Have you accidentally formatted your hard disk to re-install Windows XP? Hard disk is a storage device which is permanent memory location of the computer. It can be divided in to number of partitions. Each logical drive can contain huge amount of data like documents, photos, music, video files etc. Sometimes you need to format the partition to re-install the windows operating system. The process of formatting makes your hard disk ready to install an operating system. But while re-installing operating system you may format wrong partition. This process may leads to partition data loss. Still, you can recover partition after re-installing Windows XP, Vista, 7 etc. using a partition recovery utility.
Effect of Hard disk formatting
A partition of a hard disk needs a file system for organizing the data. A File system, such as FAT32 or NTFS controls the hard disk whenever you format the hard drive. It creates a fragment and needed files for managing the data. To manage the database on hard drive is extremely difficult job, as it contains huge number of sections and the data never stored in contiguous manner. An index file, like MFT (Master File Table) in NTFS and FAT (File Allocation Table) in FAT is required for better organizing of files and directories.
If you format the hard drive, file system index table is deleted and it becomes free. The file system considers that the hard drive is completely new and it starts overwriting the sections from which the data is deleted. Even though, the data remains physically safe even after the hard disk formatting, until it is being overwritten by new data.
Why the formatting is required? You may need to format the hard drive, if any one of the following conditions is true.
- Operating system gets crashed and you need to reinstall it.
- Hard drive contains error and you want to get rid of them.
- File system of your windows hard disk gets corrupted and the drive is RAW.
- Hard drive is infected by virus or malware and anti-virus software is not able to remove it.
- Windows boot sectors or other boot files are missing.
Partition recovery utility can recover partition from hard drive after re-installing Windows operating system and it can also restore data from deleted or inaccessible partitions. This tool can be able to retrieve lost data from RAID0, RAID1 and RAID5 partitions. It supports retrieval of data from SATA, SCSI and IDE hard disks, SD card, XD card, MMC flash memory cards, FireWire Drives, iPods and even it can recover partition from USB. Partition recovery can restore data from file systems like FAT16, FAT32, NTFS, NTFS5, and ExFAT. The various versions of windows operating system are Windows 7, Vista, and XP etc. Download the software to check the performance of the software before purchasing the complete version of this software.