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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Data recovery from damaged partition

I am running Ubuntu 14.04 LTS and Kali on my machine. I wanted to install Windows 7 too alongside, for which I tried to shrink my Ubuntu partition. After a while, the screen showed: [ OK ]Starting ...
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Recover overwritten terminal log output

I accidentally overwrote the log output of the terminal. What i did was script logfile commands exit and then i accidentally overwrote the file as: script logfile
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Formatted Windows 10 partition by mistake while installing Ubuntu. How can I recover it?

I wanted to create dual boot machine with Windows 10 and Ubuntu 14.04.3 LTS but something went wrong and I accidentally formatted Windows partition. After formatting, I cancelled installation. I ...
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Can't access backup data

I just reinstalled Ubuntu 14.04 on my computer. Prior to reinstallation, I booted from a live CD and copied my home folder to an external HDD. But now I have two new problems. I am unable to copy the ...
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Ubuntu Dual Boot with Windows Vista broken

I installed Ubuntu server tonight to try and setup an unturned server. That failed because Ubuntu didn't want to connect to my wireless. So I tried Ubuntu desktop after removing Ubuntu server and it ...
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Trouble accessing harddrive

Hoping someone can help me out here, im quite new so please excuse any false assumptions. I recently had a relatives mac boot drive fail(seems mechanically fine, but wont appear in OSX or windows). I ...
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Recover deleted output file?

I have a running process which is constantly writing data to a file. I accidently deleted the file, while the process is still running. I need to recover the file, without losing the new data that is ...
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Lost OS(windows 10) and partitions(which had all my files) while installing ubuntu 14.10 [duplicate]

Lost OS(windows 10) and partitions(which had all my files) while installing ubuntu 14.10(which now, I upgraded to 15.04 since testdisk did not work in 14.10). I would like to know if there is any ...
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Recovering data from a corrupted HFS+ partition

I have an old Macbook from the year 2006, (Intel CPU) The OS (Mac OS X 10.6.8) suddenly stoped working, not sure why... So I decided to use a Ubuntu Live Boot (USB), (The CD Reader is dead) to boot ...
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how to recover files from deleted partitions while installing ubuntu 14.10 (New user)? [closed]

I saw some solutions, but it did not work. Like downloading testdisk and all , but i could not. Terminal is showing unable to locate testdisk. If there is any other way pls let me know.
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Windows chkdsk deleted all my Linux files

I have a dual boot setup and when I booted into windows one time chkdsk automatically ran. It ended up deleting a bunch of files on my NTFS storage HDD, all the deleted files were created on Linux. ...
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Restore ext3 Partition

I wanted to format my USB Stick, but formatted my ext3 Partition. I formatted it with NTFS. How can I store it?
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Tools to help filter out files (mostly images)

I was recently on a trip and on my way back I lost lot of my pictures to a computer crash. After using photorec I am left with a dump of over 4000 pictures from which I need would want to keep only ...
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How do I turn on networking in recovery mode?

I recently posted about messing my system up here. Serious problems after 15.04 upgrade. I got the system booted into recovery mode, im going to try fixing packages and dependencies but I have no ...
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ecryptfs-recover-private not accepting password

I'm trying to recover my encrypted home directory using an ubuntu liveUSB. When I run ecryptfs-recover-private and it asks for my login passphrase, I type my login passphrase, and it fails. In ...
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How can I run the recovery mode in English?

I installed Ubuntu 15.10 with Korean Language chosen on my laptop, and there was some problem, so I had to enter the Recovery mode. However, besides menu itself, I could not read all other ...
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How to recover files from a given directory using photorec

I want to recover some files using PhotoRec. Although I've used it before, I am not familiar with making it look only in one given directory. Any idea how to do it?
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Encrypted hard disk data recovery

I have a hard disk with a crashed Ubuntu system . while installing the system I checked the "encrypt my hard disk (or something like that) " check box . and now the system has crashed . so how do I ...
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Any Linux app for recuperating data from Android devices (discarded email from Gmail draft)?

One reason why I appreciate Linux is that it has the amazing ability to give solutions for any kind of IT-related problem. I have an Samsung phone running Android GingerBread. I've spend my entire ...
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On Ubuntu 15.10 how do i backup data from the root shell prompt?

On Ubuntu 15.10 how do i backup data from the root shell prompt in recovery menu?
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Restoring data from a large partition

I have a dedicated server. I've been developing an app to handle my music collection, and I had in the past set up a backup solution for my code, but I blacklisted the /music folder . And the worst ...
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flash disk not recognized after shortcut virus deleted

my flash disk infected by a windows computer. later I inserted flash disk on ubuntu; all my folders were under an unnamed folder and there were *.lnk and some unknown files. I copied my folders to the ...
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sudo pdisk- testdisk HFS+ partition

yesterday i started macbook pro computer with live usb ubuntu and collapse macintosh os (yosemite). i dont wanna re install mac os couse of lose all of my data. i wanna fix hfs partition (macintosh hd ...
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Safely Installing Ubuntu on my Laptop [duplicate]

So my plan is to install Ubuntu on my ASUS x20ta laptop. However, there are some known issues with it, like the WiFi and audio card, that need workarounds. If I can't get those to work, I'd like to be ...
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Installed ubuntu-touch package to test Unity8, computer won't start because it can't find data partition

I wanted to try Unity8 on Ubuntu 15.10 and after some searching I found you have to install the ubuntu-touch package, I did and after a log out and switching to Unity Touch on the greeter the computer ...
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Impossible to rewrite my Partitions Table with my two Linux partitions although there is no ovelap

Due to a bug created by Windows 10, I am trying to rewrite the partitions table of my hard disk with TestDisk. I had a Dual Boot environment (Windows / Ubuntu) and I had two Linux partitions ...
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Deleting ESP and DIAGS partitions - safe?

