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

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Backup files from Terminal in Recovery Mode

I want to transfer files in Recovery Mode https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT201314. I opened Terminal in Recovery Mode and tried to copy files to external hard drive. I use this code // I used cd .. ...
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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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My iPhone broke and had to get replaced; how do I pair my apple watch to this new phone and can I do this without erasing it?

My iPhone screen cracked. I made a backup of the phone and took it in to the Apple Store for repair. The phone body was actually bent, so they gave me a new phone. Before we wiped the old phone we did ...
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iCloud sign out lost note recovery

Bit of a long shot, I was connected to iCloud on my work mac and created some notes. Connecting to iCloud then became no longer allowed on my work proxy so I got a message to sign out. When I signed ...
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Rescue light red Time Machine backups after El Capitan Update

Here is my story: Oct 2: I have Yosemite Installed and configured Time Capsule taking regular backups. Oct 3: I update Yosemite to El Capitan El Capitan installation halts at 14% for 2hrs I ...
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Single-user mode, data recovery, mount usb

I have a crashed hard drive. I had no luck with a USB to SATA using MacDrive Pro. I can get the drive to drop into shell with single user mode when I boot the drive. Can I mount a USB drive or ...
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Recover deleted files from MacBook Retina's SSD

I need to recover deleted files from my MacBook Retina. The files were deleted by an app update and didn't make it into the Trash. Is it possible to recover files from an SSD? I have used programs ...
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Remove command removed my important documents on El Capitan

I have just made a stupid mistake that cost me a lot. I tried to uninstall a software on my Mac, it is this one here: Uninstallation Ureka and I followed the instructions in the link. On the terminal, ...
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Corestorage: Partial recovery from physical disk failure?

I have a MacPro with a corestorage LVG, with three physical drives: An SSD and 2 x 2TB drives. The fourth drive in the system was a Time Machine backup disk. The backup disk and one of the 2TB drives ...
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Recover deleted Encrypted OS X Extended volume

I accidentally formatted an external 1TB HD to FAT file system using Disk Utility in Mac OS. The disk used to be HFS+ encrypted. Encryption was done when I created the OS X Extended partition, not ...
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Can data be recovered from a drive which was encrypted

I encrypted a USB drive of 16 GB few months back and stored files on it. Yesterday I destroyed its encryption using terminal diskutil cs list command without realizing that it had important data ...
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Invalid Node Structure – Broken File system? Data Recovery!

So, the other day I opened up my MBP 2011 (on El Cap) and found it's battery to be drained. Plugged it in and booted it up and got a flashing folder with a question mark thrown in my face. It stood ...
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How do I restore an account that was not deleted?

I recently had to reboot my computer, and when it finished booting my account was gone (it was not showing in the log in screen)! I got onto the admin account and found that although the user was not ...
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Where does WhatsApp store its 'iCloud Drive backup'

I'm trying to recover data from my partner's phone and iCloud after her phone backup refused to load back onto her phone (one of many options we're pursuing...) One of the main sources of data is ...
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What are next steps when fsck reports “could not be repaired after 3 attempts”?

My Mac Book Pro 13.-" doesn´t get past the grey booting screen with the apple and the spinning wheel (The loading bar appears but when it´s done nothing happens) I have 220 GB in one single ...
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Recover Boot Camp partition

I have a MacBook Pro 13" 2015, I used this with OS X + Windows 10 on Boot Camp. I prepared all to remove Boot Camp and yesterday finally removed this partition using Disk Utility and Boot Camp ...
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Is it possible to restore data deleted by Adobe Creative Cloud?

I lost data from the Adobe Creative Cloud bug last week. I have been searching to see if anyone has posted any suggestions other than by a backup source. Can you use any kind of data recovery software ...
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File Recovery when Disk Space is not Reclaimed

I have a two disk system, Disk1 which contains OSX and Disk2 for misc files. I deleted the .Trash folder on Disk1, which I assumed would only affect files on Disk1, but must have had an effect on ...
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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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Data recovery/overwritten files?

I was troubleshooting how to install boost and came across a thread on stackoverflow that seemed to be about vaguely the same thing. I ran the terminal commands written in the thread, and realized ...
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Accidentaly converted from a basic disk to a dynamic one

I got a MacBook Pro (13-inch late 2013 retina) So I installed Windows 7 using bootcamp and all was fine. I then needed to create a 32MB FAT16 partition, when Windows prompted me to convert to a ...
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Recovery: OS X Yosemite can not mount NTFS partition but windows can mount it in 10 minutes

I have a Seagate GoFlex 2TB external HDD that stopped working one month ago. The head of this external disk seeks continuously and produces sounds even when it is not connected to the USB port. On OS ...
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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 retrieve deleted text messages from iPhone 5s?

I need to be able to retrieve some deleted text messages from my Daughters phone which were deleted approx. 1 week ago. I have had limited success by using an online service called TeenSafe which has ...
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Are there services that offer to recover data from irreparably water-damaged iPhones?

I have an iPhone 6 which took a dump in a river. Since then, it will not turn on and does not register when connected to a computer, i.e. it is dead for all intents and purposes. Does anyone know of ...
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Disk not recognized when plugging an external hard drive

Before I give up on my external hard drive, I wanted to give it a shot here. I was working on iMovie with the library being on an external hard drive. At some point during the editing of a project, ...
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What is actually happens when moving a file onto/into another file?

