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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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 ...
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Recover data from partition

If I accidentally clicked "Erase entire disk", what can I do to recover my previous partitions? Just after clicking Next with "Erase entire disk" selected, I realized my mistake and didn't go any ...
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Renamed home folder, now I can't log in

I'm new to Ubuntu, and this is my first post on this site. I'm using Ubuntu 15.04. I was trying to change the name of my home folder. I right clicked the folder but the "Rename" option was grayed ...
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recover data using a laptop running Ubuntu, but won't load

How can I recover data on a laptop that is running Ubuntu, if Ubuntu doesn't load?
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accessing data on encrypted drive

Please be patient with me as I am still learning how to do anything Linux, starting with Ubuntu. I have installed Ubuntu 14.04 and had some issues playing around with it and petty much now it won't ...
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Recover unreadable directory on ext4 partition

One of my directories in a ext4 filesystem on my SSD became unredable and I need to recover the files. Here is what I did to crash the filesystem: I accidentally created 1.5 million small files in ...
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Basic data partition unknown

I had a working version of Ubuntu on my hp stream 13, and in my own stupidity I tried to repair the windows installation from EFI file and a recovery disk. I stopped before it advanced a lot, but now ...
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Is getting installed package list from a dead system possible?

I need to recreate a system from a corrupt system disk image. I can't use the system when it boots. The backup algorithm left nothing but similarly corrupt images. The user data looks to be safe but ...
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A corrupted MicroSD card not shown in /dev/; is recovery still possible?

I have an allegedly corrupted MicroSD card that Ubuntu (3.19.0-43-generic #49~14.04.1-Ubuntu SMP Thu Dec 31 15:44:49 UTC 2015 x86_64 x86_64 x86_64 GNU/Linux) doesn't seem to "recognize," i.e., it is ...
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What do I exactly need to do in order to recover lost data (failed dual-boot installation) with testdisk while booting from a USB drive?

I'm booting from a USB drive (I chose the "Try Ubuntu without installing" option from the menu). I successfully installed testdisk. It's there ready to be used, but I'm really not all that sure about ...
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Installed Ubuntu on a machine with Windows 8.1. Failed to create dual-booting. Is my data on another partition permanently lost? [duplicate]

I installed Ubuntu on a machine with Windows 8.1. And I think I screwed up big time while trying to figure out how to make the system a dual-booting one (the Ubuntu installer didn't detect that a ...
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Intel Compute Stick, move Ubuntu OS to SanDisk microdrive

Recently bought the Intel Compute Stick, like it a lot. Meets the need in many ways. I would like to move the Ubuntu 14.04 to a 64GB SanDisk microdrive, and reallocate the 5GB of remaining internal ...
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Recovering files using Ubuntu 15.10 and booting from USB

I'm trying to recover files from my Dell Inspiron 15z running Windows 8. It will not boot and goes into a loop...error references "Reconstructing Cache Metadata". Once I have Ubuntu open, I go to OS....
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“My Passport” USB Drive corrupted

My Passport drive corrupted. When I type: dmesg | tail I get: [ 667.778316] sd 6:0:0:0: [sdb] CDB: Read(10) 28 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 08 00 [ 667.778321] blk_update_request: I/O error, dev sdb, ...
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How to mount (possibly damaged) Win8 RAID0 to recover Data

My ASUS UX301LA Ultrabook started with the following screen: Following this Windows repair said that the HD could not be repaired, because it was locked. So Windows won't start. I have tried to ...
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Data Recovery using ddrescue

Having run ddrescue on a 1TB failing HD i opened the 1TB .img file onto a new disk. SAys 971GB on it but can not see any files....anyway to check the .img file to see if it has files in it or is it ...
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Linux not loading, just shows Boot Menu

I tried super grub and Boot repair. Nothing yet This is what Boot-repair generated. http://paste.ubuntu.com/14488518/ I am screwed or still a chance for recovery?
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How to recover my desktop and configurations?

I could not empty my trash, then I found here in "ask ubuntu" to use the command line sudo rm -r ~/.local/share/Trash/files/* Now all my files and my desktop, configurations, saved sites on firefox ...
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Lost data due to installing Ubuntu on the wrong partition [duplicate]

I installed Ubuntu on the wrong partition, and lost a lot of important data. What can I do to recover as much of the lost data as possible? I already booted into a live USB and I have read that it is ...
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what is the maximum output file size ddrescue ? ( recovered size)

I have a corrupted 2TB vmdk file, I mount as drive now. Recovery started 4 days before, still running now. So I really need to know much time it will take, otherwise its can be recover huge data? ...
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Sort file into directories base on their extension [duplicate]

I just recovered more than 2 Million files using PhotoRect, the files in the recovery folder contain more than 2 Thousand folder containing random files extension . It would be impossible if I sort ...
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Recovering 3 months worth of code [duplicate]

I tried today to install xubuntu on my PC but I had some problems in partitioning, while I was trying to fix it, I accidentally deleted everything from the partitions . So is it possible to recover ...
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access old ubuntu data after Win7 recovery

I am not able to access my Ubuntu due to run recovery of window7 Please let me know how can I get my data with Ubuntu. Let me clear complete scenario. I have Windows 7 in C: drive and Ubuntu 12 on ...