I have a question regarding ESP and DIAGS (OEM) partitions. See, my laptop is a Dell Inspiron 17 with a preinstalled Ubuntu. I installed Windows 10 but left the partitions mentioned above out of fear ...
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How to recover deleted files from a Fuji camera

I have a Fuji X-M1 digital camera and just now accidentally all of the images on it were deleted. I have read the answers here How to recover deleted files?, however they don't make it very clear ...
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Recovering files from Windows HDD using Ubuntu

My windows 7 laptop crashed and won't reboot. So I made a bootable USB with Ubuntu on it, followed all the instructions to try and recover my files from my HDD but I can't see any of my files in the ...
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GParted error while expanding file system “Error fsyncing/closing /dev/sdb1: Input/output error”

My expansion Hard disk is having error and some data is lost/corrupted. I was using GParted to expand a partition. I got this error "Error fsyncing/closing /dev/sdb1: Input/output error". I have ...
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Recovering deleted files on EXT4 disk

I deleted some files and folders on a external disk which I now want to "undelete", the disk uses EXT4 which makes it realy hard for me to make tools like testdisk work. I am using ubuntu 14.0 and I ...
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Nailed my /boot, which was on USB. How can I recreate it?

I had my /boot on a USB, which was configured as a physical volume with two logical volumes. My root disk is fine, but I need to recreate the USB with grub and /boot, including kernel(s) and ...
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How can I restore using systemback when not booting (and without iso)

I've been trying to change some configurations and now my ubuntu gets stuck in the loading page when starting. Even when I try to start using the safe mode it freezes... I had recently made a back up ...
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How to recover files from external hard drive after being selected in Unetbootin

I accidentally selected my 500GB external hard drive when I tried to install Ubuntu using Unetbootin. I used it as an installer already. I haven't realized my mistake until I opened my external drive ...
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How to recovered destroyed partition(dd command)

So I have been using a ubuntu livecd to help backup my windows os that won't start. I used the sudo dd if=dev/sda4 of dev/sdc1 accidentally and OVERWROTE the whole 700gig external hard drive and it ...
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Data recovery (importantly .lrcat files) after formatting ext4 partition to ext4

I wanted to do clean installation of Ubuntu, so I formatted previous EXT4 partition having / mountpoint from older Ubuntu release. I then changed my mind and installed new Ubuntu to another partition, ...
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How to copy files from testdrive

I had win 10 and I installed ubuntu. During the process I formatted the entire hard drive. Then I used testdisk on live usb. I can explore files in it but cant figure out how to copy and recover them. ...
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Accidentally Formatted All Hard Drives. HELP PLEASE URGENT [duplicate]

I had windows 10 and I was installing ubuntu I accidentally selected the hard drive format option. Now all my hard drives are formatted. Somebody please help me recover all my data. My dad had years ...
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Can I recover my previous media after factory reset?

I forgot my admin password and instead of resetting the password I actually clicked factory reset. I lost all my pictures and videos or you can say all media - everything. I have no other backup. ...
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Finding the Number of a Swap File

I am trying to recover a file, and it is asking for the swap number of the file. In particular, the /etc/sudoers file. Any advice?
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moving files into hard drive partition using terminal deleted few directories on the partition

I'm a linux newbie and have dual-booted my laptop with Ubuntu 14.04 along side Windows8. I moved few files from ubuntu home directory to a partition of my hard disk using terminal. This deleted few ...
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Accidentally moved directories under root

I've accidentally made this sudo mv /* /applications/minced/ instead of sudo mv ./* /applications/minced/ This is all what's left in the root directory user@server:/$ / applications/ dev/ ...
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Recover data from /home

I have changed my laptop's hard drive because the Elemmentary OS that was installed on it, didn't start, and I can't figure out how to fix it without formatting the drive. Now I have installed in the ...
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how to recover deleted files by ubuntu [duplicate]

I just installed Ubuntu first time. I was checking instructions on the Internet about how to install. Someone said to use the second option i.e erase disk and install. I got idea that it will delete ...
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How can I transfer the users from an old mysql install with having access to ONLY the physical files?

So, I had crashed my server into a non-bootable state. I reinstalled, but not before grabbing the /etc,/usr, and /var directories. I reinstalled mysql on the new install, and was able to copy the old ...
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how to recover files from an .img of VMware ESX?

I had this VMware ESXi server which included a VM with my issue tracking data (Jira). All of a sudden the power went out and the hard disk got corrupted (Sad story, hope never happens to anybody). ...
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lost my files after mounting a partition as home folder [duplicate]

I made a bad mistake . I mounted a partition as home folder based on this post after reinstalling ubuntu my previous home folder mounts as an externall drive and I'v lost all of my files in my ...
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Dell Inspiron 3543 W561033TH Intel I7 5500U - switchingon the laptop goes to Grub> and Dell recovery fails

Dell Inspiron 3543 W561033TH Intel I7 5500U - switchingon the laptop goes to Grub> and Dell recovery fails. Please guide me on how to boot fully functional. Also, required guidance on installing ...
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Can't fully mount or clone Windows 8.1 hard disk sda2 is missing

Yes I have read at least other 7 articles with similar problems and tried those solutions. But I don't think there is a question like this one. Windows was failing on a HP pavilion laptop, so I ran ...
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Accidental formatted data

I was trying to help my sister to install ubuntu (probably the 14.04.3 version) over the phone and screen sharing but I screwed. My intention was to create dual boot with windows. We created a ...