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Questions tagged [data-recovery]

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 do I recover my accidentally lost Windows partitions after installing Ubuntu?

I have a Toshiba satellite A-200 laptop with a Vista OS on it with 4 NTFS partitions (C:) Vista (D:) Entertainment (E:) Work (F:) Sources and I wanted to start using Ubuntu instead. So I tried it ...
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How to recover deleted files?

Are there any tools, methods, incantations to recover recently deleted files on Ubuntu? If it makes any difference, I want to recover a Keepass 2.x database file. But would be better to have a method/...
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Recovering broken or deleted NTFS partitions

About two weeks ago I had a problem with my PC that my brother wrote a question about at PC not booting after using Windows 7 auto-repair. I still haven't solved the problem, so my PC is unusable now....
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How to recover a deleted NTFS partition with data

I am on Ubuntu 12.04 64-bits I accidentally deleted a NTFS 255 GB partition using Gparted, and yes it contains LOTS of important data. Upon realizing the deletion I haven't yet created any file-...
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Deleted Partition Recovery

I was installing ubuntu 12.04 on my system. There were 4 partitions on my system and I selected one of the four partition for the installation and chose the option of resizing the partition. Initially ...
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Partitions disappeared after power loss while installing

I had Ubuntu 14.04 LTS installed on my Laptop. After a while I had some troubles starting it up. I decided to reinstall Ubuntu. I had 3 ntfs partitions, 2 ext3 partitions the mount point for the ...
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Recovering user files with a Live CD

For some reason I can't boot my system. I get an error akin to Operating System Not Found. I tried bootrepair, and that didn't work. So then I decided I would just save my personal files, wipe ...
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Is there a way to recover files from a storage device partially overwritten with dd?

I'm an idiot, I was writing an image to a USB drive using dd when instead of typing /dev/sdb I typed /dev/sdd and wrote the 135mb image to my 750gb External Hardrive full of files. Is there ANY ...
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Accidentally did dd /dev/sda

I written an ISO image to my hard disk using sudo dd if=image.iso of=/dev/sda. I meant /dev/sdc, and now running sudo fdisk -l returns only one partition on /dev/sda while there is supposed to be 6. ...
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Best tool to recover removed files [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How to recover deleted files? Using Ubuntu 10.10, I have a startup script that automatically removes my 'working directory'. This is a simple folder on my Desktop where I ...
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Can files/directories deleted with rm be restored?

Is it possible to restore files/directories which are deleted from terminal using rm and rm -r?. If a file is deleted from graphical interface, it could be restored from trash, but how do you restore ...
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Formatted and lost 6 years worth of photo memories.. any way to get this back?

I usually back up before formatting and doing a re-installation of Ubuntu, it was in the process and then obviously stopped prematurely but I was thinking all my data was transferred. After ...
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Tool for recovering deleted data from a flash drive

What is the best tool for recovering deleted data from a flash drive (pen drive)?
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Is there any recovery software available for ext4?

Well, I have accidentally deleted my Ubuntu drive. I just want to recover all the contents of /home. Is there a way to do it? I referred to foremost, where I need to specify the extensions of files. ...
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Recover EXT4 partition

I was trying to resize my EXT4 partition and something went wrong. I lost it. The space in once consumed is now being represented as Unallocated. How do I recover the partition?
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How to recover files after deleted my Ubuntu partition?

I normally dual-boot with 12.04 and Win XP pro sp3 on a Thinkpad R60. I needed to reinstall windows because of problems piling up, so I ran the computer's built-in hard-disk recovery software. I ...
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How can I recover my data after replacing Windows with Ubuntu? [duplicate]

I have migrated from Windows 7 to Ubuntu just yesterday. Windows 7 was in my C: drive. I did not realise that if I wipe Windows 7 and install Ubuntu, Ubuntu would be installed in the C: drive only. So ...
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How to recover deleted files in ubuntu using live usb? [based on filetype]

I had accidentally deleted a few files from an Ubuntu Desktop. Now I need to recover only the perl files which had been sitting in /home/user directory. How can this be done? I am able to boot using ...
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Recover 1TB disk erased with startup disk creator

Hello. I was trying to make a bootable flash drive from the startup disk creator, and when I went to erase the flash drive I accidentally erased the wrong drive, a 1TB removable drive. The operation ...
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How to recover data from NTFS partition that was made into a Swap partition?

I have extremely important stuff on my windows partition which during the ubuntu 10.10 installation,when it said that I should create something called swap space, I selected it to be a swap space (...
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How to recover lost partitions data?

I have a 2TB SATA drive that was being used as file storage on my UBUNTU computer. I was re-imaging my windows box so I used that drive to back up some files to it. I did this by taking the drive from ...
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Accidentally deleted a folder [duplicate]

I've been using Ubuntu 12.04 and accidentally deleted a folder using Shift+Del. Does anyone have any idea how to recover the folder?
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How to recover data from a failing hard drive? [duplicate]

An external 3½" HDD seems to be in danger of failing — it's making ticking sounds when idle. I've acquired a replacement drive, and want to know the best strategy to get the data off of the dubious ...
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How do I recover documents from a broken Ubuntu installation?

I installed Ubuntu on a hard drive that had Windows XP installed so I could dual-boot the two operating systems. Everything was fine but now I can't boot into XP or Ubuntu. I had some important ...
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All files erased after installing Ubuntu [duplicate]

Yeah, I know I should have backed up my files before proceeding, I completely forgot. Well, the thing is that I had a dual-boot system with Windows 7 and Ubuntu 10.10. Yesterday, I installed Ubuntu 11....
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Recovering Very Important Lost Data From Ntfs Partition

I have a 230 Gigs HDD on my laptop, i have 50 gigs extended for my linux, i have 80 gigs empty ntfs partition, and 100 gigs ntfs partition where i store all my important data, (i have about 50 gigs of ...
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How do I add SSH Keys to authorized_keys file?

