Data recovery is the process of salvaging data from damaged, failed, corrupted, or inaccessible secondary storage media when it cannot be accessed normally. Use this tag when you want refer to one of the problems stated up.

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parted rescue - how to discover start\end for deleted partition

in order to use rescue command in parted you need the start and end block numbers of the deleted partition. However, if the partition is gone parted's print command won't give you those. How can you ...
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Is there anyway to restore lost files (in downloads) due to power outage while transfering to external?

I was busy transferring some files from my downloads directory to my external hard-drive. Unexpectedly, the power on my computer went out, and the entire contents of my downloads directory was wiped ...
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How to recover windows laptop hard drive using ubuntu live stick

I would like to recover the hard drive on my laptop which had windows 7 but was formatted. Assuming I have an Ubuntu live usb stick, how can I unformat the laptop's drive? Notice I rather not open ...
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Accidentally deleted all my partitions after Ubuntu 14.04 installation

I had a serious problem during my Ubuntu 14.04 installation. I had a Windows 7 partition and a separate partition to install Ubuntu, where I already had Ubuntu 12.04 installed. During the Ubuntu ...
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Data Recovery - Hard disk formatted from ntfs to ext4 then again to ntfs [duplicate]

I'm all messed up! I formatted my complete ntfs hard disk to ext4. Then again installed win 7 by creating 2 partitions of 50GB and 250 GB. Is it possible to recover data from the 250 GB partition now ...
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accidentally formatted windows 8 [duplicate]

when I am installing ubuntu 13.10 I accidentally formatted windows 8. Now I am not able to access windows. I had four partitions in windows now i have only one partitions. Will it be possible to ...
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How to back up files without live disk?

I recently upgraded to 13.10. The installation seemed to run fine, after the system rebooted I got the error "The system is running in low-graphics mode” After a few hours of googling no solution I ...
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Recovering OpenOffice files from corrupted OS

I tried to upgrade to Ubuntu 13.10 yesterday, and my laptop promptly froze and wouldn't respond to anything other than the power button. When I turned it back on, Ubuntu failed to work period. I can ...
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How to replace corrupted Ubuntu files so my installation works again?

Due to usb problems Ubuntu's files have been irrecoverably corrupted.However I was using Session Manager for Chromium which has saved a multitude of browsing sessions that are very important for my ...
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Files in Download Folder get deleted

The download folder got emptied, while I was watching a video from the same folder. This is the second time it has happened. Could it be a worm ? I have not installed any programs that clean up my PC. ...
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How to recover files in LOST.DIR when file type is unknown?

All solutions I found on google are made for windoz.Ive tried file * and the results don't say what exactly the file type is.For example is data an application or an image? 10: FoxPro FPT, ...
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Tried to upgrade to 14.04. Did not work. Reinstalled 13.10. All docs, pics, and music are gone [duplicate]

Yeah the title pretty much says it all. After downloading Trusty and rebooting, there was no screen. Cursor, but no screen. Re-installed 13.04, and then updated to 13.10, only to discover that all ...
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Is it possible to recover data after reinstalling ubuntu on same drive [duplicate]

I just lost 2TB data when i reinstalled ubuntu 13.04 on already installed ubuntu 13.10. Can anyone help me how to extract or recover whole partition, I am sure hard disk is formatted because its now ...
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/home automatically ecrypted during multi boot?

I was attempting to add a Mint partition to my Ubuntu 12.04/Win7 box, when the whole process went south on me. Mint installed correctly but removed the Ubuntu/Win options from my Grub menu. Attempting ...
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Data recovery in ubuntu 12.04

I have Ubuntu 12.04 dual booted with windows 8. While I was using Ubuntu, all of a sudden my system went into a suspend mode and when I logged back in all my data was gone. It was Ubuntu in its ...
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How can I recover my data after formatting ubuntu with ubuntu?

