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Software Utilities For Deleted File Recovery
Wednesday, March 24, 2010

If you have either accidentally permanently deleted an important file or lost a file due to a virus you do not have to panic. There are some great tools that recover deleted files. These tools range from free ware to applications that are paid for. The tools vary in ability to recover your precious files.

When you accidentally delete a file or find out that you have been a victim of a malicious virus attack that has deleted critical files, the first thing you have to do is not to create any new files or edit any existing files. By refraining from any further creation of data files dramatically increases the chances of you being able to recover a deleted file. Running a disk de-fragmentation application will destroy your deleted files. If you are running windows and have scheduled the Windows diaphragms tool to run then you should immediately switch of the scheduled de-fragmentation run until you have recovered the required deleted files. Most of the deleted file recovery utilities are not limited to just recovering data from hard disks, but can deal with files deleted from memory sticks, USB flash drives and other removable data drives.

How Disk Recovery Programs Work

To get the best of software utilities that recover deleted files you must have an understanding of how a computer stores files. The file management system of a computer consists of two parts. One part is used to store the data and the other part of the disk is employed to store information that maps where the data is located on the storage media in an index table. When files are deleted the operating system simply marks the relevant portions of the index table corresponding to the deleted file as free to be reused. The actual data is never removed but just overwritten either by a new file or the update of existing files This is why it is important never to create new files or update existing files once you realise that you have deleted a file and wish to recover it. File recovery programs employ sophisticated algorithms that scan the storage media to rebuild the index table to recover deleted files.

The better software utilities that recover deleted files provide for a trial before purchase. This allows you to ensure that the required files can be recovered before purchase. To try out the best deleted file recovery tools simply follow this link.

To read reviews and compare data recovery products as well as download free trial versions of the best of the best, visit

Bill Williams is a freelance software developer, researcher and author

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File Recovery When Windows Operating System Becomes Dead
Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Operating system (such as Microsoft Windows) is the most critical component of a computer system that provides an interface between user and hardware. It is responsible for managing and coordinating the activities and sharing of resources of a computer. It ensures proper working of all the applications and effective management and accessing of your data. You can not run your computer system without O.S. In some situations, the O.S may get damaged and you can not boot up your system. At this point, all of the files stored on your hard drive become inaccessible file loss situations occur. You need to go for Windows Data Recovery solutions to sort out this issue and get all of your valuable and mission critical files back.

In a practical scenario, when you boot up your system, the process might fail halfway and you come across any of the below given error messages:

  • Error loading operating system
  • Windows XP could not start because the following file is missing or corrupt: WINDOWSSYSTEM32CONFIGSYSTEM
  • ERROR_EA_FILE_CORRUPT The extended attribute file on the mounted file system is corrupt.
  • ERROR_BADDB The configuration registry database is corrupt
  • Missing operating system
  • Operating system not found

All of the above error messages indicate that your Windows operating system is either damaged or missing. This behavior of Windows operating system might occur due to virus infection, file system corruption, improper system shutdown, registry file corruption and system metadata structure corruption. In such situations, it becomes extremely important to carry out Windows Recovery by resolving this issue.


In order to work around this issue, you need to format the hard drive and install a fresh copy of Windows O.S. Formatting is capable of resolving most of the disk related issues. But it also has a disadvantage that it removes all of the file stored on your hard drive.

To prevent this situation, you need to go for Windows Partition Recovery Software that provides Boot DVD to recover data from Windows hard drive. These software are quite easy to use and recovers lost, missing and inaccessible files in most of the cases. Using Boot DVD of these software, you can directly boot your system and get into recovery options.

Stellar Phoenix Windows Data Recovery is the most advanced tool to recover FAT32, VFAT, NTFS and NTFS5 file system partitions. To recover data from unbootable system, Boot DVD of this software is available. This Windows Recovery Software is designed for Microsoft Windows 7 RC1, Vista, 2003, XP and 2000.

Author is doing research on partition recovery related problems and discussed on booting problem. Author suggested to use partition recovery software in case of partition loss or file corruption.

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Posted In Data Recovery. @ 6:31 AM  
File Recovery in Windows Vista If the Bootrec Can't Resolve Startup Issues
Saturday, March 6, 2010

You might come across a number of issues while starting up your Windows Vista computer. These issues could be related to MBR (Master Boot Record), BCD (Boot Configuration Data) store and boot sector. Startup issues might prevent your system to boot up and thus you can not access files from your hard drive. This behavior of Microsoft Windows results into critical file loss situations and require Windows Data Recovery to be sorted out.

Startup issues in Windows Vista can be resolved with the help of Bootrec.exe utility in the Windows RE (Windows Recovery Environment). This tool can troubleshoot and repair the below items in Microsoft Windows Vista:


Boot Sector

BCD store

Damage or issues with these Windows Vista items generally cause startup problems.

When you attempt to troubleshoot startup issues using Windows RE, you should first use Startup Repair feature in System Recovery Options dialog box. If Startup Repair does not fix the problem or you need to troubleshoot more steps, use Bootrec.exe utility to perform File Recovery.

To run Bootrec.exe utility, follow the underwritten steps:

Insert Windows Vista installation DVD in disk drive and restart the system.

Press a key when you're prompted.

Choose a language, time, currency, keyboard or input method and click Next.

Select Repair your computer.

Choose the OS that you wish to repair and click Next.

In System Recovery Options dialog box, select Command Prompt.

Type Bootrec.exe and press Enter key.

Bootrec.exe tool supports a number of options such as /FixMbr, /FixBoot, /ScanOs, and /RebuildBcd. Select an option, which is appropriate for your situation.

Though, Bootrec.exe is a useful utility, but in some situations like severe file system corruption, system partition damage and partition table corruption like situations, it may not help you. In such case, the problem persists and you need to go for Windows Data Recovery Software to get your missing, lost or inaccessible files back.

These are effective third party applications, which are capable of methodically scanning whole hard drive using efficient scanning mechanisms and retrieving all sorts of lost files. File Recovery Software come equipped with interactive and simple graphical user interface that let you perform easy, quick and absolute recovery of your mission critical files. Safe and original recovery is performed by these applications in all cases as they have read only conduct.

Stellar Phoenix Windows Data Recovery is the most comprehensive and robust software that can recover lost files in all cases. It recovers files from all FAT32, VFAT, NTFS and NTFS5 file system partitions. This software is compatible with Microsoft Windows 7 RC1, Vista, 2003, XP and 2000.

Robin Watson a student of Mass Communication doing research on windows data recovery software. He is also a freelancer for hard drive recovery.

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Posted In Data Recovery. @ 3:13 AM  
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