Recover Lost Data From Hard Drive Partitions

by Rod Dunne on February 25, 2011

in Data Recovery

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Being able to recover lost data from hard drive partitions is something everybody should be able to do. The process is quite simple and only requires using some simple software. Here I’ll show you the process involved in data recovery and some of the setbacks that can halt full data recovery.

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The process

Your starting point is to download and install a suitable data recovery tool. Remo Undelete is a popular commercial option worth trying if you do not already have a tool.

Just be sure to install the product into a secondary partition. Using the same directory where the files have been lost could result in the installation files overwriting the old data.

Launch the application once it is installed and select the appropriate hard drive for scanning. It is recommended to filter some of the scans you do so as to limit the amount of results. You may be surprised to see how many documents are actually found. Try limiting the results according to file type or age of the document.

Run the scan, review the results and recover lost data from hard drive sectors to a secondary disk. Once again, do not copy the files onto the same partition as this could overwrite the data in the middle of the copy-and-paste process.

The setbacks

These applications will not guarantee 100% success. There are factors outside of their control which can hinder the amount of data will be found. Here are some examples:

  • Using disk defragmentation tools disk checking apps will move clusters around the disk affecting successful recovery.
  • You have a greater chance of finding files soon after they were deleted/lost. Over time applications store new documents to the disk which will gradually overwrite your lost data.
  • A disk drive with plenty of free space will hold onto your lost documents for longer. A disk that is reaching full capacity will begin making use of any available space to store data. This includes any data clusters belonging to your lost/deleted files.

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