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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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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How to recover lost data after repartitioning

My computer had only one partition, C drive. I used GParted to squeeze up some space for a new partition, D drive. The total space for the single partition (C) was 200gb. I slid the scroll bar (on the ...
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Recover file name from old NTFS partition

I have an old NTFS partition from Windows XP (system partition) where I once stored a certain file. I know about where its stored and furthermore guess the file ending. Plus, I don't need the content ...
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How to repair corrupted fat32 sd card superblock

I have important data on an external sd card. I plugged in the card and i get an error message. It is a 32gb micro sd card. it was formatted as fat32. Error mounting /dev/sdb1 at /media/sam/32GB: ...
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How to recover partially formatted ext4 partition (testdisk did not help)

I have а 2TB "single ext4-formatted partition" HDD. Recently, while working under Windows 7 on the same machine, I have damaged the aforementioned partition. What happened is that while I was trying ...
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Can I recover a former version of a libreoffice document?

I've searched high and low for an answer to this and haven't been able to find one, so hopefully someone here can help. I was working on an essay and had made substantial progress but had to take a ...
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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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External HDD in RAW formatted. Will ubuntu be able to access the device and use/recover my data

I have an external HDD, which somehow is now in RAW format, but I need the data off it. Will Ubuntu allow me to view the files stored on it and also copy them to a new HDD?
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Recovering files from Windows HDD using Ubuntu

My windows 7 laptop crashed and won't reboot. So I made a bootable USB with Ubuntu on it, followed all the instructions to try and recover my files from my HDD but I can't see any of my files in the ...
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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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ubuntu boots to terminal [duplicate]

I was trying to install database software in Ubuntu but something got wrong and when i restarted pc, Ubuntu command line opens where it asks for login which fails saying unable to connect to database ...
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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 ...
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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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Can files/directories deleted with rm be restored?

Is it possible to restore files/directories which are deleted from terminal using rm and rm -r?. If a file is deleted from graphical interface, it could be restored from trash, but how do you restore ...
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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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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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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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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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Recover Orphaned RAID 0 from Silicon Image controller with Linux Software RAID?

I had an old XP machine in Raid0, 2 x 120gb drives on a Sil3112 controller. The drives are intact (afaik) but the motherboard or P4 is toast. Id love to recover precious photos from the drive or dump ...
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How to change the graphics card driver via terminal?

I recently tried changing the driver for my Asus Radeon HD 7870 to the proprietary one (a friend told me it was much faster), however that seems to have killed my install of Ubuntu. Now whenever I ...
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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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need to recover data from a data hard disk that I used testdisk on in my attempt to repair mbr from a rootkit virus

Before I begin to say what my situation is here, please know i would be FOREVER GRATEFUL for anyone who can help me out with this mess. I have photos on here from years and years of painstaking work. ...
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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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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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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 ...
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External USB Harddrive not recognized

I got an external HardDrive that I want to recover. I don't know what the previous user did, but it was definitely a software change. lsusb recognizes a harddrive with the following output: Bus 002 ...
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How to recover/undelete a deleted task in Thunderbird (Ubuntu 14.04 LTS)

I'vedeleted a Thunderbird task in which I've wrote some important notes (delete button, inside the open task window). Now I want to recover the Thunderbird task in order to get the notes. Is there a ...
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How to restore openoffice file?

I have worked in a file for 4 months. All of a sudden when i open that file this morning its not getting opened. And i have noticed the size got decreased to 128KB to 1KB. Not only my system, recently ...
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Howlong foremost take time to recover?

My 190 GB Data is hangup/lost in lvm, Its running more then 10 Hours. I am used code as sudo foremost -t all -i /input image location /output location If there has any change ?. I am really panic ...
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How do I escape from an Internal Error loop. 3 files Recoverd but couldn't get Finish to operate. which

I was working on two files and opened a third in separate windows. I got an Internal Error message and then a Recovery window. Using Start Recovery all 3 files showed as recovered. Pressing Finish to ...