Data Recovery Technology

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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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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Recovering an NTFS partition that has been lost

NTFS is the file system used by the latest versions of Windows to store and retrieve data on internal hard drives. The New Technology File System replaces the older File Allocation Table system. NTFS is used on Windows XP, Vista and Windows 7. Your computer’s internal hard drive is divided into partitions formatted with the NTFS system. From time to time computer’s, due to loss of important operating system files, will lose the ability to access this partition and essentially lose the entire partition. Fortunately there a quality data recovery software makers that produce programs specifically designed to recover lost NTFS partition files. These programs are unique in that they recognize the boot sectors of internal computer hard drives and other digital storage media that has been formatted using NTFS.

By being such a targeted program the software is able to recognize and recover a far higher percentage of lost files. These targeted programs also allow one to recover corrupted NTFS partition information far more quickly.

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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.

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Software to recover hard disk data

When choosing a program for crashed hard drive recovery begin by recognizing which operating system type your computer uses. For the most part this is extremely simple, there are only three. Those are Microsoft Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux. While all of these have variations and versions the fundamentals inherent in each remain the same, as such hard disk data recovery software for the given operating system should work on every version offered by that application.

Remember the limitation on this is that hard disk data recovery software for these different operating systems is not interchangeable. You will not be able to use a Windows data recovery program to recover files on your Apple Macintosh. Likewise you will not be of use a Windows recovery system on a netbook running Linux Ubuntu. Once you choose the data recovery software which corresponds to your computer’s operating system it is a fairly simple matter then to direct that program to scan through your computer’s hard disk drive and create a list of recoverable files. Most of these programs will recover a single accidentally deleted file or if need be every file on an entire hard drive.