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Recover data on reformatted disk drives

One important thing to be aware of when attempting to recover deleted files after format functions have been performed is that reformatting of a disk drive or other digital media storage will delete all files stored on that drive or device. This in and of itself is not a problem, as almost all quality data recovery tools are designed to reconstruct files with their original file name and contents after. Data recovery after reformatting is fairly common and simple.

However, when one attempts to recover deleted files on a drive that has been reformatted they experience a poor percentage of recovery. Basically this task amounts to undeleting a file twice. In theory, this should be a simple and doable thing, but it seems that the process of deleting a file combined with the process of reformatting that file area results in destruction of the boot sectors, which most data recovery programs use to recognize file names and type.

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FAT and NTFS partition recovery programs

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.

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Recover deleted or reformatted data in Windows XP

There are many data recovery software programs that list among their features the ability to recover deleted files in Windows XP. In fact some software companies specifically market their product as being exclusively for recovery of files lost on computers using the Windows XP operating system. As a general rule, any data recovery program for Windows, that is one of any value should be able to recover lost, damaged or deleted files on PCs using any version of Windows from Windows 2000 to the present.

Usually when a data recovery company attempts to steer the consumer in a specific direction such as this, it is merely a ploy to sell the same customer many programs all with the same capability but having different names. A more important consideration when searching for a quality Windows data recovery tool is to find a file recovery program that allows you to recover lost files after reinstalling Windows XP or reloading any other current version of Windows. When you reload your Windows operating system on to your computer without first using a data recovery tool to find and move all of your stored files, you inadvertently delete all of your old data. The best data recovery tools will help you even after you make this mistake by locating and reconstructing all of these old files, even in the case where you have accidentally reloaded Windows too soon.

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Restoring lost data by using recovery software

Recovering lost data does not have to be a difficult task. In fact it can be quite simple if you have the right tools and a general sense of your objectives. The first step in recovering lost data is to figure out where your data or files, if you will, were lost from. Usually this can be from one of several places. The most common place that files are accidentally deleted from or lost due to data corruption is your computer’s internal hard drive. The next most likely location of your lost files will be digital media that is connected to your computer such as a camera memory card or USB compact flash drive.

In either case, finding your lost files requires the same technique. Begin by downloading a trial or permanent version of a quality third party data recovery software program. Remember trial versions do not allow you to complete the process of data recovery, only to ascertain which files may be recoverable. Direct this program to scan through the drive which is your best guess as to where your files were originally saved to. Usually this is your computer’s internal hard drive. A good data recovery program should be able to recover files from formatted hard drive storage or give you a complete list of every recently deleted file or file deleted due to corruption on your computer’s internal hard drive within around an hour. Now simply look through this list for specific files you wish to recover or choose the option from a list of recovering all the files. You can now save these selected files to safe external storage.