Ubuntu :: Recovering Locked Files From Trashed Installation

Jul 2, 2010

I have a laptop that I have been running 64bit lucid on after some problems with NFS Samba and SMB the installation got a bit trashed after some workarounds I removed nautilus completely and rebooted and got the looping login screen........ then I tried a suggestion to purge gdm but that left me with a blank grey screen and a mouse pointer. X11 has failed so I have no graphics

I can login properly to the drive from the terminal and can access my drive contents... I cannot load dolphin or nautilus from the terminal. So I have booted from a live cd and have moved some of my data to another partition but some is locked to the owner (me). How can I get my locked data opened so I can copy or move it to another drive, so I can perform a fresh install.

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Ubuntu Installation :: Recovering Files From Old Encrypted Home?

Apr 25, 2010

I purchased a larger hard drive to upgrade my HTPC running MythTV and a Samba file server. I put the old hard drive into an e-SATA enclosure and can still boot to it to access my files, but I can't seem to mount it correctly under the new installation to copy over my files even though I have the mount passphrase and encrypted filenames key.I have tried using this howto, but I run into problems with the encrypted filenames.This is how I'm doing it. I replaced the actual key data with A's and B's to protect my keys:

$ sudo -i
# ecryptfs-add-passphrase --fnek


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May 10, 2011

I was installing Ubuntu to the internal disk in my main machine, with all external drives unplugged for safety - then discovered I had accidentally chosen the external drive and it wasn't unplugged. (Seeing three drives not two listed as installation targets should have tipped me off, but I guess my IQ was low that day.)The external drive, in compliance with Murphy's Law, was my backup drive with all vital current files.The last few months of work gone.Now the drive shows only the stuff I normally expect in / on any Linux machine. It mounts showing as ext4, but the disk was (I'm 98.5% sure) originally ext3.However, the installation did not finish.Whatever files got copied, clobbered only a fraction of the disk. df reports only 1% of the space used.Maybe the bulk of my valuable files are okay, and could be recovered with some tool?

There are other questions on this site about file recovery, but many are for Microsoft Windows, or for malfunctioning disks, or some other situation. I'm on Linux with a physically healthy external disk. I'm fairly sure that the more recent and more important files are in multiple copies on that disk, so if one copy is clobbered there's hope to get the second copy.

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Fedora :: Trashed Fresh F12 X64 Installation - USB Error Message

Mar 1, 2010

This, in conjunction with the "If nouveau refuses to die try" instructions, has now apparently basically trashed my fresh Fedora 12 x64 installation, which I had just set up. Another couple of hours gone to waste. I installed the package that Nokia offers as leigh123linux's build instructions last rpmbuild command persistently gave errors, restarted and was left with Nouveau showing some cryptic error message and finally being presented with only the console. Then I did the "if nouveau refuses to die try" part, foolishly figuring the nVidia driver might take over. Now I am left with watching Fedora's legacy boot animation (the loading bar) and then but one USB error message, nothing else. Looks like I'll be stuck with W7 for another while.

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Ubuntu :: Recovering Files From Formatted HDD

Jan 24, 2010

While trying to create a bootable SD to install Ubuntu on a netbook, I accidentally formatted a part of a removable HDD that was connected to my computer. If I remember correctly, the partition I formatted wasn't the main partition of the HDD. In that case, does it make sense that the whole disk was wiped out? On that HDD there's a year worth of work, I really need that back.

I was using PhotoRec with some luck: it started to recover files, but with no names, which is almost useless, considering a lot of it are recordings - useless without their names. Is there any good recovery program that will recover all my files incl. names? Is there a easier oprtion, considering that I think I didn't really format the big partition of the HDD? What may it have been, the small partition?

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Ubuntu :: Recovering Broken Files?

