FAT Recovery is data recovery software that makes it easy to recover files from drives or partitions formatted using FAT and FAT32. These are the file systems used for hard drives in computers running Windows 95, 98 and Me, and many of those running Windows NT 4, Windows 2000 or Windows XP, as well as floppy disks, pen drives, flash drives, memory cards and many other removable drives. While software like DiskInternals Uneraser can restore files that have been deleted, these programs cannot recover files from disks that have been damaged or corrupted, reformatted or repartitioned, and they cannot recover anything from a drive if Windows doesn't even recognize it. In this event you need a lower level data recovery tool: DiskInternals FAT Recovery. (For NTFS partitions use DiskInternals NTFS Recovery.)
FAT Recovery has a familiar Windows Explorer-style look and a Wizard-based interface, so - unlike many comparable products - it is very easy to use. When the program starts, you select the drive you wish to recover data from, click Next and wait while the software searches for recoverable files. You then specify the place where the recovered files are to be written. FAT Recovery may save several alternative copies of a file, in cases where it is not clear exactly which blocks of data belonged to the original file. You must then check these copies by opening them in an application, to determine which is the correct version.
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FAT Recovery lets you create an image of the drive or partition you wish to recover, just like a data recovery professional! This image can be mounted just like a normal drive, and files can be recovered from it. Create an image, reformat the drive and get your computer running again, and then recover your files later at your leisure! The saved image is also useful if you recover only the files you think you need, and then discover later that other essential files are missing. Using an image also protects the original drive from the possibility of further damage or accidentally overwriting your data whilst you are trying to recover it.