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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Need help to salvage data from Ubuntu server

I have to recover data from a server running Ubuntu 13.10 for a client. I need to find out what data is on this machine and then recover it to an external drive. The drives that were accessible via ...
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Need to rescue Encrypted Hard disk, ubuntu not booting

I'm having trouble booting my ubuntu 14.04, i have set a administrator password for BIOS which appears at startup. once i enter that the system is supposed to go to the screen that shows the password ...
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How to select filesize range on data recovery utilities like Photorec

I recently formatted my hard drive in order to install an Ubuntu/Windows dual boot system. Of course, I made a backup to an external HDD of my Ubuntu home folder (had been using Ubuntu for the last ...
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photorec recover files with same date, can I avoid this

I use photorec to recover file, it is really a good tool. However, many file's modified date are always same as 1980-..... Can I avoid this problem? Thanks
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Data recovery - ext4

I'm an idiot because I just "initialized" 2TB drive by mistake in Windows disk manager. So I lost all data. It had only one ext4 partition. I tried to run Testdisk but It didn't help me. Is it ...
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Delete partitions table by accident

I delete by accident the partition table.I have dual boot system with Win7,Ubuntu.I manage to recover Ubuntu table with testdisk but not win7.In gparted it show the partition as unnalocated space.How ...
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How to recovery the data inside my hard drive? New to Ubuntu

My computer recognizes my 2tb Green WD on bios but not inside any OS I have installed (I'm running dual boot Windows 10 / Ubuntu 15.10). What I wanna do is make it so Ubuntu let me access it and take ...
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how to recover contents from home folder if ubuntu fails to boot and requires reinstallation?

i installed my IDE and have project on default home folder now in case ubuntu fails to boot how shall i recover contents from home folder. if make live USB ubuntu then it shows fresh home folder and ...
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About a lost partition

After I recovered image file to /dev/sda5 partition using partimage , all my files on /dev/sda5 are removed. How can I recover all my files on /dev/sda5? lsblk NAME MAJ:MIN RM SIZE RO TYPE ...
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How do I recover my RAID 1 file system after formatting it?

I used mkfs.exfat /dev/md0p1 by mistake, and killed my RAID 1 instead of formatting a micro SD card. Very dumb, I know. How can I undo this colossal mistake? I'm reasonably confident that the two hard ...
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The home directory content deleted

My home folder disappeared all of a sudden (Desktop, Downloads, Documents ... all deleted) and now my system considers my Desktop as the home directory. Is there any way to recover my old Desktop, ...
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How to recover the data after accidentaly formating ext4 partition to qwfbs [duplicate]

With the qwfbs manager I formatted the Linux partition to wbfs, At the moment I need the information, I am in a live CD, this is what fdisk -l show me. Device Boot Start End ...
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Recovery bootable partition

How to create a partition on my hard drive containing Ubuntu/Windows ISO files so i don't have to create flash drives every time i screw something up? The point of the partition is to keep my iso ...
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How to know how much (and which) data I have lost after disk failure

One of the disks in my cluster died last week and I had to replace it. After that, some data belonging to different users were lost. I need to know exactly how much and which data we have lost. Is ...
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Need more help regarding data recovery

I have prepared systemrescue bootable cd from another machine....now please guide me how do I retrieve my data bacj from this rescue bootable disk...I opened it and honestly I am unable to understand ...
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How can I get permissions on files from another installation?

After a failed system upgrade my Ubuntu installation doesn't boot anymore, so I'm booting from a live USB key to recover some files I was working on. The problem is, I can't copy them because I have ...
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Bricked USB Thumb Drive - Can it be revived?

I have a Kingston DataTraveler 3.1 64GB Thumb Drive. It is now a tiny brick, but unlike other bricked thumb drives in other questions... Nautilus, Gparted and Disks do not see it. No recognition of ...
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Enter Recovery Mode on a Live USB Ubuntu to fix low graphics mode problem

This whole mess is because of the nvidia drivers on ubuntu which resulted in freezes and OS hanging, then I switched the drivers to proprietary and it worked fine for a month until I got low graphics ...
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Can't restore grub after reinstalling windows

I was trying to restore the grub after I reinstalled windows, so I mounted the partition where ubuntu was installed but I got: $ sudo mount /dev/sda3 /mnt mount: you must specify the filesystem type ...
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Lost whole hard disk with data on installing Ubuntu

A day ago I had installed ubuntu from a bootable dvd on my windows 7 based pc. I hoped it would overwrite my windows and then will keep old files packages in itself.... cause I had accidentally ...
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Ubuntu wiped? Looking to restore

I have ubuntu 14.04 lts, which I had offline and never updated for almost a year. I was able to get a new internet line to it, to do installs and use the computer more. I backed up items to my ...
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How do I recover my Ubuntu password after changing my email address?

I lost my Ubuntu password. I have also changed my email address, so you can't send me anything to my old address. I can give you my old email address. How can I recover my Ubuntu password now? Thanks.
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How can I recover an encrypted home folder on a partition where resizing it made those files disappear?

I had a partition that contained my Ubuntu 15.04 installation. I wanted to shrink the volume with gparted but as soon as I did that my entire encrypted home directory disappeared, so I extended the ...
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Need help extracting data from a floppy disk formatted by an old drum machine

Alright, for context I make music using an old drum machine which uses 3.5" floppy disks (Emu SP-1200) and I am trying to take a look at what the OS binary and sound file formats are like. But I'm ...
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how can I get a hex dump from part of a hard drive?

I have a large hard drive, and I want to look at segments of it in it hexdump. if I do sudo hexdump /dev/sdc It will read the entire device.. which isn't what I want to do, it will tank my system. I ...
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How to Recover Deleted Windows Partition with complete Data?

