Partitions are virtual hard disk drives that your computer treats as if they were individual hard drives, even though several of them may be located on a single physical hard drive. Partitions offer several benefits to computer users, with the primary advantage being separating the operating system and program files from regular files and documents important to the user. As a result, it is substantially easier to make image backups and clones of the operating system for restoring the computer to earlier states. However, sometimes partitions become deleted or lost. When they contain important information, you might want to recover them. Numerous problems must be dealt with when trying to recover lost partitions; fortunately, there are solutions to these problems, and there are special precautions you can take to protect your hard drive partitions. These problems, solutions, and precautions will be discussed in this article.
Perhaps the biggest problem associated with trying to recover a lost partition is that the partition may be damaged or corrupted. When partitions are damaged or corrupted, the chances of data recovery decrease dramatically. Partitions may suffer damage for software or hardware reasons; reasons related to software include viruses that disrupt file architecture or deliberately corrupt partitions. Reasons related to hardware include damage suffered to the physical drive itself, such as electrical overloads, magnetic disturbances, or shock from impacts such as dropping the drive.
Solutions to these problems vary with the problems. You can reduce faults related to hardware failures by frequently checking the status of the hard drive through SMART updates. Additionally, try not to drop the hard drive. You can tackle reasons related to software by running antiviral programs, like System Optimzer Pro, to make sure no viruses remain on the hard drive, as these may potentially interfere with file or partition recovery. Using comprehensive scans with your partition recovery software will also increase your chances of getting your data back.
There are a few precautions to keep in mind to protect your hard drive partitions and increase your chances of partition recovery. The best measures are preventative; try to backup your partitions and drives as often as possible. It is better if you have an automated backup system installed, as this will take troubles of memory out of the equation.
That said, there may still be times when you find yourself with a lost partition and a need to retrieve it. In such cases, the most important tip to keep in mind as a first step is that you do not want to write any additional information to the hard drive. This is because the data will likely still be present, but when a partition is lost, your computer system marks the space it used to occupy as ready for new data to be written on it. Every new information written to the drive, therefore, reduces the likelihood of successfully recovering information on a deleted partition, as well as the partition itself.
Finally, it is also essential to perform your partition recovery on a different drive than that on which the partition was lost for the reasons outlined above.