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 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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Recover deleted full disk encryption partition

What I have: I have Xubuntu 14.04 installed on 500 GB HDD. The HDD consists of: Some small partition that seems to be for some EFI stuff a partition that holds /boot some free space at the end of ...
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Powered down my laptop during a drive partition, any way to save some data?

I was in the process of partitioning my laptop drive which was running the latest version of Ubuntu when I was forced to turn it off, knowing the damage it could cause. When I turned it on later it ...
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Recover Data from Encrypted LUKS HDD

Hei, I really need help with this! Yesterday my Kubutnu wouldnt boot anymore so I booted with a Live CD and could fix the problem with this Tutorial: ...
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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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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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Restore an HP Recovery Manager save on Ubuntu

I had a few problems on my HP Pavilion 15 running Windows 8 and decided to install Ubuntu instead. In order to save my files, I did a save using HP Recovery Manager. Is there a way I could restore ...
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Possible override for black screen after changing the gpu?

I recently installed Ubuntu as I need to learn Fortran. Meanwhile I bought new GPU - r7 370. When I installed it into motherboard and started Ubuntu I was greeted with black screen, I think that ...
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Data recovery from damaged partition

I am running Ubuntu 14.04 LTS and Kali on my machine. I wanted to install Windows 7 too alongside, for which I tried to shrink my Ubuntu partition. After a while, the screen showed: [ OK ]Starting ...
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How to recovered destroyed partition(dd command)

So I have been using a ubuntu livecd to help backup my windows os that won't start. I used the sudo dd if=dev/sda4 of dev/sdc1 accidentally and OVERWROTE the whole 700gig external hard drive and it ...
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Undo selecting to use partition as swap and recover data

I don't know how to explain this as I don't know what has happened. So I was trying to install Ubuntu from a Flash drive and didn't knew what to do. Somewhere during the Initial steps of Setup I ...
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Files deleted over SMB/AFP to another directory?

I'm wondering if there's any way to configure so all files deleted over SMB/AFP goes to a temporary trash folder and not getting deleted permenantly?
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Testdisk / Recphoto freezes the system

I use photorec of testdisk, and when the program is about to end the scan, and start writing in the recovery directory, the computer freezes and I have to reset everything. I make this data recovery ...
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ext4magic most powerful syntax?

I am trying to recover some files on a ext4 partition. I use the ext4magic and I can recover some files but not all files. I have used the following syntaxes: ext4magic /dev/sdc1 -r -f ...
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recover lost files after online LVM resize

I did the following 5 days ago which may have triggered the problem. sudo lvextend -L +20GB /dev/vg1/filme sudo resize2fs /dev/vg1/filme Now I realize, that almost all files disappeared. Only the ...
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What can I do with the recovered files on an external drive after testdisk finds them?

I used testdisk to locate missing or deleted files on an external hard drive and it found them. I then used "c" to copy the files but could not paste them to desktop or anywhere and could not change ...
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Running testdisk off a 14.04 Live USB without internet access

Short of it is that I've fried my MFT something wicked and am trying to get data off the Windows partition. My laptop is a Lenovo Yoga 3 14, which has documented issues with the Ubuntu Broadcom ...
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External EXT4 Partition vanished. Ubuntu 14.08

I've had partitions disappear before and been able to rebuild and recover, this time its different. I have a Seagate 200g drive that is a couple of years old and showing bad sectors. No problem, I ...
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Problem in recovering with Linux, testdisk

I was installing Linux, but suddenly I found that when I start my PC it shows this texts: Grub-welcome or something like that. I try to recover my PC with Linux in live and started using test-disk. I ...
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Mount Ubuntu installation with broken MBR

I was installing Windows 7 next the Ubuntu 14.04 LTS on one SSD disk. After the installation I was not able to boot Ubuntu. The Win broke my MBR. I did not notice there exists boot-repair and ...
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All data gone after upgrade from Ubuntu 14.04 to 15.04 through bootable installer

I upgraded by downloading Ubuntu 15.04 and saving to a USB drive. I then unpacked all the files and booted my PC from the USB drive. This activated the install process for 15.05. I selected the ...
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A partition copied with cat can't be mounted

OK, I asked it in AskDifferent, but seems that apple folks don't get the idea that everything is file in unix. Well some days ago my mac got broken, I had an Ubuntu on it and booted through it, first ...
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error: no such partition entering rescue mode grub rescue>

i have dual boot in my laptop win7 and linux.Accidentally i deleted linux partition.now when i try to boot it is showing following error error:no such partition entering rescue mode grub rescue i ...
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Recovering Files from 2nd HDD on a Ubuntu Server

Been Long time, Ok So I have a Ubuntu 12 Server with 2 HDD's 1st HDD is Holding the OS and the 2nd HDD is Holding the Data. The users suddenly complained that there are no documents in the Share ...
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Factory Reset my Ubuntu 12.04, need to recover data

My Ubuntu 12.04 LTS was not booting, and was crashing at the screen where ubuntu loads with dots. Recovery mode feature wasn't working as well. I only had the option to factory reset and it worked. ...
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Recovery of data on iPhone with Ubuntu

I have lost the data on my iPhone. Unfortunately I don't have a backup. Can I use Ubuntu to recover it? SMS-es, photos, etc? If this is possible, then how can I do this?
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Need help recovering files from SSD (mistakenly replaced partition table with gparted)

I had windows installed on an SSD, but mistakenly created a new partition table on it using gparted. Is there any way to at least recover some of the files? What I have tried so far, is using ...
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Triple boot problem

I have a Dell Inspiron N5010 laptop. Recently I decided to replace its hard drive with a faster and larger one. On the old drive there were only OEM (1), Recovery (2) and Windows (3) partitions. I ...
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Can't mount Windows 8.1 storage drive. Partition type is random hex

I had windows 8.1 installed on a SSD drive, and I had a separate 2TB internal HDD where I stored all of my documents. The windows 8.1 installation died on me and refused to boot, so I decided to try ...
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How to start RAID array?

a few months ago two volumes in my Synology DiskStation 412+ NAS crashed and until now I am still unable to recover the data but I am motivated and won't give up. I am able to see the hard drives ...
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Recover the directory structure of a lost LVM Logical volume?

I am aware of the huge amount of data recovery questions on this site, and reading all of them I think my case is unique enough to warrant a new question. how it came to be I set up a LVM with ...
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After Downloading with wget, Cecksums Hashes are different with original file. Is re-downloading the only way to repair?

It was a tar.gz archive (eclipse-java-luna-SR1a-linux-gtk-x86_64.tar.gz) and was downloaded 100% due to wget-log. Is there any way to recover this file without re-downloading? The size of local file ...
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Recover Headerless Encrypted NTFS File Deleted in Ubuntu

My girlfriend had shift-deleted a "Folder Lock" encrypted locker file from my NTFS external drive using her Ubuntu PC. That file has <.flka> extension with NO known file signature. As far as I ...
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Lost all files in root partition without formatting partition and delete operation, TestDIsk is not help?

I've Windows 8.1 and Ubuntu 14.04 installed in my PC. Two system were in different disk. All disks are in GPT mode. I used one software, "Paragon ExtFS for Windows", which can mount EXT4-partition in ...
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Ubuntu crashed basic commands not recognized

I am relatively new to ubuntu. I have been working with Biolinux8 that uses Ubuntu 14. Few days ago it crashed and since then I cannot access the graphic interface anymore. When I boot I am directly ...
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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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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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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 ...