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Hard Drive Data Recovery Software

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CAUTION : Do not download the software on the drive that contains lost data.  This may cause permanent data loss.

Take 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:

  • Windows 95/98/ME/NT/2000/XP.

  • 64 MB RAM (128 MB recommended)

  • 5 MB of free space

These Hard Drive Data Recovery Software Download versions will scan, analyze and show you the data from your crashed/inaccessible hard drive.

FAT hard drive data recovery software
NTFS hard drive data recovery software
Macintosh or Mac hard drive data recovery software

Digital Media Recovery

File Recovery

Backup Program

Mailbox Recovery

Mailbox Recovery Professional


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 page.

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 shot below:

Click here for SCREEN SHOT

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, include:

  • Windows NT and XP

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;

  • Windows NT, 2000, XP, XP professional

If you have one of these operating systems you might want to try NTFS to recover your data.


The Macintosh 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!


FAT hard drive data recovery software
NTFS hard drive data recovery software
Macintosh or Mac hard drive data recovery software


Our data recovery methods are approved by all hard drive manufacturers.

We do not void any warranties.


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