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Trouble with Filemaker 7

Working on an old version of Filemaker Pro (7) in Windows, I created an alias (shortcut) of the main database, opened it and lost everything. Help? [more inside]
posted by StopMakingSense on Dec 3, 2013 - 5 answers

 

Is my HD SOL?

I recently built a new PC and wanted to incorporate my WD green 1tb hard drive that contains my film collection. Many of these films were hard to obtain and would take a lot of time to replace. It is recognized in BIOS, but listed as 0GB? It is not recognized in Windows and I've tried all the standard troubleshooting methods...changing sata cables, ports, etc. It's definitely the drive :( [more inside]
posted by WhitenoisE on Feb 1, 2013 - 9 answers

Please recommend a business to recover data from a failed hard drive in Perth, Western Australia

Please recommend a business to recover data from a failed hard drive in Perth, Western Australia. (Laptop hard-drive.)
posted by Year of meteors on Nov 28, 2012 - 4 answers

Best options for retrieving old laptop data?

How do I retrieve data from very old (one is circa 1998) laptop drives? They contain a lot of interesting history from my time in Silicon Valley before the tech crash that I vowed I would one day retrieve. [more inside]
posted by zaebiz on Sep 18, 2012 - 3 answers

How should I prepare for the looming demise of my personal laptop?

How should I prepare for the looming demise of my personal laptop? [more inside]
posted by argonauta on Jun 27, 2012 - 14 answers

Today I ordered an external hard-drive, so of course my temporary (USB key) one died on me

I have a SanDisk Cruzer 32 GB USB flash drive that is holding my data hostage. I got one of those "there might be errors, want me to check and fix them?" messages and said yes, which the PC did without problems. Then I was unable to "safely" remove it despite shutting down all programs on my computer, so I had to pull it. Now, although the computer recognizes that it is in the port and assigns it a drive letter, it cannot read any files, asks my to reformat, and shows as either full or empty. [more inside]
posted by sarahkeebs on Mar 28, 2012 - 2 answers

Getting content from a drippy Macbook

How can I access a perfectly functioning Macbook hard-drive in an otherwise not perfectly functioning computer? [more inside]
posted by taltalim on Feb 16, 2012 - 22 answers

Multiurl help!

My teacher wife has been using multiurl.com for years to stash links for her students. The site was evidently taken off line, with no warning, due to abuse by spammers. My wife has no backup of the links she had stored there. [more inside]
posted by tomswift on Dec 3, 2011 - 9 answers

Data rescure on an iphone when backup/restore doesn't work

Please help me salvage data on my perfectly functional iphone. How can I copy and restore data if ituens sync doesn't work? [more inside]
posted by mercredi on Nov 14, 2011 - 9 answers

Retrieve data from a flaky flash drive?

The drive in F: is not formatted. LIES! [more inside]
posted by jsturgill on Sep 2, 2011 - 10 answers

What's the best software for recovering data from an NTFS formatted JBOD drive?

What's the best software for recovering data from an NTFS formatted JBOD drive? [more inside]
posted by Jupiter Jones on Jul 26, 2011 - 5 answers

Stupid hard drive, be more useful

Data recovery tools: What are the best free tools that are currently available? Also, I have this hard drive that is being a jerk. [more inside]
posted by Mister Fabulous on Jul 19, 2011 - 4 answers

How can I get my data off this cell phone?

Is there a way to get data off my cell phone, which does not fully boot? How? [more inside]
posted by needs more cowbell on Jul 15, 2011 - 10 answers

Plz help me get to data partition on XP desktop.

XP. Trying to get backed up files off old desktop computer. Using windows explorer, I cannot 'see' a partition on secondary hard drive, like the partition is hidden. But I *can* see the files when I search for *.mp3 or *.jpg or *.txt over the whole machine; they can be seen, through search facility, read only, in a partition that doesn't even show up in win explorer. I'm not certain if I somehow hid that partition and if I did I've no idea how I did it. I want to get these files off that desktop and to a place I can access them anywhere anytime, but right now I can't access them at all. Any help you can provide greatly appreciated. [more inside]
posted by dancestoblue on Apr 7, 2011 - 4 answers

Who put the BWOMP in the BOP-boo-FZZZZT-eee-BWAAAWAWAW?

I'm trying to pull old Ensoniq SQ-80 sequencer files from ancient floppies, and I have a few questions. [more inside]
posted by mykescipark on Mar 7, 2011 - 6 answers

Please help me to figure out if any library catalog entries were lost during a file transfer from an old to a newer computer.

Please help me to figure out if any library catalog entries were lost during a file transfer from an old to a newer computer. [more inside]
posted by dancingfruitbat on Feb 15, 2011 - 5 answers

Data recovery for crushed iPhone?

