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 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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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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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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Linux boot with broken partition

I have two ext partition on my linux One for / And one for /home I wanted to reduce (with this method) the home partition (which was only something like 10% filled) to create a new partition for ...
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Foremost file naming - Recovery of file names from inodes

I'm hoping this is not a stupid question. (apologies if it is) I have been asked to recover some files from a corrupt Linux partition. The partition data is shot to pieces but i have been able to ...
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Recover corrupt tarball

I have a corrupt tarball on my hands. My first attempt at recovery went like this: $ tar --ignore-failed-read --ignore-command-error -xf tarball.tar tar: Skipping to next header tar: Archive contains ...
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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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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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recover lvm after loosing partition table

On one of my hard drives had a few physical volumes/partitions and lvm on them. And then I lost partition table. I still have files from /etc/lvm/* how can I recover my data?
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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 find orphan directory entries in a ext4 disk

This comes from a long story of trying to recovering a TrueCrypt volume from a hardware failure (thanks, WD). I ended up with an unencrypted 3TB image that had the files that I want to recover. ...
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Accidentally overwrote boot sector of encrypted drive: any way to recover data?

I had one external drive on which I was storing a large quantity of data; the drive is/was encrypted using gnome disk utility. I got a second drive for redundancy and I was preparing to encrypt it. ...
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SafeCopy worked but I have a few problems

I had a 60G NTFS drive that had 28 physically bad blocks as reported by GParted. I used SafeCopy to recover to the root of an empty 500G drive using SafeCopy defaults. Everything worked as expected ...
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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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Recovering files with directory structure

EDIT: I am using Debian 8.1.0 So I somehow deleted my /etc directory. While I have not been able to recover the complete /etc directory hierarchy with all files, I have received different parts from ...
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How has this arrangement of RAID disks occurred and is it recoverable?

I some months ago set up two RAID arrays for a system under CentOS 7. I was somewhat confused that the device list included two entries for each array, i.e. one had /dev/md126 and /dev/md126p1. The ...
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How can you recover from disk corruption on a backup drive whilst maintaining all hard links?

So, I have a scenario that is similar to How to copy directories with preserving hardlinks? that I wish to use however I have corruption from the backup hardlink source. My Scenario: 1. I backup my ...
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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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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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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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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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Recover data from a BTRFS RAID5

I have a BTRFS RAID5 setup (no mdadm) with four disks (the fifth failed). Now I am trying to recover the files but as soon as I try to rsync the files over to another disk, the system hangs after ...
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linux fedora 20 how to read data from usb drive

I installed Linux Fedora 20 on a new computer, and kept the hard drive from the old computer as a second backup of my data. The drive has two partitions, Windows XP on one and Fedora 12 on the other. ...
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Retrieve spanned archive from raw disk image

When I open the image in a hex editor, there is the header of a PK spanned archive (50 4B 07 08), then 4 more zip files following (50 4B). When copying the values and saving as a zip file, the ...
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SciTE Auto Save Temporary File

I was running an application that seemingly froze the GUI of my Linux distro. After a CtrlAlt Backspace I got back to a terminal and reloaded the GUI. However, even with the below User Options ...
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/home partition recovery

Unhappy with Gnome 3 in Ubuntu I tried Mint 14. Had a backup of my home partition. During the Mint installation I designated my old home partition, and when it booted everything was fine. There ...
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Partition wiped out possibly due to the partition table changed by Windows, malicious software, or …?

When the data loss problem occurred: My Lenovo laptop has both Windows 7 and Ubuntu 12.04. There are two ntfs partitions shared between the two OSes: one for Windows 7 installation ,and the other for ...
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WD MyBook 3TB - Gparted failed & HDD partitions recovery?

I have this new WD MyBook external HDD (USB 3.0/2.0); I created 3 partitions all of them ext3 type (~1 TB | ~1 TB | ~750 GB) I loaded lots of files all the partitions were like ~30% full on each, and ...
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ext4: How to save free blocks / inodes to a file

I'd like to save all free blocks / inodes from an ext4 file system to one or more files for further analysis and file recovery. It would be good to create one file for every contiguous set of free ...
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Is it possible to recover deleted files on RAID1 UFS provided by FreeNAS?

I have some files deleted on a RAID1 UFS filesystem provided by FreeNAS 8.3 p2. Is there any solution or software can help in this case?
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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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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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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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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 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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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 ...
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Recover dokuwiki directory in debian

I accidentally deleted all the content of the dokuwiki directory and want to restore it not with a Linux (Debian) command. In the directory of dokuwiki far as i know mainly .txt files are located. How ...
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Linux dual boot wiped Windows data

I have a Windows Vista/Debian Linux dual boot on my computer. Yesterday I did a bunch of work on Windows, while Linux was hibernated. Today I logged into Linux and tried to look at the data in the ...
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How to recover the partition table using testdisk or gparted?

I have got a 1 TB seagate external hard disk which got corrupted somehow. I was able to recover the files using the photorec tool that comes with testdisk. But the files are not organised in their ...
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Recover MultiPartition HFS+ Drive with safecopy (Kali Linux)

So a friend of mine has a mac hard drive that she desparately needs the data off of. It will not boot in the macbook. And cannot be mounted in windows. I can make a copy with Safecopy, however when I ...
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Attempting to recover git archive

I'm attempting to recover a deleted git repository. After attempting to use testdisk, and other tools such as extundelete and scalpel, I found that having the headers/footers of files is key to ...
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lvm not coming up after multiple reboots, couldn't find a device with UUID

I am really confused. I have rebooted my RHEL system after more than 6 months uptime only to find it is giving me this error: Couldn't find device with uuid WetODA-57Jc-c4XM-WRwS-I2Db-4AYV-uDRfA0 ...
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Recovering windows partition in Mint (testdisk fails)

Yesterday I messed up my partitions, wanting to replace Ubuntu with Mint. My other partition had Windows 8 on it. I booted Mint from a live USB and started the Mint setup. I selected the option to ...
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ext4 data recovery from gparted error

During resizing and moving 2.7TB partition in Gparted, I encountered an error that froze the whole program. (I dont have a screenshot or output from it, as fas as I remember, it was something about ...
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Accessing iDevice data out of IOS, using Linux

Here there is my friend's iPad 2(Wifi only) which is updated and is gone to the recovery mode. The only things that work on it is the recovery mode and DFU mode. The question is whether there is a way ...
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Recovering data of an formatted ext4 partition

An ext4 partition of Hard Disk is formatted to ext2 and then again to ext4 using GParted. Is there a way to recover the original data? I want to reconver .webm files. I could not do this with ...
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mdadm raid 5 missing partitions after reboot

I had a working raid 5 array that had a whole debian install on it (I set it up during a debian install). I'd been using it a couple of days, all was fine, but since I created it during debian ...
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photorec couldn't recover last saved file

Yesterday I deleted by mistake the content of current directory which had many c programs. Later I successfully recovered all the files (using command photorec) with one issue. The issue is: for 1 ...