Questions tagged [data-recovery]

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Recover Linux Mint HDD

I have an HDD that doesn't work anymore. It was working fine, but the OS was lagged and the user turned off the computer using the power button, after that the bios doesn't recognize the HD anymore. ...
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How to use Foremost to recover new file types of unknown footer?

How to use Foremost to recover new file types of unknown footer? For Example: File types of .PSD and .NEF. "New file types" of foremost means: The foremost software does not natively support ...
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extract VBA userform from corrupted word docm

I have a userform in word built over 10+ years. Today Word chose to crash the normal.docm file and the VBA project became unreadable. I have used python scripts to extract the code, but I don't have ...
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Safest way to back up old, failing drives?

I have a number of old hard drives (some IDE, most SATA). Some years ago I powered them up and attempted to restore all files through an undelete program, and got some files. I'm not convinced I did a ...
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USB Flash Drive write protection and data inaccessible, most likely caused by Itunes x64 setup installer [duplicate]

By mistake I've run itunes installer from usb flashdrive. After the app being installed, I've run it and it worked for 4 hours (whilst usb still plugged in). I'm sure about the itunes installer ...
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Is it possible to recover files on NTFS after writing to the same directory?

I've accidentally deleted a couple of .tex and .pdf files. The files were stored under C:\Users\Name\Desktop\notes on my laptop's SSD. I'm using a Windows 11 Pro. It seems like this happened about a ...
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Able to unlock BitLocker drive, but unable to obtain the 48-digit recovery key

I'm trying to obtain the 48-digit BitLocker recovery key from a failed drive. Here's what happened: Windows 10 Professional was installed on a Samsung 980 Pro 2TB drive. The login was a local user ...
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Can't access my data on old HDD, the USB adapter shows only Windows and program files [closed]

I have an old 2.5 ATA/IDE HDD, since my PC had problems with the motherboard I bought a ATA/IDE USB adapter. It does connect to the PC from the adapter, but I can only access the Windows installation ...
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External hd acidentally converted to gpt on windows - how to recover lost data? [duplicate]

As my external hd did not show up in disk manager I accidentally clicked gpt when asked. Now the disk results "not allocated". In fedora results "windows reserved". Now I am ...
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Robocopy from corrupted SD Card hangs on some files despite /R:0 /W:0. Manually adding each to /XF list and reruning is too slow. How can I automate?

I'm trying to recover thousands of photos and videos from a corrupted SD Card. I've tried to recover the SD Card with chkdsk /F /R /X . Here is the relevant output: "Corruption was found while ...
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MacBook Air (2012) Toshiba SSD enclosure / connector

Recently, my A1466 MacBook Air (2012) suffered some water damage. Since then, it can’t boot up anymore. I pulled the hard drive with the hope of transferring the files to either an external hard drive ...
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ddrescue 0% recovered - is the external hard drive dead?

I assume my external exFAT hard drive is dead. There are many questions about ddrescue but typically the poster manages to recover something. I just want an analysis of my results. ddrescue shows: I ...
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chkdsk says NTFS, diskpart says RAW [closed]

I had several electrical events the other day that apparently made it through my UPS and affected one of my computers. I'm still trying to diagnose exactly what happened, but machine wouldn't boot and ...
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Read data from a raid1 disk, superblocks erased

I have a disk that used to be inside my qnap NAS (it was in raid1 with another disk, which I still have). The NAS died and I mounted the disk on my ubuntu machine using mdadm to create the raid array ...
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Bitlocker suddenly activated on my machine, prompting for recovery key that I don't have

I've run into a very strange problem with my Lenovo laptop (Windows 10 Home) and although people say it's not possible, it still happened. I have been using my laptop for over two years and have not ...
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Corrupted portable SSD, wrong size detected, what to do?

