Data recovery typically implies that data is lost by deletion, encryption or hardware error.

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how to check if it is safe to delete iNode file (or how to inspect its contents)?

How do I check if it is safe to delete the following file? $ cd /lost+found/ $ file iNode44670523 iNode46670523: xar archive -version 1 Note: the date of the file indicates it is about 1 year old. ...
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How to use TestDisk to recover a formatted Time Machine drive

I bought a new portable drive to use as my Time Machine drive, but stupidly forgot to backup some files from the old Time Machine drive before I formatted it, and now I need to recover some files. I ...
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Can a disk's catalog directory be recovered after a Quick Erase?

A disk's data directory seems to me to be the most vulnerable Achilles's Heel to protecting data. With the 2 clicks of an accidental quick erase and format via Disk Utility, the roadmap to ...
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How do I recover a password from a custom disk?

I made a folder with some content into a disk image and assigned it a password. I unfortunately have forgotten the password and cant access it. Any work around solution to the problem?
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Recovering lost Swift Files

I was having problems with Xcode, the SourceKitService kept crashing, so I followed the advice in this SO answer: http://stackoverflow.com/a/26308922/1037617 To delete those files I opened up ...
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How can I retrieve the e-mail I was writing on my iPad?

On my iPad, I was writing an e-mail. I switched to Mail, and my e-mail in progress had the text “Chargement en cours…” (“Loading”) in grey instead of my text. I waited. To no avail. I have a backup ...
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Retrieve file from iPhone 4s in recovery mode (No backup)

I have an iPhone 4s that was updated without being backed up first and that contains a voice memo file for a school project that is due tomorrow. The update failed, although the cause isn't known. It ...
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Mac OSX 10.10 how to recover data

To my greatest stress I did following today sudo rm -rf * tmp/ instead of sudo rm -rf tmp/* from home folder. And ta-da everything is gone from my home directory. Unfortunately I dont have time ...
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Where is the clipboard stored in an iOS backup?

I have a recent backup of my iPad. Where can I find the clipboard in the backup ? I know that the clipboard is kept between restarts. So I think — and hope — that it is stored somewhere in backups. ...
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Macintosh HD disappeared from finder after “disk damaged and cannot be repaired”

I have a MacPro 13.3 Inch mid2011 with 500GB storage and recently while performing a Mac update, it froze and was still stuck on a grey screen even after multiple restart attempts. I finally tried ...
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I forgot security questions and rescue email [duplicate]

Recently I got some money in my Apple ID and a few years ago I made a rescue email ( which I forgot how to enter ) and put some security questions I forgot how to awnser and I cannot buy apps ,music ...
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Missing photos from iPhoto

Some of my photos disappeared from iPhoto recently. I did not delete them or format the hard drive. I have been a mac user since 2003 and am fully aware of the mac os and how it stores files. However ...
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Recover data from locked iPad

Here's the deal... I've an ipad that is locked after missing the lock key a few times. Now it is requesting to connect to iTunes but this iPad was never synced with the iTunes. I know i can restore ...
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where does windows store icloud drive files created from an iPad?

The MacOS stores icloud drive files locally in ~/Library/Mobile Documents. Where does windows7 store icloud drive files by default? I had not customized the location while installing it in my ...
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How to access my Mac/my data when unable to login because of FileVault?

I restored my Mac to 10.6 since FileVault was not allowing me to log-in in Mavericks. However though I know the right password I'm getting an error trying to log-in. Now I don't have access to my Mac ...
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Deleted all Mac OS X internal hard drive partitions

I booted to a live Ubuntu USB, wanting to delete partitions on an SD card, and ended up deleting all my partitions on my MacBook Pro's internal hd. I have already tried gpart (which gets stuck at ...
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Recover data after reinstalling OS X?

I was wondering if there is a way to recover photos and things alike from a MacBook after reinstalling the OS X. Like when you reinstall Windows there is the "Windows.old" folder and you can recover ...
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My NTFS formatted external Toshiba drive is unreadable since update to Yosemite OS X 10.10.1

My portable external Toshiba hard drive is now unreadable on my MacBook Pro early 2008 aluminum computer. Since updating to Yosemite OS X 10.10.1, I cannot recover my files stored as Time Machine ...
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How to recover TextEdit files?

I just quit TextEdit and forgot to save my files that I have been working on for 2 weeks. I'm about to cry. Please tell me how can I recover them?
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iPhone, is it possible to recover only one app from a backup?

The latest release of an app I love is completely buggy. Can I recover it from a backup without recovering everything else? My last backup is quite old :-(
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Accidentally wrote over external hard drive with an img file using dd

I had two partitions, one "clear" and one encrypted. Had my iPhoto library. On the encrypted partition. I am slightly panicking now. Any ideas on how to recover my data? Various relevant ...
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Where can I find SArtFile.bin for 10.6.8?

I tried to modify my SArtFile.bin on Mac OS X Snow Leopard 10.6.8 but now it is corrupted and it won't let me reinstall OS X. Where can I find a copy of this file? SArtfile.bin is located at: ...
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How do I get my iPhone's entire text history, accessible from my computer?

I did this successfully some time ago by (i believe) finding the place where they were all stored in my iPhone backups and using an application to read the files. They were all there, in one place -- ...
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Using A Windows PC To Recover User Data From HFS Drive (dead Macbook)

I'm a Windows guy. I've worked with Macs at times over the years as an IT guy, but they were always small parts of my environments and this is a new challenge for me. A friend's Macbook is dead. Old, ...
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How can I recover data from a hard drive formatted by accident? [duplicate]

I had been using my external hard drive on PC and had some data stored on it which I did not back up. Later I connected the drive on MAC and it automatically changed the drive's format to MAC ...
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Retrieve data after deleting from Trash in OS X

I deleted some important data mistakenly from Trash but I need to retrieve it asap. Is there any way to retrieve it either in Terminal or manually?
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Notes.app - how to access history?

