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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ddrescue recovering 0B but drive appears in device manager. Is it failing to connect?

I guess that this is a variant on a previous question "Is this ddrescue command doing anything?" Apologies for going over similar ground. I have a failing 2TB Seagate Barracuda drive which came from ...
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what does star in passwd file mean?

I have a computer that I need to boot into, but the passwords seem to be bogus. Additionally i cant mount the drive for writing, and it is a mips processor, so I cant stick it in another machine to ...
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SSD failiure. grub rescue sees files, but I can't mount drives

I have a 2 year old SSD that apparently has died. 2 out of the 3 partitions are completely unmountable (only EFI boot partition mountable). When i turn on my computer I am greeted with grub rescue ...
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Recovering files with directory structure

EDIT: I am using Debian 8.1.0 So I somehow deleted my /etc directory. While I have not been able to recover the complete /etc directory hierarchy with all files, I have received different parts from ...
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ext4: How to save free blocks / inodes to a file

I'd like to save all free blocks / inodes from an ext4 file system to one or more files for further analysis and file recovery. It would be good to create one file for every contiguous set of free ...
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How to know under what filesystem etc comes?

Accidentally I have deleted some important file of ldap server now I am trying to recover all these files so I tried this post and run below commands # mount /dev/mapper/VolGroup00-LogVol00 on / type ...
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Help installing in Lubuntu?

I'm fairly new to Linux and don't know how to get the data recovery softwares as they're not in the Lubuntu Software Center nor Synaptic Package Manager. Recuva Diskdigger Testdisk R-Linux
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To recover OSX data in Debian

I have had taken backups by TimeMachine and now my Macbook Air 2013-mid finally died so I have to rescue files in Debian 8.1. However, it seems that no backups of so directories have been taken. I ...
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How has this arrangement of RAID disks occurred and is it recoverable?

I some months ago set up two RAID arrays for a system under CentOS 7. I was somewhat confused that the device list included two entries for each array, i.e. one had /dev/md126 and /dev/md126p1. The ...
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Is it possible to recover deleted files on RAID1 UFS provided by FreeNAS?

I have some files deleted on a RAID1 UFS filesystem provided by FreeNAS 8.3 p2. Is there any solution or software can help in this case?
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Recover corrupt tarball

I have a corrupt tarball on my hands. My first attempt at recovery went like this: $ tar --ignore-failed-read --ignore-command-error -xf tarball.tar tar: Skipping to next header tar: Archive contains ...
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How to recover the deleted file from linux system? [duplicate]

I am using centos7 locally. Mistaken I deleted text file(keystone.conf.disabled) using rm, from /etc/httpd/conf.d directory, How to recover this file. This file is very important to me. Please help ...
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Accidentally deleted /etc/redhat-release file

I accidentally deleted /etc/redhat-release file. How can I restore or create a new one? I have CentOS Linux release 7.0.1406 (Core).
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Problems with partition table on 3tb NTFS drive

I have a 3tb HDD which was formatted with NTFS and put in a USB enclosure. It was used under Windows and Linux, with no problems for a year. Recently it stopped mounting under Linux and Windows, and ...
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“grep: memory exhausted” error on large partition

I was editing a text file with my notes on linux commands when I noticed a big chunk of it was missing (copy without paste, probably). The problem is that I already saved the document. (And this is a ...
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Recover deleted files using foremost

In the foremost manual it says that it can be used to recover files using their headers, footers and data structures. Since file deletion does not actually erase data and data is still there until ...
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How can you recover from disk corruption on a backup drive whilst maintaining all hard links?

So, I have a scenario that is similar to How to copy directories with preserving hardlinks? that I wish to use however I have corruption from the backup hardlink source. My Scenario: 1. I backup my ...
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Extract files from a corrupted .gz file

I tried to compress a directory using tar -zcvf output.gz input_dir. I suppose I should have used a .tgz extension for compressing. How do I untar output.gz? I tried both tar zxvf output.gz, which ...
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Recovering an overwritten file

I accidentally misused the cp command and overwrote one file's contents on an ext4 filesystem. Is there anyway I can recover this old file's contents and possibly its metadata (i.e., last write time, ...
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Volume Group fails to recover

For the last 10 days I've been living a nightmare trying to recover my data. I'm trying to recover VG and mount it to access the data here's what I get [root@]# pvscan Found duplicate PV ...
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Exundelete can't restore the file

I'm trying to restore 2 important tar.gz files I know their directory but extundelete not restoring them although it's giving me the inode number. Loading filesystem metadata ... 2127 groups loaded. ...
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recover lvm formatted partition

I had 2 old drives having LVM installed showing as 1 drive. They were attached by the datacenter to the new server to migrate data but they weren't able to be mounted I tried everything possible until ...
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Data Recovery from a 4-Disk NAS RAID 10

I know there are similar questions to this but none specific to RAID 10 extracted from a NAS, so any help is greatly appreciated. So, basically the NAS is kaput but the drives are ok. Following the ...
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Recover LUKS partition after overwriting first few bytes of LUKS container? System still up!

I have a 1.5 TB partition of data, of which I accidentally overwrote some bytes at the beginning, due to a typo like: ssh somewhere command | dd of=/dev/sda3 // should have used quotes here, dd ...
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Recovering accidentally deleted files, block device

I accidentally deleted /dev/loop special block device. Is it possible to recover it?
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testdisk partition recovery

Looking to recover data/partition index from this disk.. ⚡ root@jg  ~  ls /dev/disk/by-label lrwxrwxrwx. 1 root root 10 May 4 21:06 4tb1 -> ../../sde1 drwxr-xr-x. 7 root root 140 May 4 21:06 .. ...
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Recoving LVM logical volumes after having to recreate the physical volumes

After reinstalling my system to a new SSD, my existing LVM was toast, it couldn’t find any physical volumes or volume groups. I also don’t have backups of my LVM configuration. Also to further ...
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Why my rescued PDFs forms are empty?