I have a 240 GB portable SSD from Transcend. ESD230C Portable SSD Model: TS240GESD230C SN: F43849-0038 Recently there have been long delays in reading data. During another such long delay, I ...
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How can I recover vbaproject.bin from my corrupt powerpoint.pptm file

I have a .pptm file with 70 hours of code work in it. It has become corrupted and I have no backup (very stupid I know!). What I do have is the .ppam which was generated from a slightly earlier ...
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Backing up Outlook files (.pst)

I have scrolled through all the related questions to this problem. In short, I have emails from 2012 that need to be recovered; supposedly I have the back-up .pst file. However, this error reoccurs: [&...
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How to recover folder deleted with rm -rf from \\wsl.localhost\Ubuntu\home\username

I've accidentally deleted some important folders from my WSL Ubuntu environment using the rm -rf command. The specific path was \\wsl.localhost\Ubuntu\home\myusername\myfoldername. I'm aware of the ...
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Recover files from deleted ReFS partition with DMDE

I am trying to recover files from a backup disk that got formatted. I didn't use the drive at all after it got formatted. When I use DMDE with a full scan, and use "Virtual FS / all recovered ...
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If someone opens a Word document from a USB drive but does not save it to the computer, can I access the file's contents after the drive is removed?

If someone opens a Word document from USB flash drive but does not save it to the computer, can I access the file's contents after the drive has been removed? If so, how? I already tried data recovery ...
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Recovering files from non-booting laptop

I have a laptop that wont boot I want to backup some files from it before reformatting and reinstalling windows the problem is nothing I have tried works When windows boots the OEM logo appears with ...
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3.5 inch HDD making clicking noise (video included) [closed]

Seeking Advice: Recovering Data from Clicking 3.5" HDD I have an approximately 10-year-old 3.5-inch SATA hard drive that I'm trying to get old personal files off of. When connected via a SATA-to-...
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How might I transfer cookies and passwords from a broken laptop drive to a new laptop's browser?

My old laptop recently broke (in a way that can't be repaired). I salvaged the SSD card and turned it into an external drive so that I can get my old data off of it. I mainly need all the data from my ...
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Term Paper Documents Disappeared

I'm a college student working on my term paper, and I've encountered a perplexing issue that's sent my stress levels through the roof. I was diligently working on my paper, making progress, and ...
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Chrome: recovering Chrome autofill data from a corrupt ex-Win10 PC

Can one run Chrome with a named profile from command line off a USB rescue media with W10, to rescue Chrome data from a corrupt SSD? Before you say that it's a ridiculous idea, please hear me out. I ...
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Recovering QNAP TS-559Pro RAID 5 after double disk failure

Although the system itself stated that the array functions normally, DiskSMART for Disk 2 was giving yellow warning at Reallocated_Sector_Ct line: Value=100 Worst Value=100 Threshold=010 Raw value=8 ...
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WinX. FULLY functional USB Flash Drive stopped working when usin a recovery tool (EaseUS). EaseUS became unresponsive, leading to the drive errors [duplicate]

USB SanDisk 3.2Gen1 USB Device (64Gb Flash Drive) WinX EaseUS The drive is visible in Windows Explorer but... if I click to open it... the cursor changes to the hourglass icon for about 40 seconds....
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drive is not accessible chkdsk raw [duplicate]

So I have this D drive on my Dell laptop having important information, and it said first it's not accessible, then I did the chkdsk D: /f /r and it said the drive is RAW, thus no chkdsk, what the best ...
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Confused source with destination with ddrescue

I was about to recover second out of five failing RAID disks with ddrescue, and sudden peculiar twist occurred in my mind, and I typed sudo ddrescue --verbose --idirect --no-scrape -f /dev/sda /dev/...
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BTRFS after multiple power outages bad checksum

After multiple power outages, btrfs have bad checksums, is it possible to recover it? Outages were on Dell R740xd with PERC H730P Adapter looks like the cache was unwritten. now trying to recover in ...
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Recovering files form failing hard drive on Windows

I have a failing hard drive, I need to recover the remaining files. Some are listed in windows explorer, some are not but the drive hangs when I try a bulk transfer. What is the best way to recover ...
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I have a 4 TB WD Green Drive. It clicks 4 times, then a pause, then 1 more click, but it won't mount

I have a 4.0 TB WD Green drive. It was in an enclosure as part of a WD My Book or something like that. It failed on me so I took it out of the enclosure and put it in a new one. I plugged it into my ...
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Mount & Access DATA in RAID1 configured HDD outside of Synology Box on Linux [mount: wrong fs type, bad option, bad superblock]

