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

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How to recover deleted data from erased hard drive?

So last night my wifes laptop died big time. I could only boot up in safe mode and clearing pram / smc wasn't helping so I decided to wipe the hard drive and install Mountain Lion. I booted it in safe ...
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How to restores files lost from application during upgrade of app

I had a lot of important files on my iPhone in an app called Documents Mobile Office. During upgrade of the application, the upgrade failed & the application does not reload. Hence I can't access ...
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How to recover deleted files from OS 10.5.8?

I'm not very experienced with Macs, so please pardon my mistakes. I'm assisting a coworker with a client of ours who recently let go of one of their employees, and in the resulting meeting the person ...
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Restore partition from merged partition

I accidently merged my BOOTCAMP and Mac OSX Partition via diskutil. Is there any way to recover my data from the Bootcamp partition?
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My Launchpad organization was reset with Mountain Lion. How can I recover it?

I had neatly sorted the applications in Launchpad when I was running Lion. But after upgrading to Mountain Lion, none of my custom folders are there any more, and it seems Launchpad is back to the ...
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How to copy files from an unbootable Mac?

My MacBook Pro (2008) will not boot, so I want to copy some files before reinstalling Lion. How do I do this from the Recovery disc?
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Recovering an accidentally deleted folder in OSX - no Time Machine or backup available

I am a longtime Windows user, recently switched to Mac. I replaced folder with another folder (they had the same name) thinking that OS X will merge the contents of both folders. But OS X deleted the ...
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How to recover a deleted/replaced HFS+ partition from external drive?

How do I recover a HFS Plus partition that somehow I've managed to delete or replace with a Linux command? I didn't do anything else, I mean, I didn't put any files or folders on the drive, so it is ...
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iMovie which was created & stored on my iPhone 4S is nowhere to be found on phone or iCloud

The problem: The iMovie that our son spent dozens of hours making and editing for his final 7th grade project- due June 4th is now missing from his iPhone! And unfortunately, a trip to the Genius ...
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Mac Air Flash Drive Retrieval

If my Mac Air has been water damaged, can I still retrieve the data from the flash drives even though the machine will not start at all?
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Recover Folder from xcode project

I feel sick... I just accidently deleted the www folder of my phonegap app in xcode 4.2. It's not in finder or trash. From what I read, its actually deleted. I have tested on my ipad. How can I ...
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How can I recover files in an app bundle that were lost after an OS update?

I saved a file in an app's application content (right clicked the application file, and then clicked Show Package Contents) for security issues. However, during the upgrade to OS X Lion, I completely ...
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Can I recover a deleted iCloud note?

I'm syncing my iPhone's Notes to iCloud. If I delete one of these notes, is it permanently deleted, or is there a way for me to recover it?
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iPhoto Lost Faces

I just noticed that my iPhoto lost all of the "Faces" data (reason unknown). It must have happened fairly recently. I sync the entire library with my iPad, and the faces are still on the iPad. And ...
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Reinstalling Lion on a Wiped Disk

I have MacBook that was running Lion. On a journey into finding the perfect operating system for me, I installed Arch Linux. Whilst doing this I wiped the disk (/dev/sda1) and created some Linux ...
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Accesing files with Mac not booting

Is it possible, say with Lion recovery partition or any other way, to access individual files on the hard drive to copy them before reformatting it to do a clean install? It is not possible to boot ...
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Failing hard drive – Will it affect the integrity of my data?

I have a failing hard drive on my current MacBook Pro (it is having a symptom that I previously had on a failing hard drive on a MacBook – clicking drive noises). I'm backing up my hard drive quite ...
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Recovery of deleted SMS

I have never backed up or sync'd my iPhone 4S and need to recover deleted text messages. Are these stored until they are overwritten? When would the overwriting occur on a 32GB iPhone?
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Best way to copy all files, ignoring errors?

I have a partially corrupted HD that can not be repaired by Disk Utility, but which can be mounted read-only making the data on it accessible. I am trying to copy all the recoverable contents onto a ...
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Can I reinstall a single iOS app without losing its data?

I have a single app that needs to be reinstalled. I have tried all tricks known to man in attempts to get it to work, but all have failed. There is a lot of data in this app that I'd rather not lose. ...
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What's a good way to wipe a hard drive for resale?

I'm selling my MacBook and would like to wipe the hard drive in such a way that the current data can't be easily recovered after I reinstall OS X. Can you recommend a free tool to help me do this? ...
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Will iTunes match download all my music to a new hard drive?

I've been thinking about weather to use iTunes match, but not for syncing to all devices as I'm happy with what I have on my iPhone and have iPod with all songs on. What it would be useful for is to ...
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Dropped MacBook, lots of disk io errors. How to fix?

