Questions about recovering data. Includes data loss due to hardware failure, software failure, and user or administrator failure (accidental delete). Please also add tags for the specific things involved, such as /raid, /ext4, /hard-disk, /rm, etc.

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Recover data from linux partition

Somehow I managed to really mess up my debian installation and I will have to reinstall it. However I have some data on the partition that I really want to save. Is there any way to access the data on ...
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How to interpret the output of safecopy

Just as an example, this is one typical output line. ...........................[12767109](+112394240){X [12792709] X}[12818309](+209715200) I have gone through the DESCRIPTION OF OUTPUT in ...
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How to Recover Data in LINUX MINT Quiana [duplicate]

Can I recover deleted files in LINUX MINT 17 Quiana. I have deleted my folder containing data with shift+delete. Now, I want my data back.
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can you recover lvm metadata without access to /etc/lvm/?

I just installed Manjaro on to a externalized usb hard drive. After I was done, I tried to boot from my previously working Mint distro (no full-disk luks) on my internal hard drive. The lvm volume ...
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recover lvm after loosing partition table

On one of my hard drives had a few physical volumes/partitions and lvm on them. And then I lost partition table. I still have files from /etc/lvm/* how can I recover my data?
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LUKS-encrypted text file is garbled

I have a USB disk encrypted with LUKS. Immediately after mounting the disk today, I find that a recently edited text file contains seemingly random characters. All other files that I have checked, ...
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How are files or chunks delimited on disk?

I'm trying to recover some lost files by grep-scanning a hard disk. (The OS is Darwin 11.4.2. The file system is HFS.) How can I determine where a file (or contiguous chunk thereof) begins and ends ...
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Recover file from previous installation? [duplicate]

I recently wiped an old ubuntu server of mine and installed debian, but i forgot to backup a very important file. I know there is a chance that the computer has already wrote over the file, but what ...
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Accidentally reformatted /dev/sda1 - any hope for recovery?

All day today, I've been reformatting a USB flash drive repeatedly and I was doing this multiple times in a row, and I began to grow a little too careless... Without paying attention, I accidentally ...
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Recovering windows partition in Mint (testdisk fails)

Yesterday I messed up my partitions, wanting to replace Ubuntu with Mint. My other partition had Windows 8 on it. I booted Mint from a live USB and started the Mint setup. I selected the option to ...
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Linux boot with broken partition

I have two ext partition on my linux One for / And one for /home I wanted to reduce (with this method) the home partition (which was only something like 10% filled) to create a new partition for ...
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Can I split a disk image and run Photorec on each part individually?

I'm running Photorec on an external HD connected via USB and it's taking too long, with the estimated remaining time constantly increasing. Is there a way to create a disk image from that external ...
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Can overwritten files be recovered?

I am not talking about recovering deleted files, but overwritten files. Namely by the following methods: # move mv new_file old_file # copy cp new_file old_file # edit vi existing_file > D > ...
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ext4 data recovery from gparted error

During resizing and moving 2.7TB partition in Gparted, I encountered an error that froze the whole program. (I dont have a screenshot or output from it, as fas as I remember, it was something about ...
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Recover data from raid 1 when both drives are faulty

I had a RAID 1 on my server, and apparently both of hard drives have failed at the same time. Server support did a quick check to confirm that HDDTEST-W1F21M6K ERROR Finished (Selftest, Device: ...
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Partially overwrote /dev/sda, can I recover anything?

I was messing around with my new hard drive, which only contains some personal files, and to check its write speed, I typed: sudo dd if=/dev/zero of=/dev/sda, /dev/sda/ being the new 2 TB connected to ...
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How can I unveal files on my external hard drive?

I copied a big folder (around 110 GB) from my (Mac 10.7.5) computer onto a hard drive (exFAT). It took quite some time and afterwards I even checked that the files were actually there. After more ...
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How can I recover deleted data from a partition [closed]

I want to recover deleted data from a partition with the help of a Python program. I know that on deletion, only the inode information of that file is deleted, but the bits are not overwritten by ...
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Recover files after moving directory names?

During the course of some testing, I ran the bast script for file in *; do mv -v "$file" "$file#_*" done or something along those lines. The plan was to remove a prefix from directory names ...
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Accessing iDevice data out of IOS, using Linux

Here there is my friend's iPad 2(Wifi only) which is updated and is gone to the recovery mode. The only things that work on it is the recovery mode and DFU mode. The question is whether there is a way ...
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How did `git pull` eat my homework?

I feel like a kid in the principal's office explaining that the dog ate my homework the night before it was due, but I'm staring some crazy data loss bug in the face and I can't figure out how it ...
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What Causes Maintenance Shell Segmentation Fault?

