When A Hard Disk Manufacturer Ships A Hard Disk Out, It Doesn’t Know What Sort Of Computer System It’s Going To End Up In, So It Ships Them In A Raw, Unprepared State

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When you add a new hard disk drive to your computer (covered in part 1), the operating system you use (Windows, Linux, Unix etc.) prepares the disk for use with the correct file system, (FAT32, NTFS, ext3, ReiserFS etc.). For the most part they are all incompatible between OS platforms which is why manufacturers send them out unprepared.

Preparing A Hard Disk For Use In Windows XP is called formatting – where the sectors on the hard disk are arranged in the right way for your OS to read and write data from and to it.

Hard disks can also be split into individual sections called partitions – each of which can be seen by the OS as a separate disk drive, each with it’s own drive letter and individually formatted.

So, to be able to use your newly installed hard disk, you need to first create one or more partitions on it and then format each of them.

This is a lot easier than you might think and in Windows, Microsoft have provided a nice easy to use program to do the job quickly and easily – the Computer Management utility.

Note: The following procedure is assuming you’ve installed a new disk drive. However, the process can also be used as a last resort with older drives that are starting to become problematic as it can often breathe new life into a dying drive. More on this at the end of the article.

Computer Management

Open up the Control Panel and locate the Administrative Tools icon. Double-click on it to open it up. Double-click on the Computer Management icon and when the window opens, click on Disk Management near the bottom on the left side. Double-click on the window’s title bar at the top to make it full screen.

This will show you all the drives that Windows can see. Hard Disk Drives (internal and external) appear at the top and CD/DVD-ROMS appear at the bottom of the list. Space on each drive is represented by a box running across the screen. Partitions are displayed as segments within the boxes (a drive can have multiple partitions, each one with it’s own drive letter).

Working partitions have a blue strip at the top and the text should say Healthy. This may be followed by either (System) or (Active) if the drives have an OS on them and are bootable.

Unpartitioned (new) drives should say ‘Unallocated’ and have a black strip instead of blue.

The drive at the top of the list should be Disk 0 and normally shows as (C:). You should see your new drive somewhere below it.

The first thing you need to do is create one or more partitions

Warning: Make sure you do not select the wrong drive. Doing the following with a drive other than the newly installed one (the one marked as ‘Unallocated’) will delete all the data currently on it and you will never see it again.

Right click on the box for your new drive and a menu will pop up. Left click on the ‘New Partition…’ entry.

Click Next.

On the next screen, leave Primary Partition selected and click on Next again.

A drive can contain one or more partitions so on this screen you have to decide how many partitions you want and how big you want each one to be by supplying the size in MB. For example, if your new drive is an 250 Gig, you might want it to be a single 250 Gig drive, two 125 Gig drives, or even one 50 Gig and 2 100 Gig drives!

Note: Each partition will appear in Windows Explorer as a different drive – with it’s own drive letter, like E:, F: G: and so on.

If you just want to use all the space as a single drive, the partition size is already set to the maximum value for the drive so you just click on the Next button.

If you want to split the drive into two smaller drives then you need to change the value on screen.

There are 1024 MB in 1 Gigabyte, but for easier maths, you won’t be far out if you use 1000 MB when deciding on what number to type. For example, if you want a partition EXACTLY 10 Gig in size, the number you need to enter is 10 x 1024 (10240 MB). If you enter 10000 (10 x 1000), then you end up with a partition 9.77 Gig in size – close enough to 10 Gig for most of us…

In fact, hard drive manufacturers use 1000, so when your new ‘250’ Gig drive is installed, Windows will tell you there’s only just under 233 Gig free space on it. 17 Gig instantly gone!

As an example, I have a 60 Gig drive and wanted to split it equally to get two 30 Gig partitions. The first partition I created with a size of 30720 (1024 x 30). I then created a second partition with the remaining ’30’ Gig on the drive. When I’d finished, Windows told me the second drive was not 30 Gig, but 25.8 Gig. Hardly equal eh?

