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Questions about the loss and recovery of data.

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Repairing/Reinstalling Ubuntu 18.04.4

I have a 32-bit ubuntu 18.04.4 installed in my i386 laptop which is acting up. I want to repair/reinstall my OS but I can't find any 32-bit version of Ubuntu on their website. What can I do to repair/...
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Will I lose the already installed applications if I upgrade from ubuntu 18.04 to 20.04

I spent a lot of time installing several extensions and third-party applications from the software centre in ubuntu to customize the look and feel of the os. Also, I have a lot of Softwares installed ...
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How to access data after mistakenly partition changed from NTFS to Ext4?

Recently, I was trying to install Ubuntu on my Laptop.Laptop Specifications are as follow: Dell Inspiron 15 3000 HardDisk: 1Tb RAM 4GB During the ubuntu installation process, there was a step when we ...
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Unable to boot in windows, data lost?

I installed ubuntu along with windows 7 with "something else" installation and made 3 partitions, but im unable to boot in my old windows 7. Is my all windows data is lost? What to do to boot again ...
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How to recover data when ubuntu os is overwritten on ubuntu server?

My system was pre-installed with ubuntu server. I replaced the ubuntu server with a fresh ubuntu-desktop 18.04 installation. I created a partition for boot/efi as FAT32. While performing installation ...
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Is there a way to recover a files deleted on Ubuntu system that's running in VirtualBox?

I need help recovering my accidentally deleted files. I'm running an Ubuntu OS inside a Virtualbox virtual machine and accidentally deleted a folder. I had a venv in my home directory that got ...
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Best way to copy files from a hard disk with no OS

I have a 1 TB hard disk with no OS in it. What will be the best way to copy files to an external hdd from unaffected partitions? I have a Live Windows USB. I learnt that you can boot into Command ...
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Apps just forgot data time to time

In some cases, apps just forget login data. For example, Steam wants my password again and telegram-desktop needs to relogin. I originally suspected disk issues, but it is the only problem of this ...
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CSV flies lost when transferred

I changed my OS from Linux to Windows 10 a week back. I saved a few CSV files and some code. After clearing the hard drive and making the switch, I realized that the CSV files were saved in this ...
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After update 17.x to 18.04 can´t login, no home, no files

After use ubuntu mate 17.x at leats for a year, I try to update. After update done, I got a green desktop (ubuntu mate) with my files, but irresponsive mouse, or keyboard. After a couple of reboots, ...
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Accidently removed very important file of my project by comman “cp”. Really need help [duplicate]

Very Long story short. In essence this is the problem. I had some of my project files (new.cc) which I was working on for quite sometime. I created one backup of these files two months ago(old.cc), ...
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Safest way to duplicate failing sd card

I have a 64 gb SD card that is starting to have problems. I want to duplicate as much of it as I can. Is DD the safest/best option to deal with failing sd cards?
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Restoring from Lost+Found

I did the most stupid thing. I was resizing the home partition with GParted and decided to cancel the process after a few minutes. Now the whole partition is in the Lost+Found folder. All folders and ...
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MySQL files have been deleted all of a sudden

I have an Ubuntu 14.04 instance running the LAMP stack. Everything was working fine. Yesterday all of a sudden, the server started denying access to login via root. After a couple of trials, I gained ...
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ZFS, Ubuntu 18.04 - Loss of recently written data

I have some audio files that are copied to a ZFS filesystem, but after opening most them with VLC for a few minutes, Files and VLC crashed, and I am left with none of the audio files in the directory. ...
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Losing all of my files suddenly

So a very strange just happened, I wanted to eject my usb, I got a message that a some program is using the USB and I must wait, I ignored it and continued ejecting the USB like I always do (I ...
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formatted my external ext4 HDD to exfat by mistake - any way to get the data back?

I know this type of question is frequent, but mostly they seem to relate to only deleting a partition, and not a case where a new partition has been made afterwards. The different guides says Testdisk ...
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External hard disk erased?

everyone! I'm an Ubuntu and tech rookie, so here's my question! I had my PC made double-boot (Windows and Ubuntu). However, my external hard disk could not be read by Ubuntu. Given this, I emptied it ...
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How to restore data part by part after dd? [duplicate]

I wiped out data on external HDD (NTFS) by dd. Wanted to write ISO on usb-stick. But I don't have any storage that could embrace volume of those external HDD. So I need to safe part of data here and ...
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Lost all gnome settings after reboot

I had my system up and running for about one year (many personalizations I've made to my system) and today my system froze because there was no space left on /home after I restarted the system and ...
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Lost Data after installation [duplicate]

I wanted to get rid of Windows so I made bootable USB and installed Ubuntu but what I see now is I have only one disk "Computer" which has 290GB free and 4.5 GB used . In Windows I had 3 disk namely C ...
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ext4 data recovery

So yesterday I followed this guide : https://www.supergrubdisk.org/wiki/SGD_Howto_make was making a key for a friend and I typed (don't type this) sudo dd if=super_grub2_disk_hybrid_2.02s9.iso of=/...
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Locked my screen with xtrlock on a Live Disk and now can't unlock

I'm running Photorec data recovery on a 2TB external disk using an Ubuntu LiveUSB, and wanted some way of locking the screen and protecting it from feline sabotage while still being able to see what's ...
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Lost all the directories with sudo rm -rf ~/.local/share/Trash/* in ubuntu 16

I was unable to empty my trash so I used the below command: sudo rm -rf ~/.local/share/Trash/* and it deleted everything from all the directories, home and downloads Can any one please help?
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Is there a way to fix/repair a damaged storage device?

