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Raw copy from failed hard disk

Does anyone know of a piece of software that can perform a restartable raw copy of a disk drive? You are basically describing GNU ddrescue which can be run from a bootable Linux live CD/DVD/USB (I ...
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How to recover data from old DVDs?

If you have a Linux machine available (if not, there are several Live distributions you could boot from CD/DVD or USB-stick), you might wish to take a look at DDRescue. That's a command-line tool ...
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Software to recover deleted files from Windows

Recuva is a good application to recover deleted files(picture, video, music, documents and other type of files). We can operate it in 2 modes- Normal and Deep modes. Normal mode is fast and recovers ...
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Data recovery from deleted operating system

As already pointed out in the comments on the question itself, having the drive already re-partitioned and installed several GiBs have lessened your chances drastically – but there might still be a ...
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How to recover data from old DVDs?

It may well be that you cannot recover 100% of your data. For videos, that might be acceptable, and you might only see a few visual glitches, if they are even visible. For things like spread sheets ...
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Raw copy from failed hard disk

I had good luck with Unstoppable Copy. I was able to get many files from a hard drive with many bad sectors when an ordinary Windows or DOS copy was giving me CRC errors. Most of the files were ...
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Imaging free space only

There is Access Data FTK Imager Lite which is a ~5 year old free version of their commercial product. I never exported unallocated space before, but it seems to work: Add a logical drive as an ...
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Free software to recover files from corrupted partition

TestDisk (Windows/Mac/Linux) is a free open source partition scanner and data recovery tool. It is very useful in recovering lost partitions. TestDisk can: Fix partition table, recover deleted ...
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Rename thousands of pictures using their EXIF date

You could use Bulk Rename Utility. It is a freeware, GUI tool for Windows. It can rename files in a variety of ways. To rename based on the EXIF date/time, look at the option for Auto Date (8). If ...
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In place recovery of 6 TB external hard drive (repair File Allocation Table)

The Linux System Rescue CD can be burnt onto a CD or USB drive and when booted from offers lots of tools to repair your system, (even if it is a windows system). Includes partition editing tools, (...
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Modern day version of Spinrite

I have a drive that is 2TB and has started clicking and I want to recover the lost files Then you really should use data recovery programs, like gddrescue combined with partition/filesystem recovery ...
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File Recovery Software

I recover data to earn my bread and butter and have developed file recovery and was involved in developing file recovery software. Currently my what I do mainly is photo recovery (memory cards) and ...
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Undelete tools for Windows with high recovery rates

I have used Recuva to recover deleted files on Windows boxes. It generally works well. It's easy to use, and has a minimal learning curve. My big complaint with it is that for years they offered a ...
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Software to recover corrupt JPEGs on CD-RW

It may well be that you cannot recover 100% of your data. I have had success, under similar circumstances, with Unstoppable Copier. Recovers files from disks with physical damage. Allows you to ...
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How to recover data from old DVDs?

Dvdisaster is an open source program specifically tailored for imaging damaged discs. It can generate a copy of the failing disc, which you can then mount or analyze with common data recovery software ...
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Tool to recover lost folder hierarchy and file names?

TestDisk is the tool you probably want to use. It is cross-platform (so you can use it on Linux as well as on Mac OS X). You will need to run it as root, and have it discovering the disk. If possible,...
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Free/ AUD Backup Solution

Cobian Backup was the solution I have used to fulfil my needs. For configuring remote management of the other computers in my house, I can setup a home domain scenario (which also allows for remote ...
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Disc cloning tool with the option to exclude folders

Acronis True Image might be something for you. I'm using it since years and it works fine. it costs ~40 EUR it can exclude folders from the backup (see screenshot below, sorry it's German) you can ...
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Rename thousands of pictures using their EXIF date

You can use exiv2. Hans-Henry Jakobsen has written a very neat tutorial about it. Here's a quote: Linux exiv2 -r'%Y%m%d-%H%M_:basename:' rename $(ls) Windows (from the command prompt) exiv2....
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Rename thousands of pictures using their EXIF date

While I'm on Linux and have my solutions scripted, I just checked and the main components are available for Windows, too: Exiftool and JHead. This is a command-line utility, so you need to run it from ...
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Extract images from recovered files

https://github.com/ImpulseAdventure/JPEGsnoop This app helped me. Weirdly enough it looks like all images contain a big size image (compressed I guess but not heavily). The app is Windows only but ...
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Is there any truly free program to recover deleted files on Windows 10 today?

TestDisk and PhotoRec are free and OpenSource.
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What is the best software for low level recovery ext3/ext4 that you may recommend after mistakenly GPT initiation?

I was able to get my data back using UFS Explorer Scan for partitions (~18h/2TB) Get file list (~1h/2TB) Restore process (~24h/2TB) P.S.: In most cases Standard version will be more than enough.
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What is the best software for low level recovery ext3/ext4 that you may recommend after mistakenly GPT initiation?

TestDisk (Windows/Mac/Linux) is a free open source partition scanner and data recovery tool. It is very useful in recovering lost partitions. TestDisk can: Fix partition table, recover deleted ...
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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

So, I don't have those files anymore, but I eventually found a software that would have done the job. https://github.com/sdottaka/winmerge-v2 can do 3-way binary comparison. You need to add filename ...
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CLI Based Backup Solution

You seem to use Windows and look for Windows-based solution so this answer may not apply to you at all. I think that rsnapshot would do the job. I installed it on my OpenWRT router and make all ...
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Gratis: recover MFT of a NTFS partition in place on a 6 TB drive

If the goal is data recovery then in-place repairs are not recommended. If you decide to try anyway, first clone the drive using something like ddrescue. This is my fist and final warning ;) Initial ...
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Gratis: recover MFT of a NTFS partition in place on a 6 TB drive

When I had a similar issue last time, someone recommended TestDisk which helped. I wanted to close as a duplicate, but probably it was on a different site, so I give it as an answer. TestDisk runs ...
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Gratis: recover MFT of a NTFS partition in place on a 6 TB drive

System Rescue CD is a live ISO that you can burn onto a CD or a USB drive and then attempt repair of your drive. It is free, gratis & consists of Open Source tools. The kernel supports all ...
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Need software to recover a NTFS partition from drive with corrupted partition table

main and backup partition tables were then re-written so the partitions were 'lost', however the partitons were not overwritten Then it is a super easy job for TestDisk. The tool has to be run on the ...
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