Using 1000 instead of 1024, the drives ended up a little closer in size, weighing in at 29.29 and 26.59 Gig respectively.

Tip: If you want a drive to have more or less two equal sized partitions, divide the stated drive size by 2 and then use 950 as the multiplier. For the ‘so-called’ 60 Gig drive this would be 30 x 950 (28500) for the first partition size and the remainder for the second. This gives you one 27.83 Gig drive and one 28.05 Gig drive – pretty close to a 50/50 split.

But let’s assume for now that we just want a single partition. Leave the default maximum value in the box and just click on the Next button. You will then see the Assign Drive Letter screen.

Here you can specify what drive letter you want this partition to have. I always leave this section exactly as it is and just click on Next – you can always change it later if you need to.

The final screen is the Format Partition screen. A partition has to be formatted at some point before Windows can use it, so you might as well do it now.

Leave the Format option on and don’t change the File system – leave it as NTFS for Windows XP, Vista and Windows 7. Windows 95 and earlier versions of Windows didn’t support NTFS so only for those operating systems would you choose FAT32.

You can also leave the Allocation unit size as Default too.

You can however change the Volume label to whatever you want. For example, if you are going to store your MP3 collection on this drive, you could enter ‘Music’ for the label.

Finally, put a tick in the ‘Perform a quick format’ box. I only ever leave this option off for a full format if I’m trying to revive an older drive that’s been playing up. With it on, the formatting process takes seconds… instead of forever!

Click Next and you will see a summary of what’s going to happen if you continue, with the option to cancel in case you chose a wrong setting. Click on the Finish button.

The drive letter and ‘Formatting’ appears for a few seconds and if all goes well, you should see the volume label you typed and the word ‘Healthy’.

That’s all you need to do!

Close the Computer Management program and the Administrative Tools window (if it’s still open) and run Windows Explorer (or select Start…My Computer).

Look down the list of drives and you should see your new drive somewhere on the list and you can start moving your data onto it.

What To Look For When Shopping For Data Recovery

 

There’s an old saying, “you get what you pay for.” In most cases this is true. However, just because a company with a fancy website quotes you $3,500 for data recovery, does not mean that they are any better than a company that quotes you $1,500. Also, try to stay away from companies that want to charge $50-$300 for evaluating your drive. There has been a movement in the data recovery industry over the last couple of years to offer a number of free services. Most reputable data recovery companies will evaluate standard IDE drives free of charge; so don’t let the word “free” this or “free” that stop you. The data recovery market is quickly becoming saturated, and a company does not necessarily cheapen itself or lack expertise by offering free evaluations.

You will find as you shop around for data recovery that prices vary greatly. You will get quotes that range from $300 to $5,000 for standard hard drive recoveries. It’s not uncommon to literally get quotes that have at least a $1,500 high/low spread. We shopped one prominent data recovery company where we gave them specific indicators of a physical hard drive failure. We were eventually quoted a price range of $600 to $2,900 for the recovery. Many times this is a bait and switch type tactic. They get you to send in the drive with the low-end $600 price, then they let you know it’s going to cost $2,100 for the recovery. You end up being well under the $2,900 high-end price, but well over what other reputable companies would charge. Since most customers won’t go through the pain of having the drive sent back, only to have to send it out to another company, these bait and switch companies end up making huge profits off of unsuspecting customers.

Try to find a company that will give you an up front cost for either a logical or physical recovery. Most companies will be able to tell you within a couple hundred dollars the cost of a recovery. However, don’t misunderstand a company that gives you a price for two different procedures. For example, some companies will give you a price if the failure is logical and a price if the problem ends up being physical. We called one firm and were told that if the drive had a logical failure the price would be $400 and if it ended up being a physical issue the price would be $1,600. This is not a high/low spread as mentioned in the earlier example, this is simply quoting a price for two different types of recoveries.

On average you can expect to pay anywhere from $400 to $600 for logical recoveries, and $1,200 to $2,000 for physical recoveries on standard IDE hard drives. If you have RAID drives, SCSI, etc. depending on the configuration prices can be as high as $15,000. Remember, backup backup backup backup backup!!

