Monthly Archives: July 2010

  • Issues faced in attempting to recover deleted Mac data

    There are many programs available to recover lost Windows files and files that have been accidentally deleted on Windows based PCs by emptying the Windows recycle bin. But few programs are available that can help you recover deleted files when they have been placed in a Mac trash bin and deleted from there. Unlike Windows where the recycle bin files are actually placed into a temporary folder and are easily relocated even after emptying the bin, Mac files are deleted in such a way as to leave their original data fragmented across your Mac hard disk drive. Software to recover Mac data must be able to do much more than Windows data recovery programs.

    To recover Mac files the program must also recognize Mac directory structure that has been attached to common and popular universal file types for example if you have a JPEG file on a Mac that has been accidentally deleted the Mac data recovery program must be able to recognize that file specifically as a Mac JPEG as opposed to simply finding a file with the JPEG extension. For this reason it is best to avoid any data recovery program that promises to be able to recover both Mac and Windows files.

  • Putting a crashed desktop or laptop back into operation

    I’m sure you are aware of those cryogenic experiments were people have themselves frozen after death in the hope that at some point in the future technology will evolve to the degree that they can be thawed out and made whole and healthy. This was my thinking when I put my laptop computer with a crashed hard drive into my bedroom closet. I had a great deal of personal records on that computer’s hard drive and knew of no way to rescue them safely. Hence I put the entire computer in the closet and there it stayed for several years. What I was unaware of is that programs designed for crashed hard drive recovery in exactly this type of circumstance could have helped me at any time.

    While I did know that reinstalling my Windows operating system would return the PC to original condition I also knew that original condition meant that all of my stored files would be deleted. Fortunately programs for disk recovery are able to undelete those files after reformatting due to reinstallation of the Windows operating system.

  • Simple procedures for recovering reformatted computer data

    Technically speaking a partition is a segment of a computer hard disk drive or other digital media storage device. Each of these segments operate much as a unique and separate drive. And much as a separate drive would have files deleted upon reformatting the partition behaves in exactly the same way. When one reformats a partition it automatically deletes all of the stored files on that area of the media. We recover formatted partitions in the same way we enact any data recovery solution.

    Formatted data recovery begins with the downloading of a full or trial version of a quality tool to recover data. The most powerful and reliable of these tools at the present time are offered by Remo Software. Using their unique wizard style interface these tools allow even a novice computer operator to easily scan for and recover any damaged lost or deleted files from their hard drive partitions. The software is designed so as to lead the user in a linear matter through several very simple steps leading to the conclusion of complete recovery of any lost or deleted files, this includes any files deleted by reformatting of partitions.

  • Crashed Windows hard drive data recovery

    When working on a problem involving Windows data recovery of a crashed internal hard disk drive or a crashed external hard drive one is always faced with two choices. Do I affect Windows recovery before or after reloading my Windows operating system. It is always preferable to perform data recovery tasks prior to any reinstallation of the operating system as that will result in reformatting of the hard disk drive.

    Formatting of any digital storage media results in deletion of all stored files on that device. But very often files are lost or corrupted to such a degree that Windows will not start and we’re consequently locked out of access to the hard disk drive. We can of course remove the disk drive from the computer and connect it to a working PC by means of cables and use that PC’s operating system to scan and copy all of the stored files. We can even put a data recovery program on that second PC and instruct the file recovery tool to locate the deleted or damaged files.

  • Functions of the Outlook email management client relative to file recovery

    When you use the defragmentation tool in Microsoft Windows accessories your computer opts to move file contents closer together so as to cut down access time for your computer’s internal hard drive. This is a very similar process to that used by Microsoft Outlook when one chooses to compact the Outlook inbox PST file. The PST file is a text database that stores all of the content of your email messages along with any customizations and other template settings. Functions such as calendar scheduling are also stored in areas of the PST file.

    As with any data recovery process it is important to remember that simply deleting a file, even deleted from the Microsoft Outlook PST database does not permanently remove that data from your computer’s internal hard disk drive. Quality PST recovery programs are designed to locate that original file information and allow you to recover it to a secondary location. As when using any program to recover Outlook PST information one must always attempt a recovery process prior to compacting the Outlook inbox. Compacting Outlook folders amounts to overwriting hard drive sectors with new information thus rendering the original information unrecognizable.

