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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Recover Files Using Live CD

I've got a hard drive with personal files I need. Long story short, when I tried to update from 13.10 to 14.04, Ubuntu flipped out and bricked, and now it won't boot. I want to just do a fresh install ...
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Windows 7 partitions lost after installing [duplicate]

There was a system with dual boot Windows 7 + Ubuntu 12.04. I chose option "purge Ubuntu 12.04 and install Ubuntu 14.04 over" or something like this. Then i can't see any partitions with Windows ...
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Recover unallocated space

I use a Samsung NC10 and installed Linux because a Windows XP repartitioning exercise failed disastrously. I am delighted with Ubuntu and there is nothing I need to recover from the Windows ...
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Formatted PC by mistake [duplicate]

I have Windows installed on my PC. I have tried to install Ubuntu 14.04, but unfortunately instead of creating a new partition, I chose the first option "Erase everything". I canceled it, but when I ...
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recover lost data after system-installation [duplicate]

I have my lenovo ideapad laptop with 500 GB hard disc with 3Ghz i3 processor and I was using Windows 8 in my laptop with 3 partitions: C: 50 GB E: 100 MB F: 416 GB Windows was installed in C: ...
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Lost all hard disks partition and data [duplicate]

hard disk space lost when I installed Ubuntu 14.04 and also lost all partition and data please help me out. i was installing Ubuntu 14.04 accidentally LOST ALL DATA & drive partitions. i have not ...
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Accidentally removed windows when dual booting (Ubuntu re-install wiped partitions)

I am not sure if this question is appropriate to be posted here but I have really no idea and I really need to fix this problem ASAP and I am so frustrated right now. I was dual booting windows 8.1 ...
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Recover old files in 14.04

I recently made a mistake of upgrading to LTS 14.04, only to find out that my Athlon LE1660 and 2GB RAM was not able to support this OS. So I made bootable copy of Ubuntu 13.04 on an flash drive and ...
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USB Hard drive Not displaying Ubuntu

I have a 2TB Verbatim USB 3 hard drive that was working fine one evening and not at all the next day. I cannot view or mount the partitions. Running "lsusb" shows that the hard drive is plugged in but ...
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How to restore deleted PHP files using scalpel

I upgraded 13.10 to 14.04. After the upgrade finished, unfortunately found out that /var/www/ folder has been deleted (I didn't know that upgrade does the same as fresh install!!!). I have searched a ...
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It possible to restore the system, after dd if=/dev/zero of=/dev/sdb? [duplicate]

As a result of the following command dd if=/dev/zero of=/dev/sdb (I wanted reset /dev/sdd), I accidentally deleted my system directories. After removal of my ubuntu continued to work as nothing was. ...
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Mistakingly Erased Hard Drive [duplicate]

I had a dual-booting Ubuntu 14.04 with Windows 8. I did not like Ubuntu 14.04 (most of the packages did not work) so I wanted to reinstall it. I booted the installation for Ubuntu 13.10. When it asked ...
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Getting list of packages from recovery

I have a copy of Ubuntu that won't boot into the GUI, how can I get a list of the installed packages on the system so I can drop it into another system? I tried using dpkg --get-selections from ...
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Accessing files

I started using Ubuntu (12.04) a month or so back, I've not done much with it so I have only a few important files (particularly my Thunderbird profile). Yesterday I tried to upgrade to 14.04; the ...
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recovery of data from unknown file system HDD

I need to recover my files from my external HD. Any help is greatly appreciated. I have a 2TB external hard, i made a mistake and tried to make it bootable ubuntu installation disk from the .iso file. ...
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How do i access the recovered files folder?

After receiveing the notice that the ubuntuone service is shutting down, I went online to see how to transfer all my files to my laptop. it must have been a bonehead move but I pressed unsync, then ...
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parted rescue - how to discover start\end for deleted partition

in order to use rescue command in parted you need the start and end block numbers of the deleted partition. However, if the partition is gone parted's print command won't give you those. How can you ...
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Is there anyway to restore lost files (in downloads) due to power outage while transfering to external?

