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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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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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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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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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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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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Recover deleted non-system partition

Until today I had Windows XP in C: partition in dual-boot with Linux Mint. However today I tried to install Lubuntu, and while the installation was successful, I have access to all 3 OS on the GRUB ...
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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 to recover Shift+delete files

I just shift-deleted some files from folder which has .avl file extension. Is there any way that I can recover my files?
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How to mount partitions from old computer and recover files

Computer-A crashed and won't boot, so I set up Computer-B to work from. I installed the boot drive from Comp.-A into Comp.B, the drive shows in disks program but only one partition is visible in Files ...
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Mount internal drive in Ubuntu LiveCD-Mount Error

I am trying to access my disk in an Ubuntu LiveCD. I cannot see my disk in nautilus and am trying to mount it. sudo fdisk -l gets this: Disk /dev/sda: 80.0 GB, 80026361856 bytes 255 heads, 63 ...
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Ubuntu 14.04 Sublime Text 2: file suddenly empty. How to recover it?

a file that was open by Sublime Text 2 got suddenly empty. Maybe because the disk was full, and the program, that was executing this file, crashed. Is there a way to recover the content? I am using ...
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Data recovery after ubuntu installation

I had windows 8 pre-installed on my laptop and I wanted to install ubuntu alongside. Unfortunately, it formatted all the partitions(windows 8 and all other files too) and showing that my HDD has 319 ...
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Does using ubuntu bootable usb leave trace/scope for recovery software?

I am currently using windows 8 on my laptop in order to remove personal information from laptop. I used usb bootable drive of ubuntu to cut/copy paste my data to external hdd. By adopting this will it ...
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External Harddisk converted to UDF Volume. How to reverse?

I was trying to mount an image file over a usb. From one of forums thread I used this solution: sudo dd if=/path/to/downloaded.img of=/dev/sdb I copied the image file from an external HD to my ...
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How to recover a lost text file?

Yesterday I was working on a text file in a drive that was mounted from a ntfs Windows 8 partition. After running Windows 8 and coming back to Linux, I saw the file is gone, only to have a backup file ...
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Back file from imac

I am trying to backup files from my imac using ubuntu live cd, but it wont allowed me to, because of the file system type, imac partition type using the HFS/HFS+ system, i've tried run as root, still ...
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partitions can't be recovered, disk is to small. Can I get my data?

I've caused myself a lot of headache with this and could use a hand of an expert. With dd I managed to write my 6 GiB (or so) image onto hdd that held this very image screwing up src and dest ...
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How to Access or recover files from Apple hdd with bad S.M.A.R.T. and 05-reallocating sector bad?

I have a Macintosh HD (hfsPlus) `[/dev/sdc2 on /media/ubuntu/Macintosh HD type hfsplus(ro,nosuid,nodev,uhelper=udisks2)] WARNING: GPT (GUID Partition Table) detected on '/dev/sdc'! The util fdisk ...
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I installed ubuntu removing windows 8 and now I am not able to see my other drives

I installed ubuntu 14.04 on the drive on which there was windows 8 installed previously. I formatted that Partition first and later installed Ubuntu in it. I had 5 Partitions excluding windows ...
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While Partition recover using TestDisk , Deepsearch is taking long time?

I have 500GB Harddisk which had 2 partition. I accidentally deleted the partitions while installing ubuntu. Now I have just one Partition I since Computer show 492GB space and Ubuntu is installed in ...
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Lost Windows while installing Ubuntu 14.04

I needed a dual boot of Windows 8 and Ubuntu. I googled and followed the steps and got it done, but the Grub was not visible, so I made a reinstall and selected the option of deleting the previous ...
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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 delete swap space to recover windows?

I want to dual boot my system with windows 7. So I shrink my c: drive in 30 GB with FAT32 file system. I had other two partition 99 GB and 285 GB both are in NTFS. Then i rebooted my computer by ...
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Recovering files from earlier but lost Windows 8 partion

I may be repeating the same topics here. But I am not sure where to begin. Please help with the details below: I had Windows 8.1 pro with partitions: C:, D: and E:. I installed Ubuntu 14.04 LTS by ...
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Recover files from old Ubuntu Server

I am facing the situation that my old ubuntu server 8 is not working (meaning I have no possibility to log-into the system). All the files are intact, however I do not know how I can extract the files ...
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Inaccessible data after upgrade to 14.04 from 13.10

Upgrade hung at the stage where Tru type fonts were being installed. Tried to reboot and got the Ubuntu screen showing the messages about "serious errors being found in the disk drive for /. with the ...
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How to restore deleted PHP files using scalpel

I upgraded 13.10 to 14.04. After the upgrade finished, unfortunately found out that /var/www/ folder has been deleted (I didn't know that upgrade does the same as fresh install!!!). I have searched a ...
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Is there anyway to restore lost files (in downloads) due to power outage while transfering to external?

I was busy transferring some files from my downloads directory to my external hard-drive. Unexpectedly, the power on my computer went out, and the entire contents of my downloads directory was wiped ...
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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 ...