Reformatting of hard drives is basically performed to change the file system. In a computer (and other storage device) file system is the way to organize the information about the location of each stored file and available free space. The most commonly used file systems are FAT and NTFS. NTFS is more reliable and secure than the FAT fle system. It provides some advanced features that are not available in any version of FAT. NTFS uses standard transaction logging and recovery techniques to guarantee volume consistency, it uses checkpoint and log file information to restore the consistency. It also provides compression, disk quotas, and encryption.
Steps to convert a FAT volume to NTFS:
The incomplete reformatting process could result in data loss. During the reformatting process you will get error messages when any file on the drive is being used and you are interrupted. The power surge problem and abrupt shutting down the system may also interrupt the reformatting process, which finally lead to data loss.
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Steps to recover the data after reformatting the hard drive:
Step 1:Download and install the trial version of File Recovery Software. Connect your reformatted drive as secondary drive to a healthy computer and run the software. Three options are displayed on main screen select “Recover Partitions / Drives” and then select “Formatted / Reformatted Recovery” option as shown in figure a.
Figure a : Main Screen
Requirements: Microsoft Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP, Windows 2003 and Windows 2008
Requirements: Mac OS X 10.5.X and above (including Leopard, Snow Leopard and Lion)
Step 2:The list of available drives is displayed on the screen. Select the desired logical drive and click on "Next" button as shown in Figure B.
Figure B : Select logical Drive
Step 3:The software starts the scanning process. After the successful completion, you can view the recovered data using the "File Type View" and "Data View" option as shown in Figure C.
Figure C : Data View and File Type View
Step 4:Before saving the recovered data view your data using "Preview" option. The "Save Recovery Session" option is used to save scanned data as shown in Figure D.
Figure D : Save Recovery Session