I blew up everything while installing ubuntu 13.04 in a machine with ubuntu 12.04 installed in it. I erased the whole data accidentally. I had a separate space called backup in older OS. Having ...
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Moving a file or directory to /dev/null [duplicate]

I am going to move a directory and a file to /dev/null. What will happen if i move a file to /dev/null and what will happen if i move a directory to /dev/null?
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How to get Windows data back [duplicate]

I reinstalled Ubuntu few months ago. By accident I chose to install Ubuntu without Windows (I had dual boot operating systems before that). This is a disaster! I lost all my data in Windows and lost ...
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3 TB hard drive suddenly no longer recognized

My 3TB Western Digital WD30EXRX hard drive that used to work perfectly fine, is suddenly no longer being recognized properly. It isn't mounted automatically anymore, the file manager does not ...
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Recover overwritten contents of text file

I deleted my file content in the file how can i recover back using timestamps is it possible for ex: I am having the file1.txt cat file1.txt i am linux user i am new to linux i love linux ...
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How to recover data lost when connecting a USB drive to a VirtualBox VM

I have just installed/configured my machine to run Ubuntu 13.10, with Windows 8 running in a virtual machine on VirtualBox 4.2.16_Ubuntu r86992. I was just experimenting with mounting and unmounting ...
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Recovering deleted files from an NTFS partition

I have a 40gb SSD that used to have windows 7 on it. I originally installed linux mint on a second 640gb drive, and I have a 3rd 720gb drive for files and such. After working with linux for a while, ...
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Recover data from lost partiton after install ubuntu [duplicate]

i have a 500GB HDD. when i install Ubuntu i was made a mistake that i install Ubuntu by replacing windows 7. after installation Ubuntu run fine. But my HDD have only one part ion of whole 500Gb. Now ...
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folder not visible on mounted drive

OK, So i finished up copying some stuff(a lot actually) from my portable drive to my laptop and it finished just as expected.Then i needed to do some work on my windows installed on the same laptop so ...
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copy data off a possible failing hard drive

I have a second hard drive that has a partition for /home mounted on the first drive. yesterday, the booting failed because /home cannot be found. I run 'blkid' and see its uuid is gone. but when I ...
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Accidentally formatted partition, want to recover files

I had elementary OS luna installed in my hdd, a few days before, I installed Ubuntu 12.04 in another partition (ext4) . I accidentally formatted the partition containing ubuntu (to ext4) , I realised ...
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HDD data recovery from a formatted ext4 into fat32

I'm new to ubuntu but it didn't took me long to realize that it's way better than privative options. I've got it installed on a desktop PC and I also wanted to install it in a laptop which is not mine ...
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how to mount file type

I have recently imaged some floppy disks to img files. the disks had some bad blocks. So I am trying to figure out the File system type, so that i can mount, and repair the files. I tried $ sudo ...
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How to recover the Deleted folder in ubuntu 12.04 [duplicate]

Unfortunately i delete my Document folder in Ubuntu 12.04 Desktop. How to Recover the Document folder using commands...
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Partition Deleted Switching from Win8 to Ubuntu

I have freshly switched from Win8 to Ubuntu 13.10 right now. But to my surprise the whole hard disk is a single partition and I can not see my old data. I used the Option ' remove w8 blah blah ...
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How do you recover item from lost+found?

My /home partition usually contain two folders, one is named after my username and the second is lost+found. Somehow my folder named my username which contain all my files disappear, but I can find ...
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EXT4 Partition Lost?

