Questions tagged [file-recovery]

Methods and tools for the retrieval of information either deleted accidentally or on corrupt or damaged media.

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Have recovered my deleted Skype message .cache files - now how do I read them

I recently managed to recover all my deleted Skype files from my Lenovo Thinkpad using a recovery software, and have saved them to an external drive. They are now there for the reading as .cache files:...
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`systemctl disable` deleted the unit file from /etc/systemd/system - is a dump of in-memory copy possible?

What happened: I've placed the unit file (openmeetings.service in my case) to /etc/systemd/system (which was probably wrong place and my terrible mistake) and then started adjusting it to match my ...
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How can I recover files from a Western Digital (WD) My Passport external hard drive? [duplicate]

I have a Western Digital (WD) My Passport WDBYNN0010B external hard drive and I accidentally deleted some important media files (mostly wmv format). I have tried many recovery programs e.g. Recuva, ...
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Recover unsaved word document that was opened directly from Outlook with temp/cache files without using asd files

The title sounds a bit complicated, so I'll briefly explain how my problem came about. I have received a Word document by email which I should edit. I opened the file, without saving it, just directly ...
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How do I restore a previous version of a file?

I have this file where I keep a bunch of links. I deleted one of the links for a youtube video, because the video got deleted. However, I realized I could use the WayBack machine to view the deleted ...
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File Management in Mac Recovery Mode

I tried to update my mac to OS Big Sur, however, it's failed. I checked the storage and there was only a few MB storage. So it might happen because of the lack of storage. After I found that I tried ...
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How do I filter Duplicacy's list command output to get the size of a specific folder I want to restore?

Duplicacy is a great backup tool (not an employee, but I love them), but I recently tried to do something that I didn't find any great information on how to do. I'm using Duplicacy CLI on a linux ...
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When LO saves AutoRecovery information, does it keep any of the older ones? and for how long?

I have a bunch of files in /backup starting with "lu" and then some numbers. Are these the ones that are saved and kept after the latest AutoRecover is saved? If so, how long are these kept. ...
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Partition on hard drive unmountable, unable to recover data

The hard drive in question used to be hooked up to my Raspberry Pi 3, formatted with NTFS and used as a small file server. I have recently dug up the hard drive again to pull the data from it, but ...
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Recovering a unsaved word file after four days [duplicate]

I know the unsaved word documents (.asd files) are saved in C:\Users\"username"\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Office\UnsavedFiles up to four days (tested myself). But Is there any way to recover ...
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Is it possible to recover a file via PyCharm (jetbrains) localhistory binaries?

I lost a number of files due to a destructive bug in GitHub Desktop and I’m trying to figure out what my best chances are for recovering one of them that was especially important. I have located the ...
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Is it possible to grep for a deleted file on an APFS Filevault enabled SSD?

Due to a bug in github desktop I lost about a month worth of work on a personal project. If I could recover just one python script from it it would save me a ton of time re-doing it. I've been looking ...
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External HDD unexpected failure, ddrescue not working

Today I connected my external HDD to transfer a file. Everything seemed to be working fine - it wasn't slow, all files were showing up. In the middle of transfer of the new file, it suddenly ...
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Will photorec copy/restore existing files too? Is that possible to avoid that?

My Environment: Linux (debian) App in Question: photorec Hi, It seems photorec will copy/restore my existing files too. Is this what photorec does? Is that possible to tell photorec NOT to copy my ...
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Recover formatted HDD data to itself

I did format my HDD and lose any data on it accidently. This happened by to burn a small image to the external HDD by Win32DiskImage so I know that I lost some data but not all of them. Anyway I ...
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Windows 10 sees Android folder with 5000+ files as empty

The SD card on my phone had a folder with about 5500 files in it. I could access it just fine on my phone, but whenever I connected it to my computer (Windows 10), the folder appeared empty. I ...
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Is it possible to recover deleted files from C: drive reset?

