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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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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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 ...
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Data recovery in ubuntu 12.04

I have Ubuntu 12.04 dual booted with windows 8. While I was using Ubuntu, all of a sudden my system went into a suspend mode and when I logged back in all my data was gone. It was Ubuntu in its ...
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How to recover permanant deleted files from ext4 [duplicate]

hey Guys I am kind of new in ubuntu and I need help. i permanently deleted my important files and I need to recover them. Please tell how to recover files in GUI way or command line way . thanks :)
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How can I recover my data after formatting ubuntu with ubuntu?

I blew up everything while installing ubuntu 13.04 in a machine with ubuntu 12.04 installed in it. I erased the whole data accidentally. I had a separate space called backup in older OS. Having ...
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Moving a file or directory to /dev/null [duplicate]

I am going to move a directory and a file to /dev/null. What will happen if i move a file to /dev/null and what will happen if i move a directory to /dev/null?
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Recover deleted log files

I know that Ubuntu saves logs and rotates them overwriting older syslog.gz files. Is it possible to recover overwritten logs? Perhaps with a specific software.
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How to get Windows data back [duplicate]

I reinstalled Ubuntu few months ago. By accident I chose to install Ubuntu without Windows (I had dual boot operating systems before that). This is a disaster! I lost all my data in Windows and lost ...
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3 TB hard drive suddenly no longer recognized

My 3TB Western Digital WD30EXRX hard drive that used to work perfectly fine, is suddenly no longer being recognized properly. It isn't mounted automatically anymore, the file manager does not ...
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Recover overwritten contents of text file

I deleted my file content in the file how can i recover back using timestamps is it possible for ex: I am having the file1.txt cat file1.txt i am linux user i am new to linux i love linux ...
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Recovering Windows Files Through Ubuntu

I am using Ubuntu after my windows 7 has crashed. Can I recover all of my files by navigating to the "Windows 7 OS" tab under devices and just moving everything over to the external? Which folders and ...
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How to recover data lost when connecting a USB drive to a VirtualBox VM

I have just installed/configured my machine to run Ubuntu 13.10, with Windows 8 running in a virtual machine on VirtualBox 4.2.16_Ubuntu r86992. I was just experimenting with mounting and unmounting ...
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Recovering deleted files from an NTFS partition

I have a 40gb SSD that used to have windows 7 on it. I originally installed linux mint on a second 640gb drive, and I have a 3rd 720gb drive for files and such. After working with linux for a while, ...
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Recover data from lost partition after install ubuntu [duplicate]

i have a 500GB HDD. when i install Ubuntu i was made a mistake that i install Ubuntu by replacing windows 7. after installation Ubuntu run fine. But my HDD have only one part ion of whole 500Gb. Now ...
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Recovering an unbootable Ubuntu

Today i was trying to install 32 bit wine to my 64 bit pc and even though i knew that it may hurt my Ubuntu setup, i ran a sudo command which deleted build-essantials, some compilers and drivers. ...
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folder not visible on mounted drive

OK, So i finished up copying some stuff(a lot actually) from my portable drive to my laptop and it finished just as expected.Then i needed to do some work on my windows installed on the same laptop so ...
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Accidentally formatted partition, want to recover files

I had elementary OS luna installed in my hdd, a few days before, I installed Ubuntu 12.04 in another partition (ext4) . I accidentally formatted the partition containing ubuntu (to ext4) , I realised ...
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HDD data recovery from a formatted ext4 into fat32

I'm new to ubuntu but it didn't took me long to realize that it's way better than privative options. I've got it installed on a desktop PC and I also wanted to install it in a laptop which is not mine ...
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how to mount file type

I have recently imaged some floppy disks to img files. the disks had some bad blocks. So I am trying to figure out the File system type, so that i can mount, and repair the files. I tried $ sudo ...
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Recovering a degraded RAID array

I was just given an external hard drive by a colleague, with the comment "Hey, you're running Ubuntu. Maybe you can recover some of the data from this really old disk that nobody knows who last used?" ...
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How to recover the Deleted folder in ubuntu 12.04 [duplicate]

Unfortunately i delete my Document folder in Ubuntu 12.04 Desktop. How to Recover the Document folder using commands...
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Lost Partitions [duplicate]

I installed Xubuntu choosing the option "write over windows partition" or something like that. This installed over all my partitions. I opened terminal, and typed the commands lsblk and it shows that ...
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How to recover data & partition lost during installation of Ubuntu12.04LTS. please help .I have lost my work place data.URGENT

I had Windows 7 installed on a 500GB hard drive. I wanted to install Ubuntu on a16GB pendrive and use it as a hard drive. I made an Ubuntu bootable pendrive on a 4GB pendrive. Then I booted my ...
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Partition Deleted Switching from Win8 to Ubuntu

I have freshly switched from Win8 to Ubuntu 13.10 right now. But to my surprise the whole hard disk is a single partition and I can not see my old data. I used the Option ' remove w8 blah blah ...
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How do you recover item from lost+found?

My /home partition usually contain two folders, one is named after my username and the second is lost+found. Somehow my folder named my username which contain all my files disappear, but I can find ...
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EXT4 Partition Lost?

