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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Need help with testdisk output

I had (note the past tense) an ubuntu 12.04 system with separate partitions for the base and /home directories. It started acting wonky, so I decided to do a reinstall with 12.10, intending just to do ...
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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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disk not accessible

i formatted my hard drive yesterday and it was working well even after the formatting. But when I restarted my system again , is is showing that the space is alloted to my files but they are ...
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How to recover a webm file in Ubuntu?

I just done recoding a video that's so important to me but by accident when I tried to delete another video I deleted it too with Shift+Delete. I searched the net on how to recover files. I used ...
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Windows files are lost while dual boot

I have a 1TB hard disk running windows 7 on my Dell Laptop. I partitioned it into two drives one having 900 GB and the other drive having 100 GB. I installed Ubuntu alongside windows 7 and ran it ...
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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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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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copy data off a possible failing hard drive

I have a second hard drive that has a partition for /home mounted on the first drive. yesterday, the booting failed because /home cannot be found. I run 'blkid' and see its uuid is gone. but when I ...
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External (encrypted) hard drive shows all space unallocated

I bought a new USB hard drive, formatted it using Ubuntu disks tool and also encrypted the drive with it (I think I used the LUKS+ext4 option). Now that I try to use the drive with my other Ubuntu ...
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Ubuntu 13.10 documents folder disappeared

I had some ebooks in my documents folder and I was looking at a few of them with document viewer. I was also using R Studio and I was trying to change my working directory to documents/... but then I ...
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Partitions recover after Xenserver installation

I just tried to install XENserver. Have chosen my USB drive to install, but somehow installation has deleted all my partitions with Ubuntu and so on. My previous installation with Ubuntu was in the ...
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recover data from autoclean

I have used sudo apt-get autoclean command and sudo apt-get clean command but didn't knew that I'll loose all my data. Is there any way to recover that data?
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recover data from an ancient hdd and check for bad sectors

I just found an ancient external hard drive with a whopping 10 gb of data and I was wondering if there is a way to check the health of the disk (since it apparently didn't have a partition table what ...
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Ubuntu crashed after trying to remove ecryptfs

I was running low on disk space and hence decided to remove ecryptfs. I had not installed it separately but I'd checked the option to encrypt my home folder, So, coming back to what I've actually ...
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Mount a hard drive to recover data

My MyBookworld enclosure died, i have removed the hard drive from the housing and managed to mount it in my PC. I looked at it with Partition Assistant and it says it is ext3. I have created a USB ...
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Any way to recover lost mysql files after ubuntu reformat?

I had to reformat my ubuntu device because seda was encrypted and I lost my keybord kernel. Is there any way that I could recover them. I am wondering because when VirtualBox reformats things, it ...
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Partition(data) recovery

I have install Ubuntu 13.10 in my pc after installation I have seen that all my personal data on other drives means other than primary disk has been lost. Please help me to recover my all data that i ...
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How do I recover my files?

When installing ubuntu not touched me go in advanced settings therefore losing my backup partition, I want to know any way to recover my files this is very important ... sheltered Original post in ...
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recover/restore a corrupted file

My supervisor computer crashed last night, and I'm trying to help him out. He made a R script but when he tried to open it, it was empty. But for some reason the file is 7.9kb so it should not be ...
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File recovery after fsck

I was trying to copy some data from my hard disk with an external usb box. Suddenly, after a bad unmount, partitions became not more visible... So I used "fsck". Now I can mount partitions but I can't ...
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Recovering data after installtion

I was using Ubuntu with WU BI and i decided to install it and delete windows. In the installation process i checked the option with L V M and now i can't find any of my windows data or any partition ...
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Cannot get Scalpel right

Trying out Scalpel 1.60 and 2.0 on Ubuntu 12.04 but I am not 100% sure that it's working the way I expecting. Here is the scenario. Creating and deleting a jpg-file on /DEV/SDA1. Instructed ...
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How to recover cpp files?

I had many code-blocks projects in the Documents/bla folder. I accidentally deleted them while working with eclipse and unfortunately Ubuntu sync daemon was running then, so the folder has been ...
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Ubuntu unable to read file contents of a previous Win7 drive

My office laptop runs Win7 and has one drive (C:) which is encrypted with PGP WDE. The system failed to bootup today and PGP fails to let any program read the disk. I decrypted the disk using a PGP ...
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Paraben's iPhone Recovery Stick and Phone Recovery Stick on Ubuntu

Will utilizing either Wine of Crossover allow an individual to use Paraben's iPhone Recovery Stick and/or Phone Recovery Stick on Ubuntu? Either one of Paraben's products only work on Windows XP, ...
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Recovering data after already installed a new OS

Ok so I made the choice a few days ago to change operating systems. I had a 50 GB install of Ubuntu and wanted to try out Arch Linux. So I made a new folder and went through my entire file system and ...
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read only problem with usb drive and data loss?

I encountered a read only file system for my flash drive and I can't see my data (one folder which had all the data is empty). I did dosfsck -a /dev/sdf1 (as I read here) and now I can write to the ...
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12.04_64 UEFI w. Encrypted Home Directory Boot Problems

System details: Ubuntu 12.04 64bit for UEFI installed on hard disk. 3 partitions: 1. EFI (fat) 2. / (ext4 - which contains an encrypted home directory set up through the automated installer) 3. Swap. ...
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Scalpel to recover data

I used the below command to recover data scalpel /dev/sda1 -o output but I get the error as below ERROR: The configuration file didn't specify any file types to carve. (If you're using the ...
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Data Recovery after upgrading from ubuntu 12.04 to 11

I have upgraded from Ubuntu 12.04 to 11 and lost all the important documents. How do I restore these data?
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Is there any way to reinstall ubuntu without the a disk?

I have Ubuntu 13.04 installed and I want a clean install but I don't have access to a live cd or usb disk. Is there any way to do this without the disk?
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Data recovery from specific sectors using testdisk

one of my partitions got deleted accidently while installing ubuntu. i know the exact start and end sectors for the deleted partition. please tell me how do i recover files( i need only jpg files ) ...