Basics of free data recovery

Data Recovery is a term used to describe a safe retrieval of lost, damaged, formatted or deleted data back to its original state. Although the data recovery process includes recovery of digital files that are corrupt, destroyed or in other ways incomplete the free software presented on this website - Free Data Recovery Software, deals only with the lost data, in form of digital files stored on a memory device such as hard drive, that is actually deleted, or lost by formatting hard drive or other memory device, or by malfunctioning or failure of that device, either caused by mechanical problem or software failure. Free Data Recovery Software is not meant to be used for recovery of partially downloaded files or data that is corrupted by bug or failure of a thirty party software.

There are two general types of data readability failure and two conjugate approaches, a hardware or a software failure. Data unreadibility caused by the hardware failure means that there was an error on a memory device, electronical or mechanical that caused data to become unreadable or unreachable. Software failure is caused by the bug or operating misuse of the Operating System or thirty party programs. Hardware and software failures can often be related, and while Free Data Recovery Software can be used for recovery of information's lost by hardware failure the author recommends not taking any steps without a help of an experienced professional. If a hard drive fails because of a mechanical error, every further attempt to read from such failed device can make things worse and greatly diminish the possibility to recover data.

In most cases, Free Data Recovery Software should be used in a scenario where a user simply wants to recover files that were deleted through the operating system., intentionally or by mistake. How successful Free Data Recovery Software will be in this process depend on many factors but a thing to remember is that data recovery process should never be thought of as a replacement for regular data backups. It is a remedial measure, a medicine to heal when things go wrong, and as with human health the prevention is always better, so backup your data timely.


Loosing your data - what can go wrong?

Bad Sectors. The most common hardware reasons for lost data are the existence of bad sectors od bad tracks. Bad sectors, if not dealt with on time, can cause a serious and cumulative data loss. It is a physical failure where the sectors of a HDD gets damaged and inaccessible.

Inability to boot up computer. Most likely it is caused by some sort of damage, or missing system file which is used in the start up process, like lost master boot record. Sometimes, inability to boot can be caused by hard drive failure or bad sectors but luckily, majority of system booting problems are fixable and they don't actually cause any damage to the user files, so the usage of Free Data Recovery Software may not be needed - there is a good chance that no data has been lost and that a user should concentrate on fixing the boot up error first.

Files are corrupted or not accessible. In such case a user can see the files residing on a memory device but can not open or access them. The reasons could be various, from the hardware problems and bad HDD sectors to the software issues caused by either software bugs, partially saved files, file system errors, operating system crash and many other possible causes. Before running Free Data Recovery Software get as many information's about the error and possible solutions and do a safety backup.

Hard Drive formatted, data lost. Data that has been lost due to a process called Drive Formatting can be successfully recovered with Free Data Recovery Software. By formatting a drive you delete a content of a whole drive and prepare it for reading and writing. Formatting also create address tables for locating an information, so a new disk can not be used unless it is formatted. Many users are accustomized to format their hard drives quite often, for the sake of installing new Operating System or reinstalling the current one from scratch. Realizing that the important data had been left on a formatted, wiped drive is frightening for users but luckily, most, or all of the data from formatted disk can be recovered with Free Data Recovery Software. The actual disk usage after the format took place is critical for successful recovery. The less amount of new data was written the better chances for recovery, the more times such data was written over the less chances for recovery, the larger the hard drive the better chances for recovery.

Files or folders deleted, want them back now. That is a typical and most often users case. Everything that's been said about formatted drive and data recovery holds the truth here as well. The lost data can be successfully recovered with Free Data Recovery Software to a great margin, but the actual amount of recovered data will depend on the hard drive usage in a period after the deletion took place.


Files can be also lost due to the virus or any kind of intentional malicious code executed on end user's computer. It is not possible to give any prediction of a possible recoverability of files that were deleted under the virus attack.

It is the utmost imperative that a regular backup is conducted - one should never rely on a recovery software in place of regular backups. Also, securing a proper and safe environment for equipment is an important step in preventing disastrous data loss. Do you have a redundant power supply? Are your components a quality grade and well isolated? Does your hard drives have additional cooling? Any data recovery software should be only used as a first aid when things go wrong and never by mean to replace any of the precautionary steps in preventing a data loss.