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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Recovering Thunderbird mail from HDD

I had a laptop failure running Ubuntu. Fortunately HDD was intact. I installed Ubuntu on another laptop and can see all files when I attach this HDD as USB drive. I could thus recover most of my files ...
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EXT4 Data Recovery

Recently I had a hard drive failure. Thanks for the excellent help and advice on these forums. Once it was obvious that I had a failing HD I took the drive offline and did a DDRescue to capture what ...
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Unable to open OpenOffice.org suites

I use OpenOffice.org 3.2 and as of yesterday I have been unable to open any OpenOffice.org program. If I try to open any program it proceeds to load after which the loading screen disappears but ...
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How do use Ubuntu to recover a hard drive [on hold]

I'm trying to recover data from an old laptop ATA hard drive and heard that Ubuntu is good for doing this. I have bought a ATA to SATA converter to connect the old hard drive to a PC and made a ...
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Loss data after system recovery

I turned on my laptop (Asus Eee pc seashell series) this morning and was directly sent to a Ubuntu recovery with the following message : "If you are seeing this message your installation has crashed, ...
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Softraid 5 Ubuntu

I have installed a raid 5 on my ubuntu server 14.04 and I want to know how I replace a hard disk and make it recover/build on that HDD. My setup is 4 1tb hard disk in raid 5. No other HDD's or SSD's ...
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Files on hard disk no longer show but disk space is still taken up, how can I make the files accessible again

I have a computer running ubuntu server which I used as a media server. Today after copying some files over to the drive in the server the files no longer show up on the HDD. If I run the command ...
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Can't access Xubuntu recovery mode via holding shift

I have Xubuntu 14.04 and I can not access recovery mode via holding down the SHIFT key. I read almost everywhere that this is how you do it. Does that work for Xubuntu as well or just Ubuntu? The ...
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how to recover installed packages from old ubuntu?

I had ubuntu in my laptop and I must have done something because when I rebooted it did notgo all the way.There seemed to be no OS at all. My hard disk is working. I removed the hard disk and used a ...
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15.04 Only Boots in Recovery Mode After CPU Change

I moved from an FX-6300 to an i5-4690k so I could have an ITX-size computer, and transplanted both the hard drive and the GPU. Gnome wasn't very happy about this, so now when I try to boot normally, ...
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All my pictures have disappeared without deleting?

All my pictures have disappeared without me deleting them? I use a Sony Vaio laptop with Ubuntu 14.04. Where are my pictures?
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How to recover an .ods file from a specific (missing) folder on a damaged hard disk

I store my work files on an external hard disk. I back up frecuently, and luckily I had to travel so the new files were saved in a laptop, so now there is only 1 or 2 files still missing, not ...
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Filesystem recovery using Ubuntu

I have accumulated a number of failed pc's and would like to retrieve all data from them. They all have some form of Windows and I would like to know whether it is possible to remove their hard ...
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Recover home directory from encrypted mount

I have browsed all the questions that appear to look like mine, and while some are similar; I don't want to take a guess unless I know the next step is specific to my problem . I have listed below how ...
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Regarding restoration of data via Deja Dup

I recently had a crash while upgrading to 15.04 and lost all my data. I had to reinstall ubuntu from scratch to resolve this. However, I used to back up data regularly via deja dup. Is it possible to ...
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My Ubuntu MX4 is frozen after installing xubuntu-desktop with apt-get

I have a MEIZU MX4 Ubuntu edition cellphone, I wanted to open a GUI from my mac to this devices, and I installed xubuntu-desktop: sudo apt-get install xubuntu-desktop sudo apt-get install xdrp sudo ...
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I deleted my whole ubuntu system with sudo rm *, and my home folder is encrypted with ecryptfs

I just did sudo rm * and deleted everything. (yes, I know what you think and I agree with you). My SSD is 128G, ubuntu 14.10 was installed on the full partition, using LVM and with the /home ...
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Can I set a timeout for copying files in Ubuntu?

I'm still learning ubuntu. I'm attempting to pull some data from a HDD in Ubuntu 14.xx. Currently it says I have 8,011 hours left to pull ~150GB via USB. To speed this up, is there any way to set a ...
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Mount Ubuntu installation with broken MBR

I was installing Windows 7 next the Ubuntu 14.04 LTS on one SSD disk. After the installation I was not able to boot Ubuntu. The Win broke my MBR. I did not notice there exists boot-repair and ...
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Lost all data while i was installing ubuntu 14.04 on windows7 [duplicate]

I was installing ubuntu 14.04 while on windows7 using bootable USB drive. I carelessly chose the option "Erase Disk". Ubuntu was installed and i lost all my data. Please suugest how to recover the ...
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Can't mount old ubuntu boot hdd

I am running Ubuntu 14.04 lts. Today my boot HDD is giving me trouble, cause this is not the first time i decide install (again) Ubuntu in a different HDD, but i want to rescue some files in the 500 ...
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How to recover files from a crashed computer?

