How to Restore Files on Windows XP?

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Requirements: Microsoft Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP, Windows 2003 and Windows 2008

Windows XP is easy to use compared to older versions of Windows OS. Basically, Windows OS is available in two different editions i.e. Windows XP Home edition and Professional. In order to provide high-level performance and fast system response time, Windows XP Professional is designed with advanced features that are most commonly used by business people. Whereas, Windows XP Home Edition is specially designed for home users that offers many new features, which help home users to work proficiently and connect faster to the internet with others.

Windows hard drive can be formatted using either graphical disk management utility or command prompt. Formatting the hard drive creates file system and this file system is used by Operating System to organize and keep track of files and folders on hard drive. But, formatting the hard drive that already contains files will delete all files and then creates new file system to store new files.  Windows XP uses the two different types of file system i.e. FAT and NTFS. Many users prefer to use Windows XP but, there are some circumstances, where you might lose your important files. To rescue data from Windows 7 use this link http://www.recoverwindows.net/windows-7-recovery.html.

Common scenarios in which you might lose data are as follows:

Accidental formatting of the hard drive causes data loss: As formatting the hard drive deletes all filesand creates new file system, accidentally formatting the hard drive may results in data loss. For instance, suppose you are installing Windows XP OS on your hard drive. Generally, you need to format the partition where you want to install Windows XP. Instead of formatting partition which does not contain data, you may accidentally format the wrong partition, which contain your essential files resulting in data loss. Click here to get more info.

File System corruption: File system corruption mainly occur due to virus attack, improper system shutdown, fluctuation in power etc. When file system get corrupted, allocation information of each file stored in it is destroyed. Hence, corrupted file system does not allow you to access the files from it resulting in loss of data. To bring back data from Windows XP after file system corruption click here.

Data loss due to accidental conversion of NTFS to FAT file system:  It is possible to convert FAT formatted partition to NTFS without any data loss. If you want to convert NTFS back to FAT file system then you should take backup of your important data. Because, all the data stored on NTFS partition is deleted while converting from NTFS to FAT file system. Therefore, accidental conversion of NTFS to FAT file system results in data loss

Always, recheck while formatting the partitions of hard drive during installation of new Operating System. Take backup before converting NTFS partition to FAT file system in order to avoid data loss. If you have lost the data from Windows XP then don’t worry regarding how to bring back files lost from Windows hard drive. Make use of Windows Recovery tool to bring back Dell laptop data after OS crash on Win XP. The software has an ability to restore up to 300 different types of files on the basis of their unique signature. This tool can also retrieve data from Windows Vista hard drive that has been accidentally formatted or reformatted. FAT16, FAT32, NTFS, NTFS5 and ExFAT are the different types of file system supported by this tool. This software also has the ability to restore Windows 7 data from the partitions, which are severely corrupted. If you have lost the data from Windows 7 hard drive then you can make use of Windows 7 data recovery software to undelete deleted documents or lost files on Windows 7 OS. You can get back Windows XP data after file system corruption due to improper system shut down or hardware failure. Deletion of system files could also lead to loss of data. However, using this software you can recover Windows 7 files after system file corruption caused due to errors in the Kernel or virus attack.

Steps to retrieve lost data from accidentally formatted hard drive:

Step 1: Download and install Windows file recovery software

Step 2: After launching the software, the main screen will be appeared with 3 options. Select “Recover Partitions/Drives” option among those 3 options as shown in figure 1

Recover Windows XP - Welcome Window

Figure 1: Select Recover Partitions/Hard drives Option to retrieve lost files

Step 3: Select “Formatted/Reformatted Recovery” option from the next window to recover lost filesfrom formatted hard drive as shown in figure 2

Recover data from Windows XP - second screen

Figure 2: Select Formatted or Reformatted Recovery Option to restore formatted drive

Step 4: Now, select the partition from where you want to recover lost filesthen click on “Next” button to start scanning process as shown in Figure 3. When you click on “Next” button, software starts scanning to recover lost data

WIndows XP recovery - Hard drive selection screen

Figure 3: Select Partition that you have accidentally formatted

Step 5: Once the scanning process is finished, view recovered filesusing “Preview” option as shown in Figure 4

Windows XP file recovery - Preview Window

Figure 4: View recovered files to estimate recovery results

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