Hi so I was forced by Windows to reset (PC was crashing on startup, resetting was the only option) and couldn't back files stored in my C: Drive (I did an solo drive reset on my primary drive which is ...
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UnMounted external HDD and lost everything [duplicate]

So I accidentally unmounted my external HDD in gparted and now it shows empty But in testdisk and getDataBack I can see the files and eventually copy them but they make around 900Go and even my two ...
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Lost all files after windows installation became damaged

Last week, my laptop hung for a while, I couldn't do anything then it went into automatic repair, then it tells me it was unable to repair the pc. I had to reinstall windows, I found my files in ...
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Recover paritition hard drive after being formatted to W10 install drive

I accidentally set my external 5TB hard drive that I use for my photo, movies, and music storage to use as an installation drive for W10. I did this over a year ago now and have had trouble recovering ...
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Recovering only deleted partition(not formatted nor overwritten)

I have an external hard disk and by mistake I only removed its partition. But after that I understood my mistake and stop doing anything on that. I ejected it immediately. It has 1TB capacity. It is ...
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How do I install a program on an external drive while using it on my computer?

I'm looking to recover files from my laptop. I don't want to install the recovery software on the internal HDD, and instead on an external drive (like a USB flash drive) and operate the software on ...
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Can I open a file by its inode in a ext4 LUKS partition?

I have an ext4 LUKS partition where I "deleted" a file. (I moved one into other: mv /media/HDD/file1.txt /media/HDD/file2.txt where both file1.txt and file2.txt already existed). Files in ...
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Recovery for USB [duplicate]

Please help, my usb flash drive just said it has no media, and i had all my documents, media and personal file i tried using chkdsk Minitools, and recovery but failed, how can i do The recovery if it ...
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How to recover a Word document on a Mac that was spontaneously turned to 0 bytes?

I was working on a rather large ~25 page document with track changes. I was saving it frequently and suddenly the most recent time I saved it, it closed and turned into a 0 byte document. I am not ...
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Possibly corrupted Micro SD card; i/o error

Problem: I have a SanDisk 128 GB Micro SD that used to be in my android phone. I first noticed (on the phone) that photo albums that were located on the SD opened correctly sometimes and sometimes not ...
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How to fix a corrupted SSD?

I have a dual-boot setup: Windows 10 + Ubuntu 20.04. I have 2 SSDs (both are Samsumg 860 EVO 1TB, in case it matters), but since I bought them at different times I made my partitions a bit weird: SSD-...
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Corrupted FAT32 reinterpret file as folder

I am trying to recover data from a corrupted FAT32 filesystem. It was so severely damaged that it reinterpreted some files as folder contents. For instance, instead of a file names "FILE.DOC"...
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Centos7 RAID5 dual disk failure recovery attempt - suggestions to get going?

My home fileserver is a CentOS7 with 5 3TB drives configured as a 4-disk software RAID5 plus one hotspare. LVM on top of the RAID with 4 logical volumes. Maybe 30%-40% capacity is used among the ...
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Accidentally renamed all files on desktop in windows 10 and they also got rearranged

I accidentally renamed all files on desktop in windows 10 and after that happened they all got rearranged and aligned to the left. I don't have file history and don't have a restore point on this pc. ...
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I have a dying HDD, how can I back up my data?

As the title says, I have a dying HDD and I've made a mistake of keeping some of my important files on here whether than on my C: drive. When my computer boots up it greets me with a "S.M.A.R.T ...
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Manual NTFS recovery sanity check

I need someone to please sanity check my manual NTFS recovery process so far because it's lead me to a brick wall. Background: I had a 1TB NTFS external drive (WD Elements) which contained mostly ...
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Can't See External Hard Drive Files Anymore After Installing A Windows 10 Boot [duplicate]

I wanted to fix my old laptop and for some reason I thought it would be okay to install a Windows 10 Boot onto my external hard drive. After installing it, I was unable to see all of the files I had ...
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Windows File Recovery - 'winfr.exe' is not recognized as an internal or external command, operable program or batch file

I just installed Windows File Recovery from the Store. I'm running build 19041.329 And when I click on it, and enter the admin password, I get the error in the title. How do I fix this?
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Garbage characters in USB

I have a problem a with an encrypted USB stick. Folder names have turned to strange characters and i can't open or copy them to my local drive. Tried to chkdsk and fix it, but it failed too. I tried ...
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Restoring files from raw ext4 image without a journal?

