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Data recovery is the process of salvaging data from damaged, failed, corrupted, or inaccessible storage media when it cannot be accessed normally. Use this tag when you want to refer to one of the problems stated above.

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Need to recover files after mistakenly messing up the system but Ubuntu stuck at boot initramfs screen

I had been stuck with a package problem and was able to solve it after a long time. I decided to make a backup of the system settings before I proceeded. I installed Timeshift and set it up. It ...
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Having trouble with a USB drive data corruption

I was given a new 15 TB USB drive and was going to use it to store a lot of my files. I formatted it NTFS so I can take it between my Ubuntu (desktop) and Win 11 (laptop) machines as I have a lot of ...
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Recovery files possible after being overwritten by Ubuntu install?

Good evening, Unfortunately I used a data-containing USB-drive with the Ubuntu 22.04 Installer ISO. This was of course a very stupid action and I want to see if I somehow can turn back this stupidity. ...
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My western Digital hard disk was failed to be recognized by Ubuntu system recently. It seems have error sectors. How to recover data from it?

I have a 6T internal hard drive in my Desktop with Ubuntu 20.0.4 system. It works well before, but very recently it happened twice that it can't be recognized by the system (unmounted). The first time ...
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I did mkfs.ext4 /dev/md0 without knowing it wipes the whole data

So guys I got panicked since my data gone, I tried the solution to use backup Superblock from this askubuntu page but still no luck. but when I tried sudo fsck.ext4 -vy /dev/md0 I got this message /...
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Is there any situation where an Ubuntu bootable drive will use the hard drive?

I want to recover files deleted by accident. I know how to recover the files using testdisk/photorec. This post is not about how to recover files. It is about how an Ubuntu live USB handles downloaded ...
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How to recover a Ubuntu 20.04 live usb that crashed after uninstalling python?

I have foolishly uninstalled python from my Ubuntu 20.04 live usb... Now it won't boot past a black screen offering to enter ubuntu credetials. It accepts su as user and the pre-set password. How do ...
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recover files after accidentally changing the partition table

I have an internal drive of 500GB called /dev/sda that have nine partitions (sda1 to sda9).I also have an external hard drive of 1TB called /dev/sdb that have one partition called sdb1 in NTFS format, ...
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Trying to get Ubuntu mate into recovery mode

Ubuntu Mate on Raspberry pi 3+ and lost the password. Tried going to Recovery mode by restarting and pressing either by holding shift key or esc or space bar. But neither of them put it into ...
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bad magic number in superblock in disk cloned with ddrescue

I am in deep water here and would appreciate some help. I feel I must be missing something basic. I have a failing 2TB external HDD, with an NTFS file system. The drive is about half-full of data. I ...
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How to repair a partition damaged by a power outage

I was worked with VMWare and my system suddenly power off. After I power on my system my virtual machine partition doesn't mount and return this error! How can i fix it and recovery my files? I use ...
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Best way to recover a partition from my HDD that I lost when my computer shut down while I was expanding the partition from 800GB to 1TB?

I had two partitions, and I deleted the first partition (NTFS) to expand the second and keep only one partition (EXT4). However, while performing this operation in GParted, my computer shut down, and ...
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How do I change the partition format that was accidentally changed to MBR back to GPT?

The first time my storage looked like this: because I'm dual booting Ubuntu with Windows. but accidentally my hard disk ends up like this: After I checked with gdisk I got something like this: HGST ...
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Destroyed sudo permissions, no access to grub due to nouveau kernal driver

I managed to get myself into quite the corner. I messed up permissions to /usr/bin/ and all subdirectories, e.g. root is no longer owner of /usr/bin/sudo. As a result, I get the infamous /usr/bin/sudo ...
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Restore EXT4 Partition from NVME

I have a server running on Ubuntu and OpenMediaVault 6 as NAS software on a VM. For data storage I use a seperate NVME. After restarting the server I could not connect from my other PC to my NVME ...
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Huge data loss in folder on external HDD after moving files into it

The problem I've had a few PDF/epub files that I wanted to backup on my external drive that holds all my documents and files. I used Ctrl + X to move PDF files from my desktop directory of my home ...
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Recovering data after emptying trash

I saw something unusual on my desktop. I deleted it and never saw that I emptied my whole laptop drive, further I emptied the trash moments later. When I noticed it, I tried to recover using Testdisk, ...
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What is the best way to recover deleted zip files from a specific path when rlinux, photorec can't find them?

