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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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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Recover data from damaged hard Drive - External USB HDD

I am helping a friend to recover data from damage external hard drive . (USB 2, 120GB, WD, single partition, FAT32) Problem: When plug in this HDD into a windows PC, the HDD can be detected, but ...
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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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Cannot filter .sh files with photorec

I'm using photorec to recover a .sh file deleted accidentally. How can I filter .sh, because the extension is not in the list but it is supported according to the documentation.
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How to check/test .tar.bz archives?

I've been using tar with its "--use-compress-prog=pbzip2" function to archive my files then compress them with pbzip2 to get an "*.tar.bz" archive. Afterwards I checked the resulting file with ...
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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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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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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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Restoring a big partition to a smaller partition with Clonezilla

Some time ago I created a backup of an EXT4 partition with Clonezilla. Now the HDD crashed and I lost some important data. The size of the image of the partition is 50GB. I tried to restore this ...
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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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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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Recovered deleted files on Mac by command line

I accidentally deleted a file by running: rm -rf ./Desktop/myScript.sh I think it's possible to recover the file, because the rm command removes temporarily. How can I recover the deleted file on ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...
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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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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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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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extundelete does not finish its work

I need to restore a file on sda7 so I remounted ro und startet extundelete manuel@P5KC:~/recovery/RECOVERED_FILES$ sudo extundelete --restore-all /dev/sda7 WARNING: Extended attributes are not ...
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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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How can I dump the full system memory?

After starting VirtualBox, the computer became sluggish and then hung completely due to OOM. Usually, OOM should be starting killing processes in order to free up some space, but this did not happen ...
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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 good solution for easy recovery?

I have heard if you don't make partitins in linux it is so hard to recovery your data. And if you make some partitions it would be easy to recovery. for example if you make /par1 /part2 /part3 it is ...
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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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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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How to prevent FreeBSD from disconnecting a drive device?

While accessing a drive with high error rates (as, for example, here for opensuse) in FreeBSD, the system eventually disconnects the drive and it disappears from /dev. This makes it impossible to run ...
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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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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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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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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 ...