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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Lost All Files During Reinstall/Downgrade

This is probably a classic colossal blunder. I have an old Dell laptop. I was running Ubuntu 12.04. I got a notification telling me that new version, 14.something was available. When I started to ...
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Ubuntu 14.04.1 persistent on USB flash drive deleted Windows 7

I installed Ubuntu 14.04.1 persistent on a usb flash drive using Linux Live usb creator http://www.linuxliveusb.com/ and everything went fine. I gave it persistent memory for the flash drive to store ...
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Installed Ubuntu (14.04) on external HDD and lost data

I've installed Ubuntu on external HDD without formating and lost 800GB from it. I've installed it from flash drive from Ubuntu to try. When I plug it into turned on win PC, nothing shows, and when I ...
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Delete data (or recover other data) from unmountable windows partition

Ok, here's my story. I trying to recover some photos from a failed Windows HDD (Toshiba 320GB). I can mount all partitions except Disc C: (where the photos are, lucky me). The problem is that the ...
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Recovering lost folder name:

Can I recover a folder name accidentally lost in renaming? I've just done a complete installation, formatting everything, from 12.04 LTS to 14.04 LTS. The plan was to slot my Mozilla profile from my ...
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Total system failure on ubuntu 14.04

I have a Lenovo ThinkCentre that just had Ubuntu 14.04 installed on it. I installed restricted extras, attempted to turn on the firewall in the terminal, and made a few extra tweaks. Now there is a ...
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Regaining access to old External HDD (exfat/Mac&Win, maybe), unallocated maybe toasted HDD

First off, I'm new to Ubuntu, and do not speak really comprehend too much of computer literacy. And English is not my main language. So... I have and old HDD from a friend, that she wants to regain ...
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Serious problem in Ubuntu 14.04 after trying to restore a corrupt bitmap file

I prematurely used the command sudo mkfs.ext4 -S /dev/sda1 after entering a black screen after a successful boot in ubuntu 14.04. Now I cannot even enter the grub2 boot screen as I get the message: ...
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About partition accidently?

I have a removable harddisk 650G, I installed my Ubuntu on it just 40G, else 610G is NFTS type using storage something. But yesterday I careless formatting my harddisk under windows, then I want to ...
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What measurements can I take to prevent an ubuntu update from rendering my laptop useless?

Today is the second time my laptop has not been functional all day after performing a system update. The problem has still not been fixed, but I don't want to focus on this particular problem, as some ...
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How to get data from semi broken micro SDXC card?

I used to have a 64GB micro SDXC card in my mobile phone. But last week, after the phone crashed and I had to restart it hard, the SD card was not mounted anymore. The phone tried for 5 minutes but ...
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How to boot from toshiba recovery partition after installing ubuntu 14.04.1? [duplicate]

Im new here and have not found a post even close to this so here it is: i installed ubuntu 14.04.1 over my Windows 7 Home Premium installation. didn't loose any important data.skip to when the ...
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How to recover data which was wiped out by ubuntu 14.04 using LVM

Hi I am a naive user to ubuntu , I have a big problem with LVM as at the time of installation 14.04 I have checked LVM option to . Somehow it's wiped out all my windows drives and data too. How can I ...
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“cannot open file system. File system seems damaged ”

I was using windows 7 till yesterday. I tried to install ubuntu 14. 04 Lts version yesterday with in windows 7. But it was not succeeded. Then I decided to install ubuntu only. By mistake I installed ...
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reformating crashed un bootable but accesable ubuntu 10 drive

I have ubuntu 12.04 runing on a laptop and I have an older external drive that use to run ubuntu 10. I was attempting to upgrade it but something went south and it will not boot now. I was able to ...
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How to recover Shift+delete files

I just shift-deleted some files from folder which has .avl file extension. Is there any way that I can recover my files?
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How to mount partitions from old computer and recover files

Computer-A crashed and won't boot, so I set up Computer-B to work from. I installed the boot drive from Comp.-A into Comp.B, the drive shows in disks program but only one partition is visible in Files ...
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Mount internal drive in Ubuntu LiveCD-Mount Error

