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Hard drive recovery infers the recovery of previously lost data from a Hard Disk Drive due to system, user or device error.

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"No operating system found" on boot after secondary drive died

I’m at a loss currently. Taking the data loss I’ve had on the secondary drive, I have many important bits on my primary Windows OS drive. My main drive is visible is BIOS, my secondary drive is not, ...
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Can bad sectors in hard drive really cause data loss?

I have a computer which is almost 10 years old now. It uses a hard disk which is also almost 10 years old. Recently I had installed a software called 'Hard Disk Sentinel' which checks the health of ...
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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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Hiren Boot USB Method - Fix HDC Not working

I have been trying to install a Hard drive from dead PC (T3400) to a new PC (HP Z620). Faced with so many roadblock but in the final step right now. After entering "M" command in Fix_HDC ...
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Are there recovery options for a SSD drive which is not detected anymore?

The SSD drive on my laptop is not detected anymore, resulting in a "no bootable device" error at startup. If possible, I would like to recover some of the files from the drive. I use Linux ...
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Does my HDD still work after almost 10years not in use?

I found my HDD HD250HJ from Samsung after 10years. The whole HDD is encrypted with TrueCrypt 7.1 and is a hidden volume. When I plugged in my HDD it's not visible in the explorer nor in TrueCrypt. Is ...
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Restore missing volumes on RAID -- ARECA/MRAID

Can anyone provide insight on how to bring back lost virtual volumes? None of my drives are damaged, however I accidentally broke one of my virtual volumes and it has caused all three of my virtual ...
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suddenly new external harddrive not detected in windows, Ubuntu machines

I bought new external harddrive Toshiba Canvio Ready 1TB USB 3.2 Gen 1 External Portable Hard Drive (HDTP310AK3AA, Black) and copied all data from my computer to external harddrive. It fills about 900+...
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Is there a software way to unlock a hdd?

I have a SATA hard disk which is firmware password locked. QUESTION: Is there a software way to unlock a HDD, plugged on an USB enclosure, without losing its contents? (Windows or Linux) This is the ...
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Can Windows backup an entire drive?

I want to make a full backup of the entire drive in Windows, without third party tools. I looked at the 'Backup Image' feature, but it requires me to select the partitions, and it does not list my ...
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How To read disk from dead Zyxel NAS

I have the harddrive fra a Zyxel NAS. The NAS is dead, but the harddrive seems okay. How can I access it? If I mount it in af USB harddrive case, Windows can see the disk in Disk Manager, but Explorer ...
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Are there any steps or precautions I should take before attempting to recover a hard drive that hasn't been turned on in many years?

I have an external Seagate hard drive that was basically used once many years ago (maybe 7-9) to make backups. It has not been turned on since. It has been stored inside concentric airtight plastic ...
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ddrescue - Hangs while cloning

I am attempting to recover data from a failing WD Blue 1TB drive but am running into some issues. I started a clone onto another drive of the same size, and ddrescue ran without issues for 5 Hr 43 ...
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drive failing, dd back failed at 33%, can I partially recover?

An external hard drive had trouble mounting after bootup. So I began to clone it using dd.This was quite a while ago, and so I don't recall the exact parameters. Something rather standard for a ...
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How to fix issue with hard disk leading to "The installer encountered an unrecoverable error" with Ubuntu 20.04

I'm trying to install Ubuntu 20.04 on an Asus having an SSD (1To) as the only hard disk and I ran into a bunch of issues. When I thought that the installation ended I got this error message displayed: ...
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Getting "Bad Disk" and unbootable/readable disk after "Convert MBR Disk to GPT Disk" (Minitool PW)

I was having my MBR disk with my main OS (Windows 10) and many important files on it. My disk is Samsung SSD 860 EVO 500GB Sata with good health. I have run Convert MBR Disk to GPT Disk on it and ...
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How do I recover a hard drive

I recently lost a hard drive. The computer is old (I built it 7+ years) but has been reliable until this event. No warnings of any kind (Windows, SMART, etc.) and one day the drive just disappeared ...
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recover old partition that became Unallocated space after Windows Media tool Use windows 10

I needed to install windows 10 on my laptop that didn't have an OS, so I used my friend's external drive, I created a new partition on his laptop and used the "official" windows media tool ...
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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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External hard drive's data+ and data- cables shorted and hard drive is showing unallocated

When I was trying to connect my external SSD to my computer, the usb socket accidentaly shorted while PC was reading data inside and connection to SSD instantly lost. Now when I fix the short circuit ...
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How to back up Master Boot Record from Windows 10 without installing vendor products?

Is there a way to back up the master Boot Record (MBR) files(s) from Windows 10 of the disk where the same Windows 10 is installed without having to install any additional 3rd party tools?
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Hard Disk showing wrong capacity and is RAW disk

will write step by step: one day my linux mint Drive stopped responding. i forced re-started the Laptop. On boot screen it showed this screen Then after some time showed : No boot device Present Then ...
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cannot access drive because it is in raw form?

