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Software that recovers or regains control of lost data (or interacts with other software doing so).

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Suggestions for data recovery software that is bootable and works at sector level

One of my hard disks is failing and I need to recover some data from it (mostly photos). It's not the boot disk, which is an SSD. But as long as the failing hdd is connected, the system hangs on boot (...
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External HD file recovery & folder structure software

I was entrusted with a corrupted external 2.5" HD to try to recover its contents. Ideally, it should recover both the files and the disk folder structure. First, I've tried it with Testdisk and ...
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Live USB/Linux Live Distribution for data recovery

Since October 2018, I have an HP EliteBook 840 G5 (region: Europe/Austria, language: German) and back then I installed Debian on it (by now it is Debian 10 "Buster"). Quite recently, through ...
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Data recovery software to rescue data from a corrupted harddisk

My external HDD (1TB) is corrupted and showing the below error in Windows. The disk icon shown in My Computer and in system tray. Location is not accessible G:\ is not accessible The parameter is ...
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Is there any truly free program to recover deleted files on Windows 10 today?

All "free" solutions I find aren't free, usually you can only recover 500MB of data or something similar. I also find old threads about software that used to be completely free but aren't ...
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Undelete tools for Windows with high recovery rates

I am looking for a Windows tool that tries to find & recover all deleted files on a NTFS hdd (including healthy parts of partially overwritten files). From my experience, results greatly vary. ...
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Used an external HDD for a Windows install on a laptop, now all data gone/unallocated; best software/method to recover it?

Recently I have used my 5TB external HDD to re-install Windows on a laptop I am selling. I created a separate partition to boot the windows installation on the laptop, well I screwed up by ignoring ...
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Searching for Opensource data recovery software for deleted partitions ( merged partitions after installing windows) [duplicate]

I have asked one question about the the above title here and according to the comments there is some problem of using none free recommended software like said bellow: EaseUS Partition Master ...
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Recover pictures from an SD card

I have an SD card from a few years ago, and when I try to open my old pictures in my laptop, it says that the format is not supported (it's jpg though). I tried to recover the files with disk-drill ...
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Extract images from recovered files

I have recovered lots of image files from a dying hard drive. Some of them converted to good jpeg files, but some converted to "tif" files with various sizes. Files that are big (30-100mb) ...
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What programs can "undelete" files from an ext4 filesystem?

I accidentally removed some files from my Ubuntu's Desktop directory. I'd like to recover them if possible. Immediately following the deletion, I copied my sda3 partition to an iso file on a different ...
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Tool for restoring firmware image from dumps taken from broken eMMC

Description of the problem: I have a 4GB eMMC chip that is "broken" which causes the device (TV) to not boot. After soldering this chip to an adapter I am able to dump it. When comparing the ...
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Free software to recover data after repartition and format?

I have recently accidentally deleted the partition table on a Seagate BarraCuda 1TB HDD, and rebuilt MBR then created a new partition and (quick) formatted it, how did I do it? I recently bought a ...
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Data recovery for erased iOS

I accidentally erased an iOS device, an iPod touch running 12.4.8, and the music was not included in the backup (see this thread for why). I tried PhoneRescue and iMazing, which showed only the songs ...
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Android data recovery app

I need to recover some tar.gz files (compressed) and some txt files (text). Any app that does that is enough. Optionally, but important, it should work within Android, not with a PC Thank you ahead
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How to get "redundancy" on a file system - but _not_ via RAID techniques? [closed]

Consider a read-only filesystem - or, better, part of a filesystem: a directory tree. How can I get redundancy for that without going to full RAID techniques (mirroring or otherwise)? As an example ...
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Reading (or parsing) corrupt PDF files (specifically SVID from SCO.com)

Is there a software, may be some very old versions, that can read a certain kind of corrupt PDF files? Specifically, I'm collecting relic Unix specifications, and I want to read the System V Interface ...
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Any good duplicate photo finder tools that only look at exif info?

I used Recoverit to find deleted files from my external hard drive. The scan/recover step identified what looked like 85,215 photo duplicates. That is, file types jpg/nef/xmp which had a prefix of "_1....
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GUI tool to copy selected intact files/directories, following ddrescue clone? (Autopsy is one-at-a-time)

I made a clone of a failing hard disk using GNU ddrescue. Many of the files are okay, and many are broken. I can mount the clone, with its three partitions, in Linux. My linux file browser (tried ...
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Data recovery tool for external hard-disk

My external hard drive (not SSD) had a "soft failure", meaning that the mechanics seem to be fine, but some files got errouneously deleted from file system after a chkdsk fix. I know the list of files ...
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What's the best open source solution to have a complete hourly-based backup system for a small-medium cluster in a datacenter?

I'm looking for an open source solution for my small cluster of Linux servers (~20 Ubuntu-based nodes) that can provide an hourly-based (or even daily-based) backup and restore solution. I want it to ...
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Automatic recognizing of the proprietary files type

I would like have sw/utility/library, what is able to recognize file structures of uknown (proprietary or not so usual) file types. So I have bunch of files of some proprietary file type (some ...
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Best file shredding/Recovery

Trying to make some files I had in a VM unrecoverable, I ran CCleaner in the VM and deleted everything I can from the inside, deleted the VM. And then I found out OneDrive had them, deleted it from ...
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Recovering data from RAW image of a dying hard disk

My 1TB Seagate hard disk stopped working few days ago. I was trying to backup the data as much as possible. But after copying nearly 100GB, the NTFS drives become RAW drives. I tried many software (...
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Recover a deleted text file

A longer text file was overwritten with a shorter one with the same name. I need to restore the previous longer version. The file system is NTFS. Almost nothing was neither written nor removed from ...
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Files recovered but won't open

Let's get straight to the point, long story short: I opened my pc and a pop up asked if I wanted to delete directly a folder and all its files as it was too big for the trash. I clicked "No" ...
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Software for .RAR or archive file recovery?