What is the best way to recover deleted zip files from a specific path ? I have 2 zip files previously stored in an ext drive in /dev/sda3 to be cut&pasted to home/user/Documents. These zip files ...
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Copying a file from an HD with bad sectors

I am trying to copy various files from one HD to another. on some files after several minutes (too many, say 5 minutes for an 11Mb file) I get this error and the file is not copied. cp: error reading '...
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Accidentally deleted the entire hard drive during Ubuntu installation

I tried to install Ubuntu 23.04 on my device which was running on Windows 10. During the installation I might have selected the Erase all data and install Ubuntu option and got my full HDD erased ...
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I accidentally formatted my drive. Can I use a backup .img file to recover it?

I have accidentally formatted my drive. Attempts at data recovery have been unsuccessful, but I had created an .img file of the drive with dd if=/dev/sd<x> of=filename.img before that. So I ...
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How can i recover a vdi file that was affected by dd?

Detail: i accidentally used dd of=myfile.vdi and it went to 0 byte after. is there a way to recover the file
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Recovery data from Unable to mount Sandisk Extreme USB device

so it seem many Sandisk Extreme devices are crashing recently. The company updated some firmwares but it seems that my device does not need any update regarding the website autochecker, but anyhow my ...
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at boot time - recovering journal

I have dual boot - Windows 11 and Ubuntu 22.04 LTS. I know for sure that last time Ubuntu was shutdown gracefully. But today when i opted Ubuntu Linux from grub menu then I am getting this message: ...
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Deja Dup overwritten files

I have restored by deja dup an old version of our database so it has overwritten the current updated file. is there anyway I can get the overwritten file back?
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ddrescue not starting after cancelling

I used ddrescue to copy data from an about-to-fail hard drive to another clean drive. I had formatted the targetted drive and began the process successfully but later canceled it because I had to get ...
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Dumbly shrinked partition size, what can I do to recover my /home folder

I was using a dual-boot setup with Windows and Ubuntu, but I ran out of space. Since I didn't really use Windows, I decided to remove it. I installed GParted and removed the Windows partitions, then ...
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Possibly of recovering data from virtualbox machine?

Tldr: vdi file corrupted, nothing i tried is helping I noticed recently that the save files for one of my virtualbox machines disappeared. I had it on an hard drive that’s plugged into an outlet, and ...
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Clean reinstall Ubuntu while recovering former account

While tinkering (too much) with my machine, I deleted some apparently key files from the Ubuntu kernel on v22.*. I then thought I could "clean" reinstall just the system from a USB (that ...
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How can I recover my home folder after "apt purge" removed all it's contents?

I was on my Ubuntu 22.04 cleaning up some unused apps as sudo. Already had removed 3 of them so I ran the following command: apt-get purge assinador-serpro It was taking longer than usual when it ...
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Mistakenly formatted external big USB drive instead of intented USB drive - can I recover the files?

I have this external USB (2TB) disk where I place all my photos and such. The other day I was making a Unity(!) startup-disk on a separate USB stick but mistakenly put the files on this external disk ...
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Deleted Partitions while installing Ubuntu [duplicate]

I am new to linux, as a windows user i thought installing Ubuntu on my old windows laptop will be as similar as installing windows later after installing Ubuntu, I realised that I accidentally deleted ...
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Deleted Partition Recovery Into System

I was installing ubuntu 22.04 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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Is it possible to recover this LUKS-encrypted SD card?