I was busy transferring some files from my downloads directory to my external hard-drive. Unexpectedly, the power on my computer went out, and the entire contents of my downloads directory was wiped ...
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How to recover windows laptop hard drive using ubuntu live stick

I would like to recover the hard drive on my laptop which had windows 7 but was formatted. Assuming I have an Ubuntu live usb stick, how can I unformat the laptop's drive? Notice I rather not open ...
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Accidentally deleted all my partitions after Ubuntu 14.04 installation [duplicate]

I had a serious problem during my Ubuntu 14.04 installation. I had a Windows 7 partition and a separate partition to install Ubuntu, where I already had Ubuntu 12.04 installed. During the Ubuntu ...
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HP recovery discs to re-install Windows 8 and remove Ubuntu? [closed]

So I really need to go back to Windows 8 because I cant play any of my steam games and so on. Can I use my HP recovery discs to Factory Reset (Erase Hard Drive) and will it re-install windows and ...
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Recovering files from old xp using DSL, trouble xfering says hdd has no space left when it is fresh format

I'm not 100% this is the right place to ask, apologies if I am in the wrong place. I have an old Win XP tower that I'm supposed to fix from 1999 for my grandpa. He got some nasty viruses on it and we ...
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Replacing Windows 8.1 with Ubuntu 14.04

I have Windows 8.1 on my HP Pavilion G6 and would like to replace windows with Ubuntu 14.04 but what option do I choose when it comes to the installation part? I noticed it wont detect my Windows 8.1 ...
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recover partitions lost during installation [duplicate]

I installed Ubuntu 13.04 over my Ubuntu 12.04 installation. I had divided my hard drive into three partitions but when I reinstalled without formatting the disk, it made a single partition and I lost ...
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Overwritten system files

I need help to work out what damage I have done to my Ubuntu server. I ran a poorly coded script which has overwritten 26 files on my Ubuntu server. The script used sudo to run with root permissions ...
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by mistake deleted desktop folder :( help me to recover it?

I've deleted my desktop folder using "DELETE" from home/downloads/desktop (Ubuntu 12.04) by mistake which had some important files in it. It also got deleted from the trash. Please help me to recover ...
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Windows 8 and Ubuntu OS installation possible on the same computer?

I have a simple question: "If I install Ubuntu 13.10 on my Windows 8 PC and lets say I need/want to go back to Windows 8, could I use recovery discs to remove Ubuntu and simply reinstall Windows"? ...
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Can you bypass filesystem permissions?

I was using Fedora 18 until this morning when I accidently wiped some system files while make a live USB, I cannot load Fedora or get into the system. Now I am running Ubuntu 12.04 on a live USB. I ...
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I accidentally formatted the wrong volume - is it possible to restore the old Ext4 Filesystem?

I just formatted the wrong volume - is it possible to restore the old ext4 partion? Of course that happened after deleting the old backup - great.
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Ubuntu update overwrote MBR, but did it make backup?

I had Ubuntu 12.04 (32-bit) with Windows 7 working with multiboot setup on computer with McAfee Endpoint Encryption. Only Windows 7 partition was encrypted together with MEE bootloader being on MBR. I ...
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Reinstall Ubuntu to its default state, without an installation medium like a DVD or USB?

Having mucked up my system fairly... horridly, I just want to get my system back to a fresh install state, where I have absolutely no leftovers from my current state, including packages, configs, ...
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Data Recovery - Hard disk formatted from ntfs to ext4 then again to ntfs [duplicate]

I'm all messed up! I formatted my complete ntfs hard disk to ext4. Then again installed win 7 by creating 2 partitions of 50GB and 250 GB. Is it possible to recover data from the 250 GB partition now ...
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File Recovery and System Repair

My staging server, an Ubuntu 13.04, crashed and I need to recover some web files. I tried doing the boot-repair for 5 times now, but every time I run the boot-repair, the Recommended Repair option is ...
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I changed to Ubuntu, lost my files. How do I get them back?

