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 can I recover my data after choosing “Erase disk and install Ubuntu”?

I installed Ubuntu 12.04 on my laptop and chose the option "Erase disk and install Ubuntu" from liveUSB without any backup. When I realized that this would format my whole HDD, I immediately unplugged ...
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Lubuntu/Win 7 dual-boot: Attempting recovery of Windows 7 boot

I had both Windows 7 and Lubuntu 14.04 LTS in dual-boot. I wanted to reinstall Lubuntu since there were a couple of issues after having fiddled with multiple desktop environments. Popped in the ...
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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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How can I recover files from an XFS file system without spending money on software?

I have an old Iomega NAS, that has stopped working. The drive is still good, I just need to recover the files. Both of my Ubuntu machines recognize the drives in the Disks utility, but I can't do ...
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Missing files have disappeared

I extracted my files from a memory card and put them in a folder, formatted my memory card, and after restart the files are not in the folder on the hard disk. Is there a way to return them? I ...
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Is there a Trash explorer to explore and restore .Trash-$uid contents?

I work with external storage and mounts a lot, and I often end up with a .Trash directory somewhere, whose contents are not shown in the File Manager trash bin, even though .Trash/files contains a lot ...
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Can I recover emptied file?

Carelessly I emptied my text file textfile by the command cat > textfile nonexistfile instead of cat textfile > nonexistfile, so is there any method to get the data back?
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Copying data from Centos hard drive to Ubuntu

I have a 2 PCs wiht ubuntu 10.04 and centos 5.8 installed.I want to copy all the data from Centos hard drive to one with ubuntu. How can I do this ??? I have tried directly plugging centos hard drive ...
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How to recover the Windows 7 partition in Ubuntu 12.04

I had Windows 7 and Ubuntu 12.04 in my machine, and after trying to mount and unmount a SD card, my Windows 7 "has hidden him self", When i power on the computer,i can enter the Grub and choose ...
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Undelete files on an ext4 partition in-place

I've just removed most of the files in my home directory accidentally, using rm -f command. Anyway, I searched and found some of the tools for recovering deleted files, like extundelete, foremost and ...
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Recovering broken drive

i have a 320 GB external drive which isnt detected automatically when i plug it (neither on Windows7 nor Ubuntu 10.04) Under Windows i can recover the Data with Photorec (but it doesnt preserve names ...
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Can't retrieve files from Trash even though I didn't empty it, open permission is denied

I am using Ubuntu 10.04 LTS - the Lucid Lynx - released in April 2010. For some reasons I couldn't see any files in the Trash folder when I open it up by right clicked the icon. It shows it has 48 ...
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Cannot login to user with encrypted directory

I unknowingly deleted the .ecrypts directory while reinstalling Ubuntu 12.04. I created a default user by the same name while installing the new version. However, I couldn't login to the user after ...
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Ubuntu 14.04.1 persistent on USB flash drive deleted Windows 7

I installed Ubuntu 14.04.1 persistent on a usb flash drive using Linux Live usb creator http://www.linuxliveusb.com/ and everything went fine. I gave it persistent memory for the flash drive to store ...
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Total system failure on ubuntu 14.04

I have a Lenovo ThinkCentre that just had Ubuntu 14.04 installed on it. I installed restricted extras, attempted to turn on the firewall in the terminal, and made a few extra tweaks. Now there is a ...
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Regaining access to old External HDD (exfat/Mac&Win, maybe), unallocated maybe toasted HDD

First off, I'm new to Ubuntu, and do not speak really comprehend too much of computer literacy. And English is not my main language. So... I have and old HDD from a friend, that she wants to regain ...
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Ubuntu Live CD is Frozen - How to Recover?

I'm in a tricky situation. I'm running Ubuntu from a live cd. I think I have too many firefox pages and tabs open, so the computer is frozen. However, I have some unsaved, and very important, text ...
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How to re-create the partition table?

I accidentally dd the first 512 bytes using dd if=/dev/zero of=/dev/sdb bs=512 count=1 and the partition table is now gone. Is there ANY way to re-create the partition table(/dev/sdb). My hard ...
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Changed part I on type, can't boot into my operating systems

Changed partion type from "logical" to "primary" and now I get the grub rescue command Line. I can't do anything with my computer at the moment so it would be appreciated for some help.
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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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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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Corrupted BlackBerry SD card - partition table

Thanks so much for the super interesting articles and discussions here. I've found myself with a 32GB micro SD card corrupted by my BB 9780. Screenshot with some details is attached below. I have ...
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my external HDD has stopped working Need help to backup the files

I have got a 320gb external hdd (seagate) and few days ago it stopped working.. when connect to a PC i can see the hdd is connect but can not view the files inside it... when used in windows 7 OS the ...
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error code 0xc0000225 after installing dual boot linux

When I try to boot to Windows 8 I get error code 0xc0000225 ever since I installed ubuntu. I was using windows 8 developer preview so I don't have an installation disk disk to do a recovery. ...
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Create bootable CD from installed system

I have Ubuntu Server 13 installed, with a somewhat complex arrangement of software RAID, LVM2 and partitions. It's the kind of installation that the standard Ubuntu boot CD can't cope with. One day ...
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Can't recover formatted Ext4 partition file system. :( Suggestions?

I've been at this for days now, so I'm hoping you can help me! Original setup: This is a 200GB firewire drive, originally formatted via Ubuntu 11.04 Disk Manager with a Master Boot Record, and a ...
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Ext4 Data Recovery Help

My data is on an Ext4 disk that is very corrupt, here is the output from fsck.ext4: http://paste.debian.net/plain/47345 (There are 664 inodes containing multiply-claimed blocks.) Why has this ...
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Pc crash during Nautilus file move. Files vanished. Are they recoverable?

