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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How do I recover my accidentally lost Windows partitions after installing Ubuntu?

I have a Toshiba satellite A-200 laptop with a Vista OS on it with 4 NTFS partitions (C:) Vista (D:) Entertainment (E:) Work (F:) Sources and I wanted to start using Ubuntu instead. So I tried ...
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How to recover deleted files?

Are there any tools, methods, incantations to recover recently deleted files on Ubuntu? If it makes any difference, I want to recover a Keepass 2.x database file. But would be better to have a ...
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How to recover a deleted NTFS partition with data

I am on Ubuntu 12.04 64-bits I accidentally deleted a NTFS 255 GB partition using Gparted, and yes it contains LOTS of important data. Upon realizing the deletion I haven't yet created any ...
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Best tool to recover removed files [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How to recover deleted files? Using Ubuntu 10.10, I have a startup script that automatically removes my 'working directory'. This is a simple folder on my Desktop where ...
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How to recover data from NTFS partition that was made into a Swap partition?

I have extremely important stuff on my windows partition which during the ubuntu 10.10 installation,when it said that I should create something called swap space, I selected it to be a swap space ...
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Deleted Partition Recovery

I was installing ubuntu 12.04 on my system. There were 4 partitions on my system and I selected one of the four partition for the installation and chose the option of resizing the partition. Initially ...
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Formatted and lost 6 years worth of photo memories.. any way to get this back?

I usually back up before formatting and doing a re-installation of Ubuntu, it was in the process and then obviously stopped prematurely but I was thinking all my data was transferred. After ...
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How can I recover my data after replacing Windows with Ubuntu? [duplicate]

I have migrated from Windows 7 to Ubuntu just yesterday. Windows 7 was in my C: drive. I did not realise that if I wipe Windows 7 and install Ubuntu, Ubuntu would be installed in the C: drive only. So ...
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Recovering Very Important Lost Data From Ntfs Partition

I have a 230 Gigs HDD on my laptop, i have 50 gigs extended for my linux, i have 80 gigs empty ntfs partition, and 100 gigs ntfs partition where i store all my important data, (i have about 50 gigs of ...
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All files erased after installing Ubuntu [duplicate]

Yeah, I know I should have backed up my files before proceeding, I completely forgot. Well, the thing is that I had a dual-boot system with Windows 7 and Ubuntu 10.10. Yesterday, I installed Ubuntu ...
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Partitions disappeared after power loss while installing

I had Ubuntu 14.04 LTS installed on my Laptop. After a while I had some troubles starting it up. I decided to reinstall Ubuntu. I had 3 ntfs partitions, 2 ext3 partitions the mount point for the ...
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Accidentally deleted a folder

I've been using Ubuntu 12.04 and accidentally deleted a folder using Shift+Del. Does anyone have any idea how to recover the folder?
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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 - ...
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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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Recover Lost data/partition

This is what happened: I was running 12.04.1 and wanted to install 12.10. upgrade, but a fresh install. When setting up my computer I anticipated for this by dividing my 640GB HD in following ...
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Is it possible to recuperate a file overwritten by Ubuntu One?

I had an .odt file which was synced via Ubuntu One. I made changes on the file on my Ubuntu Computer. To check whether the file was synced I opened it on my Windows computer. It was not synced, but ...
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What's the difference between ddrescue, gddrescue, and dd_rescue?

The dd command is commonly used to make image backups of a drive or partition. However, it performs poorly if the source drive is unreliable or failing. I read that ddrescue/dd_rescue is a good tool ...
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Retrieve files deleted by command rm in terminal

Here's a summary: I was programming using java and accidentally, instead of using the rm *.class command in the command-line, I used rm *.java. It took me a lot of time to finish that code. I hope ...
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How to recover data from a failing hard drive?

An external 3½" HDD seems to be in danger of failing — it's making ticking sounds when idle. I've acquired a replacement drive, and want to know the best strategy to get the data off of the dubious ...
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Data/Partition recovery Help Needed

I have installed Ubuntu 13.04 over my windows 7. While installing Ubuntu, I have made some mistake and my all partitions are gone. Previously there were 5 partitions (NTFS) of 200 GB on windows 7. But ...
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Recover data from a FAT32 hard disk?

I have connected a failed hard disk which has a detectable FAT32 filesystem. I Dont know the nature of the damage. What is the easiest way to recover the data from the drive?
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Windows 7 to Ubuntu - erased data [duplicate]

I am quite new with Ubuntu and I am not that good with computers at all. I had Windows 7, however due to some problems I didn't like that operational system because of that I decided to install ...
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Testdisk or gpart for recovering lost partitions? [closed]

Well, my problem is that I was trying to make a Windows XP installer for a USB Flash Drive using WinToFlash. But when it was in the process of formatting the usb, a BSOD occurred and my PC can't boot ...
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Recover data from formatted LVM (Luks, Ext3) after Ubuntu installed over it

I have a 1TB HDD and some days ago I did a mess That disk had: One EXT3 partition ( / ) One EXT3 partition ( /boot ) One LUKS LVM which had a EXT3 partition of about 200 GB I wanted to replace ...
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How to recover lost partition and files after installation of Ubuntu on Windows partition?