Since notes.app seems to accrue a "rolling history" of data and doesn't automatically save out versions of your files to disk in any reasonable way (date stamped, etc), I was wondering if anyone knows ...
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Want to duplicate master sector 0 and partition tables on external drive

I have a theater system using a Mac Mini running OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard. It has two RAID 0 external drives connected that store my movies and TV shows. The system shut down during a storm and ...
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WD HDD physically damaged, what can I use to recover the data on OSX? [duplicate]

I have a physically damaged HDD that can still be detected by disk utility, but I cannot access the files inside. I tried using Data Rescue 3 but the UI was very clunky and I always end up having to ...
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iphone 4 pics recovery [duplicate]

Is there any way to recover pics after: iphone 4 dropped in a pool, replaced battery, will not power up, tried to restore with Itunes, isn't recognized after restore?
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Possible to Recover Files from Remote Volume?

Is there any software that will allow you to recover files from a remote volume? I have a NAS, and one of its volumes lost all its files. I can't just plug the NAS into a computer so I need to be able ...
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Is it possible to recover a lost stickies note?

I use Stickies very much, and some of them are very lengthy and important to me. Suddenly I lost a sticky which contained crucial information I need to recover. I don't know why it doesn't appear ...
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Any Way to Retrieve iPhoto pics from Time Machine deleted backups?

I'm feeling a little tearful here. I accidentally neglected to back up properly and Time Machine deleted older backups that contained all my sons photos from infancy. Is there any at all to recover ...
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How do I restore files accidentally deleted by the move operation in finder?

I’m using Mavericks Suppose we have the folder /a/photos which contains /a/photos/jan /a/photos/feb And we have /b/photos which contains /b/photos/mar In the command prompt, if we write mv ...
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After strange startup issues TimeMachine/Migration not working properly, some data seems to be lost

since I couldn't find a solution for this problem I hope somebody of you may have one: When I was in holiday 2 weeks ago and repeatedly tried to boot my MacBook Pro 15" (2012, DIY Fusion, FileVault 2 ...
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External Hard Drive died – How do I recover those files from Time Machine?

My external hard drive, which I was backing up with Time Machine, finally died. I want to retrieve some of those files, but when I go into Time Machine I can't navigate to those files because Time ...
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Apple support, mac with unencrypted drive

Because of an incident happened a few days ago, I'll have to bring my MacBook Pro to an Apple Store to get it repaired. Problem: Even though automatic logins are disabled, and to access the computer ...
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Where do applications store local settings?

Where does OS X store local settings for applications such as license keys, Skype favorite contacts, etc. Yesterday I was troubleshooting an issue with an Apple rep and he had me delete a bunch of ...
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Raid 0 - Why am I constantly losing data?

I have a Mediasonic 4 bay drive enclosure like this with four 3TB Toshiba HDD's attached to my hackintosh machine. The drives are in a RAID 0 configuration setup with Disk Utility. I've had this ...
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iMovie 10 Project Lost

I created a new iMovie 10 project and there was no option to associate it with an event when I created it, which there is when I create one now. I have not updated iMovie since I created the project. ...
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How do I make my USB pen drive writable?

My pen drive is currently read-only, how can I change this?
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how to expand bootcamp boot partition to previously existed NTFS data partition

Some time ago I've partitioned my disk using this scheme: shrinked OS X partition, created NTFS data partition for Windows, then installed Windows on Bootcamp partition. Recently I installed ...
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How to restore a deleted HFS+ partition table?

I have an external 2TB hard drive with one HFS+ partition, and accidentally dd'ed over the first ~500 MB of it. I have carelessly placed some new partitions in an attempt to repair it, because I had ...
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Recover images from iPhone - creating image

I am following the steps from this site to recover deleted images from iPhone (I've tried other softwares, nothing has worked so far). When I follow these steps, at the end I get the iphone.img file, ...
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Mac Pro crashed and wants to recover files on hard drive

I have a Mac Pro and the motherboard is damaged and I'm trying to retrieve the files from the hard disk on my Windows 7 desktop. Can anyone tell me what software i can use? Windows 7 cannot read HFS+ ...
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Accidentally almost deleted iPhoto library

I was emptying out folders and deleting unnecessary items and as I went to my pictures folder I simply just dragged everything to the trash not knowing that my whole iPhoto library was there. When I ...
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All user-related data gone

My Mac crashed yesterday, no idea why. Now in the morning Google Drive asked me to enter a login and pass and refused to use the already existing GD folder. Then I've noticed that CyberDuck's ...
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Is there a way to recover an older version of my iPhoto database?

I tried uploading a photo from iPhoto to Facebook and the upload failed. I tried again, and it appeared to fail. Blaming my internet connection, I tried again. The upload worked. Then I took a look at ...
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I lost my data on iPad 2 [duplicate]

I updated my iPad 2 to iOS 7. It blocked and asked me to plug it to iTunes. I did connect it to computer then I was asked to restore the iPad. I am afraid I lost all my data and I don't have the ...
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How to reset OS X 10.8 to boot?

I ran the dd command on /dev/rdisk1 and now OS X is not starting. Is it possible to recover the OS? I have access to recovery mode, but Disk Utility says that the disk is fine.