I was trying to move some files to a directory, because of wrong destination directory path all files are moved to another file. Can I undo this action to get my files back? - Hopefully NO Is there ...
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Can data be recovered from a water-fried iphone? [duplicate]

My daughter has a 5s that was submerged in salt water and then attempted to power-up prior to the phone fully drying out. The phone shows no signs of life even when plugged into a power source and no ...
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Mac OS X losing files on external drive

I've got a Macbook Pro running OS X 10.10.5, Windows 7 laptop and an external Seagate 1TB HDD (NTFS) which I use for storing files and backups, which I use with both laptops. Now one more time the ...
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MacBook does not mount, does not boot, does not read drive

When i press alt on my MacBook during startup, it only shows a disk that i used to have Windows installed (which is now empty). I erased that disk when i was last logged in on OS X. Then i tried to ...
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Are .apple files potentially synonymous (or a wrapper to) .dmg files?

We lost a .dmg file on an harddrive. Our tech guy was able to recover files from the drive but not one of them is a .dmg file. But they are a lot of .apple file. Can the .dmg file we are looking for ...
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Help finding lost music

I uploaded about 300 CDs to iTunes on my iMac. My computer was lost in a fire. I am trying to find my music from my new iPhone but can only find music purchases from iTunes. Did I lose them? If ...
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How to recover deleted java file from emptied trash?

I have a Macbook Air running OS X Yosemite. Yesterday, I accidentally deleted my src file from an assignment that I had just completed that day and emptied the trash...when I opened eclipse again, it ...
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Any way to recover photos from a restored iPhone?

I accidentally restored my new iPhone 6+ (iOS 9), which didn't have iCloud enabled, from an old backup (iOS 8), with iCloud. My important photos seem to be gone now. Is there any way to recover ...
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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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Can't unlock encrypted external drive with filevault (osx)

I formated my external drive on mavericks, and then on Lion, sometimes I had to wait some time to unlock the volume. Other times I had to do a disk repair and only after that OSx accepts my password ...
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Grub Rescue on Mac

I have a problem: yesterday I installed Kali Linux 2.0 on my Macbook air (runs El Capitan). However, after managing to run it, and exiting it, i couldn't find Kali on my laptop anymore. I forgot to ...
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How can I delete everything from my MacBook Pro before selling it?

I have a Mac that runs Snow Leopard and I intend to upgrade it to Mountain Lion and sell it on ebay. However, I only have one hard-drive, and I'm sure I can't use something in my OS to delete my OS ...
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I apparently have a defective hard drive

I noticed my Mac ticking like a clock and turned it off - it obviously hadn't switched off properly. When I reboot I get a flashing question mark, so I tried booting with ctrl+R. Computer does not ...
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Old phone cannot connect to computer, the “computer connection” icon appears on phone

I would like to get some pictures and audio out of an AT&T SGH-a687 phone onto my Mac computer. I first tried connecting it to a New PC Studio on a PC, but there was a problem after transfer 2 ...
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What is a software or app that extracts old flip phone data to a Mac via USB?

UPDATE, here is how I got the photos out. I'm looking for a software, preferably free, that can extract old flip phone data to a MacBook Pro. I have some photos and sound recording saved on my ...
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Recover my lost data

I wanted to delete my Linux partition, but I don't know why my OS X partition was also deleted. So, I then reformatted the partition and installed a new OS X (Yosemite) on that partition. I am ...
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Recovering a partition on a flash disk

The other day my 128gb flash stick refused to be recognised when I plugged it in, giving me a 'failed to initialize' error with options to format it or eject. This was particularly frustrating because ...
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How to recover a dead Mac mini?

A friend of me just deleted everything by running sudo rm -rf / on his Mac mini. Yeah I know... (Another friend of us just create a cloud virtual box and invite us to play, that poor friend asked how ...
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Restore RAID Mirror?

I had a 3TB mirror using Apple software RAID on Mavericks—the two disks are in a USB3 JBOD and the USB3 card in my Mac Pro only works with Mavericks or older. Last night I demoted one of the disks so ...
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Rebuild partition table on external HDD - not writable

I have an external hard drive formatted with 3 HFS+ partitions. To cut a long story short I had it connected to a Windows PC and accidentally started formatting the drive to NTFS. As soon as I ...
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Accidentally deleted files using GNU find -delete - how to recover?

I was playing around with OSX find and GNU find from findutils (v 4.4.2) package for learning purposes. GNU find has a -delete option, which is self-explanatory. What isn't, however, is that "Use of ...
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I accidentally removed way too many files with `rm -rf`. Anyway to recover?

While trying to move a git repository, I ran rm -rf desktop and wiped every file I had there. Normally this would not be that big of a deal since I use GitHub, but I had several hundred screenshots / ...
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How to get data from a iPhone with a non-working screen?

I dropped my old iPhone 5c and the screen is blank. The device turns on, vibrates, etc but I can't unlock it. I'd really like to get my pictures off of my old phone. I didn't save anything to iCloud ...
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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.