I have got a laptop from one my friend which has installed Ubuntu by choosing a wrong option and has re-partitioned the entire hard drive and has lost all his private files. I booted the laptop by a ...
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recover accidently deleted partition [duplicate]

I was using ubuntu 13.10 alongside w-7. there was some broken packages on ubuntu so I decided to freshly install ubuntu. while installation I selected "erase ubuntu 13.10 and reinstall" . ubuntu ...
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HDD recovery tool

I accidentally unplugged one of my HDD's from power while running. When I boot now, the name of the drive is display as: zzzzzz and some other funny characters. Which is the best recovery tool for ...
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Recover accidentally removed files on NTFS partition

I accidentally removed some files on a NTFS partition How can I recover them staying inside Linux without0 rebooting ?
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Does selecting “Remove Windows” option during install remove all my Windows partitions?

I had Windows 7 installed on my laptop, I installed Ubuntu and chosen the option to delete everything. But when I clicked that, it deleted my windows 7 partitions. C: Windows E: Documents F: ...
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How to recover data from formatted swap?

I am using Ubuntu 12.04. I have 4 partitions of hard disk. 1st of 43 GB contains Windows 7, 2nd (43 GB) and 3rd (32 GB) contained valuable data and 4th of 42GB contains Ubuntu. Now, while installing ...
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How can I recover encrypted data from a previous Ubuntu installation?

I tried to upgrade from 10.10 to 11.04 but it crashed. It couldn't mount disk drives so I did a new installation without erasing the previous drives. Now I can't access access-your-private-data.
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Unallocated space with important data

I used GParted to convert a primary partition to extended one after copying the data to another partition. After having the extended partition I moved the data back. To my utter shock after a restart ...
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ecryptfs-recover-private creating unreadable encrypted folders

After months of proper functioning has ecryptfs has become corrupted and rendered /home/ inaccessible. when running (both via guest account and from live-CD): root@ubuntu:/media/backup/home/me# ...
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Can I recover a file from /dev/null? [duplicate]

mv ~ /dev/null moves my home directory to a black hole. Can I recover my home directory from /dev/null?
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I don't find any of my partitions after reinstalling Ubuntu. What to do?

I had dual-boot PC with window 8 and ubuntu. In windows, I messed up the mbr and boot files and my pc did not boot. I had a copy of Ubuntu 14 DVD and so reinstalled it. Now in ubuntu, I don't find any ...
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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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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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Recovering data from hard disk after an accidental Ubuntu reinstallation

My computer got wiped accidentally due to a fresh Ubuntu installation. Since the drive contains very important data and codes, it would be really great if the same could be recovered. It is a 2TB ...
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Mount an image created from ddrescue

I know this question has been asked before, but following those answers does not seem to work for me. I have created an image of a USB stick this is on my laptop harddrive. How do I mount this ...
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How to recover my data?

It happened to me that while upgrading to Ubuntu 12.04, I made instead aptitude dist upgrade. I downloaded the ISO version for a from-zero installation. In the partition definition I choosed that my ...
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rescue data from usb disk - don't want to format

I have a problem with my usb flash disk. It's a Kingston Datatraveler. I use it intensely, and since yesterday it has become corrupted. I can't remember that I took it out before dismounting (or ...
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How do I recover Windows from a lost partition?

I installed Ubuntu 14.04 on my laptop, which previously ran Windows Vista, I meant to run them side by side so I could boot between the two. When i got to that point in the installer it told me Vista ...
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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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How to recover data from Ext4 partitions?

I've removed an old HDD from a computer and to install in another computer to use for data storage (personal files, specifically tv series episodes, not system files) and the file system that I've ...
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How to recover a lost partition on Ubuntu?

I had two Linux OS installed on my machine: Backtrack 5 Gnome and Backtrack5 KDE. I updated the Gnome version and when I rebooted my Grub2 boot manager displayed a grub rescue> command line. I ...
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Is it possible to restore my lost photos from memory card?

My memory card was found yesterday, but I found the photos stored in it have gone, is it possible to restore them back? If so, how? Please recommend some affordable program and works for my memory ...
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Recover files from NTFS drive with bad sectors

A few nights ago I have created a backup of my data on an external 500 GB NTFS USB hard drive. I have then formatted my computer, reinstalled Ubuntu and started transferring back the data from the ...
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Lost all my partition after installing Ubuntu 14.4 LTS [duplicate]

Yesterday I installed Ubuntu 14.04 LTS with a bootable pendrive. Before that I had 3 partitions on my windows system (C:, D:, and E:). During the installation process I thought it would be the same as ...
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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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Can I recover my data after deleting the partition? [duplicate]

I got a Ubuntu 12.04 key. It corrupted after a sudden power cut and I was not able to open my desktop session. I then tried using an Ubuntu live CD but it was not able to mount my drive. I tried ...