Say I mistakenly take out an SD Card or External HDD while it is being written to, and it needs to be repaired. Similar to Windows, when a damaged/slightly corrupted storage device is inserted, it ...
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Overwritten partition recovery

I installed a fresh new ubuntu over the old one on the same partition, then realized that i have not pushed one month progress of coding up to GitHub branch (locally committed). I heard about ...
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Dual booting win8.1 and Ubuntu 16.04 LTS [duplicate]

I'm currently running Windows 8.1 with only 2 drives i.e, C/ and D/. So, if I create some free space using SHRINK VOLUME on /D drive and install Ubuntu 16.04 LTS in that unallocated free space, will ...
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I think I accidentally wiped out my ssd while installing Ubuntu [duplicate]

Today I was trying to install Ubuntu and dual boot with my already installed windows 10. I downloaded Ubuntu's latest stable version and burned it to a flash disk. I chose the language then I saw this ...
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Data randomly disapeared

Background: Last night i stayed up until 4am installing the jdk as well as discord and skype. This morning i was playing some games and everything was fine until i packed up my computer to go home. ...
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What went wrong with partitions - data recovery?

This notebook was used with Ubuntu 16.04 LTS for about a year. It was recently closed and opened some days later. However, no mounting medium is found anymore. On a live Ubuntu I get strange ...
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Problems with encrypted home folder after Ubuntu doesn't boot anymore

After upgrading from Ubuntu 14.04 to 16.04 I couldn't log in any more. Unfortunately I didn't backup my data so now I'm trying to get access to it again. Since my home directory is encrypted, I tried ...
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Have the Linux kernel bugs that caused data loss when using a Samsung 850 Pro SSD been resolved?

I just got a brand new Samsung 850 Pro SSD, and I would like to install Ubuntu 14.04 onto it. I have read some pretty ugly stories of data loss with the 850 series SSDs when using Linux due to bugs ...
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External hard drive not visible

I'm using Ubuntu 16.10. Right after login and while starting up I made the mistake to plug in my external hard drive (500GB). The computer got stuck, so I had to turn it off pressing the "off" button. ...
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How can I get back the data of my USB on Ubuntu 16.04.1 LTS?

I recently deleted the Windows 10 from my HP Pavilion Laptop and installed Ubuntu 16.04.1 LTS using a pen drive. In another pen drive, I stored all the important data of Windows 10. But after ...
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How could I make new empty and valid datadir for MariaDB?

I forgot root's password. After I reset it, mysql utility allowed me to login with any password. I bluntly deleted datadir(/var/ lib/mysql entirely). Now have a problem of making new valid datadir. ...
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Ubuntu broken: Cannot get machine working or retrieve data?

Fired up machine yesterday and while the guest account is working fine the user account is not. The side bar is gone and the I cannot fire up a terminal via ctrl+alt+t. I can access the virtual ...
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Is ext4 still prone to data loss in Ubuntu 16.04 LTS? [closed]

When ext4 was relatively new, it was said you can easily lose data during a power failure. Unfortunately, you sometimes cannot shut down your computer properly, and then you have to cause a power ...
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Empty Documents folder

My home/user/Documents folder has become empty. Permissions have also been changed and trying to write to it is not permitted. I assume it happened after an upgrade to the new Kernel 45. I noticed a ...
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Accidentally overwrote hard disk (with content) with a disk-to-disk image

I decided to format my laptop and reinstall everything again, so I borrowed a friend's external drive that had content in it and downloaded a disk imaging software to backup my hard own drive on to my ...
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unreadable SD Card (data recovery?)

My SanDisk Ultra 128GB SD MicroSDXC Card is suddenly unreadable with both my Laptop and my Smartphone. Meaning that nothing happens when I plug the card in. Checked both devices successfully with ...
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A specific folder has all its files disappearing

I have a folder that I use pretty often that suddenly went empty and I've no clue why. I opened it one day and everything was gone. I had a fair bit of work in it, mostly video files for future ...
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Some files not showing up in file manager, but definitely are there [closed]

I have got the most strange problem, I downloaded 4 images yesterday, then cut and paste them using Nautilus into a sub-folder of my Documents area. I then closed Nautilus and went on with my normal ...
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Data loss while installing ubuntu [duplicate]

In order to install Ubuntu (along side with windows on C:/) I had to partition my D:/ disk using Ubuntu installation steps ( which initially contained data in it), so after completing the installation ...
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Is it possible to somehow undo the results of the mv command?

Here's the problem. I had a bunch of files in a directory. Then I created another directory in that directory. Then I cobbled together this command: find . -maxdepth 1 -type f -exec mv {} ./1 \; ...
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Lost files - no explanation and no simple fix [closed]

So, for no apparent reason all files from Documents, Music, Pictures and Video just disappeared. The answers I have seen for similar questions verge on advanced programming and even then don't seem to ...
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Recover files from Ubuntu 14.04 [duplicate]

I was trying to move (ctrl + X) from Ubuntu Desktop to a memory card. Moved upto 8G files but unfortunately the card reader disturbed. Got error and when I re insert the card reader I got another ...
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Restore not working

I'm new to Linux- (trying to leave Windows 10 with my customers and seeking alternatives besides iOS) I have been working with Ubuntu for 4 months and have spread it to my first customers, but ...
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Lost data due to installing Ubuntu on the wrong partition [duplicate]

I installed Ubuntu on the wrong partition, and lost a lot of important data. What can I do to recover as much of the lost data as possible? I already booted into a live USB and I have read that it is ...
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Data after installing Ubuntu 15.10

I am interested in installing the new version of Ubuntu, Ubuntu 15.10. Is there any way to do so without deleting my files and previously installed programmes?
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Is my rsync backup method safe?

I made a very simple backup script using rsync that backs up some folders to an USB stick. This is just for quick daily backups. The command is rsync -av --delete followed by --exclude options and ...