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

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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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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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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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Recover deleted filevault2 partition

I accidentally deleted my partition with my main OS. The partition is FileVault-encrypted. I formatted the hard drive while starting from an external OS X. I am using Mac OS X Yosemite. I still know ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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.
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How to recover a shared (OS X-Win) FAT partition?

How can I recover a FAT partition originally created under OS X and used mainly from Bootcamp Windows which now looks as follows: OS X diskutility shows it in grey, as unmounted partition disk0s4 ...
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How to recover from accidently diskpart'ing an OS X drive, destroying everything?

Ok, so, I just got my Mac back after 5 months in the repair shop. I went to install winblows 7 via Boot Camp Assistant, but was having issues. I went into diskpart, and not remembering how to use it, ...
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recover/restore files with specific extension from Time Machine with OSX

I would like to recover/restore only *.GIF files from my most recent backup. They were accidentally deleted from everywhere in My Computer instead of just the intended folder. I currently have only 6 ...
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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 recover deleted voice memos from iphone 6

How can I get back my voice memos from iphone 6? I hope get your helps! Thank you!
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Disappearing folder on Macbook Air

I have a few folders for uni projects in the documents section on my Mac. One of the folder containing most of my work, powerpoints, word documents and JPEG's has disappeared randomly. The other ...
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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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Force Closing Finder, Deleting Files, Recovering Said Files?

Okay. So long story short, I was working in Adobe Premiere yesterday and saved a video to my external hard drive and it ended up being over 1GB. I began to drag it to another folder and Finder ...
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How to recover files from the home directory that malware removed on OS X 10.10.5 Yosemite?

Two days ago, somehow, my Mac running OS X Yosemite 10.10.5 got infected by malware and it deleted almost all my files from my home directory. I have no idea how it happened (it wasn't because clicked ...
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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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Locked iPhone data recovery [duplicate]

I have an iPhone 4s and it is locked. I'm right now unable to use it. I googled and found out that I can restore using previous backup made using iTunes. I have some photos and contacts in my phone ...
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How can I recover files from an iPod classic (when using as a hard disk) after reformatting?

Recently, my 120 GB iPod classic was not being recognised by my MacBook and kept prompting to reformat. I have done this many times before but make it a conscious effort to back up my files before I ...