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Partition became RAW, TestDisk advice

~3 days ago a 238.2GB NTFS partition became RAW, losing ~170-180GB of data, and I have been trying to fix the problem for about 14 hours. Potential reasons partition went RAW: I have dual-booted ...
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Restoring a Lost/Corrupt GPT while keeping partitions intact

We are using a large number of external HDDs (Seagate BUP Portable 4TB) as our archiving and backup solution. Each drive should be formated using a GPT and one large exFAT partition and is read and ...
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Restore deleted Folder with testdisk recursively

I want recover a large deleted directory. While I found it with testdisk, I don't know how to recover full folders but only files. How can I restore all deleted files in a folder recursively?
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Recovering formatted harddrive

I am using testdisk/photorec to try to recover files from a hard drive that I accidentally formatted. The external hard drive I formatted had almost 2 TB of data and my computer has less than two ...
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Deleted GPT partition with fdisk

My VPS has 2 disks connected. One "main disk", and one "data disk" of 2TB. Yesterday I ordered to increase the "data disk" to 5TB. To be able to use the 5TB, I had to ...
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How to recover an ExFat partition from an external portable HDD after partition merge?

I have an external portable HDD with a capacity of 500 GB, which was partitioned into a number of partitions. Half of the capacity was allocated to an ExFat partition named MyPassport, while the other ...
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How to run testdisk on a partition image (not the whole disk image)

I did accidentally override the first part of a partition. Please note, the GPT partition table is completely intact. No damage done there. That partition was as large as possible. Since I only have ...
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Testdisk: How to recover from “Partition: Read error”

I’m trying to fix an issue with a Seagate 6TB HDD (formatted as exFAT with 3.5TB of data) using testdisk, but I think I made things worse: I left files to copy overnight and in the morning my Mac ...
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Damaged Sd card

My sd card was damaged and it asked me to format. A year ago the same thing happened and I format the card and recover the data by recovering software. But now I did wrong by removing the drive letter ...
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How useable would a dd image be were it to be aborted mid-way creation on TestDisk?

I have a half-dead 1TB WD mechanical hard drive, which I am trying to recover files from using TestDisk. It used to host Windows 10 and before crashing wasn't filled over half-way, so I decided to ...
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Issue booting into windows after Ubuntu installation

Issue I was trying to install ubuntu from a flash drive but ran into some issues during the installation since it was not showing all my disk partitions. After trying to troubleshoot the problem I ...
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Geometry of USB Memory - heads per cylinder is 124

i have a USB Stick, and this stick has some problems, how to set up for it proper geometry TestDisk 7.0, Data Recovery Utility, April 2015 Christophe GRENIER <grenier@cgsecurity.org> http://www....
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Hard drive freezes all applications that access it

I have a 2 month old WD Passport 4TB. On it is a NTFS partition or at least was. Since yesterday I’m unable to do anything with the hard drive. I was copying many files via rsync on it and suddenly it ...
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How to fix the drive C that becomes raw after unexpected shutdown

I can't boot to windows after my laptop was shutdown unexpected. It always go to automatic repair that have black screen with mouse pointer. Then i try to put the hdd with external usb on another ...
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Testdisk is not recognizing a linux directory; How do I fix it?

About a week ago, my "Downloads/" directory very suddenly showed as being empty. I ran testdisk, and at first, it was able to read the files as still being on the actual disk. However, when I moved ...
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Copied failing disk with GNU ddrescue, did I miss something?

Let me explain what's in my mind so you guys can tell me if I make something wrong. I have two external hard drives, one of which is failing(Windows tells me to format it to use it again), the second ...
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My laptop boots into GRUB 2.2 instead of Ubuntu

My setup Dell Chromebook 13 with Windows 10 and Ubuntu 18.10 on dual boot, using MrChromebox UEFI Firmware (4.9). What happened I wanted to install Ubuntu on an external usb drive. I took two ...
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How can I recover Linux partition which is mistakenly had fdisk run on it

I have a Ubuntu 18.04 system with two disk (/dev/sda1 /dev/sdb1). /dev/sdb1 is in ext4 format before. Someone ran the following command with default options: fdisk /dev/sdb1 How can I recover this ...
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Am I using foremost (disk recovery tool) correctly?

I have a MacBook, and I meant to do a dual boot with Ubuntu, but after I created the partitions, I clicked "Erase disk and install Ubuntu", so the partition I had created for Ubuntu was not utilized, ...
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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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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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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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TestDisk created 51% of image of almost broken disk. Can I already get data from it?

I have half-dead HDD disk from WD "My Passport" purchased in 2013. He has around 260/280 GB of data inside. There are video clips (e.g. 4 GB each) and photos. It was used to display files on Samsung ...
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Directory has suddenly become read-only while running PhotoRec, why?

I've spent the past four hours running PhotoRec on my Ubuntu machine to recover some pngs images on my 750GB drive, with the recovered files being saved to a 2GB drive. Needless to say, I was deleting ...
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ext4 filesystem remnants salvage w/testdisk

Getting to the point: testdisk is able to navigate the filesystem and hierarchy (apparently as if it was intact) and individually recover files. Is there a way to have it do all of them, ...
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NTFS partition is lost, but data (should be) there, how to recover?