I am trying to access my disk in an Ubuntu LiveCD. I cannot see my disk in nautilus and am trying to mount it. sudo fdisk -l gets this: Disk /dev/sda: 80.0 GB, 80026361856 bytes 255 heads, 63 ...
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Recovery of formatted hard drive!

i had accidentally erase everything option while switching to ubuntu. can you please help me to tell me how recover that drive please as there are many important documents and photos. please if i can ...
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Ubuntu 14.04 Sublime Text 2: file suddenly empty. How to recover it?

a file that was open by Sublime Text 2 got suddenly empty. Maybe because the disk was full, and the program, that was executing this file, crashed. Is there a way to recover the content? I am using ...
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Data recovery after ubuntu installation

I had windows 8 pre-installed on my laptop and I wanted to install ubuntu alongside. Unfortunately, it formatted all the partitions(windows 8 and all other files too) and showing that my HDD has 319 ...
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Ubuntu one storage - Is there any chance to recover at all?

My hard drive broke. I had some backup on Ubuntu One, but now it is closed. The link "contact Ubuntu One shutdown support" does not work. How can I get in touch with people who were in charge of File ...
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Intel SSD bug: unbootable after sleep mode with low battery. need to backup data

After putting my notebook to sleep while it was on a low battery state I pluged my cable in and turned it on again. Then I got error messages about writing data to swap, ssd superblock and I/O errors ...
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Recovering data after unity crash after installing radeon driver

I installed a graphics driver (for radeon in dell ) from ubuntu software center. when the system restarted the sidebar is not appearing after login. Before login at least few icons appear at top ...
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Hard drive recovery after Windows partitions wiped by Ubuntu install

I had Ubuntu 13, 32 bit installed along side Windows 8, and was dual booting them from my Dell Inspiron laptop. I then used a USB with 64 bit Ubuntu 14.04 on it, and used it to update my old Ubuntu. ...
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Ubuntu Live CD is Frozen - How to Recover?

I'm in a tricky situation. I'm running Ubuntu from a live cd. I think I have too many firefox pages and tabs open, so the computer is frozen. However, I have some unsaved, and very important, text ...
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cp fails to copy with errors “cp: error reading 'file': Input/output error” and "cp: failed to extend 'file': Input/output error

I'm a user of Oracle Virtualbox on Ubuntu. And I used to copy vdi files as a kind of backup. Previously I did this (copying vdi file and then copying it back) many times without any problem. But ...
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RAID 0 Superblock recovery?

Cool, I have a Synology Diskstation 212j, with 2x3TB drives in RAID 0 (I know, I know, I was very naive; never had a drive failure before). About a month back the volume crashed, I recovered the ...
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OneKey recovery with a different OS installed

I am ready to make the switch to Ubuntu I think. Windows is nice, but it's time to assume control of my system. I have a Yoga 11s and am installing Ubuntu 14.04. Before I do though, in case anything ...
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Does using ubuntu bootable usb leave trace/scope for recovery software?

I am currently using windows 8 on my laptop in order to remove personal information from laptop. I used usb bootable drive of ubuntu to cut/copy paste my data to external hdd. By adopting this will it ...
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ext4 data recovery from gparted error

There is a number of other questions on this topic, however majority concerns formatted partitions or drive failure. In my case: During resizing and moving 2.7TB partition in Gparted, I encountered ...
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recovery ntfs file from previuse partitions

Yesterday I installed Ubuntu 14.04, unfortunately I used the whole HDD and Ubuntu removed everything even Windows 7 from my HDD. Can I retrieve my files?
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How to re-create the partition table?