So as you guys will probably know, the support for Windows XP will be removed. I decided to change to Ubuntu and I already love it! However, I have found a major issue, and have lost all of my ...
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accidentally formatted windows 8 [duplicate]

when I am installing ubuntu 13.10 I accidentally formatted windows 8. Now I am not able to access windows. I had four partitions in windows now i have only one partitions. Will it be possible to ...
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How to back up files without live disk?

I recently upgraded to 13.10. The installation seemed to run fine, after the system rebooted I got the error "The system is running in low-graphics mode” After a few hours of googling no solution I ...
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Destroyed windows partition

My sister was trying to install ubuntu on her laptop, on partitioning time she chose the automatic resize option, the problem is that now her windows partition is lost. I'm not sure of the options ...
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Recovering OpenOffice files from corrupted OS

I tried to upgrade to Ubuntu 13.10 yesterday, and my laptop promptly froze and wouldn't respond to anything other than the power button. When I turned it back on, Ubuntu failed to work period. I can ...
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How to find my possibly lost partition?

I couldn't open my computer using Windows 7 operating system and I didn't have my files backed up, so I opened it using ubuntu,stored in a usb stick, without installing. I(a friend of mine, I am just ...
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Data recovery from erased external HDD NTFS partion

I have erased my 1TB NTFS external HDD using Startup disk Creator accidentally. Is there any possibility I can get back my data.
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Data lost due to installation of Ubuntu

I was installing Ubuntu 12.04 on my laptop. While installing it showed the partition menu, and I selected some options that were told to me by Ubuntu users on Ask Ubuntu. I did the same, but I wasn't ...
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Evolution, restore mails

I had a hard disk failure, but managed to recover the content of $HOME/.local/share, $HOME/.config/evolution and $HOME/.cache/evolution. Found those file locations in "Where are the Evolution data ...
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Files in Download Folder get deleted

The download folder got emptied, while I was watching a video from the same folder. This is the second time it has happened. Could it be a worm ? I have not installed any programs that clean up my PC. ...
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How to recover files in LOST.DIR when file type is unknown?

All solutions I found on google are made for windoz.Ive tried file * and the results don't say what exactly the file type is.For example is data an application or an image? 10: FoxPro FPT, ...
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Recovery of Files after Installation [duplicate]

I had Windows 7 on my computer and wanted to install Ubuntu. I did not do manual partitioning. When I restarted the system, I found out that my drive was reformatted. Is there a way I can recover my ...
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Tried to upgrade to 14.04. Did not work. Reinstalled 13.10. All docs, pics, and music are gone [duplicate]

Yeah the title pretty much says it all. After downloading Trusty and rebooting, there was no screen. Cursor, but no screen. Re-installed 13.04, and then updated to 13.10, only to discover that all ...
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Is it possible to recover data after reinstalling ubuntu on same drive [duplicate]

I just lost 2TB data when i reinstalled ubuntu 13.04 on already installed ubuntu 13.10. Can anyone help me how to extract or recover whole partition, I am sure hard disk is formatted because its now ...
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apwr3_1 and pax Error while Login to ubuntu

Could anyone please give me some suggestions on how to resolve this error ? Or is there any way to reinstall Ubuntu while still keep my data ? Error: apwr3_1 failed to load, you may need to build ...
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dd'ed the first 200MB of a HDD, is the filesystem recoverable?

In a moment of stupidity I let a script run dd on one of my (non backed up :() HDD's, 3TB in size. It had a single ext4 filesystem on it, which now won't mount. Things I've done so far (without ...
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/home automatically ecrypted during multi boot?

I was attempting to add a Mint partition to my Ubuntu 12.04/Win7 box, when the whole process went south on me. Mint installed correctly but removed the Ubuntu/Win options from my Grub menu. Attempting ...