Booted up from live media (ubuntu 12.04) with HDD (3TB, GUID, single EXT4 partition used for storing data and nothing else)connected via SATA. For some reason the file system was only allowing "read ...
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Why Linux doesn't provide break-point Recovery to restore system to previous safe State? [closed]

Many times, I feel need to restore my linux system to some previous safe state. Few utility based option such as 'apt-get remove (for Ubuntu)' etc are available but are limited to cleaning unwanted ...
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testdisk says partition table structure is bad

I have a dual boot system, win7 and Ubuntu 12.04, A disk crash trashed my partition table. Here is what fdisk says about the disk: Disk /dev/sda: 500.1 GB, 500107862016 bytes 255 heads, 63 ...
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Precautions to take before replacing Hard drive in desktop

i am using Ubuntu .my hard disk is aged so i have to change it.i want to keep my data as it is and if possible.can any one please guideline some points .steps to take for successful hard disk ...
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How to determine where missing Linux partition started

I have an Acer laptop with a 500 GB drive. It came with Windows 7 installed, and I installed Ubuntu 12.04 in a dual boot configuration. As far as I remember I installed everything accepting defaults ...
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Recover data after updating Windows 7 [closed]

I used 2 OS in my system - Windows 7, and Fedora 20. I have upgraded my Window 7 in to 64 bit, after I have installed, I cannot boot fedora 20. I want to recover data which are stored in fedora, can ...
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deleted xfce accidently, is there a way to recover it without internet connection?

I'm running xubuntu, and removed xfce from the software manager (face palm) while trying to clear up space (I believe this is what I did since I cant find any trace of xfce in the terminal). At the ...
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Data Recovery of external HDD [duplicate]

I have 1 TB of external Seagate Backup plus HDD. I accidentally erased it while i was trying to update ubuntu, during the install process. In ubuntu the HDD shows nothing, but if i open that drive in ...
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Is it possible to pull data off a linux hard drive using windows 8.1?

My Ubuntu laptop died recently and I've pulled the hard drive out of it. I'm trying to read the data on it from a windows 8.1 laptop but I don't think its recognizing the file system. I've tried ...
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File Recovery software for ubuntu 13.10 32-bit

Just a mont ago I copied pdf files from windows mount 'C:\' to linux OS home folder. But since I was new to Ubuntu.while resolving oerheating problem through installing drivers My Ubuntu turned ...
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How to recover Windows 7 files

I want to recover Windows 7 files installed on my C: drive. Ubuntu is installed on my D: drive. How can I recover files on my Windows installation?
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Ubuntu Touch Dual Boot uninstallation - rewrote recovery

I have a Nexus 4 and recently installed Ubuntu Touch via the official dual boot tutorial. By mistake, I rewrote the recovery partition with TWRP forgetting that it was used by Ubuntu Touch. My ...
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How can I recover my hard disk data that got erased when I tried to setup Ubuntu? [duplicate]

I tried to install Ubuntu in my laptop that had windows 7 and I chose 'erase partition' as I was thinking it will erase the C partition only so as to make it the Ubuntu drive .After restart I found ...
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Image or reset broken SSD

There is something very wrong with my 160G SSD. It shows up as a 8MB drive in fdisk: Disk /dev/sda: 8 MB, 8388608 bytes 255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 1 cylinders, total 16384 sectors Units = sectors ...
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Can Testdisk be used from the same Hard drive?

I have accidentally removed two partitions. I installed TestDisk and started Analysing to detect the lost partitions. the lost partitions are in /dev/sda. my Ubuntu installation and TestDisk of ...
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Getting just Windows 8 (no dual boot) back from Ubuntu?

My Acer v5 was originally Windows 8 but I loaded Ubuntu 13.04 and I think overwrote the Windows 8 OS. I have tried every way I could find to see if I could locate the Windows 8 or Acer eRecovery ...
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How to mount a partially damaged disk in an ubuntu LiveCd boot

Sudeenly a friend's windows disk stop working (when you trying to boot it, you can see the message: Non-System disk or disk error replace and strike any key when ready. So I booted from a Ubuntu's ...
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data recovery with testdisk

I'm trying to recover my data after a bad installation. On my laptop I had 2 partitions: Windows and Media. Now I'm trying to recover the content of the Media partition and this is what the amazing ...
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i lost external hard data after linux reinstall [closed]

Linux reinstallation mount the external hard Reinstalling existing Linux (Pomeroy ago) nwatdeon data are transferred to external hard drive is not visible. Disk space, the backup data will remain ...
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DATA RECOVERY from a NTFS formatted disk [duplicate]

While installing Ubuntu, by mistake I gave my C drive as the Swap space. It ended up formatting the logical drive(E, but not C !). I realised my mistake in the middle and forcefully ended ...
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what steps to follow to organize/browse files after PhotoRec has finished

Can you please recommend to me what steps to follow after PhotoRec has created a bunch of directories like this RECUP_DIR.1 RECUP_DIR.2 RECUP_DIR.3 RECUP_DIR.4 Do this folder mean anything of they ...
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How to resolve “ The harddisk seems too small” with Testdisk Deeper Search

I need to recover the NTFS partition that was removed by Ubuntu 13.10 installation after choosing "replace Ubuntu 12.04 with 13.10" But I am getting this message Disk /dev/sda - 640 GB / 596 GiB - ...