I have a large size SD card that was encrypted with LUKS using the GNOME Disk Utility running on Ubuntu. I had some cherished photos on it. I've managed to accidentally format the SD card and wish to ...
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How do I recover lost folders and files in Ubuntu?

I'm a relative newbie to Ubuntu. I was trying to uninstall and re-install some Java programs on my setup and I ran the following command on the terminal for g in ControlPanel java java_vm javaws ...
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Trying to recover a deleted ODT file [duplicate]

I'd tried using Photorec to restore a deleted ODT file since I accidentally deleted an important part of the boot files. Sadly, the option for filtering file searches for ODT's exclusively isn't ...
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PhotoRec outputs mostly text files in Ubuntu data recovery

Last night I discovered that Ubuntu 20.04 had deleted most of the contents of one of my folders, about 50GB worth. I tried to recover them using PhotoRec, but most of what is output so far is text ...
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External SSD not mountable after connecting to windows

I think I messed up really really bad and need help. I had a laptop with an Ubuntu installation. My laptop's main board broke. I took out the M2 ssd where linux was installed and gave laptop for ...
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ZFS Ubuntu 20.04, Failed Drive makes pool unavailable

I have a recent Build of Ubuntu 20.04, Fresh installation 3 months ago, Installed on an SSD (No Boot ZFS), where I created 2 zpools: one 'zombiepool2' 4 x 2TB (not, very new drives), second '...
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Recover partition from hard drive showing wrong capacity

I have a 1TB hard drive that started making problems a few weeks ago. It was sometimes corrupting some of the data on the drive forcing me to run fsck before booting into the system. This worked for a ...
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Install Ubuntu over broken Ubuntu to recover files

I broke an Ubuntu 22.04 LTS when changing some X11 configuration file. Don't remember what exactly. The machine is an Acer Nitro 5, from 2021. It is now broken on boot. It shows a sometimes blinking ...
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Can't see some files after running " fsck -y /dev/sda3 " [duplicate]

While using GParted live usb to create some free space on my disk (only ubuntu 22.04 is installed on that entire disk), I mistakely stopped the resizing operation in between, and later when I tried to ...
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Recover Ubuntu files [duplicate]

I have deleted Ubuntu 18.04 files and cleared it from the trash. Is it possible to recover these files? Please advise.
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Deleted Ubuntu folder and emptied the trash [duplicate]

Well, that was stupid. I put in an old USB and wanted to delete all the files on it. I believed it was an old Ubuntu install USB, so without further thought I clicked on something that said Ubuntu on ...
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Formatted laptop problems with booting external Ubuntu environment - Aptio Setup Utility issue

So background is that I stupidly formatted my laptop's harddrive instead of my external one and now I seem to have wiped it completely, OS and all. So when turning it on I get sent to the Aptio Setup ...
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How do I recover data after formatting laptop drive and deleting OS [duplicate]

So I stupidly formatted my laptop drive instead of my external harddrive and when I restarted the laptop I'm now stuck on Aptio Setup Utility with no boot options. Is there anyway possible to recover ...
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carve bzip2 using foremost

i have a corrupted drive and need to recover the archive files from it. I already successfully used foremost to recover the pdf files. foremost -t pdf -i /dev/sda -o /tmp/foremost/pdf however i now ...
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Access Windows Software RAID 5?

Moving to Ubuntu, running 22.04.2 LTS. Previously I had Windows 10 installed and created a software RAID 5 (or fake-RAID) following these steps: https://recoverhdd.com/blog/creating-software-raid-in-...
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I accidentally deleted the folder trusted.gpg.d

I faced the error message Warning: apt-key is deprecated. Manage keyring files in trusted.gpg.d instead (see apt-key(8)). so I deleted the trusted.gpg.d folder and now I can't even update I tried ...
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Problem during system partial update. Can the system be recovered?

The system was undertaking a partial update when the screen/session logged off due to inactivity. When attempted to log in, the system wouldn´t let me write the password. The computer was then re-...
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