To save space, I packed personal files into .rar archive files with encrypted file names and a password – like this: I wanted to keep the contents within them obscure by renaming those .rar files and ...
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Software to restore data from a fillable PDF

I recently restored PDF files from a corrupted USB drive using Disk Drill on Mac OS X. However, none of the filled-in field data came along for the ride. When I view the restored files, all the fields ...
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Free Software for Data Restore

I have a Seagate 1TB HDD. I had around 250G of data on it. While trying to format USB drive using Command Line, I typed that wrong Port. Instead of the USB, the HDD got formatted. I have checked ...
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High-accuracy digit OCR from a mobile screen shot

Question Is there an OCR solution that would run natively on a recent iPhone with better accuracy than Tesseract? It need only recognize enough to recover dollar amounts. Objective To scrape a ...
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Recovering files from ISO file on Ubuntu 16

I'm trying to recover a damaged data CD. I followed the example dd if=/dev/sr0 of=image.iso bs=2048 conv=noerror,notrunc iflag=nonblock on this link http://hyperlogos.org/page/Recovering-damaged-...
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Program to bulk handle files with invalid filenames in Windows

I used Photorec to recover the data from an external HDD that had been partially formatted for a minute or so. The data recovery was successful, but also included over 1000 files that had been ...
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Rename thousands of pictures using their EXIF date

I know that every picture should contain some sort of information = EXIF, what interests me is datetime, as I have now 20 000 pictures on disk unsorted, recovered from lost partition. Example of ...
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Recover information from android recorded 3gpp audio file

So i made 5 audio records, all of them seems to have infotmation because they have size betwen 100Mb-150Mb, the problem is that some metadata was deleded, like lenght, bit rate, audio sample rate, etc ...
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What is the best software for low level recovery ext3/ext4 that you may recommend after mistakenly GPT initiation?

People I am looking for elegant and safe solution for situation like below: You have USB HDD formatted as ext3/ext4 (~2TB) You plugged in this disk to computer with Windows and by mistake do '...
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File carving software for Windows or Linux (pref windows). Need to rescue SMS from an Android userdata partition

I lost some text messages, so I make a dd .img file of the userdata partition on my Android phone. Does anyone know of file carving software in Windows or Linux that can handle an .img file of this ...
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Tool to "average" a good copy of a file from several copies of the same data that contain sparse random errors

I have in my hands a handful of cases from different scenarios where I copied some data to my PC through a transmission path with no built-in error detection or correction. I have or can make more ...
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Free software to recover files from corrupted partition

I have a 2 TB FAT32 USB drive that had the partition table corrupted during a power outage. Using File Scavenger I was able to see all the lost files, but the trial version only allows me to actually ...
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Hex editor or fixer for corrupted files

Recently I recover my .php and .txt files but they are corrupted , after some researches I found they corrupted because the header is damaged . I research again and found Hexed.it when I upload the ....
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Software to recover data from an Android device that will not boot

Is there any software, for any operating system, that allows you to recover data from an Android device that will not boot? The device will turn on, but will not get past the initial boot screen. It ...
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CLI Based Backup Solution

I can make a simple script that performs most of what I require, but I'd like to see if there is a solution already created out to accomplish what I desire. Essentially, at present, there is a ...
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Gratis: recover MFT of a NTFS partition in place on a 6 TB drive

I have a 6 TB external NTFS drive which suddenly appears unformatted. I imagine that the Master File Table got messed up. Is there any gratis tool which will repair it in-place? Windows or Linux
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Any way to recover data mobile

Last time i installed to my mobile LG G3 new SW after installation complete i lost all my data (picture's, video, app ). Now i need to get all data . Could anyone advice me any program to recover ...
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In place recovery of 6 TB external hard drive (repair File Allocation Table)

I have a 6 TB external hard drive which suddenly does not show up in the Windows Explorer (so, I can't run Chkdsk on it). Disk Manager doesn't give me many options, other than to format. I could run ...
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Data recovery of 5.25" floppy disks using bootable GNU/Linux distros?

When attempting to recover data from old floppy disks (5.25" in this case), it may contain a lot of bad sectors and have other issues. Tools such as ddrescue make it more likely to be able to recover ...
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Need software to recover a NTFS partition from drive with corrupted partition table

I have a 4tb drive which had a formatted NTFS 3.9tb partition and several small partitions. The GUID Partition Table (GPT) main and backup partition tables were then re-written so the partitions were '...
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Experience with database repair tools for mdf files?

I've got a HDD which is encrypted with petya-green. I used "Disk Internals NTFS Recovery" for recovering the databasefiles which are needed. Than I tried to simpl attach the databasefiles to a new ...
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Disc cloning tool with the option to exclude folders

I am looking for a disc cloning tool that can create and restore a bootable disk image of a windows PC with boot sector, MBR, recovery partition, etc. However the disk image should be as small as ...
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Imaging free space only

When doing data forensics, sometimes you need just the free space of a filesystem, to run further analysis/heuristic processing on. Is there any tool that allows just imaging the free space? Anything ...
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Retrieve lost videos from my mobile phone without rooting it

I am trying to retrieve some videos that I have lost from my mobile phone (BQ Aquaris E4). I used Ctrl + X to cut them from my mobile phone to my computer and I stored them in a folder. Then, I cut ...
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