Hard Drive Data Recovery Software
Very easy to use,
safe, inexpensive, and best of all -- They Work!
: Do not download the software on the drive that contains lost
data. This may cause permanent data loss.
out the defective drive and put it in a good Windows PC computer
by setting it up as a slave.
Systems Requirements for all
software, including Mac and Novell:
64 MB RAM (128 MB recommended)
These Hard Drive Data Recovery
Software Download versions will scan, analyze and show you the
data from your crashed/inaccessible hard drive.
Which one is for you? If you do not
know read on.
Each of these is file system
specific---in other words, they are designed to work on a specific
type of file system, and they won't work on other types. Just
in case you're not a computer geek and words like "file system"
strike terror into your soul, we're going to give you a short,
user-friendly education about file systems so that you can find
the product that is right for you.
Even if you aren't a computer
geek, you probably understand that at least these two things are
basic to all computers---an operating system and a file system.
All computers need an operating system to run. The operating system
manages everything that happens on the computer. Without an operating
system, no other programs can run. Operatings systems come in
different "flavors". Windows 95, 98, NT, and XP are
all types of Windows operating systems. UNIX is another type of
operating system that also comes in variations. Linux is a type
of UNIX operating system for the PC. In addition, Macintosh and
Novell each have operating systems of their own.
Now, moving on to file systems---if
you don't know a lot about computers, just think of a file system
as the way in which a drive stores data (we will spare you the
details). The two most common types of file systems are the FAT
file system (FAT stands for File Allocation Tables) and the NTFS
(NTFS stands for New Technology File System). Again, you don't
need to know all the technical details to get your data back---all
you need to know is what kind of file system your drive was using
before it broke down and turned you into a desperate shell of
a human being! Once you know the file server type, you can choose
the demo that is right for you, and hopefully have a shot at getting
back your priceless data---which is why you are visiting this
If you have a Windows XP system
and you can still boot up on your drive, there is an easy way
for you to find out the file system for each drive. Select Start
> All Programs > Accessories > System Tools > System
Information. Then open your directory structure in the left
pane: Components > Storage > Drives. After selecting "Drives", a list of all your drives should
appear in the right pane. You should see something like the screen
Click here for
If you are still reading this,
it probably means you were unable to get to the System Information screen on your computer---possibly due to the problems you
are having with your drive. While this does mean that it will
be more difficult to determine your file system, all is not lost.
We will give you some guidelines to assist you in your attempt
to identify your file system.
(For the record, you can probably
see how it would be a good thing to have a hard copy of all that
great information in the System Information window filed
away somewhere for use at just such an occasion as this. Yes,
we know that doesn't help you now, but it might be something to
put on your "to do" list once you get your computer
up and running again. Then you'll be better prepared---in case
this sort of thing ever happens to you again!)
Now...back to the guidelines!
Operating systems that use
the FAT file system, by default, include:
- Windows 95, OS2, 98, or ME
Operating systems that use NTFS, by default,
If you are the original owner of your computer
and have never replaced or added drives to your system, then your
computer would most likely use the default file system associated
with your operating system, as listed above. But if you have a used
computer (with an unknown history) or if you have added or replaced
drives in your computer, the defaults listed above may not apply
to you. Windows NT and Windows XP can be configured to read the
FAT file system as well as NTFS, thus making it tricky to know what
type of file system was used by your "problem" drive.
(You saw in the screen shot above, that our Windows XP computer
had multiple drives, and they did not all have the same file system.)
So what to do now? Well, think back to who
might have added or replaced drives on your system. You? A good
friend? A bad friend? At this point, you are probably at the mercy
of the best recollection of you or the friend. If you are lucky
enough to have a computer guru or geek who routinely does this type
of thing for you, they might remember something about how your system
was configured. (But don't count on it---unless they worked on it
recently or unless they had such a horrendous experience with your
computer that the moment was seared into their memory!)
So let's review:
- Windows 95, OS2, 98, or ME use the FAT
file system, by default.
If you have one of these operating systems
you might want to try the FAT to recover your data.
NT and XP operating systems use NTFS by default--not
the FAT file system---but they can be configured to read and write
to the FAT file system.
NTFS has always
been the more stable file system of Windows. NT workstations
and the very reliable XP operating systems use this file system
by default. Operating systems that use NTFS, by default, include;
If you have one of these operating systems
you might want to try NTFS
to recover your data.
file system is used exclusively by Apple. Most people just
call it a Mac.
Hopefully, the guidelines
above helped you identify your file system. We wish you good luck
in recovering your data!