Questions tagged [data-recovery]

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

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How Can I Recover My Data From a Failed Fusion Drive Using TestDisk?

I have a 2017 iMac (version 18,3) with Mojave on a 2TB Fusion Ddrive. The volume is not encrypted, no Bootcamp, I created no extra partitions. Aside from the migrated data from my old MB Pro, it ...
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Overwritten Mac note

I was typing and I accidentally hit CmdA (Select All) and then I continued typing. That wiped my entire note and CmdZ (Undo) didn't work. Time Machine and iCloud weren't on, it was locally stored and ...
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How do I access files that are owned by another user?

I recently formatted my Mac Pro and I copied all the files to external drive, I didn’t use TM. After creating a new account on a new OS I can’t open the files, because the old user can’t be located. I ...
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Removing data without formatting the iPhone

Suppose I have a very simply notes app that does not use iCloud. All it does is simply save strings of plain text to files and retrieve them. How securely is the data associated to the app (the text ...
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iPhone XS Max - went into disabled mode

I accidentally dropped my iPhone and part of the screen wasn't functioning. So I entered the incorrect passcode several times (Maybe around 10) and the phone got disabled. Now, I have replaced the ...
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Cannot mount HFS partition - imaged using dd

Running into an interesting problem that I've been at for hours: I imaged the data partition of a hard drive (fs type hfs) using dd. I did not image the entire drive (i.e. I am missing the MBR). I ...
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Is it possible to repair a Mac external hard drive's partition table, without access to a Mac?

I tried to create an NTFS partition on an HFS+ formatted Mac external hard drive, from within Windows. This hosed the GUID table. In order to try to recover the files, I had to turn off journaling, ...
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Recover deleted files macbook pro

Scenario: I was using iCloud storage to save everything within my Documents folder to the cloud. I'd get notifications from apple that I needed to upgrade my storage because I was running out - I didn'...
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Recover accidentally reformatted encrypted drive

My external USB-HDD formatted in HFS+ (journaled) and encrypted was reformatted yesterday by accident to HFS+ (journaled) - but no encryption. The standard data rescue tools fail to find any of the ...
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How to read data from an unreadable drive formatted by a GoPro?

I formatted a 128 GB micro SD card from the factory in a National Geographic Explorer 4 4K 30 fps (a camera like a GoPro). It recorded video and I can play it back. On macOS Mojave 10.14.6, I get the ...
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Recovering HFS+ partition

I have 2TB Toshiba 3.0 HDD. (1863 GiB). I have rewritten accidentally the GPT partition table and I need to recover it. Old partition table. I need to recover it It had FOUR partitions. GPT table ...
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Plugged in hard drive externally and it doesn't show up in Disk Utility but is visible on another computer

My hard drive recently died and I had it replaced on my mid-2010 Macbook Pro (15). The hard drive, when plugged in with a SATA/USB connector does seem to power the 2.5 HDD (the light on the cable is ...
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Urgent - iPhone disabled, rescue data

I have the iPhone 6s of my grandma here. She asked me if I could recover the photos she has made with her iPhone after it disabled itself for some reason. I have already updated it multiple times ...
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Lost folders after upgrading to Catalina. Any chance to recover them?

Two days after upgrading to Catalina, I have noticed that some subdirectories are missing. I'm not exactly sure when these directories went missing as I was on vacation, but here is what happened. I ...
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Will a buyer be able to recover my files if I format my mac HD and sell it?

If I follow the standard procedure for logging out and formatting my Mac before selling it, as described in https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT201065 - Will the buyer be able to recover my files with ...
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Get data from iPhone in DFU mode, by having all the passwords

I have and iPhone 7 in DFU mode, It is blocked during normal use. The iPhone had iOS 11.4, after it crashed following the instructions I tried to update it to iOS 13, but the update didn't go well. ...
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MacBook Pro internal hard drive failure: Missing EFI partition

2 days ago as I opened my laptop (mid 2012 MacBook Pro running Catalina), it booted in recovery mode. Disk utility was showing me my internal hard drive and its partitions : disk0s1 and BOOTCAMP. ...
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How to best untangle messages on multiple apple devices?