Background My Two-Disk Synology DS14+ won't power on and I want to access the files stored in the HDDs on my Ubuntu computer. I tried following the official guide on Synology's FAQ but I always get ...
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Data-Recovery from External hard disk which has bad sectors

I accidentally pulled out my externa hard disk from my TV without unmounting it. After this the HDD is not working properly. When I plug it in my laptop it says that the USB device is not recognizable....
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Restore 20TB Harddrive after installing 2GB Operating System [duplicate]

Here's what happened: I ran the Fedora Media Write from here (https://fedoraproject.org/fmw/FedoraMediaWriter-win32-latest.exe) and selected my hard-drive, not by accident there was just no warning it ...
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Recover Pendrive

I accidentally made my pendrive (Sandisk) bootable with windows 11 on which I had kept important backup files. Is there any solution to recover data on that pendrive. I think (but not sure) previously ...
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How to recover lost data through transfer?

I have made a terrible mistake when transferring photos from a microSD card to an external HDD. I connect the microSD card and the external HDD to my iPad. I could see all the photos from SD card. I ...
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Is it possible to recover a zip file corrupted by GnuPG?

I recently started encrypting a zip file with: gpg --symmetric my_file.zip It was taking a long time - the archive is about 300 MB - and so I decided to cancel the operation part way through. The zip ...
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Recovering data from iMac internal hard drive when you can't login to your account anymore

I'm looking for help on recovering data from an internal hard drive on my iMac. I have a iMac that I purchased online in 2018 refurbished. It had been slowing down over the last few months, but I ...
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How to trim allocated space

I used ddrescue and Photorec to help a friend recover files from a dying 1TB Seagate HD from a Windows 10 machine. I created an img file with ddrescue, and ran Photorec against that img file. I saved ...
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How to access data on an external ssd drive with MBR only?

My old laptop's display died, so I took its SSD and connected it to another laptop with Ubuntu 22.04 externally via USB using M2 SSD case. There should be two operating systems: Windows and Ubuntu on ...
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JPEG Corrupted file fixing

I had an old, broken hard disk containing a lot of JPEG files. I took that hard to an information recovery company. The company was able to extract part of the files well, But there are many others ...
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I have 5 disk partitions from a disk imaged separatly, but did not image the partition table. How can I reassemble them into a coherent disk image?

Like the title says, I have 5 disk images, dev-sdc1.img, dev-sdc2.img, dev-sdc3.img, dev-sdc4.img, dev-sdc5.img. I did not save the partition table, and do not know which were primary partitions, etc. ...
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Recovering corrupted NTFS partition on external HDD

I have an external WD HDD with a unique NTFS partition on it that seems corrupted. I wish to recover the data on that disk and the disk itself if it is not physically damaged. After a huge file copy ...
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Can I recover accidently deleted files on an SSD External Drive running Windows 10 Home?

I accidently deleted files from a WD external SSD hard drive. Running OS is Windows 10. I have scanned the drive with two separate on-line file recovery (Stellar & Recoverit) packages and both ...
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If a hard drive has sectors that are corrupt or physically damaged, can those sectors be written over?

I have a bootable FreeBSD drive that I'm using to wipe the contents of a hard drive before donating the PC to my local thrift store. I'm using the following command to achieve this: dd if=/dev/urandom ...
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How to recover a USB hard drive [duplicate]

On accident I deleted the partition on my moms backup drive and I need to get the data back and I have no idea how to do this. its about 1TB (931GB) and I also don't have one big enough to store that ...
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Restore RAW drive back to NTFS [duplicate]

Recently, I have tried to make backup of SSD of my laptop using Macrium Reflect 8 Portable Free edition. However, this process ended in error (which, unfortunatelly, I can't remember, my apologies) ...
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How can I recover data from a bitlocker encrypted volume (with the decryption key)?

I have a backup drive that is used mostly for that purpose: to backup data from my computer. I did move data onto it temporarily at some point, but I believe and I hope I've moved it back off in the ...
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