I accidentally dd the first 512 bytes using dd if=/dev/zero of=/dev/sdb bs=512 count=1 and the partition table is now gone. Is there ANY way to re-create the partition table(/dev/sdb). My hard ...
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ecryptfs - unknown password and possibly lost

This is probably going to be a long post, but at the moment I cannot see the wood for the trees, so any help appreciated. In a nutshell: the other night I changed my (login) password. Then forgot it. ...
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ext4 File System got damaged due to improper write

This is what happened, I inserted my (important) external HDD into a RedHat 6 machine, did my task's, unmounted the drive via Nautilus, and physically detached the drive from the machine (and now I ...
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ubuntu 14 deleted all my files from all my partition

I decided that I don't want to use W7 and I want Ubuntu instead. I installed ubuntu, but it deleted all my files from all my partitions :( I really don't understand why ubuntu intallation did not tell ...
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Ubuntu deleted windows 7 [duplicate]

I have downloaded ubuntu 14.04 and trying to install it on my laptop, but after installation completed, I seen that ubuntu deleted my windows 7. i never permitted to do so. then why it happens. I want ...
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I have an encrypted partition for the which I need to recover the passphrase to recover data

I have a dual boot Ubuntu 14.04 along side Ubuntu Studio 14.04. My Ubuntu works well but I have all my data on the Ubuntu Studio partition - that I can no longer access. How can I recover the ...
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clean install ubuntu 14.04 erased all win7 partitions, how to recover with testdisk? [duplicate]

am totally new to linux, recently i have installed ubuntu 14.04 on my windows 7 professional desktop, on windows i had 3 partitions (except windows partition) while installation i had not selected any ...
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How can I recover data from a crashed installation? [duplicate]

I had been using Ubuntu 12. The installation crashed and I am trying to get advice about fixing it in another post. Currently, I have no graphics and can only boot to console mode. If the ...
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How can I recover files from a FAT disk image in their original locations?

I had an MP3 player that deleted most of its files. I created an 8GB image file with dd right away. I looked at and tried to use some of the recovery software, but they just give me a bunch of ...
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Getting back to Windows XP [closed]

I installed Ubuntu 14.04 on an Asus eee pc 1001px Netbook over Windows XP, but now I really need to get back to a native bootable Windows XP. I have the Windows installation CD but the machine won't ...
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Changed part I on type, can't boot into my operating systems

Changed partion type from "logical" to "primary" and now I get the grub rescue command Line. I can't do anything with my computer at the moment so it would be appreciated for some help.
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Need help recovering data from hard disk formatted by Ubuntu, [duplicate]

I am a beginner with Ubuntu. I have tried installing Ubuntu yesterday in C drive. However it took over the complete hard disk space. I dont see my data. After doing lot of research on internet got to ...
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Recover ext2 filesystem after reformat?

I had an ext2 partition and by mistake I reformatted it to ext4. I immediately noticed the problem because at the next reboot my system wouldn't mount the reformatted partition, which got a new UUID ...
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External Harddisk converted to UDF Volume. How to reverse?

I was trying to mount an image file over a usb. From one of forums thread I used this solution: sudo dd if=/path/to/downloaded.img of=/dev/sdb I copied the image file from an external HD to my ...
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Ubuntu install deleted Windows 8 partition; how to recover it on ubuntu

I tried to install ubuntu to get dual OS but incidentally delete one of the windows' partition in the process...... I can't boot windows or even use the recuse tool to recovery it... I've backed up ...
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Lubuntu/Win 7 dual-boot: Attempting recovery of Windows 7 boot

I had both Windows 7 and Lubuntu 14.04 LTS in dual-boot. I wanted to reinstall Lubuntu since there were a couple of issues after having fiddled with multiple desktop environments. Popped in the ...
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Upgrade fail 12.04 to 14.04

I made a horrible mistake and upgraded from 12.04 (dual boot Win7) to 14.04 DIRECTLY, and it failed and I am left with a scrambled screen which does not respond to anything. Any way I can recover my ...
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Mov data from my /var/www to another drive using terminal in ubuntu

I can't uninstall ATI catalyst driver or due to some other issue i am getting blank screen in Ubuntu 12.04 . I am able to access terminal and data in recovery mode. So how can i move the data from my ...