Actual scenario is, while i am installing Ubuntu for the first in my windows machine along with windows OS. accidentally I deleted all other partition and I formatted my entire disk, so i lost my ...
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Personal Data Recovery on my Computer

I was previously using Windows 8.1 I had two partitions. My OS was located on the C:/ (primary) drive, and all my personal data was located on the D:/ (secondary) drive. I have now installed Ubuntu 14....
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Unable to login with my main user account

I am using Ubuntu 14 and when I try to login with my main user account, it accepts the password, but it does not enter. It gets stuck there showing only the wallpaper. It neither returns back on login ...
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help needed recovering filesystem for backup

Got myself in a bit of trouble on a previously smoothly running system. Here is the story so far: yesterday I switched to a propriatary ATI driver instead of the Nouveau driver that I ran uo to that ...
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Internal HDD not showing when boot Ubuntu from Flash drive for data recovery

I am getting error 'operating System Not Found' when booting my Sony Vaio laptop with windows 7 OS. I checked the booting priority- first is internal HDD. In bios the HDD drive size show around 600 GB ...
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Can you recover previous versions of files?

I know that if I delete a file it won't actually be 'deleted' as such, just marked as 'can be overridden when needed' so that when that space is needed the file will just be overridden, and this means ...
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meizu mx4 no boot no recovery

I was playing with the terminal. sudo apt-get update, no problem sudo apt-get upgrade, no problem But when it finished with the upgrade the phone stopped working. Didn't open any apps so I did a ...
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Desktop recovery for Ubuntu 12.04

I am using Ubuntu 12.04. Recently I written a script to rename all the files in the Desktop. My script went wrong. All folders were renamed, but all the files in the desktop were deleted. How do I ...
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Is it possible to recover data stored on hard drive with windows with ubuntu live?

Like in the topic of this post - my boss turned off his PC (quite an old one, based on a Pentium 4, 32 bit) while Windows XP was performing a system update. And of course Windows lost some important ...
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Data gets deleted in dual boot with Windows 10

I have 2 operating systems on my pc. One is Ubuntu and other is Windows 10 and both is share one drive formatted with ntfs. When I use Windows to copy data to that shared drive, it gets copied ...
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Is there a Ubuntu start up repair?

Like the way windows has their start up recovery if something goes wrong you can reinstall windows Does Ubuntu have this? I’m asking since I’ve been getting stuck at the loading screen a few times ...
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Was stuck in fallback with cinnamon - purged ppa now … help! Please?

Running Ubuntu 14.03 dual booting along Windows 7. I have about 64gb of source code I really don't want to have to download again. So I installed the cinnamon PPA like this: sudo add-apt-repository ...
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Does ddrescue Retry For Data Verification?

I am using GNU ddrescue to recover data from a hard drive with bad sectors to a good drive. It is the same sized drive. I pointlessly used badblocks at first, but it did tell me that I have 204 MB in ...
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Recover .vdi file with Scalpel (or anything similar)

I want to recover a 45 Gig .vdi file. I did not delete it. I was resizing (expanding) my external harddrive partition (some 420 Gig to add some extra 40 Gig) on which many including the .vdi file ...
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Can't copy or move recovered crypted files from the temp folder

My ubuntu failed a few days back. I was able to recover my encrypted home folder using ecryptfs-recover-private then nautilus (under root) to view the ecryptfs.xxxxxxxxx folder in the temp. I can ...
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NAS JBOD2 2 Drive Raid 0 Enclosure Failure Data Recovery

0 down vote favorite I have a Caldigit Enclosure that had 2 2TB Sata Hard Drives in the unit. The Enclosure seems to have failed during a data recovery operation where the partition was lost during a ...
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Can I estore a folder that suddenly disappeared?

It sometimes occurs in my laptop that when I close it (physically), the laptop crashes when I open it afterwards, and the screen goes black. This time, I had some files open, and when I rebooted the ...
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is there any way to recover deleted data?

I was using windows 7 .I had few files on desktop. This morning I have installed Ubuntu deleting windows 7. Is there any way to get back those files ? Thanks in advance .
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ubuntu wont load, partition no mount point or file system

Update 24hrs, took all day. Thanks for all your help. New hard drive, Ubuntu install & then testdisk & maybe e2fsck gained almost full accesss to the failed/blocked ext4 partition (which had ...
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Why can I not sign in on Xubuntu?

Recently, I have installed Xubuntu, mainly to run servers (even though I used the one with the graphical interface). When installing, I enabled both Home folder and Disk encryption. When I was trying ...
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Recovery of Windows OS Data [duplicate]

Recently I installed Ubuntu 14.04 and it actually lead to me the Ubuntu Page, But the Login Page wasn't displayed. The Windows then was working fine. Again, after Shutting down and restarting and ...
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deleted files recovery

I accidentally deleted one of partitions from the Ubuntu livecd. I get afraid and recreated the partition. But it was formated and all my files were gone. I installed Ubuntu in another partition. Is ...
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Install Ubuntu desktop no cddrive no internet

Innocently I was trying to install another program (python scrapy). And terminal said it could not find libxml2. So I had the bright idea of sudo apt get remove libxml2 so as to get the most recent ...
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How to confirm the file integrity of data recovered using TestDisk undelete?

First of all, I take full responsibility for this screw-up. On the step-by-step wiki for Undelete file from NTFS using TestDisk, the very last line after all the instructions tells you NOT to copy ...
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Restore a GPT partition table that was backed up by using TestDisk utility

I ran a test run with TestDisk utility on my working partition table and end up with unbootable complete mess. But it saved my old partition list to a backup.log before proceeding. I could access ...