Important Rules for Successful Data Recovery

In this guide, we will look at how to use the “data recovery wizard” properly. The article will be useful to users who have lost important documents due to an unforeseen failure on their hard drive or any other information storage.

Successful Data Recovery

Before we proceed directly to recovering files, an important rule should be noted: under no circumstances make changes on a damaged device!

Successful recovery mostly depends on whether you follow this advice or not. Reporting that you do not need to make any changes on the disk with an error, we mean that you don’t need to do anything on it. Otherwise, there is a risk of irreversible data loss, in which even professional software will not be able to help.

How not to lose information completely

Let’s consider what gets into the list of unwanted actions:

  • Do not delete, rename or perform other unnecessary manipulations with files and folders, even if you can see them and can interact with them .
  • Do not save files on a damaged device.
  • It is not recommended to immediately proceed to formatting the disk even with the help of system utilities such as fdisk or Formatting.

Not following the above tips, you are risking lose the important information permanently without the ability to restore it. If one of them has already been accomplished, do not worry. This is not necessarily 100% guaranteed to result in negative consequences, but try to keep direct interaction with the disk to a minimum in the future.

The Starus Partition Recovery application, or its cheaper counterparts with reduced functionality, Starus FAT Recovery, Starus NTFS Recovery, are designed to work with specific file systems – FAT and NTFS. The main software is able to interact with both. Applications are well suited for both home and office work, which makes them a universal utility for recovering information and logical partitions of hard drives.

Top of the line product to repair broken partitions and recover missing information

Before purchasing, you can download and install a demo version of the program to check whether it is possible to recover documents from the HDD. In rare cases of critical damage, the “recovery wizard” and the BIOS are not able to detect the hard disk and emergency actions are needed to save the information. Disconnect your device as soon as possible! In such a situation, third-party software will not be able to provide the device with the necessary assistance and you will have to contact the service center for professional assistance.

Data recovery

If the system and the “recovery wizard” are able to detect the hard drive and you are ready to start recovering data, we recommend you to follow these steps:

1. Install Starus Partition Recovery on a computer with an intact HDD and make sure that it has enough memory to store the recovered information.

2. Turn off the computer and connect the second HDD to it, making it an external drive. When starting a PC, it is important to make sure that the BIOS is able to correctly detect which one is the main system drive and which one is connected additionally.
If you do not know how to connect an additional HDD to the device, contact the manufacturer of the drive.

3. Run the program. By default, the File Recovery Wizard opens immediately upon startup. In the future, you can disable this feature. Click Next button and select the HDD that you want to scan.

Recovery Wizard

4. Select the most appropriate scan type. A quick scan performs an almost instant, superficial HDD check. It should be remembered that the depth of such a test will be significantly lower than with a full analysis. The second option will take more time, but the scan will allow the program to carefully examine the disk.

File Recovery Wizard

5. The program provides a convenient opportunity to preview, thereby eliminating users from blind searching only by names of target files. You can examine not only graphic content, text documents are also available for scanning.

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6. Having determined which files need to be restored, it’s time to proceed to recovery. Select the documents, right-click on any of them and click Restore button. Using Ctrl + R key combination will make it even faster.

Recover option selected

7. The program will offer you several possible options for exporting files:

Save to hard drive – all information will be saved to specified HDD. Under any circumstances do not save documents to a damaged drive from which you are recovering!

Burn to CD / DVD – save data to optical media, from which data can be transferred to any other device that has a DVD drive.

Create a virtual ISO image – works similar to optical media, but without the need to use a CD. Such parameters as autoload, boot sectors, file system type, etc. are saved.

Upload via FTP – the ability to transfer data using FTP servers.

Save to hard drive option

Summarizing the article, if you are trying to recover data from a damaged hard drive, follow four simple rules:

  • Never install the Recovery Wizard on a damaged HDD.
  • Never use a device with an error as a bootable system drive (C:).
  • Do not create folders, do not delete anything and do not perform any other actions on the damaged HDD.
  • Never copy recoverable files to a damaged device.

In the case of neglecting these tips, you risk bringing the HDD to a critical state, in which the data recovery will be completely impossible.

If a logical partition is damaged on the hard drive and the file system is displayed as RAW, we recommend you to read the following article:
How to recover data from a RAW hard disk or a RAW partition
It is about the analysis of logical errors and ways to correct them!

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Ruslan Yermolov

Ruslan Yermolov

Data recovery expert - providing practical advice on how to use simple tools to solve complex data recovery and data protection problems on today's storage devices. Education - Manager Economist, and since 2010 the creator of Starus Recovery, developer of the eponymous website, which provides users with a wide range of software for digital information recovery.

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Read Our Frequent Questions

You need to use an effective data removal program, such as Starus Partition Recovery. And follow the steps in this article.

Unfortunately no. Even the most effective data recovery software operates within the limits of conventions. Which are the need that the data is not overwritten with new data, the type of media is a flash drive, SD card, SSD, HDD (the latter is better than others for data recovery), etc. But using a good effective program greatly increases the chances of recovery. For such programs, in most cases, neither the RAW file system, nor partition formatting, or even repartitioning the entire disk is an obstacle.

If you encounter problems with the storage media, the first step is to recover the data. And only then perform recovery operations with the media - formatting, repartitioning, surface testing, etc. It is also important in the process of data recovery to save them in a path different from the original one. And be sure to save on a working medium.

Depends on the degree of damage. Effective programs like Starus Partition Recovery are more likely to accomplish this task. Deep analysis of Starus Partition Recovery can recover data even from bad HDD sectors.

For these purposes, there is a narrow-profile Starus File Repair program. It provides powerful algorithms for restoring data integrity after data damage due to software or hardware failures, virus attacks, etc.

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