First, I'm no expert, so don't assume I know much about data recovery. I'm using ddrescue and photorec to try to rescue files from a USB stick. It's a 32GB stick that has no more partition information ...
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How to recover a deleted partition from a NTFS disk with GNU parted?

I'm testing different methods to recover deleted Windows partitions under Linux. For this experiment, I created a partition in Windows, placed some data on it and deleted it. In order to ...
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make `tar` archive from NTFS with non-ascii file names

Loaded a live disk into a Windows based machine with NTFS files. Being a Linux user for some years, using tar came to my mind instantly and made some backup archives from partitions and stored them ...
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Recovering broken USB drive: ddrescue disk to disk vs disk to image?

I am a bit confused about few things and I hope someone could clear this up for me. Is there any particular difference in disk to disk vs disk to image file approach? I executed following code to ...
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Accidentally ran mkfs.vfat on my backup drive [duplicate]

I ran mkfs.vfat /dev/sdb (whole device, not just one partition) on my backup drive, ironic, right. Is there any way to recover my files.
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How to recover a shell script I deleted from a specific folder in Debian 7?

So in a merry mood last night, I deleted an important shell script from my system. I mistook it for something else and figured it wasn't needed. I am trying to recover it. I have tried 'scalpel' and ...
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Directories and files changed to unknown type [duplicate]

After breaking my Debian jessie system with the mistyped command: # chmod -R 0644 / now I am using a live CD to backup my data but all the files and directories are of unknown type now and ...
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Overwritten superblock and dd backup files recovery

Good day, yesterday I tried to extend my swap partition ('cause suspend/hibernation didn't work) and I needed to decrease size of my debian linux disk (I don't ever remember if it was ext2/et3 or ...
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Is there a way to recover my vi-edited file?

2 days ago, I remotely logged into my school's Unix system and wrote a lengthy file with vi. I saved with :wq and reopened it multiple times to check if it saved (it did). Today, I log back in and ...
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Recovering data written to file that moved

I have a Python daemon running on CentOS that opens a file at the beginning of a session, and keeps writing to it. A cronjob however, gzipped the file that was being written to, and so the file moved ...
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How can I recovery data? Or how can I fix file system without deleting of data?

I have done fsck.ext4 -f /dev/sda5 but questions were too much and I close one several times. After that I used several times e2fsck. But it was very slowly and I stopped one several times too. ...
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How to restore RAID5 Array

I have a RAID5 array consisting of 3 identical 2TB drives. Suddenly GRUB wouldn't boot anymore and gave the error out of disk. Eventually booted a livecd and ran some mdadm commands: mdadm --examine ...
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Strange hang while attempting mounting LVM2 in recovery mode

I am running a RHEL 7 vm and I am trying to mount an LVM disk in recovery mode. I can see the disk with fdisk -l. lvscan shows it being active. When I try to mount the disk to the system I see the ...
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Have I destroyed data on drive?

I stupidly ran the following command on an external ext4 USB disk, typing /dev/sdb instead of /dev/sda which was the new disk I was setting up: dd if=/dev/zero of=/dev/sda bs=512 count=100 These ...
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Restoring data from NTFS formatted pre-ext4 partition

MS recovery just formatted my 1TB Backup disk to NTFS which was ext4 before. It was an MBR disk before but now it's a GPT one. Now I'm on SystemResqueCD and can check with the testdisk. What is the ...
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challenging failed raid5 recovery

I have a personal raid 5 array that is in rough shape. The failed array has eight 2 TB drives that were built up over time in my n-2 desktop machine. The array is from an in-house computer that ...
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Mounting a Partition & recovery

To keep the story short, i am taking the easy way out and now trying to mount a partition to recover a few text documents. I tried to 'sudo mount -t ext4 /dev/sda4 /mnt' but received this error sudo ...
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Why creating partitions in linux is a good solution for easy recovery?

I have heard if you don't make partitions in linux, it is so hard to recover the data. And if you make few partitions it would be easy to recover the data. for example if you make /par1 /part2 /part3 ...
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How to recover a partition recreated with gparted

Yesterday I've had the bad idea to try to follow this tutorial : http://fds-team.de/cms/articles/2013-12/use-a-real-windows-7-partition-in-virtualbox-kvm-vmware-player-u.html these are the commands ...
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Testdisk 6.14 unable to fix 20GB WD ROM scroprio device

Using partedmagic iso , with pre-configured utility testdisk 6.14 I tried to repair WD 20GB hard-disk. It failed in sense it got me "read errors". I don't know how to fix it? Please help me. I'm ...
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haproxy - in CentOS is running but the whole directory is no more available and i do not have configuration backup

I had haproxy configured in /var/tmp directory by compiling, i did not had any backup after few months its still running but my /var/tmp/ is having no haproxy anymore. Can anyone please recover it i ...
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basic help with safecopy

I have a drive with "Many Bad Sectors". After much deliberation I've chosen to try recovering with safecopy (the choices of tools are overwhelming, and they are all just as cryptic to me - but I ...
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Recovering from bad superblock on external drive

read a few similar questions/posts and tried the solutions, still stuck. My scenario is simple, external ext4 drive was powered off (via cat) while operating, and failed to mount on boot. As I dug ...