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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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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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 ...
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How to recover 500 GB Hard Disk data without testdisk on edubuntu 14.04?

I have HP- i3- laptop with 500 GB internal Hard Disk . Initially, there was Windows7 with four partition. After that i installed Ubuntu 14.04 LTS along with Windows7. But , while installing edubuntu ...
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Data Backup of my previous OS (Windows8.1) after replace it with Ubuntu [duplicate]

I was trying to install Ubuntu 14 with dual boot (with my Windows8). During installation, Due to some mistakes I didnt install ubuntu and also my Windows drive shown locked. After that, I cant able ...
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How to store backup data on External Hard Drive by testdisk?

I want to recover my lost Laptop Hard Drive data by testdisk software and want to store on my 1TB External Seagate External HDD . But while use testdisk , there is no option to store recovered data on ...
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How to recover deleted files in ubuntu using live usb? [based on filetype]

I had accidentally deleted a few files from an Ubuntu Desktop. Now I need to recover only the perl files which had been sitting in /home/user directory. How can this be done? I am able to boot using ...
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Data recovery in Ubuntu 14.04

I have a hp laptop with Windows 8 installed. I couldn't run both, Ubuntu and Windows, so I removed Windows and installed Ubuntu 13.04. On July 10th, 2015 I replaced the previous version with Ubuntu ...
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How to recover my login (Ubuntu)?

Ubuntu Studio 14.04 64bit -- I installed from live USB stick. Everything worked really well, all hardware detected and working fine, including the Intel (on-motherboard) graphics with two screens ...
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Undo selecting to use partition as swap and recover data

I don't know how to explain this as I don't know what has happened. So I was trying to install Ubuntu from a Flash drive and didn't knew what to do. Somewhere during the Initial steps of Setup I ...
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Files deleted over SMB/AFP to another directory?

I'm wondering if there's any way to configure so all files deleted over SMB/AFP goes to a temporary trash folder and not getting deleted permenantly?
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USB wrong size after formatting

I have a USB Stick that i previously used as a bootable Ubuntu Stick. After i formatted it, it had only the half size of it left. (16GB stick previous.. after 8GB) Seems like the half is lost. GParted ...
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Recover data after SSD failure [closed]

A friend's macbook wouldn't boot so I took the SSD and hooked it up to my machine. The smartctl output doesn't look good, is there anything I can do? There is some important data on the drive and ...
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How to recover folder from previous ubuntu version

I had Ubuntu 13.04 version in my computer. There was a important folder in downloads. But on 10th July, I removed (not upgraded) 13.04 in my computer and installed 14.04. With this my important folder ...
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Attempting to recovery data from an iomega MHNDHD NAS Drive

Hi I have an iomega MHNDHD NAS Drive that smart diagnostics showed was on its way to fail so I did a ddrescue on the data partition and saved the data to an image. There was quite a few bad sectors, ...
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How to recover files deleted on accident? [duplicate]

So, I have an exFAT external drive (had to install some tools to get it working on Ubuntu) and was trying to cut and paste some files to my flash drive, but it got stuck and deleted a directory I ...
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error:no such partition. entering rescue mode…grub rescue >

I am using Windows 7 and Ubuntu 14.04 as in dual boot. I have changed my disk size using disk management in Windows 7-- bepartition into local disc C in Windows, by doing this my primary disc on ...
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Testdisk / Recphoto freezes the system

I use photorec of testdisk, and when the program is about to end the scan, and start writing in the recovery directory, the computer freezes and I have to reset everything. I make this data recovery ...
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Boot from USB to recover existing files?

I'm a relatively new linux\ubuntu user and have run into a serious problem. My Ubuntu 15.4 installation won't boot. I'm not sure why, but when I try to access the grub loader by holding down the ...
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how to use “.bak” file

I want to know how to use a backup file. My friend changed some configuration in interface file but those setting doesn't work but the previous setting works. He create a backup file interfaces.bak ...
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Find a file in Lost+found directory

I managed to get into the folder, and now I see these elements I have no idea what they are (seem to residual traces of the pre-existing system Xubuntu), but my question is how I can see if ...
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A method for reading residues data on a massacred partition

I had a problem with the partition of xubuntu, I tried to solve by giving sudo e2fsck -f -b <block number> -y / dev / sda3 I subsequently mounted on / mnt, then checking with gparted, I ...
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I lost my partitioning table during failed reinstallation of Ubuntu 14.04 LTS. Help me!

I wanted to reinstall Ubuntu 14.04 because it was giving me a slow responces(totally different situation). So I started installation( I thought that it would ask me if I wanted to upgrade or repair ...
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Why wont my home folder decrypt I have the mount phrase

I have both my root password and mount phrase. The goal is to decrypt and copy the files to a external drive. I tried to update to gnome 3.16 from gubuntu 15.04 gnome version 3.14 and I have not been ...
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Recovering Files

Recently, I got a virus on my computer. I took it to an IT guy, and he had to backup all my files, factory reset the computer, and then put them back on again. Due to issues with windows ...
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ext4magic most powerful syntax?

I am trying to recover some files on a ext4 partition. I use the ext4magic and I can recover some files but not all files. I have used the following syntaxes: ext4magic /dev/sdc1 -r -f ...
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Recovering Lost Data

I was just wondering if you have any information on getting my data back on corrupted micro sd card. I have tried ideas off Youtube but they did not work. Thank you
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recover lost files after online LVM resize

I did the following 5 days ago which may have triggered the problem. sudo lvextend -L +20GB /dev/vg1/filme sudo resize2fs /dev/vg1/filme Now I realize, that almost all files disappeared. Only the ...
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Uninstalled multiple package, need help recovering

I was trying to uninstall LibreOffice from my Ubuntu 15.04 running Xfce. I typed the following command in the Terminal: sudo apt-get --purge libre* It took a while before I realised that the ...
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overwritten some files and folder in root partition

while i was trying to use UNetbootin to create a live USB for Ubuntu i accidentally hit enter while the root partition was selected and not the USB drive , so UNetbootin extracted the "iso" content ...
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How to fix corrupted 14.04.03

I am not quite sure how this happened. To the best of my knowledge everything was fine, there was a routine update icon in unity, which was run. I began having firefox routinely freeze. I'd end up ...
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how can I Revert ubuntu dual boot with windows 8 and retrive lost documents

I wanted to dual boot Windows 8 with Ubuntu and I mistakenly chose the wrong partition. I have lost my files and everything on my computer including the Windows installation. Is it possible to revert ...
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Broken Ubuntu installation while restarting

I think that my Ubuntu installation lost power during an update, and now when I poweron it freezes at either a blank screen or the splash screen. I booted to recovery mode and used the repair packages ...
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How to recover the lost data in ubuntu 14.04. [duplicate]

I am not able to recover my files as I have accidentally deleted the files. Is there any application which will help me to recover the files.
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Recover data from damaged DVD [duplicate]

Im new to Linux. I need a software with GUI to recover data from scratched or damaged DVD .I can't find any software for this purpose. In Windows there is CD/DVD data recovery tool.I thought that dvd ...