At a Glance
- Pricey when purchased separately
If you’re getting partition errors, then all you may need to recover your data is this effective utility.
Though it’s limited to partition recovery operations (damaged or
overwritten), Active@ Partition Recovery could be all you need to
recover your data. In some cases, when the only portion of the hard
drive that’s damaged (or overwritten) is the partition table,
simply restoring a partition will magically bring back all your
data. Actually, the data isn’t brought back–it was there all
along, but without any OS-recognizable indication to its existence.
Recovering the partition just makes it possible to see it
Semantics and metaphysical-sounding explanations aside, Active@
Partition Recovery can scan your hard drive for information about
existing or previous partitions and present you with a list of
them. Then you simply choose which partition (or even partitions,
if they didn’t occupy the same space) you want, and the program
will restore it. Keep in mind that if you’ve written data to a new
partition that you created over an old one, the much of the old
data will likely have been overwritten. Unfortunately, many
accidental partition overwrites are discovered late as they are
caused my mistaking one drive for another. Don’t ask how I know
My only real complaint about Active@ Partition Recovery is that
it’s rather pricey for a one-trick pony. I strongly suggest that
you consider the Professional version of Active@ File Recovery
which also offers partition recovery, in addition to
sector-by-sector file recovery and is only about $10 more than
either program by itself.
Note: This link takes you to the vendor’s site,
where you can download version of the software most useful to you.
This software is available in various versions for both DOS and
Windows. The price given here is for the least expensive Windows
–Jon L. Jacobi