I was removing Wine and afterwards everything started going crazy. The result: I can't boot into Ubuntu nor Windows. I keep getting "Ubuntu boot fail", "Windows boot fail" and finally "Lenovo System ...
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My ubuntu is corrupted

I have a dual boot - Ubuntu and windows 7. I recently wass playing around in the ubuntu and used the 'dd' command and it kinda corrupted my linux file system. I exactly dont know what happened to ...
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Make it so files can't be recovered

I have a laptop with 1 TB hdd which I am selling. My laptop has contained many sensitive data over the years and I wanted to remove any chances of ever recovering that data. I have planned on using ...
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recover filesystem from nuked hard drive

OK, I'll admit it, it was a dumb thing to do. I was using dd to copy a disk image onto an SD card for a Raspberry PI, but managed to copy the image onto /dev/sda instead of /dev/sdc. Problem now is, ...
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Testdisk and photorec not showing all drives

I installed ubuntu 14.04 on a friends HP dv2 lap top and then was told that he had not backed up 30G of pictures. I'm running off a flash drive and neither testdisk or photorec are showing me any ...
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Western Digital Hard Drive not showing the True Storage size after changing something with the Partioning in Ubuntu

I was trying to get back space from the hard drive since 32GB of it was free. This hard drive was used for my Macintosh Time-machine Backups.I have data stored on the non-viewable partition of this ...
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SD card is recognized but won't mount “can't read superblock”

When attempting to look at the files on my SD card I get the following message. ## Unable to access “16 GB Volume” ## Error mounting /dev/mmcblk0p1 at /media/automat0n/6366-3430: Command-line `mount ...
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How to recover data from a thrice formatted HDD?

So, long story short... My brother wanted to play the pc technician and went on and formatted our main computer. I had Ubuntu 14.04 LTS on a ext4 partition running there, hoping he wouldnt be so eager ...
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14.04lts data rescue

My 14.04 installation has been stable until the latest round of updates. Now on boot I get to the log in password, when I enter it the screen goes blank then random splashes of colour, mouse pointer ...
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Booting Problems - Ubuntu 14.04.2

I had a fair bit of issues installing Ubuntu 14.04.2: basically, I think Grub wasn't running; when asking for the password, the display stayed dark, as if it was off. Waiting a few minutes until ...
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Password invalid [duplicate]

I tried the process recommended, but was unable to reset the Password. regardeless of what I typed, the results were always "root@jimmie-z62FM:~#". I tried adding or deleting spaces and would ...
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Recovering data from a corrupted ubuntu system

My laptop running Linux 14.10 was being upgraded to the latest version when the process froze half way due to the PC being put to sleep. Now when I start it up I log in and it reverts back to the log ...
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How to recover accidentally removed /bin/ls binary

I have mistakenly deleted the ls executable from the /bin folder. Can I recover it or install it through the terminal?
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Recover a VirtualBox virtual machine

I'm in a big trouble. Lubuntu totally messed up after failed upgrade from 14.10 to 15.04: it couldn't recognize network, video card (worked with 80x600 only), USB peripherals, etc. the only thing I ...
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All data gone after upgrade from Ubuntu 14.04 to 15.04 through bootable installer

I upgraded by downloading Ubuntu 15.04 and saving to a USB drive. I then unpacked all the files and booted my PC from the USB drive. This activated the install process for 15.05. I selected the ...
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recover data from free space [duplicate]

I installed ubuntu 14.04 over my 13.10 but was trying to keep my data so I deleted all partitions (I didn't have a separate home directory) used manual partitioning and allocated 12 GB of my HD for ...
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Install Ubuntu 14.04 along Win7 - Windows was not detected and probably got overwritten

Background information: I've a Lenovo u510, which comes with pre-installed windows 8 with their "new" UEFI boot system as you know. I need Ubuntu to run ROS for fun in my spare time and I need ...
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Recover a NAS hard drive

My NAS hard drive died today and I want to recover its data by connect it to a PC, how can I do it with Ubuntu 14.04?
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How to recover boot filesystem from a tar archive

I have rebuild my Ubuntu 14.04.1 installation as the USB drive which contained the boot partition crashed. I have a recent backup of all of / except for /proc /sys /mnt /media /run /tmp /dev. ...
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How to recover a HDD with first 4MB deleted?

I have a 500GB Western Digital MyBook II which was partioned with one NTFS (pretty sure, but may also have been FAT32) partition spanning the whole disk (partitioning and formatting done with WinXP ...
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A partition copied with cat can't be mounted

OK, I asked it in AskDifferent, but seems that apple folks don't get the idea that everything is file in unix. Well some days ago my mac got broken, I had an Ubuntu on it and booted through it, first ...
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Recover deleted full disk encryption partition

What I have: I have Xubuntu 14.04 installed on 500 GB HDD. The HDD consists of: Some small partition that seems to be for some EFI stuff a partition that holds /boot some free space at the end of ...
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Is there an item limit for the file explorer?

This is a question regarding Xubuntu 14.04. Very long story short, I had to use the program recoverjpeg to restore some photos that I forgot to back up after a fresh install. This resulted in 850k ...
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How to recover files, after Windows partition deleted (installing Ubuntu) [duplicate]

Was running Windows 7 (64-bit). Downloaded Ubuntu, and booted it from USB Started installing Ubuntu OS. I chose the last option, do not replace Windows, do something else. However, when I had to ...
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Dual boot Windows 7 error

I had Ubuntu 13.10 and Win7 getting along fine together... then a Windows update failed. Now I can't boot Windows. Linux is working fine. All data appears good in the Windows partition. I don't ...
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How do I restore an ext4 partition that now appears as “unallocated” after an accitental boot of Windows recovery tool?

The scenario is described by the title of the question. I tried testdisk but when I select the partition I want to recover there is only the Deeper Search option available (no Write option). So I'm ...
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Problem accessing old data on btrfs /home in ubuntu 14.04

I recently did a fresh installation of ubuntu 14.04 64 bit on my pc. Previously I was dual booting ubuntu 14.04 with windows(both 32 bit). My hdd is 500 GB. The previous structure of the hard disk was ...
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Import disks with ZFS data from FreeNas

I was wondering if anyone was able to import or recover data from a broken freenas installation. I had 3 HDD (1TB each) running together with RAID 5 I believe. Ubuntu recognizes the disks and the ...
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Powered down my laptop during a drive partition, any way to save some data?

I was in the process of partitioning my laptop drive which was running the latest version of Ubuntu when I was forced to turn it off, knowing the damage it could cause. When I turned it on later it ...