I moved a dozen of photos (jpg files) from one hard disk (the memory card of my camera) to an other one (the hard disk of my PC). Just at that time my PC crashed. After reboot I saw the files neither ...
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Recover an overwritten file

My project c source code file became corrupted while making the tgz of the file. I wanted to make *.tgz of 4 files. The file names are common.c, common.h, myfile.c and myfile.h. I mistyped the tar ...
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Linux folder deleted from rubbish bin in dual-boot Win 7

Dear Helper, When inserting the ubuntu 12.4 C.D. within Win 7 it automatically recognizes a C: Ubuntu installation (that it informs is to be deleted before a re-instillation can proceed). If it ...
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recover data from lost partition

I got the glibc not found error while trying to upgrade from Kubuntu 12.10 to Kubuntu 13.04. So I created a livecd and by accident started installation. Before I knew it, it deleted the partitions. I ...
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Lubuntu won't start anymore after completely removing ubuntu-desktop

I installed ubuntu-desktop, kubuntu-desktop and xubuntu-desktop on my Lubuntu. I wanted to remove them and found this. I first used the command to remove ubuntu-desktop. While running it, I noticed ...
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Installing Ubuntu over Windows 7, recovery partition

I'm currently attempting to install Ubuntu 12.04 LTS on my Acer Aspire 4830T-6678 laptop. The laptop came pre-loaded with Windows 7 Home Premium, and it contains a recovery partition that I don't ...
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Help Lost Ubuntu operating system and data

I need help in how to recover my Ubuntu, I lost the entire operating system. I was using the windows booting system with wubi. My system is asking me to reinstall windows, I do not want to do this, I ...
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How to Dual Boot Ubuntu In Samsung RF511 while keeping the samsung recovery solutions alive?

See i have a samsung rf511 and i really want to dual boot it with my existing windows 7 (factory default) and Ubuntu 12.04 and i want to have samsung recovery solution working pls if any one from ...
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grub rescue - how get rid of it?

I seem to have a rare problem. I had Ubuntu 12.10 installed, and uninstalled it (I wanted to boot several distros). Now my VAIO boots just fine to Windows 7. However, when I press F11 to install ...
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getting back my windows data!

Running out the door my foot grabbed the wire and my laptop to the floor. The hard drive ended up being the problem with the boot. Hard drive still spins so I know there's hope! Looking, I didn't find ...
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Recover disconnected files

Context: So I recently lost a lot of my files that I had synched with Ubuntu One.However,afraid that Ubuntu one might refresh its synchronization and thus delete my files even in the back up,I ...
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Ubuntu server - losing vmware network connection

Ubuntu server - losing data Hi! I have installed Ubuntu 12.04 in VMware. It worked great untill i did something stupid because my firewall was turned on. So, the problem I think comes from:sudo ...
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Extracting data from Mac OS resource forks

I have some data in old Mac OS resource forks/files that I would like to resurrect. What tools exist on Linux that would allow me to peruse and extract individual resources from the resource forks of ...
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Recovering Files on old OS

I recently made a bootable copy of Ubuntu on an flash drive to try and recover some files on a fried MacBook Air before reinstalling the OS. When I try to access the the files from Macintosh HD it ...
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Installed Ubuntu using LVM, now cannot boot windows

Just installed Ubuntu using the LVM method. I shrunk my main drive into a separate partition of ~30GB thinking I could install it there. However when I was installing, I couldn't find that partition ...
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grub no such partition recovery - all I have is the ubuntu install media and i didnt remove ubuntu

the title speaks for itself, now all I have is the ubuntu Live CD and no windows recovery media. I didnt remove the ubuntu partition but i was clearing out my windows PC and i delete other partitions ...
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Recovering from RAID5 with 2 failed drives, only one of them really dead

I have (had?) a RAID5 with 3 devices. One of them died, and after some days I experienced that the RAID stopped at all. However, I could restart it without experiencing any problems, but it stopped ...
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How can I automate ddrescue from a failing usb hard drive?

I've got an interesting problem... A friend asked me to recover data from a failing external (usb) hard drive, which i've been doing using the ddrescue utility. However, every few hours the drive ...
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HOW can I RECOVER WINDOWS Through Ubuntu

How can I repair my windows partition using terminal in ubuntu. I have Windows XP installed along with ubuntu 14.04. Or Can I force my computer to boot into the recovery partition.I have a SONY VAIO ...
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Deleted Downloads folder, can I recover the folder with the data?

using ubuntu 14.04, I tried to use photorec but I wasn't sure of what I was doing, and I feared overwriting the deleted data. I canceled the process, but it was gone. after running photorec I have ...
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Recover flash drive - recognized by lsusb but not fdisk -l

I need to recover data off a seemingly broken flash drive. physically no damage is noticeable. the device is listed by lsusb Bus 002 Device 005: ID 090c:3000 Silicon Motion, Inc. - Taiwan (formerly ...
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Recover data from home directory

I have an old SATA drive. I plugged it into my laptop with a USB adapter. Below are some command results: sudo fdisk -l Disk /dev/sdb: 80.0 GB, 80026344960 bytes 255 têtes, 63 secteurs/piste, 9729 ...
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data replaced recovery

I have accidentally replaced a folder which consist of important datas with new folder which is in the same name so I lost old datas due to replacement, how to recover my old datas which is been ...