My 2011 MacBook just slid off the table and hit the floor face down opened. There was a message saying to reset and I did. After that it wouldn't load OS X Lion; it stays at the gray screen forever. ...
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Do you have a backup policy that covers the Worst Case Scenario?

I've a lot of photos and videos of my children. I feel that losing those pictures would be a real pain for me and my family. In the past I use to make, from time to time, a DVD with all my digital ...
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How can I recover files from a failing hard drive?

I am in the process of trying to recover files from a failed MacBook hard drive. While I've already replaced the drive in the machine itself and installed a fresh copy of OS X, I have the old drive in ...
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Need to restore from encrypted iPhone backup, but can’t due to missing password

I did not set a password for the restore encrypted thing. I have tried 1234 and anything else I could come up with. I have to get back in. I accidentally deleted text messages that I need for personal ...
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Mac OSX hard disk gives invalid PEOF - how do I back up data?

Yesterday my macbook pro (running 10.6.8) refused to reboot, and after booting it using the install disk and running disk utility I got Invalid catalog PEOF. The volume could not be verified ...
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How to recover data from iPhone backup files WITHOUT the info.plist, status.plist, manifest.plist, manifest.mbdb, and manifest.mbdx files?

I have iTunes 10.5 and Mac OS X version 10.6.8. I would like to restore my iPhone from backup. iTunes detects all my backups EXCEPT one, which happens to be the backup I want.  I looked in the ...
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How to recover previously saved text file after an overwrite and a reboot?

I was programming in python and I had two text editors open to the same file, and right before I shut down my computer I saved in the wrong one and overwrote the version I wanted to keep. How can I ...
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How can I recover 'iTunes Library (Damaged)'?

My iTunes library has disappeared and looking in the Music/iTunes folder, I see an 'iTunes Library (Damaged)' file. All of the music appears to still be there, so I am guessing it is just the database ...
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photo recovery after iPhone “Erase Data”

Is there any way to recover the photos from an iPhone which has been "erased" after several consecutive failed passcode attempts? Unfortunately, these photos were not backed up. Apple techs ...
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Recover docx files

We have just discovered that none of the passwords on our word documents work any longer, and I need a recommendation of an application that I can use to recover the files. I believe the files had ...
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Dealing with a dying hard drive

I have a MacBook Pro with a dying hard drive. It was working poorly for the last month or so and the last 4 times I turned it on it booted correctly once, issued a boot sector not found twice and a ...
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Recover partitions or data after partition map becomes corrupted (HFS+)

So back story about my hard drive. I bought a USB 3.0 enclosure and a well rated and trusted brand WD 2tb hard drive to put in it. For many months now it had been running flawlessly on my iMac, ...
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How to restore iTunes library from a backup

My PC recently died, and I'm trying to transfer my iTunes library to my Mac. According to http://www.ilounge.com/index.php/articles/comments/moving-your-itunes-library-to-a-new-hard-drive, the iTunes ...
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Why have 5 different iMacs developed corrupt OS X partitions when the physical drives are fine?

I'm a tech for my local school district and we are having some problems with our iMac Multimedia Lab. Over the past nine months, 5 of the 22 iMacs have suffered from filesystem corruption. The only ...
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Recovering from Laptop HDD crash

My Windows 7 Laptop HDD crashed. I bought a new HDD and installed Windows on it. I also installed iTunes. I'm patting myself on the back for setting up full backups of my laptop to an external HDD. I ...
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Restoring mail from backup after hard disk died

The hard disk on my iMac (Mac OS X 10.5.8) died, and after getting it replaced I have been trying to restore my files from backup. The backup I have is just a copy of my user directory. I copied the ...
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Best resources on data recovery from corrupted OS X HFS+ partitions

My Macbook Pro won't boot from it's hard disc. If I boot it from CD, the drive will only mount sometimes. Where should I go to get hints and tips on data recovery? What are the best tools that should ...
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How to recover a deleted file on Mac OS X?

We have tried Boomerang but it does not find the deleted file. The file was deleted 3 days ago. I would think it is recoverable, but Boomerang does not show it. Any help would be appreciated.
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Will initiating recovery mode on an iPhone permanently disable it until it is recovered?

I'm trying to solve an issue I'm having, and I thought that placing the phone in recovery mode temporarily might resolve the problem. I'm afraid to try this though, since the phone contains valuable ...
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Any way to recover data from a semi-bricked iPhone?

My iPhone turns on, shows the white apple logo, and then after a few minutes shuts off. It is not a battery issue, it happens even when it's plugged in. Is there any way I can get the data off the ...