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Unreadable Media. Corrupted or Unknown File System?

If you like experimenting with non-mainstream operating systems, you most probably know about the various file systems they use. With many alternative operating systems being able to read media formatted with FAT (or, to be previse, FAT32), it is easy to forget that it does not normally work in the other direction. Install an alternative file system to a USB pen drive, and your Windows boot won’t be able to access that drive. More often than not, you’ll see a message prompting to format that USB drive into a Windows-recognizable file system. If you confirm, Windows will indeed reformat the flash drive, but everything you stored there with the other file system will be lost.

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Windows File Systems: What You Need to Know (and Why)

Did you know Windows Phone uses NTFS? Why most memory cards and nearly all USB pen drive are still using the ancient FAT? How come you can store full-length HD movies on some flash drives but not the others? Why some devices only support SDHC memory cards up to 32 GB, and what can be done to make them use a 64 GB SDXC? These and many other questions have to do with the type of a file system used by a particular storage device. But what does that has to do with Windows? Read along to discover.

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What’s Data Recovery: Dealing With Deleted Files, Formatted Volumes, Corrupted Partitions

Answering calls on our hotline, I deal with all types of issues related to data loss. Deleted files, inaccessible SD cards, virus attacks, empty USB drives… experiments with alternative operating systems that went wrong. These, and the many other issues are what we try to address with our range of data recovery tools.

What’s Data Recovery: Dealing With Deleted Files, Formatted Volumes, Corrupted Partitions

My job is figuring out the customer’s problem, understanding how to fix it, figuring out which tool can help while recommending the most cost-effective solution for the customer’s particular situation, and guiding the customer through initial steps of the recovery process.

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Recovering Data from Deleted Partitions

In our practice, we don’t see repartitioned hard drives very often. However when we do, we hear mostly variations of the same story. How can one repartition a hard drive by accident, and what should you do to get your files back? Read this article to find out!

Recovering Data from Deleted Partitions

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How Formatting Works

Today’s data recovery tools have no problem recovering your data from a recently formatted hard drive or memory card. If you are following our publications, you may already know how they do it (and if you don’t, you’re welcome to read “Content Aware Recovery and Data Carving Explained” we published two weeks ago). But why exactly is this possible? Isn’t the very purpose of formatting the disk destroying everything on it? Well, not quire. Let’s have a look at what actually happens when you format (or “initialize”) a disk volume.

How Formatting Works

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Recovering Files from a Non-Bootable Computer

Dealing with missing information on a daily basis, we often have customers who are stuck with a non-bootable computer. This can easily happen if a system disk drive gets damaged, corrupted or simply wears out. This always comes as a shock to normal computer users, especially if the failed PC is their only computer. Every time we have a call like that, we try to help the customer calm down, explaining them the necessary steps to get their files back. In this article, we’ll tell exactly what to do if you encounter a non-bootable PC and want to fix it at home.

Recovering Partitions on a Corrupted Hard Drive

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Recovering Partitions on a Corrupted Hard Drive

In our previous articles, we’ve been talking about recovering deleted files, fixing accidental damage and dealing with formatted or inaccessible disks. Today we’re going to handle a situation where the most sensitive part of the hard drive gets damaged; the part that contains information about the disk, its volumes and their configuration.

Recovering Partitions on a Corrupted Hard Drive

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Recovering Data from Formatted Disks

Recovering information from formatted disks, USB flash drives and memory cards requires careful choice of a data recovery tool. Using tools designed to solve a different task may give unpredictable results. In this article, we’ll explain the differences between various data recovery tool in the context of fixing data from a formatted drive.

Recovering Data from Formatted Disks

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