Establishing data recovery requirements before looking for files

When recovering lost data one must differentiate between several different types of data recovery processes. The reason for this is that basically some types of data recovery are far more difficult than others. For example, to recover lost data from flash drive storage all one needs to do is use a general purpose data recovery program to scan the relatively small size of that drive. The program will then create a list of recoverable files and allow you to preview or sort them.

Because a USB flash drive seldom exceeds 8 GB in size most data recovery programs can complete even a thorough scan of this device in just minutes. Furthermore we usually know exactly the type of file we are looking for when attempting to recover deleted files from a USB flash drive. These files are usually documents, photographs or other personal information that we manually placed onto the drive.

What to do after mistakenly reformatting a drive

You might be wondering why would anyone need to recover formatted partition areas? The main reason that we find ourselves needing to recover lost partitions on Windows based PCs is that we have somehow or another accidentally reformatted that section of a hard drive or the entire drive itself. In fact, very often the term partition is used synonymously with disk drive or drive.

Of course a partition is merely a section of a hard disk drive. Whether you need to recover a small partition on your computer’s hard drive or the entire drive itself or perhaps just one small file the process required is approximately the same. You must use a data recovery program that will scan through your computer’s hard drive and return to you a list of deleted of recoverable files. If you have recently lost data and did not continue to use your computer, you should be able to find and locate any data that was accidentally deleted or damaged in any other way.