When you we get a new hard drive, the first thing that we do, is to create partitions depending on our needs. After creating partitions, we usually format them, so that the partitions are overwritten, and as good as new. You may also want to format an existing hard drive, which has data on it. In both the cases, you have to take some precautions, to avoid loss of data; they can be summarized as follows,
- Determine the type of file system that you want to use – You can choose between both the NTFS and FAT file systems. It is suggested that you make use of NTFS file system, unless you are using an older version of windows.
- If the hard disk already contains data, back it up – Backups are important, so, backup all your essential data.
- If the hard disk has a drive overlay or a disk management program, make sure that it is compatible – Avoid using the Windows XP Setup program, if your system uses the drive overlay.
- If you have software that you want to reinstall, verify that you have the disks – Make sure that you make use of original CDs and DVDs for installation of software, once formatting is completed.
Despite taking these precautions, there are some instances which valuable data is lost, after partitioning a format. To recover formatted partition data, it is always better to go for a good third party data recovery software.
REMO Recover (Windows) Pro Edition software, lets you recover formatted partition data, from lost and deleted partitions from both NTFS and FAT file systems. The software also lets you preview recovered data, before saving them onto the location of your choice.