Running linux/Ubuntu 18.04.04 I have a disk image that I've dd'd from an ext4 partition. I had a corruption disaster that cleared the whole 500G disk and left me with some files and some garbage in ...
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Open a (recovered) Microsoft Word document from 14 years ago

I have a Microsoft Word document that I wrote 14 years ago (in 2006), it is text-only. I do not remember which version of Microsoft Word I was using to write it, but the OS was Windows XP (in a ...
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accidentally created recovery disk on external drive [duplicate]

I accidentally create a recovery disk on my external hard drive and lost the partitions. I have a 1 TB external drive that had 2 partitions. I without knowingly of partition loss created a recovery ...
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Windows hangs during defragmentation

So I was defragmenting my disk and let the computer sort it out. I was going to look for something when I noticed that windows didnt react. No matter the input from mouse or keyboard, my monitor light ...
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Why recovery showing content as - “xLê7±A§[jp¬1ÜyL8É\6”

Background : While working, Eclipse hanged suddenly. I waited ... after a while system crashed with blue screen and was not booting up after hard restart. Before I proceed I would ...
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Reconstruct corrupted Word file

I accidentally broke an MS Word file with a bunch of comments in it. I tried the usual recovery methods but the only thing that remotely worked as opening it in Recover Text mode, which gave me the ...
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Recovering a JPEG image with broken sections

Some files were corrupted while being recovered from a disk drive, including portions of videos and images. They all seem to share the trait of having sections of data replaced with repeating bytes (...
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Restore removed files that are on a remote server. Create a restorable image from mounted via sshfs folder

I have a remote server that I can connect to via ssh, I need to restore files from there to my computer (preferably with folder structure or just filenames), ext4magic says that I cant restore it ...
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Excel on Windows 10: Recovering old file version accidentally overwritten and saved over?

I was working on a file (Excel, from MS Office Professional Plus 2016) stored on the local drive of my laptop, in which I entered marks of my students for papers. Later, I reopened the same file ...
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recovering data from choregraphe project after a hard restart crash

I am working with Choregraphe to build some robot functionality in a project. Recently I did something to cause my project to crash not only my Choregraphe, but also my entire system froze until I ...
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Will deleting a disk volume corrupt my lost data?

I'm trying to recover some data from a hard drive that a friend attempted to format without making a backup. The drive is currently not recognized in "My PC." In disk management, the only option is "...
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Restore Visual Paradigm Project After Overwriting

I mistook the open project dialogue with the save current project dialogue. I chose the project I wanted to open, and it was overwritten by the current open project. I'm on Windows 10. I'm using an ...
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Recover Permanently Deleted Folder (SHIFT+DELETE) Windows 10 Bootcamp SSD

Accidentally permanently deleted a folder (w/ SHIFT+DELETE) on a Windows 10 Bootcamp SSD: is there any way to recover it? None of the major recovery sofware sees it (e.g. Recuva, EaseUS, DiskDrill, ...
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How can I recover deleted photos from memory card? [duplicate]

A few days back I found that the photos I have saved in my memory card have been lost. I don’t know what is the reason behind the deletion of photos but I just want them back. How can I restore my ...
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How to RECOVER deleted files

I ran batch command prompt below (Win10 ent version), purge switch deleted all my files a level up within that folder (on a WD My Passport physical drive (password protected)), robocopy D:\X-folder G:...

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