Can My Data Be Recovered?

In most cases the answer to this question is yes. On average, the success rate for data recovery professionals is about 75-85%. However, there are times when the data is just lost, either due to extensive damage to the platter or unavailability of replacement parts.

How Do I Get Started?

If you have a hard drive that has crashed, the most important thing you can do is contact a data recovery professional immediately. Make sure you aren’t being charged an evaluation fee if you have a standard IDE hard drive. Most companies only charge evaluation fees for complex RAID and network server drives.

It is important to do your homework, call and talk with the companies. When you find one that you feel comfortable with, give them a chance. Your hardest job, may be finding data recovery firms that actually have someone available to answer the phones. Ask questions and be sure to have the following information available:

Size of the drive

Operating system (i.e. Windows 98, Windows XP, etc.)

Situation of failure (what happened just before the drive stopped working)

Is the drive recognized by the computer or not

Good luck in getting your data recovered, and make sure you always backup your important information on a daily basis.

Do We Need to Create Space For A New Operation System?

I’ve a large hard disk as well as removing information away along with files after i obtained my personal present pc in years past. Lately, I will update my personal program through Or windows 7 in order to Home windows landscape, however I’ve just one partition, it’s bootable the one that is actually utilized to begin a good operating-system. This means basically update or even reinstall program, I’ll shed just about all my personal information. We believed I would place individual information on the individual partition without having restart in order to take full advantage of pc overall performance.  I thought I might put personal data on a separate partition without reboot to maximize computer performance. How to separate it without data loss?

In most cases, we should know how to manipulate partition but complicated for us, luckily I find a great software. It make everything as easy as turn over my palm.MiniTool Partition Wizard is a partition manager program. It has the safest way to resize space without data loss. There are just several steps to get what we want.

When you speed up your computer and make it run faster and optimize the usage of the space, you just do a thing to create a new partition. Acronis Disk Director could satisfy your need of operating hard drive like compression, combination and optimization.

 

Can we install multiple operating systems on the same hard drive? Do we need to create space for a new operation system? For example, I want to install Windows 7 ultimate on one place and windows Xp Pro on another. Is that possible? Would my computer give me the option to choose which OS to boot at startup? What software will allow me to use multiple operating systems on my computer? Acronis OS Selector can do it. Running on Windows XP systems and higher, it allows you to install multiple operating systems on one computer. You can boot an operating system from any partition on any hard disk or have several multiboot systems on the same partition. It’s easy to use and fast.

 

I Think The Standard Self-run Data Recovery And Partition Recovery Ttools Tend To Be The Even More Cost-effective Choice, But Working With A Specialized Service Is Often The Best

In case you know very well what partition recovery is, and also understand that partition computer data recovery is available, then you’re definitely not the typical man or woman. The normal consumer’s thought regarding info recovery is frequently right-clicking around the personal computer’s pc recycle-bin to find in case their particular ruined partition is out there right now there. You possibly furthermore understand that making use of one particular marvelous equipment to aid replenish any partition simply generates far more concerns as compared to not necessarily. Almost certainly you’re looking by means of this kind of for the reason that you can have employed any shortcut which includes produced much of your partition to be able to fade away. And also, you must have support delivering that again?

You should not eliminate your data files 2 times

Do you think you’re seeking to train on a partition recovery software as you consider it’s rather a more quickly approach in comparison to putting into action record restoration computer programs? Do you think you’re planning to steer clear of being forced to reinstall the applications, and also bring back the particular data files on a supplementary vacation spot hard drive push? When it comes to sure, stick to myself due to the fact this kind of spiel will be in your case. For your kinds regarding an individual that have answered simply no, start simply by looking at the remedies and commence installing applications. Next, check out get the data.

The actual predicament

When you begin using partition recovery software programs, you ‘have to’, and I emphasize this expression, restore your data onto a separate hard disc. I am speaking about an additional hard disc that you simply mount on the inside your desktop or a plug-n-play onto your notebook computer.

