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

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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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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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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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.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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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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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 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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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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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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File is mysteriously empty. Options to recover?

I have seen several posts about recovering deleted files, but this situation is different. My wife had a file called Journal.odt in which she kept a lot of important personal information such as ...
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Advanced NTFS partition file recovery techniques for damaged drives (IO errors)?

I've recently suffered a maddeningly small but quite important amount of damage to a hard drive on a ESXi host affecting a couple VMs. There's a file that I would very much like to recover, and of ...
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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 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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How can I recover after Kate crashes?

I use Kate for coding and note-taking. Sometimes it crashes - often when I've got a lot open. Unsaved 'real' documents (eg, ones backed by files, that have been saved at some point) usually have a ...
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What filesystem offers best protection for securing data against corruption due to power loss?

I am running a small uClibc and busybox based embedded system on an x86 device. I am using an initramfs but I also mounting a custom ext3 directory on a compact flash device in IDE mode that I am ...
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Best file system for removable media

Recently I had a SD card destroyed ( software wise ) on me. Basically as well as I can figure it out, all the metadata was wiped (ext4 card). This happened when I was working and suddenly had to write ...
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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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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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How to salvage an unreadable usb flash drive

I have a 16GB USB flash drive that somehow got corrupted to the point in which even fdisk -l can't find it (I get a one-line error message saying: "Unable to open /dev/sdc") However, it is being ...
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Overwrote Windows with Linux, how can I recover data?

While installing Ubuntu 11.10 (ext4) I accidentally chose a wrong partition and it overwrote my Windows 2003 installation (ntfs). How can I recover files? So far I tried photoRec and it recovered ...
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How to mount/recover data on a disk that was part of a mdadm raid 1 on another machine?

Some background The disk itself was "worked on" by a friend and is said to be still intact, undamaged and still mountable/recoverable The disk was part of a software raid 1 on Ubuntu 12.04 The other ...
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Accidentally deleted the partitions on my boot disk. The system is still running. How can I recover?

I just accidentally scrubbed all the partitions from the wrong disk. /dev/sda is the boot disk, and /dev/sdb is a new disk I am trying to set up as a RAID mirror. I accidentally fat-fingered it, ...
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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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Recovering an ext4 filesystem with corrupt journal

I have a hard drive that seems to have developed some kind of hardware problem in the journal. This prevents the drive from being loaded. Running mount -r -t ext4 /dev/sda5 /mnt/root results in the ...
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How can I merge two ddrescue images?

I have two ddrescue images created from contiguous recovery attempts of the same media. The two images are the same size but have complementary data: $ od part-one/ddrescue_image --skip-bytes ...
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How to recover broken/partially deleted git repository

I accidently ran an rm -r on my .git directory. Luckly rm stopped when it got to a write-protected file, but I've still lost several things in my .git. Files I still have: FETCH_HEAD ORIG_HEAD ...
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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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Is this ddrescue command doing anything?

In the course of trying to recover data from a failing hard drive, I am running the command ddrescue. The command has been running for 9 days, and I thought from the sound of disk activity that maybe ...
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Overwritten MBR: Is partial/complete recovery possible?

I have a Sony VIAO laptop setup as dual boot (Ubuntu 12.10/Windows 7). Since I wanted to try Archlinux, I installed VirtualBox in Ubuntu. To create a bootable USB stick (from the ISO image on my hard ...
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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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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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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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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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Restoring an open file

I have an interesting problem which may or may not have a solution but I'd love to have one if possible: On Solaris an open log file has been removed, which still continues to be populated while the ...
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recovering deleted file held open by apache?

suppose an apache log file gets deleted but its held open by apache then this is what i am doing. pid=$(lsof | grep text.txt | awk '/deleted/ {print $2}') fd=$(lsof | grep text.txt | awk '/deleted/ ...
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How to know what files got deleted?

I'm working on Ubuntu 13.04. yesterday from a Windows 7 partition, I accidentally deleted many files. I deleted by pressing shift-del. Is there any way to know the name of the files that got ...
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How do I recover files from a single degraded mdadm raid1 drive? “not enough to start the array”

Given a single raid1 drive in degraded/rebuilding state, can it be force mounted? I'd like to recover all the files before undertaking the dangerous operation of pairing it and rebuilding. As far as ...
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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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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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Recover a reiserfs hard disk

I'm unable to mount my 300GB external (in external enclosure) HDD's single partition. None of the fsck tools add anything, they cannot even recognize the partition. I had forgotten whether I had used ...
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mount: wrong fs type, bad option, bad superblock on /dev/sdb on CentOS 6.0

Somehow my partition on /dev/sdb has gotten all buggered up. This hard drive contains a lot of data that I need to recover and haven't been able to backup yet. When I attempt to mount it: # mount -t ...
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How to decrypt single EncFS encrypted files?

Is it possible to decrypt single EncFS encrypted files with access to .encfs6.xml configuration file and without the proper directory structure it was created? With a little help from google I found ...
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Recovering NTFS drive with safecopy

Several days ago, I dropped my USB external hard disk. As a result, I cannot read some of the files. I would like to recover it, and now I am using safecopy. I used the following command, sudo ...
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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 TrueCrypt datas?

I have 1GB worth of data locked up in an encrypted TrueCrypt volume and I forgot the password to it. Is there any way to recover it?
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Why can't I copy my DVD with dd?

I tried dd, dd_rescue and ddrescue, all failed. I thought these tools bypass the filesystem and make a bitwise copy. dd is fooled, it finishes but just produces a small file and states it's finished. ...
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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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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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How to make data-recovery very-very hard or impossible for Unix -computer before reselling?

I resell my Thinkpad and I want to make sure its old content in the harddrive is not readable. The Thinkpad has now Debian -installed but I sell it as-is so no OS needed. How can I can rewrite the ...
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Salvage files from ext3 filesystem with physical errors

I have a disk from a crashed Linux laptop with files on it that the unhappy owner would like to have back if at all possible (no backup solutions please). I have not had anything to do with it ...