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

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How to recover a file deleted in WSL from explorer.exe?

I accessed my Ubuntu mount via \wsl.localhost\Ubuntu\home\user.ssh and deleted a private key I shouldn't have. I wasn't sure if maybe Windows threw the file in the Recycle Bin, so first I tried recuva ...
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Untrunc installation and guide for MacOS

Can anyone please help with how to use untrunc on a MacOS. Have some super important Gopro video files that wont play. Any help would be greatly appreciated!
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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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Lost files in Windows 10, but only in one folder tree and timestamped after specific date?

What might cause all files and folders after a certain timestamp to vanish from a folder and its subtree? My daughter's computer has two disks: C and D. Windows installed on C. Some apps installed on ...
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How do I recover files on a Linux web server after an attack by Makop Ransomware?

My web server was running a critical web service for my company network and was attacked by the Makop Ransomware. The majority of the php files and the databases have all been encrypted. Is there a ...
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How to recover files from windows backup tool with Invalid MediaID.bin?

I have a backup from 2009 with the extension .wbcat and after I opened windows 7 backup and recovery tool and selected the folder that contained this backup, there was the error: "Invalid MediaID....
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Options for recovering file deleted by Windows 10 Scan and Fix?

I have a dash cam that I've been using as a security camera. It's a one-inch cube so doesn't have a screen, so I plug it in to a desktop via USB to copy any video. Monday, I got some very important ...
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winfr ignores folder location (windows file recovery)

winfr seems pretty simple, it runs / recovers files, just not the correct folder. Below is what I am entering, but it ignores my requested location and just starts recovering files from my documents ...
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HDD old deleted data still visible in recovery software [duplicate]

Hi How can i completely wipe old deleted data from hard disk i am trying with ccleaner and cleaning the /w Free Space (35 Pass) after cleaning the free space i scanned my laptop with easeus data ...
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This folder(every folder in C drive) is empty after WIN10 update. But it occupies several hundred GB [closed]

After win10 update on last Friday, my computer didn't turn off, so I turned it off. After rebooting, the below line on the black screen occurred, it says fixing HDD some %, eventually it was checking ...
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Do par2 files have inner redundancy for bitrot on recovery blocks?

I just found a wonderful looking tool named par2. It can generate error correction blocks for any file I want and use those to later recover corrupted data. I started to wonder if there is any ...
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Should you run chkdsk to repair two problematic .docx files?

I have two problematic .docx files. After opening the file: After clicking Yes: Tried all four methods of this part of the troubleshooting guide from Microsoft. None worked. One solution from the ...
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I accidentally cloned my 16GB SD card to my 256 GB pendrive using dd. Is there any way to retrieve back my pendrive?

I have a 16GB SD card, which when I connect to my computer, gives cant read superblock error (in Ubuntu). After searching on internet, I saw some solutions using testdisk tool and decided to try it ...
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Word document is corrupted, weird characters shown on Notepad, can I recover it?

After opening the file: After clicking Yes Content in Notepad Content in Notepad (2) Tried all four methods of this part of the troubleshooting guide from Microsoft. None worked. Any help would be ...
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How can i recover my corrupted 7Zip file

While using Linux, I compressed my backup using 7zip and transferred it to a USB disk. Due to an error in the system, the data transfer process froze while the data transfer was about to end. After ...
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RAID 5 (not failed) corrupted data recovery

My question is not about failed RAID, but RAID data corruption Recently I have been given an interesting problem to ponder. A friend of mine has a RAID 5 NAS (Western Digital MY CLOUD EX4100 8TB) and ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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