Here’s the explanation why

At the end of running a hard disk partition recovery tool I know a lot of individuals are believing that, “I can easily boot my PC and move ahead with my life.” I understand this simply because I have handled thousands of hard disks where this valuable mistake was produced. If you attempt this, there is certainly the likelihood that some sort of file corruption will reside inside of the file system, which usually cannot be successfully confirmed upfront. Your corrupted hard disk and rebooting really don’t marry well, therefore your information will most likely be destroyed after restarting. The relentless CHKDSK will typically start operating when there’s a flaw in the file system and also you restart. Now, unless you can manually shape the file system within a Hex Editor, you have to ship your disc drive to some computer file retrieval service business.

The safest solution

Any hard disk partition recovery utility is made to be a faster way as opposed to having to adopt the more lengthy procedure of making use of data file restoration software programs. When it comes to the security of your files, do yourself a favor: Do not reboot if any hard drive rescue partition program requests you to. Alternatively, set up the disk drive as a secondary hard drive and duplicate your files to yet another hard disk drive so that you can guarantee data file integrity.

Your remaining method

Partition recovery may perhaps be the perfect answer, but actually this doesn’t succeed each and every time. So what solutions have you got right now? You will have a couple of solutions: you may try restoring files by choosing a computer file recovery software application, or you can choose to hire a file restoration service business to get it done for you. I think the standard self-run data recovery and partition recovery tools tend to be the even more cost-effective choice, but working with a specialized service is often the best.

It Allows For Alternate Partition Schemes That Get rRid Of Master Boot Record, Or MBR, Restrictions

The particular Fedora method installation technician Anaconda is probably the many powerful installment plans accessible over a Linux syndication. Anaconda of sixteen. twenty-five is sold with Fedora of sixteen will be up to date together with graphic adjustments which make it really an easy task to utilize. The newest model provides help regarding GUID Partition Stand hard drive partitioning, also referred to as GPT. That permits different partition techniques in which remove Learn Shoe Document, or perhaps MBR, constraints. Anaconda inside Fedora of sixteen routinely provides GPT inside the stand alone installation, yet if the targeted hard drive provides one more syndication put in, that generates MBR partitioning, rather than the wanted GPT partitioning. On this information, you will see the way to override in which to enable you to use a GPT partition as an alternative.

Initial, we need to disable the particular defaulted Linux Plausible Amount Director, also referred to as LVM. Beneath the Fedora of sixteen installation technician, any time that wants which kind regarding installment do you need, uncheck the employment LVM alternative. Take note the particular needless hard drive area allotted to the basis Plausible Amount, which you’ll want to change beneath Gadgets, and also beneath the record vg_hum, established the specified dimensions sum beneath the tag: lv_root.

Right after lowering the particular designated hard drive area beneath lv_root, there is certainly today enough totally free area to produce further plausible amounts, or perhaps reinforce a preexisting the one that provides come to an end regarding area. They’re GPT partitioning, which is often validated simply by considering the initial major partition. When it is “BIOS Boot” because the Sort, next GPT is at utilize. Sense absolve to create GPT partitioning to your wanted wants.

When these kinds of partitioning are already immediately developed, you ought to discover ways to generate these kinds of GPT partitioning personally regarding upcoming guide. Step one regarding personally producing GPT partitioning is always to find the “Create Custom made Layout” alternative from your partition strategies site, beneath the installment. That is supposing you might be putting in Fedora of sixteen around the btrfs record method, which can be the particular advised and also common alternative. Once you’ve changed the data around the targeted hard drive in your taste, commence that simply by picking “Create”.

 Under the MBR table system, you should create a boot partition ,a partition for Swap, and a partition for root. However, because we are creating under a GPT based system, it is a little bit different. Instead, the first partition should be a standard partition with the “bios_boot” flag. This will be done for every partition that is created. Now, under the partition propertites, select “BIOS Boot” under the File System Type. Set the Size value to 1 MB, which is recommended. These partitions will be mounted at /boot with a standard allocation of 500 MB. This is fine, so select OK. The last partition will be mounted at point “/”. Choose btrfs as the File System Type, and select the option “Fill to maximum allowable size, if you intend to use the rest of the available space. You may also want the option to encrypt the partition, but that is not mandatory. Once these preferences are set, select OK. Congratulations, you have now set up your GPT partitions for Fedora 16.

