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Restore partition after re-installing Windows XP

Have you accidentally formatted your hard disk to re-install Windows XP? Hard disk drive is a storage drive which is permanent memory location of the computer. It is usually divided into number of partitions. Each logical drive can contain large amount of data like documents, photos, music, video files etc. Sometimes you should format the partition to re-install the windows operating system. The entire process of formatting makes your hard disk ready to install an operating system. But while re-installing operating system you may format wrong partition. This process may leads to partition data loss. Still, you can recover partition after re-installing windows XP, Vista, 7 etc. by using a partition recovery utility.

Effect of Hard drive formatting

A partition of a hard drive wants a file system for organizing the data. File system, like FAT32 or NTFS controls the hard disk if you format the hard drive. It generates a sector and needed files for managing the data. To deal with the database on hard disk is very difficult job, because it contains significant number of sections and also the data never held in contiguous manner. A catalog file, like MFT (Master File Table) in NTFS and FAT (File Allocation Table) in FAT is required for better organizing of files and directories.

In the event you format the hard drive, file system index table is deleted and it becomes free. The file system considers the hard disk drive is very new and it starts overwriting the sections from which the data is deleted. Though, the information remains physically safe even after the hard disk formatting, until it is being overwritten by new data.

Why the formatting is needed? You may have to format hard drive, if any one of the following conditions is valid.

  • Operating system gets crashed so you have to reinstall it.
  • Hard drive contains error and you also have to get rid of them.
  • File system of the windows hard disk gets corrupted and the drive is RAW.
  • Hard drive is infected by virus or malware and anti-virus software cannot remove it.
  • Windows boot sectors or another boot files are missing.


Partition recovery utility can recover partition from hard drive after re-installing Windows operating system therefore it may also restore data from deleted or inaccessible partitions. It could be able to retrieve lost data from RAID0, RAID1 and RAID5 partitions. It supports retrieval of data from SATA, SCSI and IDE hard drives, SD card, XD card, MMC flash memory cards, and FireWire Drives, iPods as well as it could recover partition from USB. Partition recovery can restore data from file systems like FAT16, FAT32, NTFS, NTFS5, and ExFAT. The different versions of windows OS are Windows 7, Vista, and XP etc. Download the demo version of this software program to determine the performance of the software before buying the complete version of this software.