Recently I’ve purchased a used MacBook Pro. Clean wipe, started with Mojave then moved to Catalina. The ‘Messages’ app wasn’t working at first. But I think I solved that by logging out of iCloud and ...
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Unable to Boot into Mac OS X after installing Ubuntu

First thing first, my MacBook Air partitioned into Ubuntu (30Gb) and OS X(91.2 Gb) was working fine until it started draining huge battery, lagging intensely and heating up. I figured out that this is ...
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How to recover apparently missing directory and data from APFS volume? `found zeroed-out block`

TL;DR — My APFS volume appears to be partially corrupted and missing my user directory, /Users/jivan. How can I recover it? The SATA cable in my MacBookPro9,2, which was running Mojave, failed ...
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Any way to connect to 2015 MacBook Air Toshiba SSD externally?

My sister recently started having issues with her early 2015 MacBook Air 11" (A1465). She took it in to an Authorized Apple Service Provider and they told her that it appeared to be liquid damage and ...
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Lost Photos After Clean Install of Catalina

My 2015 iMac was acting up (or should I say not acting at all) after updating to Catalina, resulting in me doing a clean install of the OS. Now I can't recover my photos from the last Time Machine ...
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Uninitialized HDD after GPT to MBR conversation, 3 HFS+ Volumes and 1 ExFAT

2 TB External Hard Drive. Error during converting from GPT to MBR and now Disk can't be mounted. 'The disk you inserted was not readable by this computer' appears when HDD is plugging in. Files ...
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Restoring Notes on macOS High Sierra

I would like to view some old notes that were deleted. I read online that the notes are stored through: ~/Library/Group Containers/group.com.apple.notes: NoteStore.sqlite files. OR ~/Library/...
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How to recover Whatsapp chat messages on an iphone after phone number has expired

After my father in law had died, my mother in law kept his iphone which she still has access to. Even after his phone contract expired and his number had been deregistered, she was still able to look ...
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Recover photos from thumbnails in Photos app

When I open some of my pictures in Photos app, an error message occurs: "the volume cannot be found". This is because the pictures were "imported" from the desktop on a previous computer and Photos ...
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The year 2018 disappeared from the Photos application on a Macbook Air

For some unknown reason, the rather important year of 2018 disappeared from the Photos application on an Macbook Air with the latest macOS. The owner insists that nothing was deleted as far as they ...
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Does SuperDrive read 8GB DVDs?

I would like to read some old 8GB DVDs I burned on Windows years ago. Does Apple SuperDrive read that discs? Reference: https://www.apple.com/shop/product/MD564LL/A/apple-usb-superdrive https://www....
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Re-install Python on macOS

I uninstalled Python on my Mac by moving all python-related files in my Mac (including system files) to the trash and emptying the trash. Now, I can't get Python 3 to work at all (despite reinstalling ...
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Mac won't boot to MacOS [duplicate]

I had installed Ubuntu on my Mac recently and decided it was not for me. So I decided to remove it via disk utility. I couldn't see the Ubuntu partition in disk utility. So I clicked partition on my ...
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My iPhone 7 Plus died after being exposed to cold weather and a bit of rain. Will I be able to retrieve my data?

My iPhone 7 Plus won't respond to a hard reset. I'm not able to switch it on either. The phone detects the Home button being pressed only sometimes. I haven't backed up my data in a long time and ...
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trying to Recover an HFS+ Partition The table looks fine but Disk Utility and fsck_hfs failed

I have been trying to recover my partition, on another mac, running Sierra, first I tried the usual, disk utility, and I got a list of "missing thread record" like this Then I moved into TestDisk and ...
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External hard drive not mounting

I have an external hard disk drive that's a few years old and lately it's been causing some issues. It started by unexpectedly unmounting, and a few days later it wouldn't mount at all. If I open Disk ...
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HFS+ corrupted partition recovery with files offsets

At first, I’ll mention some background details that could help better understand the situation. I used 1TB external drive for data storage, then installed it into Optibay to use it inside MacBook ...
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Recover Text within iPhone Notes (seeking advice other than “shaking” the phone)

In my iPhone notes, I had created a "note" and had lots of text typed in there. By mistake, I deleted most of the text I had typed inside of the "note". Is there a way I can retrieve that text? I did ...
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Regain data from iphone 6s(not sure if plus) factory reset?