  • Rescuing saved emails from a corrupted PST file

    Microsoft Outlook uses a unique method of storing emails, customizations and settings. Unlike other e-mail clients such as Microsoft Outlook Express, the larger Outlook program does not store messages as individual folders. Instead all incoming, sent and saved emails are stored in a text based database known as a PST file. The PST file database also stores all customizations, options and settings. Generally speaking it is a very effective means of storing data. It allows a maximum amount of messages to be stored in a very minimal space as common code for settings and customizations can be written just once and then applied to messages as a whole. However when the PST file becomes corrupted we’re faced with more than the loss of just one message. We must deal with damage to the entire application and potential loss of all stored files.

    Quality programs for PST repair have been designed expressly to quickly place back into operation a corrupted Microsoft Outlook inbox as part of the Outlook application. This is usually accomplished by using a scripted comparison of the PST file database on the nonfunctional application with a known uncorrupted example. Should any disparities be noticed the PST repair program rewrites the application tables so as to repair the original PST file. In other cases where the file creation tables of the PST file are not corrupted and Microsoft Outlook has failed simply due to overstuffing of the size limited inbox, programs to repair 2GB PST file size work by reducing the size of the stored information to under the 2 GB capacity. Very often however this results in loss of data. The best way to avoid loss of Microsoft message data due to file corruption is to use an Outlook backup software tool. These tools can reset on a regular time interval to automatically save your Outlook data to a safe external location.

  • Why is flash drive recovery easier than hard drive recovery?

    Did you know that it is actually easier to recover photos from corrupted flash drive media than to recover a file accidentally deleted from your computer’s hard drive? There are many reasons for this. To begin with the average size of a USB flash drive or a digital camera memory stick is around 8 GB. Your computer’s hard drive can easily be 500 GB in size. Searching for deleted files requires a scan of the media and even with the fastest most efficient scanning algorithms such as those used by Remo Software the process does take time.

    The entire contents of an 8 GB memory stick can be scanned thoroughly in under 1 minute using the Remo software. The software then creates a list of all photo files and allows you to preview them before selecting which you would like to permanently recover to safe storage. Remo Software for digital media recovery will allow you to recover photos from corrupted flash drives, recover photos from corrupted memory sticks and even find damaged or corrupted MP3 files on an iPod or other music player.

  • The simplest way to recover your lost photos with a Mac

    Theoretically one could use a Windows PC to scan and recover files created on a high end digital camera. These files could then be transferred to a second piece of digital media and perhaps converted to a Mac computer friendly format. A far simpler way to affect Mac digital photo recovery is to simply use a program designed for that in the first place. Remo Software offers a complete suite of Mac data recovery tools. Mac recovery software from Remo will allow you to download the recovery program directly onto your Mac computer without having to remove your internal hard drive and connect it by means of cables to a second computer.

    Once downloaded the Mac recovery software will scan your entire computer hard drive for any recently deleted or corrupted digital image files. The program is also capable of scanning and recovering files on any digital media connected to your Mac computer as a universal application such as a camera SD card or USB flash drive. You can even use your Remo digital media recovery software to rescue lost or deleted iPod files.

  • Keeping sensitive data safe with electronic document shredding

    Now that Remo Software has attached a user friendly wizard style interface to their file shredder program anyone can permanently delete file information from their computer’s internal hard disk drive. This powerful file eraser program can also be used to permanently scramble the data and render unrecoverable any file information stored on a USB flash drive or camera memory card. Sometimes our photographs and correspondence are extremely private. We certainly would not want wrong people to access that data and spread it all over the Internet.

    By using the Remo Software file shredder this can never happen. One simply opens the shredder and drags into its folder any file or files that need to be permanently destroyed. The file eraser then reads the information in the file and scrambles it many times. Because the information is scrambled in a series of random patterns it becomes impossible for anyone regardless of the sophistication of data recovery tool they may process to reconstruct file and read your private information. Remember simply deleting a file does not remove the file information you must use a file eraser or drive wipe program to permanently delete data.