Data overwriting makes data recovery virtually impossible; it is not really true; restoring data overwritten should be possible using a scanning transmission electron microscope. It is, therefore, important to make sure that you do not overwrite the data or areas where data is to be restored. With the best data recovery services this is the perfect option that you can have.
Fortunately, at the file level, great progress has been made to improve this situation. In Windows Vista, the term “earlier versions” has come to full. With “previous versions” one can restore previous editions of a file. Unfortunately, the feature is only available in the more exclusive Business, Enterprise and Ultimate editions of Vista. You can also find this feature in Vista by right-clicking on a file and selecting the tab named earlier versions.
For those interested, it can be mentioned that Apple’s Time Machine solution is also based on the shadow copy principle. That is, a service provided by the operating system makes an automatic backup when a file is modified.
Remember that if you have deleted files on the Windows partition, you risk overwriting the files you should save if you have to install new programs. In that case, you should connect the hard drive to another computer and let it do the job if possible.
Here are some of the best-known programs:
PC Inspector File Recovery
A program that recovers files finds data lost due to formatting / PC crashes or finds partitions / drives that are “gone.” The program supports the FAT and NTFS file systems. On the website pcinspector.de, you will find more information about the program and can download it for free.
Smart Data Recovery
Also Free with Support for FAT and NTFS. Requires Windows NT / 2000 / XP / 2003 and works with regular hard drives and all types of removable media such as memory cards and USB sticks. Here you will find this program.
It is another free application that finds hidden parts of the hard drive and recovers lost data. It requires Windows 95, 98, ME, NT, 2000 or XP.
A shareware program that can recover data, even from formatted hard drives. The program supports the FAT, FAT32, and NTFS file systems. Read more in our previous article or go to the program’s website.
It is a shareware program that can recover files. You just need to right-click on the current file and select Unerase. Supports the FAT and NTFS file systems. It requires Windows 95, 98, ME, NT, 2000 or XP. The program costs $ 39.95 but can be downloaded and run for free 25 times.
Companies that specialize in recoveries, such as Ibas or reConsult, can do this by regaining lost data. They use very sophisticated and expensive solutions and are therefore, an option that will cost you several thousand dollars. But if the data is irreplaceable, then this is also an opportunity for private individuals.
The art of deleting files
With this, you see that it can be quite straightforward to save files. So what if you really want something deleted, such as selling or giving away a hard drive? R-Undelete is a program that can be used to recover deleted files. The program costs $ 54.99, but it is also available in a limited demo version.