Data may be lost due to hardware or software failures; data recovery is the process of restoring the lost data.

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How to recover my directory structure and files within from a messed-up partition

Something strange (don't ask) happened on my external hard-drive, resulting in (important) data unreachable... I am failing to mount it. That data was sitting on a vfat filesystem. I can get much of ...
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How to recover data from a bad SD card?

I have a 4GB SD card with some family pictures on it that I need to recover. When I insert the card into my card reader, it shows up as an unknown 32MB device (as /dev/sde) and cannot be mounted. When ...
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A Live CD distro for getting data off a NTFS partition without X Windows

The Windows partition on my laptop seems to refuse to boot, and since I lack the original install CD, I was thinking of installing my preferred Linux distro, Arch on it. I want to recover data off ...
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I accidentally removed /var/www/ on my Linux server

I ran rm -drf on my web server and accidentally removed everything inside /var/www/. Of course, it had everything for our website in it. How can I undo this? Or is it possible to restore it to a ...
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Linux equivalent of GraphClick?

Is there a piece of Linux software that does what GraphClick does in Mac OS X? That is, is there a Linux software that "is a graph digitizer software which allows to automatically retrieve the ...
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Rolling back a file

I have a situation, a colleage of mine overwrote PHP files that I've made changes to , is it possible to roll back a file to a previous working version using the command line. No svn repositories are ...
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How to recover a crashed Linux md RAID5 array?

Some time ago I had a RAID5 system at home. One of the 4 disks failed but after removing and putting it back it seemed to be OK so I started a resync. When it finished I realized, to my horror, that 3 ...
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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 ...
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How to repair an ext3 partition after broken resize operation?

I was using gparted to resize a near-terabyte ext3 partition, adding about 40 GB to the left. After nearly 12 hours of moving data (and with 23 more hours estimated to remain) the system hung. Now ...
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“lshw -C disk” returns but prints nothing

I am using an ubuntu live cd to help me recover some data off of a hard drive. I used lshw -C disk to find out which device I need to copy, /dev/sda in this case. I am using ddrescue -n to try and ...
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Prevent libflashplayer.so from deleting a file?

I'm trying the preview release of Flash Player "Square" for Linux and noticed that video files are now being deleted from the /tmp/ folder. Yet the files are still in use (I can see them with lsof): ...
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Recovering accidentally deleted files

I accidentally deleted a file from my laptop. I'm using Fedora. Is it possible to recover the file?
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Accessing the iPhone file system via Linux/Unix

My old iPhone is semi-bricked. It turns off after a few minutes and doesn't get past the load screen. It has important data on it which wasn't backed up. I'm trying to access the hard-drive's ...