Often, We Unintentionally Delete Some Of Our Important Files, Folders And Even Hard Drive Partitions

Accidental deletions of files and partitions are not uncommon. Often, we unintentionally delete some of our important files, folders and even hard drive partitions. This results in loss of data and wastage of a lot of time and effort.Many software companies have spent years researching how recovering partition can be achieved in very little time. Today, there are several software programs readily available in the market that can be used to retrieve lost partitions.Before using an appropriate software program for recovering partitions, one must understand why certain partitions are corrupted or lost. Usually, partitions become inaccessible when they are damaged by some viruses.

 

Well equipped partition recovery software retrieves the lost partition in three simple steps. These are as follows:

1. The first priority of partition recovery software is to look for the lost content in the drives. For understanding how recovering partition is made possible through a software application, it is important to note that the deleted data is not completely lost until it is over written with some other data. The partition recovery software scans the lost partition and looks for it in temporary drives. This is done in very little time to ensure that the data is recovered quickly.

2. If the old content is overwritten by fresh data, the software retrieves partial files.

3. Most importantly partition recovery software retrieves a damaged master boot record which starts the Windows Boot procedure. The master boot record consists of a partition table which helps in locating the lost partition table. This is the most important step which plays a crucial role in recovering the lost partition.

In these three simple steps it becomes easy to understand how recovering partition is made possible with the use of efficient partition recovery software.

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When the hard drive partitions become inaccessible users get error messages informing them that they can no longer access the desired partition. To be able to use the partition again, users need to retrieve the lost partition using a good partition recovery software.

One must remember that recovery software programs vary from one another in terms of features and other benefits. As a result many people wonder how recovering partition appears simple to some users and inconvenient to some others. The differentiating factor is user friendliness. It is therefore important to go for the most efficient software to get the desired results.

In These Three Simple Steps It Becomes Easy To Underst And How Recovering Partition Is Made Possible With The Use Of Efficient Partition Recovery Software

Unintended deletions associated with documents as well as dividers aren’t odd. Frequently, all of us by accident remove a number of the essential documents, files as well as hard disk dividers. This particular leads to lack of information as well as wastage associated with considerable time as well as work.

Numerous software program businesses possess invested many years studying exactly how recuperating partition is possible within hardly any period. These days, there are many software packages easily available for sale you can use in order to get dropped dividers

Before using an appropriate software program for recovering partitions, one must understand why certain partitions are corrupted or lost. Usually, partitions become inaccessible when they are damaged by some viruses.

When the hard drive partitions become inaccessible users get error messages informing them that they can no longer access the desired partition. To be able to use the partition again, users need to retrieve the lost partition using a good partition recovery software.

One must remember that recovery software programs vary from one another in terms of features and other benefits. As a result many people wonder how recovering partition appears simple to some users and inconvenient to some others. The differentiating factor is user friendliness. It is therefore important to go for the most efficient software to get the desired results.

Well equipped partition recovery software retrieves the lost partition in three simple steps. These are as follows:

1. The first priority of partition recovery software is to look for the lost content in the drives. For understanding how recovering partition is made possible through a software application, it is important to note that the deleted data is not completely lost until it is over written with some other data. The partition recovery software scans the lost partition and looks for it in temporary drives. This is done in very little time to ensure that the data is recovered quickly.

2. If the old content is overwritten by fresh data, the software retrieves partial files.

3. Most importantly partition recovery software retrieves a damaged master boot record which starts the Windows Boot procedure. The master boot record consists of a partition table which helps in locating the lost partition table. This is the most important step which plays a crucial role in recovering the lost partition.

In these three simple steps it becomes easy to understand how recovering partition is made possible with the use of efficient partition recovery software.

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