Data recovery from system partition
Normally, a new hard drive is divided into several logical partitions to treat one disk as if it were multiple disks for the sake of convenience and better performance of the hard drive. Isolated partitions increase data safety as well – if one partition is corrupted data on other partitions remain intact. Traditionally operating system and program files are separated from user files and are usually stored on an independent partition referred to as system partition – Disk C: for Windows, for example. As you buy a new computer with a preinstalled operating system you probably get a hard drive with the only partition which is the system partition where user files, program files and operating system are not separated from each other. Unfortunately, the system partition is exposed to the impact of viruses, sudden power cuts, software malfunctions, hardware failures and simply accidental deletion of files that may be a good cause for loss of essential information.
If you accidentally deleted a crucial file from the system partition, you should bear in mind one thing: system partition (as a partition where constant recording is performed) features extremely high possibility of deleted files being overwritten. Defragmentation, indexing, background optimization or OS journalizing, as well as temporary files of working program, result in overwriting of lost files. You should stop working immediately and unplug the working computer without shutting it down, yet even this doesn't guarantee a successful recovery of the data.
Such negative factors as operating system malfunctions and software or hardware failures may cause damage to the operating system itself. As a result, your computer will shut down and won't boot again. Blue screen, repeated system rebooting are indicators of a damaged operating system. If the system partition only contained the operating system, the problem can be simply solved by reinstalling it. But if important files were stored on the system partition or this was the only disk partition, the files will be gone for good after the installation of an operating system.
UFS Explorer software is a reliable assistant to retrieve your lost files after their accidental deletion, as well as after the operating system was damaged. Having shut down your computer, you can choose the most convenient way to recover the files: using another PC or using the Recovery CD. To recover the files with another computer, you should carefully remove the hard drive from your PC and connect it to the second computer in a way described in How to: Connect IDE/SATA drive to a recovery PC. UFS Explorer Backup and Emergency Recovery CD with Linux operating system can be booted off your PC. It already has a preinstalled UFS Explorer Standard Recovery software with a set of all necessary functions to recover lost or deleted files. After you have found or recovered the files, you can copy them to any external device or another computer via the network and then reinstall the operating system on your computer if necessary.