Feb 3, 2010

I installed Ubuntu 9.10 on a 100 GB partition of my 120 GB hard disk. I left the other 20 GB as free space. I moved my data (about 20 GB) to my home folder. Everything was fine for two days. Then I installed a few packages with the help of Update Manager.he installation, I was asked to reboot. Upon reboot, I was always taken to the Memtest86+. It was as if GRUB wasn't detecting my ubuntu installation.Then I installed Ubuntu again by taking up 20 GB of the existing 100GB partition. I am currently using this installation. When I try to access the older installation (the 80 GB one), I find that all my data in my home folder is broken. (screenshot attached - homefolderbroken.png). homefolderbroken.jpgWhen I see the properties of the 80GB partition, I can find my data is still present (screenshot attached - data.png

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Jun 23, 2010

I can't boot into Ubuntu 10.04. Because of this problem. [URL] ppl have told me to ditch wubi and just have a clean install so i guess i will since it seems like the only option ppl are recommending to me. but i need to get my files of ubuntu first. i cant get into root.disk thu win7 so i am running live cd atm. but in live cd i do no see it also. where are my files?

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Ubuntu :: Recovering Files From External HD?

Aug 24, 2010

My powerbook died (motherboard or something...). I took out the Hard Drive to mount in an external enclosure. I tried accessing the drive in both windows and mac - no luck. So, I thought I'd try it in Ubuntu, thinking maybe it would show up - no luck. My question: is there any way to access the files from my drive using linux? Is there any way to mount it? The drive is spinning, and when I enter sudo fdisk -l ; I get this:

Disk /dev/sda: 250.1 GB, 250059350016 bytes
255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 30401 cylinders
Units = cylinders of 16065 * 512 = 8225280 bytes
Sector size (logical/physical): 512 bytes / 512 bytes


This: Disk /dev/sdb: 160.0 GB, 160041885696 bytes is the drive I want to get my files off of. So ubuntu is reading the drive in some fashion.

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Ubuntu :: Recovering Deleted Files Of A Specific Name?

Mar 21, 2010

I need to get back two avi movie files but I've deleted hundreds and any recovery might try and drop them back on my small hard disk and overwhelm it! I know the files include the word 'Archer' but I'm using Formost, which is very easy to use, but it doesn't seem to allow for the searching of specific files by name. I can recover by type ie, avi, jpeg, pdf.....

Are there any recovery programs that will list files in a table so I can pick the ones I want to recover or do a search in Terminal for my 'Archer' files?

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Ubuntu :: Recovering Windows Files Using LiveCD?

Apr 5, 2010

I am trying to recover some windows files of a friends unbootable computer. I have loaded Live CD and can access the windows files but when I open "Documents and Settings" the folder is empty.

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Ubuntu :: Recovering Files From NTFS Partition?

Apr 17, 2010

By mistake i have deleted few files from my NTFS partition,is it possible to recover all those files..?

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Ubuntu :: Recovering Files From Unbootable Partition?

May 2, 2010

After realizing 10.04 Final doesn't support Intel 855 graphics card the hard way (upgrading to 10.04 from 9.10), I did some very silly things and now cannot even choose past kernals or go into failsafe graphics mode (which had worked prior to this).Long story short I screwed up GRUB. Because I am an amateur end user.I still have the 10.04 live cd. Can I reinstall this to put GRUB back to the original state?

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Jul 9, 2010

So when upgrading to 10.04 there were a few errors and now the machine will not boot up. All I am trying to do now is recover some pictures from the HD so I can to a clean install. I used the Ubuntu 9.04 install disk to gain access to the HD and was able to backup some of the files but other files are locked somehow. When trying to copy them it says that "folder content could not be displayed. You do not have the permission necessary to view the contents." The files in question have orange X's on them.

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Aug 11, 2010

So my old computer died. I was Dual-Booting Jaunty and Windows XP. Now I'm trying to recover my files from the hard drive, but of course, you can't do it from Windows 7. I could recover everything from the Windows Partition, but Windows doesn't even see the Ubuntu Partition.

So I popped in a Lucid Lynx live CD to recover my files, only to find out that several seemingly random folders within the Documents folder have a cross on them. When trying to access them I get a message saying I "Do not have the permissions necessary to view the contents."

What should I do now? I really need to recover those files!

