Backup protection not just give protection against data loss caused by hardware breakdown, lost power, extreme weather, or some other disaster. No, the backups also give extra security against small mishaps. We do backup to external disks and to tape backup devices in order to protect the organization from loss of its data that could cripple it if it happens. In some cases, the protections of backups are not for businesses but for home users. These are private computer users who have not done repeated backups and collected tons of family photos the loss of which would be irrecoverable.


Suppose you work as a PC computer geek and you get contacted by one of those computer users who say that the PC won’t work and the machine won’t start up again. Most likely the hard disk had a breakdown. And you know by experience that there would not be any backup. Now imagine this! The user, since he was able to get a DOS prompt, tried a system utility called FDISK. He figured out that the name meant “Fix disk” and just happened to delete one of the disk partitions. This is a case when a utility to recover lost data partitions is useful to have in the emergency kit.


Of course, disk partitions on hard disks should only be changed by those who know how computer works, so that the risk of disasters can be minimized. The best thing is to have a partition utility product such as Norton Ghost that will make a partition backup of the basic configuration and system software and then a another software such as Novastor Backup to do incremental and complete backups of user data files. There are cases when a simpler partition tool for partition recovery can be used to restore disk partitions back without serious data loss.


Because the disk drive refuses to start up, this does not always mean that the system disk can’t be made to work. It some cases it could be that just a limited area on the hard disk contains bad blocks and that this location is is blocking Windows from booting up because several booting errors are reported by the system. If a partition becomes deleted by accident, then the data in that may still be there. Just the partition table has to be modified.


EASEUS Partition Manager is a software product which can restore deleted partitions. File Scavenger is another one. File Scavenger claims that it can recover from formatting of a partition. You can  find other software utilities for this, but the goal here is to recreate condition from which you can move the data files onto another partition or backup and then create a fresh boot partition. Now, it can happen that after running the partition recovery tool that Windows starting up but in case that it won’t, you want to at least be able to get to a DOS command prompt and be able to see the files that need to be moved off.


If you have the fortune to see on your monitor the DOS prompt command and see the files that is stored in the user’s “My Documents” folder, then you should be able to hook up to an external backup drive (the simplest solution is to use a USB external hard drive) and to move the data files off to this drive. Then, the hard drive can be formatted, Windows installed, and the files recovered. It’s a cumbersome restoration but your customer will be glad to get the family pictures back.




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