My iPhone got run over by a car. It's unresponsive. Of course I haven't done a back up in ages. I just want my pictures off it. Any way I can attempt the mount the memory chip? [more inside]
posted by rdhatt on Jul 13, 2010 - 7 answers

Mac OS X: Recovering a corrupted zip file

I've got a ~350mb zip archive that I created a couple of years ago. It contains files that are now fairly important to my portfolio. And I can't get them out. Please hope me. [more inside]
posted by pts on Jun 25, 2010 - 8 answers

How to recover photos from a reformatted mac?

A friend of mine recently came to me with an all-too-common problem-- she thought her hard drive died, decided to format it, and then remembered about all the photos she kept on it. [more inside]
posted by phaedrus441 on Jun 8, 2010 - 6 answers

Dead drive DIY hardware-level data recovery?

Hardware-level hard drive data recovery. Anyone in the business care to share for a DIY attempt? [more inside]
posted by zippy on Jun 3, 2010 - 13 answers

Recovering Data from Old DOS Floppy Disks

Floppy disk recovery service: I recently came across a cache of some very old 3.5" floppy disks of mine. Windows XP can't read these DOS disks. I would like to ship these off to a professional service which will safely export the data (onto a CD, say) and send it all back to me. Can you recommend a company which provides this sort of service? Thanks.
posted by Conrad Cornelius o'Donald o'Dell on Jan 31, 2010 - 12 answers

Yeah, I realize I'm probably screwed

How can I fix unplayable MP3s recovered from a formatted hard drive? [more inside]
posted by The Winsome Parker Lewis on Dec 28, 2009 - 3 answers

recovering photos from a gnawed-upon SD card

Are there any services (preferably in Canada) that will attempt to get data from a damaged SD card? A friend has baby pictures on an SD card, which said baby later found and used as an inappropriate teething aid. [more inside]
posted by scruss on Nov 29, 2009 - 6 answers

How do you fix a fried laptop?

How badly have I fried my laptop? [more inside]
posted by Bobby Bittman on Nov 8, 2009 - 8 answers

What are my options with a dead external drive?

Stupid computerfilter: I didn't back up, and now the external drive seems dead. Options? [more inside]
posted by neewom on Oct 10, 2009 - 6 answers

How do I figure out if I've lost all my data?

Yesterday, my portable hard drive got knocked over while it was being read from and began making a vicious gurgle. My husband unplugged it before I could try to disconnect it. When I turned it back on, it's still sounds terrible. [more inside]
posted by droomoord on Sep 11, 2009 - 19 answers

My Maxtor drive (Seagate disk??) won't mount. Where should I send it?

My Maxtor Basics 1 terabyte external USB 2.0 drive no longer mounts. I have been through all the usual stuff with tech support (including disk management and device management) and I've tried it on multiple computers. Although the green light comes on when it's plugged into USB, apart from that it's not talking to the computer. There has been no strange noise, clicking, smoke or smell. Maxtor tech support say it's a failed drive. A data recovery company I phoned said it's probably damaged firmware but the data on the disk is probably safe. I'm nervous about sending it to a data recovery company because I seem to be looking at about GBP £179 minimum or maybe many, many hundreds more. Is it likely to be a matter of simply soldering something here or replacing something there, ie a job that I could take to a local geek? Or should I be looking to take this to a major data recovery centre? I'm in London, UK.
posted by skylar on Aug 26, 2009 - 7 answers

how can I get data off this drive?

I am trying to recover data from a WD3200ME-01, a WD 320GB USB-powered drive but the physical drive does not have SATA or IDE connection - only a mini USB connection soldered to the circuit board - and the drive is not recognized via USB anymore. [more inside]
posted by dozo on Jul 16, 2009 - 9 answers

Data recovery on the cheap?

Anyone ever have any experience with Drive Fish? It's a data recovery company. [more inside]
posted by KevinSkomsvold on Jun 22, 2009 - 9 answers

Hard Drive wipeout

Hard drive recovery: my external USB hard drive is mounting fine on both my mac and PC, however, all the files are showing up as garbage characters. [more inside]
posted by mike_bling on Jun 1, 2009 - 4 answers

Accidentally deleted my life...

All my calendar entries gone! Help! Any way to recover them from either my phone or iCal on my Mac? [more inside]
posted by pablocake on Apr 30, 2009 - 5 answers

Macfilter: accidental time machine format

A friend plugged his Seagate usb external drive into a MacBook Pro and then somehow inadvertantly accepted a prompt to set the drive up for Time Machine backups without thinking. The drive hasn't been written to since then. Is there a way to get the original data back (there's no backup, of course)? Failing that, any recommendations for data recovery services in the UK?
posted by amestoy on Apr 9, 2009 - 9 answers

But this WAS my backup!

