Recovering data from external drive showing not formatted error on my PC?

August 27th, 2012 4 Comments »

Recently I am unable to access any of my data on the external hard drive on my Windows 7 based computer, and it seems like the only way my PC will recognize my hard drive is if it formats it because Windows says “the disk drive is not formatted, do you want to format it now?” But I worry that if I really format the external HDD, it will result in erasing all of the data. However, I have very important files on this hard drive and I would like to recover them if possible. Your solution would be greatly appreciated.

Answer:

A couple of things regarding the problem.

If the issue is that the drive is erroring out or severely damaged and unrecognizable by your Windows’s BIOS you have very few options except send it to a recovery center to rescue the data.

If your hard drive is recognized by the BIOS, just not by windows as a formatted drive, therefore you cannot assign a drive letter or read the contents. Get a good data recovery software and attempt to recover from the drive without formatting it first.

If this is not possible, let your computer do a quick format. Note: do not perform a standard long format. This is because in a quick format Windows will go to the table of contents at the beginning of the book (so to speak) and erase the chapter names but (with the appropriate software) you can still turn the pages and see that your ‘book’ is still written there. With a long format, windows will zero-out the drive… replacing the ‘book’s’ entire content with a bunch of zeroes.

If you’re still unable to retrieve the information with a drive letter (quick formatted) and with the data recovery tool – you would need to determine likely causes why this would be the case.

Hope this helps, best regards!

Formatted Mac hard drive while installing Windows 7, rescue data plz!

July 26th, 2012 No Comments »

Please help me out and rescue data from my formatted Mac hard drive. The fact is I was trying to install Windows 7 on my secondary drive on my MacBook. But during the set up it asked me to select a drive to use. It wouldn’t let me select one as it was not formatted for Windows, so I assumed this was my Mac drive and went for the second drive. Now when I try to launch into Mac OS X Lion and it can’t find the Macintosh HD. I guess it’s probably that Windows had formatted the Macintosh partition to MS-DOS (FAT). I know how to reformat it back to a Mac, but I am wondering if there is a way to recover the data stored on that Mac partition? Plz help!!!

Answer:

Well, you just found out the hard way that Windows does not have the capability to recoginze any other operating system including Mac OS X 10.7 Lion your Macbook is now running. That is why the rule always is, that when you create a dual boot system you always have Windows installed FIRST. The Windows installer will instantly over write your current operating system as if it isn’t even present on the computer.

Now the only thing I can recommend to you is to use a data recovery software. And maybe you’ll have to take the hard disk out and install it as a secondary drive in another PC or Mac and use some kind of data recovery program to see if you can still retrieve it from the magnetic surface. But note: there is no guarantee it will retrieve all your lost data. Because there are too many factors influencing the recovery results, however hope you good luck.

Another thing to remember – it is suggested that you not reformat and install OS X until you retrieve the data, or you probably will lose the chances.

Best regards!

How to Jailbreak iPhone 3G 4.2.1 on Windows 7 for non-professional

July 11th, 2012 1 Comment »

Question:

Hello, there. I just want to jailbreak an iPhone 3G with firmware 4.2.1 on my Windows PC. Here is my case, I have the iPhone 3G AT&T without no contract or services and it just practically an iPod to me. I heard a guy said that I should use redsn0w but it that untethered? I have no idea now what program to use to unlock my iPhone 3G 4.2.1. And what to care about before the phone is jailbroken. Please advise me how to get the job done under Windows 7. Oh, forget to say that I am not a tech or a professional. So the easier solution is better. Thank you very much!

Answer:

First of all, for a non-professional, I would not recommend you to use redsnow as it might causes a lot of problems for your iPhone 3 including fail on boot and battery % shows wrong.

Instead, you can always opt to use a software to jailbreak your iPhone 3G. You do not need to have any technical skills or a big amount of money to spare. All that you need is your Windows 7 computer, your computer software and of course, your iphone – and you are set to go. This is certainly the better and more affordable option that you can use for your benefit because with it you can easily do the jailbreaking at the comforts of your own home and without having to spend hundreds of dollars.

iJailBreakTool – enables you to jailbreak or unlock any iPhone as you like. It is fully compatible with your iPhone 3G 4.2.1. After jailbreaking, your iPhone 3GS is free and you gain 100% access. Both Windows & Mac are supported. To begin the process, you first will select the version of your iPhone as well as some basic information such as iOS and baseband. After that, their easy to follow instructions, which are available in text, screenshots, and video guides, will take you through the rest of the process.

As to what should you care before you start the unlocking procedure, it is recommended that you backup all the information on your iPhone 3GS.

Hope this helps, greetings!

Partition Lost When Install Windows on Mac, How to Rescue Data?

June 20th, 2012 No Comments »

I am a Mac user, but recently I am trying to install Windows 7 on my Mac (dual-booting), the thing is that one of my Mac partitions is lost! I guess it’s probably caused by my mistake. Now I want desperately to recover data from the old Mac partition, is this possible? What should I do? Note: all of my major files and important data are on that partition! I know there are software out there that can supposedly recover the partition, but I don’t know which one to get. By the way, the virtual Windows 7 operation system has been installed successfully. I can now access to either Windows or Mac OS X.

Answer:

If you have a Time Machine backup, things can be pretty much easier.

But if you don’t, to recover data from the lost Mac partition, I highly recommend Stellar Macintosh Data Recovery. It’s the best recovery software I’ve ever used, install the app on your Mac OS X, run it and it will start analyzing selected Macintosh HD for recoverable data.

Meanwhile, since Windows 7 has been installed successfully, if you don’t have too much result recovering data on Mac, try entering Windows OS and using some data recovery software to see if you can gain new harvest.

Remember – backup everything before you act!

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Able to Recover Files from a SanDisk SSD Drive of My NetBook?

May 14th, 2012 1 Comment »

Is it possible for me to recover some data from a crashed SanDisk SSD drive which is inside my netbook computer? I have been using my netbook for quite a long time and recently I notice that it is working very slow. More specifically, my PC freezes a few seconds each time I attempt to access folders on the partition. Today, the situation becomes worse. The hard drive (16GB Solid State drive) seems badly corrupted and I can’t even access any files or folders. But I have so many valuable documents and media files being saved on the SSD drive. Please show me how to resolve the issue or at least recover the files off the SSD drive? My netbook is running Windows XP.

Answer:

As long as your SanDisk SSD drive haven’t suffered any physical damage, chances of SSD data recovery can be high. However, in order to maximize the chance of retrieving data from your SSD drive, the first thing you should do is to immediately stop using it right now and never let the drive suffer any physical damage. Because any new data you save on could quite possibly overwrite the old and make your data lost for good. Then it is recommended to use a third-party data recovery program and give a try.

Stellar Windows Data Recovery has some popularity in the market because of its strong recovery capability. You don’t have to send the SSD drive to any third-party agencies for expensive services. Here is how you can achieve data rescue on your own.

  1. Free download Stellar Data Recovery and install the program on your netbook and let it have a free scan of the crashed/corrupted SSD drive.
  2. After that preview and recover found files if possible.
  3. Note: due to the nature of data recovery, it is almost sure that you won’t be able to retrieve all data.

If recovery apps won’t fulfill the task, keep your nebtook and Sandisk SSD drive in good shape, and take it to a data recovery company for services.

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