the Encrypting File System key Right-...
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How to decrypt EFS encrypted files from Linux

Because the regular decrypt procedure with cipher fails, looking for alternatives. Along the lines of this exercise: Goal You have succeeded once you know the content of the encrypted file... ...
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Fake RAID 0 - Data recovery under Linux - 2 HDDs with Windows 10

I suspect someone at the company decided to do a partition span, i.e.: (taken a look from Linux Debian 9) Drive #1: Disk /dev/sdc: 465.8 GiB, 500107862016 bytes, 976773168 sectors Units: sectors of ...
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Unable to open DMG files - “Corrupt Image”

I created a DMG file using Disk utility in Recovery Mode (File -> New Image -> Image from Folder). I tried all the possible options from this question: extracting DMG using 7Zip - not working ...
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How can I recover deleted files from Windows Mobile 6.5 internal memory storage on phone Samsung gt-b7300 (no sd card)

I have a Samsung gt-b7300 phone. It does not have sd card. It can't be for some reason tethered as usb mass storage. It has Windows Mobile 6.5 OS. I would like to restore deleted files from it. I ...
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Laptop HDD failing? Can I repair it?

I have already backed up my HDD. Questions: Has it already corrupt data stored on it? Can I repair it and if yes how? If I repair it, can I trust data from that HDD? --------------------------------...
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Linux mint does not boot after deleting some old library files

I was trying delete boost old libraries from my linux mint machine: rm /usr/lib/x64.../libboost* Because I installed new boost libraries in /usr/local/lib After doing it my linux mint does not ...
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WinRE.wim [DELETED] folder

I'm recovering a Windows Server 2016 system. Tracking lost information. I accessed the Windows Recovery partition and copied the WinRE.wim file. After opening WinRE.wim I can see the traditional ...