How can I repair any broken files resulting from power loss during defragmentation? It seems that most file recovery applications want to move everything to a new disk, but this is not a good option for me because I don't have any other drives large enough. I was using iDefrag on my terabyte (My Book) external hard drive. It had gotten almost 21 hours in, and somehow the power cable got unplugged and the battery died. To make a long story short, iDefrag can't see the disk at all, Disk Utility sees the hard drive but not any of the data or the partition itself, and verify and repair are not selectable. [more inside]
posted by N2O1138 on Feb 22, 2009 - 6 answers

Help me recover data from an old iBook HDD

How can I recover data from an iBook (G4) HDD using my new Intel-based MacBook? [more inside]
posted by saraswati on Sep 14, 2008 - 5 answers

"Sorry I lost all of your data..."

I was working on someone's laptop and all of their data has been overwritten. How do I break it to them gently? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 26, 2008 - 29 answers

Looking For A Data Recovery Company

Please recommend a data recovery/harddrive recovery firm, familiarity with HFS+ filesystems a plus. I've got a dead harddrive that spins up and shows one partition, but I cannot repair it either under OS X or with a Linux live CD. I've tried a few software packages, but none of them get any data off the drive. (Though Data Rescue II does show a list of the file names, when I restored a file, it didn't open, so it can see the files, it's just returning corrupt data.) [more inside]
posted by Brian Puccio on Aug 17, 2008 - 7 answers

DeadMacFilter: Will Target Disk mode screw up my healthy computer?

Dead hard disk on a G3 iMac. Seemingly healthy 2nd-hand G4 iMac. If I try to access data on the dead machine via target disk mode, is there a chance—any chance at all—that I could screw up the healthy machine? [more inside]
posted by neroli on Aug 3, 2008 - 7 answers

Help me examine my FAT.

How can I figure out what file a particular FAT32 sector belongs to? [more inside]
posted by harkin banks on Jul 20, 2008 - 3 answers

data recovery on iPhone?

Can you save data from an iPhone, in any manner, once it has entered "recovery" mode and iTunes informs you that you need to restore the phone? [more inside]
posted by Countess Elena on May 11, 2008 - 3 answers

scsi pci raid server died, urgent data recovery?

Got a 2000 server with PCI SCSI RAID card (Mirror) and the mobo seems to have died. I just want to recover the data and host it on another machine. How do I do that? [more inside]
posted by tslugmo on Jan 18, 2008 - 4 answers

Getting Vista To See The Contents Of An Old W98 HD

How do I pull data from an old Windows 98 HD using Vista? [more inside]
posted by scrump on Nov 19, 2007 - 13 answers

Why is my harddrive empty?

My windows didn't want to boot up, so I bought a new hard disc installed Windows on it and made the old one slave. The old hard disc reads as completely empty. Why? [more inside]
posted by A! on Nov 4, 2007 - 15 answers

ipod amnesia

How do I recover music from an iPod that has suddenly reset itself? [more inside]
posted by Doug on Oct 14, 2007 - 10 answers

Clone a laptop drive

What is the easiest way to make a bit-perfect copy of a potentially failing laptop hard drive? The copy target would be a new 2.5" drive that I'd then install in the same laptop. [more inside]
posted by killdevil on Aug 11, 2007 - 37 answers

Accidentally repartitioned drive - can I recover files?

I was going to repartition an external USB hard drive in Mac OS X 10.4 in Disk Utility, and after I clicked Partition, I thought I clicked Cancel when I learned it would result in data loss. I guess I actually clicked OK, and then I quickly quit Disk Utility and disconnected the drive (it had already been unmounted). Now, when I reconnect the drive, it shows up as having been repartitioned, and all of the data on there is gone. Can I get my data back? [more inside]
posted by jbb7 on Jul 7, 2007 - 6 answers

Gillware - good or bad?

Does anyone have experiences with Gillware for recovering data from a dead hard drive, aside from user bhance? They are cheaper than the big enterprise-level data recovery companies, but I'd like to see comments from more than one person if possible.
posted by matildaben on Jun 17, 2007 - 3 answers

Rescuing Word Files with Knoppix

How do I get Knoppix to read .doc files? [more inside]
posted by Danf on May 7, 2007 - 15 answers

How do I recover a lost filesystem that has been partially overwritten?

I accidentally formatted my NTFS drive with HFS and wrote some data on it. Now how do I recover whatever is left? >>>Any filesystem experts around here? [more inside]
posted by oneous on Apr 26, 2007 - 6 answers

I clobbered a file by saving a download with the same name, and would like to recover my data.

I clobbered a file by saving a downloaded file with the same name. Options? [more inside]
posted by rkent on Apr 24, 2007 - 5 answers

How to crack a disk image

How can I run a dictionary attack against a password-protected disk image file on OS X? [more inside]
posted by alms on Sep 24, 2006 - 16 answers

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