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Sep 30, 2010

I have a Macbook that I need to recover files off of. Problem is that the screen is bad, and I have no way of booting the thing up to access the filesystem. So now I have the hdd plugged into a PC and have booted the ubuntu live cd. I can access the drive, but my pictures, music, and library folders have a red x marked over them indicating I do not have permission to view their contents. I have been trying to change the permissions to no avail. For some reason I cannot navigate to the directory through the terminal to change the permission. Instead, when I go to cd /media/Macintosh HD is throws a No such file or directory error.

The Macs hdd is already mounted, because I can access its file structure. I need to know how to get into the Macintosh HD through the terminal so I can give read/write permissions to the music and pictures folders.

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Ubuntu :: How To Delete Locked Files

Nov 10, 2010

I have a few files on my desktop that have a lock on the top right corner of the Icon like this..

How do i delete it? it tells me that i do not have sufficient permission to delete this file..

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Jun 18, 2011

A friend of mine had inportant files on his windows 7 PC. the pc took a virus, he took it with some "experts" wich happily DELTED the partition and reinstalled W7, and apps, WITHOUT backing up his files.

Ibe faced similar cases before, and on windows ibe used Recuva with mixed resutls, but. Is there an application in linux i can install on my opensuse 11.4 box to do the same task? Can you guys recommend good linux software (available for suse) that will do this? I read about "TestDisk", but ibe never used it.

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Ubuntu :: Recovered Files / Folders From USB Are Locked?

Apr 15, 2010

I have recovered most of my USB drive, but a couple of folders are locked and look like files. I'm unable to change permissions on them and "You are not the owner so you cannot change these permissions." appears in the properties tab. The owner is "184444735 - user #-184444735" and the group is "17414907" which makes no sense to me. Most other folders and files are OK. The disaster I recovered from was a partition move that failed. I used fsck to get most things back. Any idea how I get these couple of folders (the most important one is one of them "Documents" of course). to be visible?

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Ubuntu :: Recovering Files From Cancelled Format On Windows Drive With LiveUSB?

Apr 13, 2010

I've been scouring the internet and these forums for answers and have yet to figure anything out.Here's the situation: My boss's computer (HP running Vista) decided it didn't want to boot anymore. (Error: Cannot find Bootlog.xxx) My boss used a recovery disk to attemp a 'repair' but unintentionally began a format cancelling it at 1-3%. I created a LiveUSB that I can boot off of, and Ubuntu recognizes 52gb of Data on the drive. However when I go to view the drive nothing is there. I am assuming that the 'page file' was deleted although the rest of the information wasn't.

My question is: Is there anyway to access this data although the information telling the computer what is there and where it is has gone AWOL?I'm trying to get the payroll information off of the computer so she can finish her taxes, I will be working on this all night. If anyone wants to provide real time help my AIM screen name is 'Fryphax'.

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May 19, 2010

I have an external drive that has been formatted as NTFS and I need to recover the files. For the most part, on windows, I can read the drive however When I'm copying, it interrupts with an I/O failure. Is there a way to copy the files from Linux and have it continue even if it has an error?

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Feb 20, 2011

I'm trying to fix my girlfriend's computer which is running OS X, which will boot but doesn't work beyond the login screen. I've removed the hard drive and can access most of the files, but she encrypted her home directory with "Filevault" and I think her home directory automatically mounts from some image somewhere. She does remember her password, but I'm not really sure where the encrypted files are on the hard drive and I'm not sure how to unencrypt them.I was thinking of trying to boot the external hard drive in some kind of virtual machine, but I don't know how to do that either.

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Ubuntu :: Files Locked - Can't Remove From Flash Drive

May 3, 2010

I want to use my flash drive, but I had files I put on using Ubuntu a few weeks back. Now I can only open them in read only copies and can't remove them, from the flash drive. I also have had some issues with file permissions on the hard drive. I was planning on reinstalling after a backup but now I don't know if that would be logical because the files might all be locked. I wanted to reinstall because I have issues with USB and these file issues.

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Jun 19, 2010

I've just started using the amazingly useful Ubuntu One, but I can't sync files from my computer, due to the pesky locked keyring, default, which wishes to be unlocked. Unfortunately, I have no idea what the password for the default keyring is. Is there any way I could find this out? I've included a screenshot, just in case.

