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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How to recover a file just deleted [duplicate]

I just deleted a file in Nautilus with Shift+Delete, which warned me that "If you delete an item, it will be permanently lost." I wonder if there is no way to recover the file? My OS is Ubuntu 10.10. ...
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Accidentally executed sudo rm /* on a remote server

I accidentally executed rm /* while logged in as root in a remote Ubuntu Server and deleted pretty much all binaries and currently I can neither log in via ssh or ftp to restore the files (and hope ...
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How to recover saved (stored) emails after damage to KMail configuration?

Recently my computer had to be hard-reset, and fsck ran on /home filesystem, producing lots of errors (old HDD drive). After reset I don't see all my saved emails in KMail (KDE 3.5.3), at least those ...
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Recover files from corrupt DVD

I have a DVD+RW containing a lot of images and videos. Multiple DVD drives fail to read or mount it. I tried to follow this to try and recover the files using DVDisaster, and have created an iso file. ...
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How to recover a corrupted “tar.gz” file

I suddenly needed to recover an old tar.gz file, but as soon as I execute so: tar -zxvf filename.tar.gz I get this: gzip: stdin: invalid compressed data--format violated tar: Child returned ...
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Recover formatted ext3 partition

Suppose you have an ext3 partition which was unfortunately formated as ext4 partition (and where now are some but not a lot new files on it). Is there any way to recover (some) files from the old ext3 ...
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Use testdisk and gpart information to mount ext4 partition

I am trying to recover the ext4 partition table of a 2TB disk, where I have 900.000 files. I have cloned the original HD and now I am working on the cloned HD. And I am running Parted Magic Live CD. ...
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Shift+delete vs rm -rf

Are Shift+Delete and rm -rf different? Is it possible to recover deleted data after performing either of them?
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undelete files from local fileserver

I have a NAS (mybook world white light) in my living room where all my music and stuff is stored. I've mounted the music folder of the nas in the local music folder of my home directory on my desktop ...
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How to recover my directory structure and files from a messed-up partition

Something strange (don't ask) happened on my external hard-drive, resulting in (important) data being unreachable... I am failing to mount it. That data was sitting on a vfat filesystem. I can get ...
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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 ...