When attempting to recover lost partitions Windows users will need to first ascertain which file storage formatting system their operating system is using. Because very few computer owners are using an operating system older than Windows XP, one may assume that the new technology file system or NTFS is in use.
When choosing a file recovery program the buyer must make certain that the program they intend to purchase supports NTFS. However a problem arises when one wishes to recover files from FAT partition areas on digital storage devices such as USB flash drives. FAT which stands for file allocation table is the earlier form of Windows directory control for hard drives and other digital storage media. What all of this basically means is that in order to successfully recover lost or corrupted files on computers using the Windows operating system one must choose a software program that supports both file storage systems and all currently in use versions of Windows. Make sure that the data recovery program you locate and intend to buy will work on Windows XP, Windows Vista, and the new Windows 7. After you ascertain this information, check to be sure your data recovery program will work on any external Windows universal application connected to your PC.