I have an Ubuntu server on Amazon EC2, that I use for development, and today I stupidly cleared everything out of my ~/.ssh/authorized_keys file. Luckily I have an SSH open, so I am still connected, ...
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need to recover data from a data hard disk that I used testdisk on in my attempt to repair mbr from a rootkit virus

Before I begin to say what my situation is here, please know i would be FOREVER GRATEFUL for anyone who can help me out with this mess. I have photos on here from years and years of painstaking work. ...
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Ubuntu deleted files from guest account desktop

I have Ubuntu 12.10 and was using guest account. I downloaded some files on desktop and shutdown my m/c after use. Now today when I logged in to guest account to copy those files but surprisingly ...
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Made a huge mistake and deleted my /home/user folder (Ubuntu 14.04 LTS)

I was following this question here: Nautilus Thumbnails Size Fix I screwed something up and I don't know how to fix it. I installed dconf-editor and changed the thumbnail size in nautilus. after that ...
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What's the difference between ddrescue, gddrescue, and dd_rescue?

The dd command is commonly used to make image backups of a drive or partition. However, it performs poorly if the source drive is unreliable or failing. I read that ddrescue/dd_rescue is a good tool ...
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How can I save my data in my HDD from a Ubuntu Flash Disk?

It's already some time that my HP250G3 computer didn't want to start up, so I installed Ubuntu 16.04 LTS on my flash disk to recover some data before resetting the hard disk (hard reset + reinstall of ...
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Accidentally formatted ext4 partition

I have just formatted an ext4 partition to fat32 using gparted. In which directions should I tread in my attempt to recover?
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Recover files from NTFS drive with bad sectors

A few nights ago I have created a backup of my data on an external 500 GB NTFS USB hard drive. I have then formatted my computer, reinstalled Ubuntu and started transferring back the data from the ...
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I want to copy the data folders from a previous ubuntu(14.04) partition

My hard drive is a mess and I want to reformat it and do a fresh install of 16.04. My problem is I only have access to the HDD via 16.04 on a USB stick and although I can navigate to the various ...
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Drive Recovery with ddrescue

I'm in the need of recovering data from a 1TB drive. The BIOS reported SMART error(s) and then Ubuntu was kind enough to tell me I have 2 SMART errors. On the drive there is about 250GB worth of ...
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Recovering a lost file with testdisk

I was working on a LibreOffice Writer document when my computer turned off. No problem there, I booted up, went back into LibreOffice and it gave the option to recover everything. I left the document ...
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How can I recover data from a 2TB hard drive?

I have a Western Digital 2TB External Hard Drive. I basically use it to keep all my movies and videos. Its file system is NTFS, and currently I'm using 1.4TB. One night I turn it on and copied a 4GB ...
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How can I repair my installation?

Does ubuntu 11.10 have a repair setup like windows that repairs the operating system files? Or do we have to do a whole new installation? If not, is there a backup solution so I can re-install ...
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Recover deleted data with rm -rf on Wubi?

I accidentally deleted /home with sudo rm -rf. I tried to restore it with testdisk, but because Ubuntu is from Wubi, it cannot list the filesystem and I don't know another way to do this. How could ...
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How to resolve “ The harddisk seems too small” with Testdisk deeper search option

I need to recover the NTFS partition that was removed by Ubuntu 13.10 installation after choosing "replace Ubuntu 12.04 with 13.10" But I am getting this message Disk /dev/sda - 640 GB / 596 GiB - ...
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Recover data from a FAT32 hard disk?

I have connected a failed hard disk which has a detectable FAT32 filesystem. I Dont know the nature of the damage. What is the easiest way to recover the data from the drive?
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Recover Lost data/partition

This is what happened: I was running 12.04.1 and wanted to install 12.10. upgrade, but a fresh install. When setting up my computer I anticipated for this by dividing my 640GB HD in following ...
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Possibility of recovering files from a dd zero-filled hard disk

I have "zero filled" (complete wiped) an external hard disk using dd, and from what I have heard: people said you should at least "zero fill" 3 times to be sure that the data are really wiped and no ...
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Accidentally moved directories under root

I've accidentally run this command sudo mv /* /applications/minced/ instead of sudo mv ./* /applications/minced/ This is all that's left in the root directory $ / applications/ dev/ ...
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NTFS recovery software for Ubuntu?

I need a free Linux application to recover some files on an NTFS partition. Please suggest a good one.
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How to recover data from formatted swap?

I am using Ubuntu 12.04. I have 4 partitions of hard disk. 1st of 43 GB contains Windows 7, 2nd (43 GB) and 3rd (32 GB) contained valuable data and 4th of 42GB contains Ubuntu. Now, while installing ...
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Does selecting “Remove Windows” option during install remove all my Windows partitions?

I had Windows 7 installed on my laptop, I installed Ubuntu and chosen the option to delete everything. But when I clicked that, it deleted my windows 7 partitions. C: Windows E: Documents F: ...
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I deleted a folder in Ubuntu, how can I recover it?

The folder is massive (390GB) and contains many different files. The file system is ext4 I was about to copy this file to another hard drive using gksudo nautilus so I didnt have do a massive chmod ...
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How to recover Ubuntu partition after computer failure?

Recently my computer broke down and the Linux Ubuntu 10.04 partition could not be loaded back. What should be done to recover it back? What could be the possible error?