Shortly: I've got troubles with a lost partition and Testdisk is not able to solve my problem. Everything makes me think that files are on the disk, but I don't know how to get them back. Also, I'm ...
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how to recover ntfs partition with folder structure - currently shows as RAW

I'm asking this question because: 1. I'm desperated, 2. I couldn't find any other answer resolving my problem, 3. All my attempts to fix it by myself failed. I have got an external HDD 3,5" that is ...
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Corrupt USB RAW filesystem showing wrong size

I am trying to fix this USB stick for a friend who ripped it out of their computer incorrectly resulting in the filesystem being destroyed to the max, and the device showing a capacity which is ...
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Manually Restore GUID Partition Table on Mac

Recently I plugged my HDD with one partition formatted in HFS+ into a Windows PC as an internal HDD, it somehow ruined my GUID partition table and turned it into 3 partitions (unformatted/unallocated) ...
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Recovering a lost linux partition?

After installing windows I think I lost my linux partition (my other question here:Unfound linux partition after installing windows 10) I run TestDisk from usb, and I got, when choosing "Analyze":...
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Is my hard drive salvageable?

I was backing up a folder from my Android phone to my storage drive and it was taking forever so I cancelled it from the copy dialog, windows explorer hung so I opened task manager and restarted it, ...
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Unpartitioned exfat 5tb disk recovery: testdisk shows really strange results

I apologize because this is a bit general in nature. I have a 5TB external disk that was formatted exfat. I would use it to backup data from my Linux machine. Well, recently, I plugged it into a ...
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TestDisk doesn't find the right Ext4 partition

Situation: I have a hard disk that originally had some NTFS partitions and an Ext4 partition (besides some unallocated space and a Linux Swap). It lost its partition table. Nothing has been ...
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How to restore deleted partion table

I am using Ubuntu 14.04, from past 2 days I am not able to boot the system but when I checked connecting the hard disk in other system it was showing below error message. Disk /dev/sdc doesn't ...
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SSD appears in BIOS and Device Manager but not in Disk Management or any other tool

After a crash a few days ago, my SSD wasn't detected in the BIOS (or anywhere) anymore for a while. After trying everything, I decided to try to put it in the oven to re-flow the solder before ...
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Recovering NTFS partition with TestDisk

I have a laptop with dualboot Windows 10/Ubuntu with three hard drives. The first two drives always work fine while the situation with the third drive (it was in NTFS) has been a bit curious: I could ...
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Does an .img image of a single (logical) partition have partition type “Intel/PC partition” or “Non partitioned media”?

I have an ext4-formatted logical partition /dev/sda8 and an image file sda8.img of it created with ddrescue (following the procedure at https://unix.stackexchange.com/a/283009 for similar reasons). ...
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Recover data from corrupt NTFS drive - TrueCrypt

Background: Visual Studio 2017 was release two days ago, 2017-03-07, and to get a clean install I decided to format and reinstall my OS, Windows 10. For my storage disk, I use TrueCrypt 7.1a. After ...
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Testdrive: Recover accidentally deleted windows 10 partition table on dual boot system (not boot partition)

I accidentally deleted most of my windows partition table on my dual boot laptop and am trying to fix/recover the faulty partition table. I have a dual boot laptop: Ubuntu and Windows. Grub still ...
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Accidently dd a whole disk with Iso file. Can i recover it ?

Here is the story buddies : I dd'ed the wrong disk because of fdisk. By disconnecting an reconnecting Usb and External HDD fdisk did not refresh results. The consequence is as you can see : fdisk -...
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TestDisk image vs ddrescue for recovering data from a defective hard drive

I am trying to duplicate a “defective” hard drive (making strange noises after it fell on the floor). After some research, I discovered TestDisk and the “Image Creation” tool to clone the disk. I ...
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Is it possible to upload to OneDrive via Terminal on Mac?

So I want to make a .dd copy file from my external HDD using TestDisk and I do not have 1 TB free on my MacBook, but I do on my OneDrive account. Is it possible to make the .dd copy directly on my ...
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MBR recovery - Corrupted MBR after it changed to dynamic & testdisk gives up . No backup sector found

I had a Windows 7 installation on my 1TB SSD laptop with 4 primary partitions. I wanted to install Lubuntu Linux but the process failed with an error which kind of said: cannot write MBR It gave ...
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TestDisk Ignore Aliases

I'm trying to use TestDisk to take the contents of my old linux boot drive, and copy it to a storage drive (I am doing this from windows 8). I believe that TestDisk is getting into infinite loops due ...
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I cannot format my micro SD card

I have some problem with the micro SD card I usually use on my phone. I recently updated my phone to Android 6 and it is now asking me to format the SC card. However it always fails. I tried to ...
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Testdisk isn't copying undeleted files, images provided

I'm using Linux Mint 17, and I'm trying to recover from an unmounted NTFS external drive. Testdisk seems to know that there's a deleted file there, but isn't letting me copy it. This is what I'm ...
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testdisk output start/end explanation

What do the 3 columns for start and end stand for? What's the difference between the last two listed partitions? TestDisk 7.0, Data Recovery Utility, April 2015 Christophe GRENIER <grenier@...
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My Hard Drive has been Mysteriously Overwritten by Two Bad Partitions

I have a problem - sometime yesterday, my hard drive appears to have been overwritten by something and then re-partitioned multiple times. Disk 0 is the affected drive; it used to be my Disk E:, and ...
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Recovering a Hard Drive with TestDisk

I have an approx. 10 year-old Maxtor (acquired by Seagate) DiamondMax Plus 9 (the 160 GB model) that I'm trying to recover. It died awhile back and I've been making attempts to recover photos and ...
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testdisk: “extended LBA” not available in my list of partition types

Windows restore messed up my boot and rendered one of my partitions seemingly "unallocated". So I'm trying to fix it with testdisk. This is the result of the testdisk Analysis: TestDisk 7.0, Data ...