Diagnosis In order to save data on to a floppy disk, a file system is required, just as is required on an HDD. Formatting a floppy disk before saving data on it will initialize the disk. After this you can save and erase files on a floppy disk. However, the actual file allocation and information is left behind . When quick formatting a floppy disk, only the file allocation and information is initialized. As a result, recovery of this data is possible. When standard formatting a floppy disk, the whole file itself is initialized. As a result, recovery of data with a data recovery program is impossible. If you have Quick Formatted your floppy disk, please download and test the demo version of FINALDATA.
I have performed a low-level format on the HDD in which my data was saved on.
Diagnosis A quick or standard format initializes the file information. The actual data still exists on the drive. Therefore, recovery is possible with FINALDATA. However, a low level format initailizes not only the file or data information but the actual data itself. Therefore, recovery in this situation is impossible.
Diagnosis The front part (first sector) of the HDD contains the boot loader and the file information regarding the partition of the HDD. The front part (first sector) of the partition also contains the information about each partitions. If an HDD has multiple divided partitions and the whole HDD is formatted, then the partition information located in the front part (first sector) will be initialized. This is why partitions from before formatting cannot be found in the future. However, the partition information of each partition still exists, which is what make recovery possible.
How to Recover The recovery procedure for recovering the lost data would be to first recover the original partition (drive) and then to scan for the deleted data within this partition.
1. Please connect the system in which FINALDATA is installed and connect the formatted HDD as a slave.
2. After running FINALDATA, please select the [File]-.[Open] menu.
3. After selecting the physical drive tab, please select the HDD in which the desired deleted drive exists. Then select [Find Format].
4. FINALDATA will scan your HDD and find the previous drive. If the right drive is found, please continue by selecting [Select Format].
5. FINALDATA will start the Directory Scan. After the Directory Scan is completed, you will be asked to perform a Cluster Scan. Please start the Cluster Scan by selecting [OK].
6. After the Scan is completed, please refer to the [Lost Directory/Lost Files] folder, located under the [Deleted Directory/Deleted Files] folder and search for the deleted file you are looking for. Files can be found easily by selecting the [File]-[Find] option.
7. After searching the deleted file, you can save it by selecting the [File]-[Recover] option.
Is recovery of data possible even after files have been deleted using the mkfs command?
Diagnosis This file system contains the file information and the actual data information of a file. The 'mkfs' is a command which allows you to create a new file system, just as the 'Format' command is in Windows. With this command the sector containing the file information becomes inititialized. However, since the actual file data still exists, recovery of that specific data is possible with FINALDATA. The recovery rate for the Linux operating system could be lower than the rate of recovery in the Windows operating system.
I have deleted a partition from Linux, using the fdisk command.
Diagnosis In the Linux operating system, a partition is created by fdisk just as in the Windows operating system. If a partition was deleted by the Fdisk command, the partition information located in the first sector of the HDD becomes changed. However, in this case the data information remains unchanged, so recovery is possible with FINALDATA. The recovery rate for the Linux operating system could be lower than the rate of recovery in the Windows operating system.
I have accidentally formatted a partition from the drive my data was saved on
Diagnosis The data on a drive still exists, even after formatting, as long as the data has been saved in. However, since all the data information on the drive has been initialized, the recovery rate will not be very high. The recovery of files after formatting is different depending on whether the formatted file system is the same as the old file system or not. For example, if the original file system was FAT32 and formatted to FAT32, the operation would be different than if it was formatted to NTFS.
How to Recover In case the formatted file system is the same as the original File system.
1. Please install FINALDATA. At this time, installing FINALDATA in the same drive as the drive of the deleted file can cause the file to be overwritten. It is recommended that the software is installed in a different drive from the drive of the deleted file or run FINALDATA directly from CD.
3. Select the logical drive in which the deleted data was located and select [OK].
4. FINALDATA will start the Directory Scan. After the Directory Scan is completed, you will be asked to perform a Cluster Scan. Please start the Cluster Scan by selecting [OK].
5. After the scan is completed, please refer to the [Lost Directory/Lost [Files] folder, located under the [Deleted Directory/Deleted [Files] folder and search for the deleted file you are looking for. Files can be found easily by selecting the [File] - [Find] option.
6. After searching in the deleted file, you can save it by selecting the [File]-[Recover] option.