If you are ever in the unfortunate position of needing to learn how to recover data from formatted drives, you are going to want to know what tools are available to you. It is no secret that Windows computers experience problems with invalid file extensions and other problems when formatting occurs. The good news is that it is actually very easy to fix these problems if you have the right tools at your disposal. In this article I will provide you with information on how to recover data from formatted drives.
Before learning how to recover data from a Windows XP system, it is important to understand why formatting happens in the first place. The reason that Windows XP issues file with an improper file extension is to maintain compatibility between all of the operating systems that the computer might be running. In other words, Windows XP is updated each time you go online or download a new program. Any changes that take place while updating your operating system can cause data loss or corruption.
When Windows XP encounters a problem, it will check its disk for problems and try to repair them before proceeding. Unfortunately, it does not always find the problems that it should, and in some cases data recovery software is required to fix the issue. Luckily, it is possible to use the same tools that you would use to repair other computer systems to recover data from a Windows XP formatted drive.
One of the first steps to take when learning how to recover data from a Windows XP drive is to look up the drive’s password. Windows XP stores its passwords in a database called the “HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE folder”. It can be very challenging to get into this folder, and many people are surprised to discover that there is an encrypted version of the folder that is hidden. To access the folder, you will need to open the Run dialog by pressing the keys Ctrl + R. Search for the path to “HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE” and double click it. You should then see an option for creating a password based on the name you have chosen, as well as a word at the end which will allow you to create a secure password.
After you have created a secure password, you can move on to the next step. This second step is to right click the drive and click “mount”, which will cause a pop up window to appear. Click the “mount” button and follow the on screen instructions. At this point, Windows XP will ask you whether you want to format the drive, so be sure to click “yes”.
The last step is to highlight the drive and then click “paste”. This will take you to the recovery key you need to type in – normally this is a random series of digits. If you have not changed this, then you will have to enter the number into a box which is normally blue but varies depending on the drive you are dealing with. Once you have typed the correct drive recovery key, you will have completed the second step of recovering lost data!
To use the format recovery tool to recover files from a formatted drive, you will first need to boot your computer back up. To do this, you should press F8 until you see a login box appears. Enter a user name and password to access your operating system, then click “log in”. You should now be able to access your computer as if you were using it normally. When you have completed these steps, you should see a drive data recovery tool icon on the desktop or taskbar. Clicking this icon will begin the formatting process of your hard drive.
Format recovery software programs are able to recover lost data from any physical or virtual drive that has been formatted. The tool will first check to see if you still have an original partition on the drive, and if so, will continue to reorganize the drive to make it reflect your changes. If not, the program will proceed to create a new partition, or will prompt you for a partition name and size. Using a program such as this is the fastest way to retrieve the files that you wish to return to your computer.