I have a 30gb usb-drive which I have some important data in. When I plug it in the computer, windows 10 v 1909 for x62, it displays "You need to format the usb drive before you can use it", ...
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How to save a large recovered hard disk data from computer directly into cloud storage

Recently, I did some data recovery from my damaged hard disk using third-party data recovery software. Since the data recovered almost 1TB, I need backup storage to store my recovered data. I do not ...
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Cant boot - new drive and incorrect DeviceID

Working on Dad's computer. Hard drive had 0KB available. Bought new SSD. Used Clonezilla to create image and then attempted to restore. Windows then failed to load. I ended up running: bcdedit /set {...
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clone recovery partition from usb drive to d: drive windows 10

I created a USB recovery drive using windows 10 tool in order to Back up system files to the recovery drive. Then when I was asked to empty D: from my PC in order to recover space I answered yes. But ...
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Folders stored on USB drive suddenly changed into unix executable file

I am a user of MacOS Big Sur, 11.2.3 (20D91). Just now I experienced the most weird incident in my history of using USB flash drives. I mounted a drive on the MacOS system, hoping to transfer four ...
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Internal HDD not showing up anymore

One of my internal hard disks(out of 3) stopped showing up in Disk management(Windows) or Disks(Ubuntu). Its showing up in BiOS. These are what i could find from ubuntu terminal: "sdc is the one ...
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Retrieving data from HDD (WD Green)

I am getting crazy retrieving data from an old hard disk. I had a WD My World II NAS with 2 x 1 TB HDD WD Green hard drives RAID 1. Now I am moving to a different configuration and I want to retrive ...
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How often is HDD data completely unrecoverable?

My question is simple. Let's say I'm an average desktop PC or laptop user. My hard drive fails. I take it to an expert to recover lost data. How often is the data recovering process absolutely and ...
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Is it possible to dissable TRIM on selected partition?

I want to install dualboot Win10+Ubuntu on same 2TB SSD. My idea is to leave each OS 250GB and remaining 1.5TB will be left for media, which both OS will have access to. I want to make the 1.5TB ...
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Hard drive not detected

I am not sure if this is the right place to ask this question, but I am desperately in need of finding the solution, so here goes..... Back story : Yesterday I dropped my phone on my laptop keyboard ...
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External disk fatal hardware error [duplicate]

I am trying to get access to my external hard drive and hopefully the data on it. However, my disk is not being recognized by the computer. I have tried opening Windows disk manager and it immediately ...
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Unable to locate the physical disk sector(s) a file occupies

Sysinternals Diskview is producing what seems like an unlikely situation. I have a series of files I know exist on an NTFS filesystem (which is on a spinning disk hard drive), but when I try to use ...
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WD External Harddisk turning on and off repeatedly

It's a 5yrs+ old 3TB external harddisk running fine until a couple of months ago when I had a power outage. After that, it stopped functioning properly. It stays on (with all the data intact), and ...
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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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How to recover corrupted SSD firmware from Linux

I have a PNY "CS1111" 240 GB SSD which I was using in my old laptop. Then suddenly the laptop stopped booting. The drive shows up in the BIOS as a "0.0GB Solid State Drive", when ...
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Copying the good portions of a half-dead HDD in reasonable time

Recently my HDD started failing and I replaced it. The first thing I did was save the really important data, so that part is already covered. I am now trying to copy the bulk of the rest for the sake ...
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What's the usual direction of bit-rot on a hard disk (from inactivity)? [closed]

I opened 2 copies of the same file from around 6 years ago. There was a hash mismatch and I found a single bit difference between the two files when I open the file up in a visual hexadecimal file ...
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How to delete bad saved files from external disk?

I have a external USB hard disk (Seagate if matters) of 1TB with 350GB of free space. I copied aprox 270 GB from computer to external disk. All looked fine, the free space then was aprox 70GB and data ...
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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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HDD with bad sectors, MBR gone, how to recover partitions

The hard drive in my old laptop started returning errors, so I stopped using it (probably a bit too late). It's in an external cradle now, that I've mounted read-only a couple of times. Unfortunately ...
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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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Attempt to fix hard disk with errors on a Linux Live CD

I've tried to fix an HP Laptop (HP Pavilion x360 Convertible/8074, BIOS F.35 08/20/2015) that doesn't boot (OS not found), with a Proteus Linux live USB. Here is what I have attempted. fdisk -l didn't ...
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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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Retrieving data from dead pc with Raid 10

I have a Dell XPS 420 that has a great deal of data that I want to retrieve. I hadn’t used it in a while, and in the midst of powering on, it died. Now after a bunch of diagnostics, I’ve concluded ...
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Is data from Hard disk with damaged PCB recoverable?

Is it possible to recover data from a hard disk with a damaged PCB? The BIOS ROM chip is also possibly physically damaged. Trying simply swapping PCB did not work, but showed bad disk. LBA IO errors ...
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How to recover files from a corrupted recycle bin without 3rd party software?

Somebody asked me for help with recovering data from a drive. I'm not exactly sure what happened to it, but the person I got it from told me that the only thing they did was running file system error ...
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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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