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Ubuntu :: Cannot Open Files From The Desktop (because They Are Evidently Locked)?

May 15, 2011

Nautilus problem in ubuntu 11.04 I recently upgraded and now having problems with nautilus.

1) I don't know for sure if it's related but all of the icons on my desktop (files located in desktop) have little lock symbols in the upper right-hand corner of the icon.

2) I cannot open files from the desktop (because they are evidently locked)

3) I cannot open any of the folders listed when I go to "Places" (between Applications and System top of the screen) Running nautilus from the terminal, I CAN go to different folders and open files in the usual manner.

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May 6, 2011

I didn't know a resize operation on a 750 GB disk was going to take 40+ hours, and I was biting my nails the whole time, until the power went out when "only" 8 hours where left.I can still mount the partition, and many of the files are still there, but some files show as '? ? ? ? ? filename.ext' with ls -l.If I try to go inside such a directory: Input/output error.

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Fedora :: Vsftpd Download Of Locked Files?

Sep 17, 2010

I can not download locked files using vsftpd.If the file is not locked I can download it with no problem.If the file is locked I can not download

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Jul 14, 2011

Whenever I save a text file edited with LibreOffice, I get a new, locked file which can be identified with its "~.lock" file prefix. This locked file prevents access (probably for security reasons) to the original file. However, this is a serious impediment as it forbids any further editing of the original file or document so long as the locked file has not been removed. Though erasing this locked file (which can be made visible with "Ctrl-H" if hidden) should free the original, this in fact is not the case. how to unlock these locked files?

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Mar 2, 2010

I have just recently setup our network with an Ubuntu server which is being accessed by one Ubuntu workstation with nfs, & one XP workstation with Samba. Following instructions from the web, I set permissions like this:

sudo chmod 777 /media/Data sudo chown -R curley:curley /media/Data The problem is that files created in Samba are locked from nfs & vice/versa. I am assuming I need to add the nfs network share to the Curley group or use something more global than curley to make this work?

Samba is working ok from Ubuntu when browsing through Nautilus, but there is no access to shares when doing things like uploading or downloading files to the web (the "save file" window only shows local folders). So I guess I wouldn't mind just using Samba if I could map a folder in Samba to solve that problem.

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May 17, 2011

I dual boot into Arch Linux and OS X 10.6 on my MacBook pro. I synced my UID between both OSes and created an HFS partition (with no journaling) to use as a shared home/Users partition. For the most part it works just as I'd expect, but sometimes when I'm booted into OS X certain files are "locked" (when I get info on a particular file the "Locked" box is checked under the "General" pane. I can resolve the issue by manually unchecking the box) and/or I get "Operation not permitted" when I try deleting or chmod'ing a file. In both cases I don't see anything out of the ordinary on the permission bits displayed with ls -l, except for a trailing '@' character in the position where the sticky bit would normally occur:

This '@' character shows up on ALL normal files, so doesn't seem to be linked to the locked/operation not permission situation.

On the Linux side of things I never have permission problems. To the best of my limited knowledge and experience with ACLs I've not found any ACLs on any of the files in question.

For what it's worth, I do most of my file editing using emacs (Aquamacs in OSX), is it possible it is setting weird permission bits?

What is the "locked" setting that OS X uses and does it have a permission bit equivalent (so at the very least I could recursively unlock all files in my home directory from the terminal) why might some, but not other files get "locked" when booting into OS X what is the meaning of the '@' character?

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Sep 15, 2010

i am a new guy here..i unfortunately removed all my files from /home folderrm -rf ~ /. picasa / As some of the files were important i tried recovering data using foremost..i used the command foremost -i /dev/sda1 -o /mnt/foremostThen there started a process..it was downloading something..and i left the computer for an hour or so..when i return there was nothing on screen..so i reloaded the system..And after that when i try to login i get the error"xsession: warning: unable to write to /tmp; xsession may exit with an error"..so when i googled for it i found its because there is no memmory in my /root ..so i tried login via console (tried ctrl+alt+f1..after the login screen appears..when i type ctrl+alt+f1 i get a black screen)..but nothings happening...how can i login via console..can my datas be recovered.

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