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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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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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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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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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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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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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Recovering data from a damaged hard-drive: the “freezer trick”

I'm currently in the business of recovering data from a damaged---and dying---hard-drive (check this question for background info). The drive was dropped while the system was running; and while ...
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What is the minimum size for the medium used to clone a damaged hard drive?

I'm currently in the business of recovering data from a damaged---and dying---hard-drive (check this question for background info). The damaged hard-drive is 250GB, and I intend to use dd or ddrescue ...
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How to repair a corrupted HFS+ partition from a damaged hard-disk?

I have a friend's Mac OS X disk that comes with an HFS+ partition. I am supposed to recover the personal data from this disk, and I'm not yet sure if the filesystem is corrupted or the disk is dying). ...
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recovery data from RAID and disk failure (Linux)

Some background A friend of mine was using in his office a NAS Buffalo-LS-WVL with two disks of 1TB each. It seems that the two disks were mounted as raid 1, but, as you will read, probably they have ...
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How to clone a NTFS partition (WinXP) from a damaged disk to a new one?

I'm an Italian Windows programmer. I know almost nothing of Linux, so please be patient if the question is dumb and pardon my bad english. I need to clone a NTFS partition from a damaged, near to die ...
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Is this ddrescue command doing anything?

In the course of trying to recover data from a failing hard drive, I am running the command ddrescue. The command has been running for 9 days, and I thought from the sound of disk activity that maybe ...
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USB 500GB external drive mounted with undetermined permissions, missing data

Note: This situation is evolving. Please see the output at the end of this question for the current situation. I'm using Linux Mint 14. Recently, I repartitioned one of my hard drives, and I backed ...
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Recovering an ext4 filesystem with corrupt journal

I have a hard drive that seems to have developed some kind of hardware problem in the journal. This prevents the drive from being loaded. Running mount -r -t ext4 /dev/sda5 /mnt/root results in the ...
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How to make data-recovery very-very hard or impossible for Unix -computer before reselling?

I resell my Thinkpad and I want to make sure its old content in the harddrive is not readable. The Thinkpad has now Debian -installed but I sell it as-is so no OS needed. How can I can rewrite the ...
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Bad superblock after server crash

My server (CentOS 6) crashed, and it now kernel panics on boot. It's currently using a mdadm RAID1 array with two 1TB drives. vg_server2422-LogVol01 is / vg_server2422-LogVol00 is Swap ...
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What is the fastest way to write all sectors on a drive?

The goal in my case is not to securely erase data, but simply to force sector reallocation by the drives firmware. I have a drive that has had a few file corruptions. It seems to be due to getting ...
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Create recovery medium from Windows 7 recovery partition

Many laptops are delivered with Windows 7 recovery partition (but without CD or DVD) which takes place on the harddrive that could contain some Linux distribution or serve for data storage. I don't ...
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saving data from a failing drive

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 ...