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 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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Unix/Linux undelete/recover deleted files

Is there a command to recover/undelete deleted files by rm? $ rm -rf /path/to/myfile How can I recover myfile? If there is such a tool how can I use it?
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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 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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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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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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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 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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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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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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Recovering ext4 superblocks

Recently, my external hard drive enclosure failed (the hard drive itself powers up in another enclosure). However, as a result, it appears its EXT4 file system is corrupt. The drive has a single ...
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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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How to undelete/restore the deleted files in ubuntu linux [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Recovering deleted files on fedora undelete files from local fileserver I accidentally did rm * in a directory instead of another directory from console in a Ubuntu11 ...
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How to recover files I deleted now by running rm *? [duplicate]

By mistake I ran rm * on the current directory where I created many c program files. I had been working on these since morning. Now I can't take out again the time that I spent since morning on ...
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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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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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How do I find the offset of an ext4 filesystem?

I have a failing hard drive that is unable to write or read the first sectors of the disk. It just gives I/O errors and that is all there is. There are other areas on the disk that seem (mostly) fine. ...
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Restore from lost+found

There was a problem on an EXT4 FS/memorycard and after and fsck all the files were put in the lost+found. Question: how can I restore the old filename/hierarchy from the lost+found? Or it is ...
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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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How are files laid out in ext2/ext3/ext4?

A few days ago all my metadata on a ext4 format flash card was overwritten. I am now going to speculate on how this happened. This is pure speculation. It happened just after I used a different ...
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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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data recovery from form an accidental format on ext4 partition

When I was installing Mint Debian edition unlike the classic edition, the installation automatically formated my home partition when I did not specify to format. So the formatting previously was ext4 ...
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How to undelete just deleted directory with “rm -R” command?

I deleted an important directory with rm -R command. This is an very populer host data. It was located /var/zpanel/hostdata/ayrintilih After remove ayrintilih directory has gone everything. I tried ...
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Recovering files from partition (ext4)

a part of out homework assignment is to recover deleted files from the partition with the ext4 file system. I've tried using the extundelete tool, by following this tutorial. The tool recovered a lot ...
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How to recover the partition table (Windows, Ubuntu) of an unallocated disc?

The following screenshot shows the current state of my hard disc. The unallocated part of the disc used to contain two operating systems: Windows and Ubuntu, in this order. Windows has been ...
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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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Securely delete files on btrfs filesystem

Sometimes, there's the need to delete a file in a filesystem, and make sure that the file is truly gone. A file that contains sensitive passwords, for example, should be throughly wiped from the disk. ...
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.bashrc overwritten but still sourced — how can it be recovered?

Usually when I find a command I want to alias, I echo it to my .bashrc like so: [up button pressed to last command, then line edited so that it reads] $echo "command-i-just-did" >> ~/.bashrc ...
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Recover deleted file that is currently being written to

I started downloading a big file and accidently deleted it a while ago. I know how to get its current contents by cping /proc/<pid>/fd/<fd> but since the download is still in progress ...
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Accidentally reformatted /dev/sda1 - any hope for recovery?

All day today, I've been reformatting a USB flash drive repeatedly and I was doing this multiple times in a row, and I began to grow a little too careless... Without paying attention, I accidentally ...
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What rescue disk (rescue CD/DVD) to recover data from failed HDD would you recommend for first time user?

What rescue disk (rescue CD/DVD) would you recommend for an user which unfortunately needs to rescue data from a bad disk (filesystems does not mount when using LiveCD, though fdisk looks O.K.) for a ...
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Does LVM increase the risk of data loss?

Let's say I have two identical disks, and I set one LVM logical volume on them (no mirroring). Question: What will happen when one of the disks fails? I will lose all the data from all the disks I ...
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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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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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What tools can I use to recover files from an old harddrive?

I found an old hard drive of mine yesterday and found that it fits into my current laptop. When I started it up, however, it got to the Win XP loading screen and then restarted. Then I thought, if I ...
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How to restore a Fat32 filesystem under Linux

Here is what happened: I used the Laptop and accessed some data on my usb stick. Then I closed the Laptop putting the system into sleep mode. The USB-Stick was still plugged in. After the laptop was ...
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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 ...
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File damaged/lost during transfer? Recovery possible?

I was at uni a few days ago when I attempted to cut and paste a 500Mb file (a 3gp video recording) into my H drive on one of the uni network's Linux (Debian KDE 3.5) computers. I did not see any ...
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I've wiped my partition table using gparted, is there a way to recover my partition?

I've wiped my NTFS (windows) partition table using gparted by clicking on "Device->Create Partition Table... and then apply", is there a way to recover my NTFS partition? I tried using this command ...
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Confusion with how to restore corrupt ext3 files if power outage occurs during a file write

I am running a small embedded system. Because the system will never be gracefully shutdown and will just have the power cable unplugged, I am running an initramfs but mounting an ext3 partition on a ...
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Recovering overwritten LVM metadata

Yesterday I was trying using the Debian install in rescue mode in order to fix my Grub (The menu-item for Debian was suddenly gone). Now I wasn't able to fix it and didn't have a lot of time, so I ...
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Undo rm -r, restore data

I was playing around with zip and accidentally deleted my /home/ folder (I wanted to delete home/ which got created by unzipping an archive). I used rm -r /home/instead of rm -r home/ as root. Is ...
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Create a binary input file from hdparm's --read-sector option

I'm currently trying hard to rescue a very big file off a HDD which is about to die (clicking sounds). The read failure is caused by just a small couple defective sectors. As the backup I could ...
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Drive disappears from dev during ddrescue copy or testdisk recovery

I have been trying to recover data from a Seagate 7200.11 1.5TB drive (2 ext4 partitions_ for 3 days now, predominantly with ddrescue and testdisk, but because of some critical error on the disk ...
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How to copy partioning information with dd?

I am trying to recover partitioning information using TestDisk. To try things out I copied all data from the original harddisc to another physical drive using dd as follows: $ dd if=/dev/sda ...
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Restore formated Partition Table on LVM Physical

I have a machine (guest VM running CentOS 6.5) with 2 disks. Main OS on sda and then a 2TB LVM on the second sdc. I added 2 more 2TB disks to the machine and was going through the process of ...
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Symlinks and permissions in backup archives

I installed linux on another computer and I want to move my /home directory to that computer. I want to backup that directory with any file permission, symlinks etc. how should I do it? Are there any ...
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How to restore my system after reinstalling Ubuntu?

I'm presently having Ubuntu 13.04. I am wishing to change it to the next version by installing the next version i.e. Ubuntu 13.10 using bootable DVD. For that I will 1st download .iso image from ...
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Why is my tar file bigger than its contents?

I have a tar file that I have recreated from two files - xaa, xab (the results of using the split command). The tar file is the size I expect it to be but when I extract it the folder I get is a ...
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Recover files from ext3 formatted external hard drive [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Recovering deleted files on fedora I have an external hard drive that I had been using to store some photographs, but I accidentally installed Lubuntu on it. I'd like to ...