I'm running Ubuntu 14.04 Trusty Tahr in a Microsoft Hyper-V virtual machine on Windows Server 2012 R2. I've stopped the VM, replaced an EXT4-formatted virtual disk volume (/dev/sdb) with a new ...
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Recover data from a BTRFS RAID5

I have a BTRFS RAID5 setup (no mdadm) with four disks (the fifth failed). Now I am trying to recover the files but as soon as I try to rsync the files over to another disk, the system hangs after ...
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Linux: Recover files from .vdi file

Somehow my .vdi (Linux guest OS) file got corrupted. Now I have some files in it (Inside the vdi file) and I want to recover those files. How can I do that?
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Backed up over wrong hard drive

I've just written over the wrong hard drive using the command: sudo sh -c 'pv /dev/sdb >/dev/sdc' How do I go about undoing this? I was creating the first even backup of the drive, and I backed ...
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Recover an overwritten file [duplicate]

I had a linux plain text document file with close to 100000 lines, a size of 10 Mb. I accidentally overwrote the file via python code. But I got an exception in the middle of the code and think the ...
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LVM not coming up after reboot, couldn't find device with uuid

Had a VM that was, up until recently working without issue, but needed to be rebooted after some configuration changes. However after rebooting the VM didn't come back up, saying it couldn't find the ...
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Failed to restore file with extundelete

I accidentally deleted the file .vimrc in my $HOME directory. I rebooted the system and accessed it as root. Then: $ sudo mount -o remount,ro /dev/sda5 $ sudo extundelete /dev/sda5 --restore-file ...
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Recover single file in the $HOME directory

I accidentally run rm -r /home/xralf and quickly killed it with Ctrl+C. It seemed that everything is OK, but I noticed that my .vimrc, which is importent for me, is missing. I tried the command: $ ...
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How can I shred a git repository, reasonably fast?

I'm interested in accurately removing a git repository in a reasonable time. But it takes quite a while to do so. Here, I have a small test repo where the .git folder is < 5MiB. $ du -ac ...
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Searching for a specific file with testdisk

Is there a way to recover just .webm files from a formatted partition using testdisk or photorec? I have not enough space to recover all files and then find .webm files afterwards.
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Recovering data of an formatted ext4 partition

An ext4 partition of Hard Disk is formatted to ext2 and then again to ext4 using GParted. Is there a way to recover the original data? I want to reconver .webm files. I could not do this with ...
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Why safecopy won't recover to /media/?

I tried to recover a HDD to a mounted device: safecopy --stage1 /dev/sdb3 /media/Volume/abc Than it says Error opening destination: /media/Volume/abc is a directory and If I run safecopy with ...
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Directories are missing in recovery mode

My service provider booted my virtual server in the recovery mode and now I'm a little bit lost. I'd like to save some files from my web-directory but I can't find /var/www. Though there are files in ...
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How to recover NTFS drive formatted in ext4?

I just installed Linux Mint 17 and when it asked me where to install it I selected the option to overwrite the old Mint 14. Previously I had also windows with NTFS partition of 900GB. Not it is all ...
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Drive disappears from dev during ddrescue copy or testdisk recovery

I have been trying to recover data from a Seagate 7200.11 1.5TB drive (2 ext4 partitions_ for 3 days now, predominantly with ddrescue and testdisk, but because of some critical error on the disk ...
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Mount a file collection in a linux environment

I am presently working as a summer intern. My first objective is, given a collection of files, recover and identify the file types present in it. To download sample pseudo-forensics data I have been ...
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Trying To Get Data From Server HDD

I had two CentOS 6.5 servers that I was running using the Plesk control panel. I have moved and decided not to use them no more but just buy my hosting. My new ISP blocks port 80 and the cost is ...
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Clunking hard drive, some info appears in dmesg but none in fdisk -l, what are my options?

I've been backing up old IDE hard drives onto a new USB drive this afternoon. One, a 2002 120gb Western Digital, has been a bit of a problem. I have connected it (as with the other hard drives) to ...
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mdadm raid 5 missing partitions after reboot

I had a working raid 5 array that had a whole debian install on it (I set it up during a debian install). I'd been using it a couple of days, all was fine, but since I created it during debian ...
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backup inode table on ext2/3/4

is it possible, to backup on regular basis inode table (including all inode information) on ext2/3/4? If yes, how to do it, or which program to use?
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lost directory cannot find it with testdisk

I was moving a directory on my parents computer using a teamviewer session. The session responds slow and somehow, when I was moving the directory (location: /sdb/synchronisatie/nel/) something went ...
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encrypted ext3 damaged; how to proceed?

My home partition on a Debian wheezy install is an encrypted LVM volume. It is ext3. Earlier today, I had a weird message in a terminal window about an attempt to write to a file in my /home tree ...
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Read files after running ddrescue

I have run ddrescue on a hard disk, and got all data (2 partition) to another disk named part1.img and part2.img. How to proceed to read (list) the files in part2.img? I use fedora 14, 32 bit
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How to copy partioning information with dd?

I am trying to recover partitioning information using TestDisk. To try things out I copied all data from the original harddisc to another physical drive using dd as follows: $ dd if=/dev/sda ...
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How to recover the partition table (Windows, Ubuntu) of an unallocated disc?

The following screenshot shows the current state of my hard disc. The unallocated part of the disc used to contain two operating systems: Windows and Ubuntu, in this order. Windows has been ...
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I accidentally formatted the wrong volume - is it possible to restore the previous Ext4 filesystem?

I know that a similar question has already been asked. This morning I accidentally formatted the wrong volume, containing mostly video files (about 30GB each). I am currently trying to restore the ...
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linux fedora 20 how to read data from usb drive

I installed Linux Fedora 20 on a new computer, and kept the hard drive from the old computer as a second backup of my data. The drive has two partitions, Windows XP on one and Fedora 12 on the other. ...
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Recovering data from a failing RAID 5 setup

I have a four disk RAID 5 array that is in the process of failing hard. One disk is completely dead and smartctl is telling me that a second disk is failing. All the data on the RAID is backed up, ...
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undelete a just deleted file on ext4 with extundelete

Is there a simple option on extundelete how I can try to undelete a file called /var/tmp/test.iso that I just deleded? (it is not so important that I would start to remount the drive read-only or ...