Booted up from live media (ubuntu 12.04) with HDD (3TB, GUID, single EXT4 partition used for storing data and nothing else)connected via SATA. For some reason the file system was only allowing "read ...
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testdisk says partition table structure is bad

I have a dual boot system, win7 and Ubuntu 12.04, A disk crash trashed my partition table. Here is what fdisk says about the disk: Disk /dev/sda: 500.1 GB, 500107862016 bytes 255 heads, 63 ...
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Precautions to take before replacing Hard drive in desktop

i am using Ubuntu .my hard disk is aged so i have to change it.i want to keep my data as it is and if possible.can any one please guideline some points .steps to take for successful hard disk ...
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How to determine where missing Linux partition started

I have an Acer laptop with a 500 GB drive. It came with Windows 7 installed, and I installed Ubuntu 12.04 in a dual boot configuration. As far as I remember I installed everything accepting defaults ...
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Accidentally ran “rm-rf” on cygwin and lost all the data from my folder [closed]

I am working on window 8 using cygwin. I ran a shell script which was containt command "rm -rf *" I lost all my data :-( Could anyone please help me how to recover my data.. Please. Thanks in ...
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Recover data after updating Windows 7 [closed]

I used 2 OS in my system - Windows 7, and Fedora 20. I have upgraded my Window 7 in to 64 bit, after I have installed, I cannot boot fedora 20. I want to recover data which are stored in fedora, can ...
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External (encrypted) hard drive shows all space unallocated

I bought a new USB hard drive, formatted it using Ubuntu disks tool and also encrypted the drive with it (I think I used the LUKS+ext4 option). Now that I try to use the drive with my other Ubuntu ...
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How can I recover my hard disk data that got erased when I tried to setup Ubuntu? [duplicate]

I tried to install Ubuntu in my laptop that had windows 7 and I chose 'erase partition' as I was thinking it will erase the C partition only so as to make it the Ubuntu drive .After restart I found ...
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Ubuntu 13.10 documents folder disappeared

I had some ebooks in my documents folder and I was looking at a few of them with document viewer. I was also using R Studio and I was trying to change my working directory to documents/... but then I ...
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Can Testdisk be used from the same Hard drive?

I have accidentally removed two partitions. I installed TestDisk and started Analysing to detect the lost partitions. the lost partitions are in /dev/sda. my Ubuntu installation and TestDisk of ...
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data recovery with testdisk

I'm trying to recover my data after a bad installation. On my laptop I had 2 partitions: Windows and Media. Now I'm trying to recover the content of the Media partition and this is what the amazing ...
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DATA RECOVERY from a NTFS formatted disk [duplicate]

While installing Ubuntu, by mistake I gave my C drive as the Swap space. It ended up formatting the logical drive(E, but not C !). I realised my mistake in the middle and forcefully ended ...
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what steps to follow to organize/browse files after PhotoRec has finished

Can you please recommend to me what steps to follow after PhotoRec has created a bunch of directories like this RECUP_DIR.1 RECUP_DIR.2 RECUP_DIR.3 RECUP_DIR.4 Do this folder mean anything of they ...
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How to resolve “ The harddisk seems too small” with Testdisk Deeper Search

I need to recover the NTFS partition that was removed by Ubuntu 13.10 installation after choosing "replace Ubuntu 12.04 with 13.10" But I am getting this message Disk /dev/sda - 640 GB / 596 GiB - ...
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Partitions recover after Xenserver installation

I just tried to install XENserver. Have chosen my USB drive to install, but somehow installation has deleted all my partitions with Ubuntu and so on. My previous installation with Ubuntu was in the ...
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How do I fix Master File Table using Ubuntu?

So my friend accidentally messed up his MFT and MFTMirr of his NTFS windows 7 drive while installing Ubuntu (my guess is that he messed up the re-partitioning of his drive or something of the sort. He ...
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recover data from autoclean

I have used sudo apt-get autoclean command and sudo apt-get clean command but didn't knew that I'll loose all my data. Is there any way to recover that data?
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Corrupted BlackBerry SD card - partition table

Thanks so much for the super interesting articles and discussions here. I've found myself with a 32GB micro SD card corrupted by my BB 9780. Screenshot with some details is attached below. I have ...
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recover data from an ancient hdd and check for bad sectors

I just found an ancient external hard drive with a whopping 10 gb of data and I was wondering if there is a way to check the health of the disk (since it apparently didn't have a partition table what ...