FAT is a file system which is used in different storage devices to organize the data in an efficient manner. FAT actually stands for “File Allocation Table”. In most of the storage devices like flash drives, memory cards, pen drives also known as thumb drive, external drives and so on, FAT file system is used to organize data. The system hard disk is segregated into no of clusters and FAT describes which clusters are used by which files. In order to limit the size of the allocation table, disk space is allocated to files which are called as clusters. There are several versions of FAT file systems viz., FAT12, FAT16, FAT32. File allocation table has only one entry per cluster and this entry uses 12, 16 or 28 bits for FAT12, FAT16 and FAT 32 respectively.
The latest version of FAT file system is FAT16, which was developed to use in 20 MB (Mega bytes) hard drive and it limited cluster addresses to 16 bit values. The benefit of the FAT16 was to enable the use of smaller clusters, which made disk usage proficient. Later FAT32 was released in order to overcome the size limitation of FAT16. At present in almost all storage devices like hard disk, pen drive, memory card, FAT file system is used. Sometimes these file systems may get corrupted due to several reasons. For example while partitioning the FAT you may get some error and you may lose data. In such cases, it is possible to recover lost data by using lost partition recovery software.
Factors leading to data loss in Hard Drives:
- Hard drive partition corruption: Data loss might occur when the FAT32 partition gets corrupt while trying to install multi operating system.
- Unintentional Formatting of Drive: Accidentally formatting the wrong partition. Suppose you have one dynamic drive named music and another as video. You wished to format music partition but by mistake formatted video partition. This scene could lead to huge data loss. You can restore files from formatted drive using the software.
- Reformatting the Drive: When you re-format the drive i.e., changing file system from FAT to NTFS or vice versa. In such circumstances, also there are chances of losing all your files if you do not possess a proper backup.
- Corruption due to Malware Attack: If the file system gets corrupt by any third party application or some virus like malware, spyware etc then it results in inaccessibility and data loss.
Don’t panic, when you lose files from your system in all of these scenarios. You can recover those lost data from your computer hard drive using professional lost partition recovery software.
Partition recovery tool provides user friendly interface, so that any common users who don’t have much computer knowledge can also restore lost data. With its advanced drive scanning technologies it will restore data from repartitioned desktop HDD with ease. You may delete data from your computer unexpectedly and after deletion if you want that deleted data back, then you can recover that deleted data. You can try for the trial version of this software which is available in the internet. Once you satisfied with the result obtained from the demo version you can go ahead and purchase full version of the software. Once you download and install the full version, it will provide save option so that you can save your recovered data. It will even recover WD HDD files after partition table corruption or Windows reinstallation. This software supports for different Operating Systems like Windows XP, Windows 7, Vista, Windows server 2003 and Windows server 2008. Mac version of this professional tool is also available for download, which can be use on Mac OS X Lion, Leopard, and Snow Leopard.
Follow the steps to perform FAT32 Data Recovery:
Step 1: Open main screen of the software and choose "Recover Partitions / Drives" from the given options as shown in figure 1.
Figure 1: Select Recover Partitions / Drives
Step 2: Now select the hard disk partition from the list of logical drives and press "Next" button to start the data recovery procedure as shown in figure 2.
Figure 2: Select Partition
Step 3: Check the list of recovered files in "Data View" as shown in figure 3.
Figure 3: Recovered Files