Sorry if this is not the right place to ask this, but I'm not sure of anywhere else I can post this. Some time ago I changed my iPhone(iPhone 6s or 6s plus, not sure which, should be latest ios, 12 ...
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APFS system volume gone after Macbook Air logic board failure

I only have partial information, and do not 100% know the exact OSx version or how full the drive was, but I think it was pretty topped out. No recent backups, important data, and I have already put ...
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How do I retrieve the data from an iPhone 5 that was backed up on iCloud, if I forgot the passcode to the iphone?

I used to use an iPhone 5. Then I transitioned to an Android and forgot the password on the iPhone. I want to retrieve the data, including photos, recordings (I used the app called "Voice Recorder &...
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Could I recover pictures from an itunes backup missing PLIST files?

I have an itunes backup that is only missing the Plist files and I want to know if it's possible to recover pictures from this backup? The backup isn't encrypted and programs for reading Itunes ...
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Is it true that the SSD of a Macbook Pro (2018) cannot be swapped for another one?

Is it true that the SSD of a Macbook Pro 15-inch (A1990 EMC3215) cannot be changed by itself? This is one of the latest models which have a touch bar. I know for a fact that the SSD of a Macbook Air ...
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Is it any different to clone each partition separately VS cloning the entire disk, when clone is meant for data recovery?

As directed by an answer on: How to create an accurate byte-level copy of an SSD to another drive?, I tried to clone my Mac internal disk of 256GB. When I ran diskutil I got this: /dev/disk0 (...
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Is there a difference between recovering data from the original drive VS a clone of it

Following up from How to create an accurate byte-level copy of an SSD to another drive?, I did a clone of my entire internal 256GB SSD of my Mac 10.14, with 13-15GB free areas. I have .img file now. ...
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How to recovery data from the internal SSD?

My external drive got unplugged by accident while moving files from the internal SSD to the external drive, resulting in some files getting deleted on the SSD and not getting written on the external ...
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Why does unplugging a drive lead to data loss when moving files?

I did a cut and paste (Comd+C then Comd+Opt+V) on my Mac 10.14’s Finder to move some .mov files from my internal SSD to my WD My Passport External Harddrive. Alas, after a while, I move my Macbook ...
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How to create an accurate byte-level copy of an SSD to another drive?

TL;DR I need to recover lost files from an SSD but don't have the time to do it right now. How can I clone an SSD to another drive on byte level, including drive areas which the OS thinks are free? I ...
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Data loss due to lost connection when transferring to External HDD - are they on the HDD actually?

I did a cut and paste (Comd+C then Comd+Opt+V) on my Mac 10.14’s Finder to move some .mov files from my internal SSD to my WD My Passport External Harddrive (connected by USB 3.0 with a USB-C to USB ...
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iPhone not turning on, not responding to hard reset, not responding to charger

About 2 days ago, my iPhone 6 decided to stop working. I tried to see what the error was but it decided not to respond to a charger, it would not respond to a hard reset or even when I tried to ...
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Recovering data from an Encrypted iTunes Backup that's missing the Manifest.db

Is there a method to recover from an encrypted iTunes backup if it's missing its manifest.db file? I have the backup password and everything. There's a couple of third party tools that can read an ...
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Finding and Renaming Mislabeled Duplicates

I inadvertently formatted a Time Machine backup external hard drive. I was able to recover many of the files, but not the names of those files. All of the recovered files have generic names like "...
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Recovering files from an iMac G3 hard drive (Mac OS 8.6)

I recently purchased an iMac G3 (M2452) running Mac OS 8.6 from eBay for a project I'm working on, and was hoping to recover system sound files (such as startup sound, error sounds, etc) to use in the ...

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