Restoring lost data such as corrupted or accidentally deleted files used to be a function that required you to remove your hard drive from your computer and send away to a data recovery service laboratory. Today, the entire process of recovering inadvertently deleted files or to recover files from formatted hard drive sectors when Windows has been reloaded before data recovery can be done quickly and easily from your home or business office. Simply download any quality file recovery program and direct that program to scan through your computer’s internal hard drive or any other digital media such as a USB flash drive from which you need to recover lost files. Most of these programs have two levels of search function, one being a quick search that will recover around 95% of your lost files.

The other search function known as a thorough search or complete search will recover 100% of all deleted files but will take a considerably longer length of time to scan through your digital media. Begin with the quick search and you should be presented with a fairly accurate list of all recoverable files in just a few minutes. The better quality file recovery programs are built with wizard style graphic user interfaces that make recovering lost data possible for even the most inexperienced computer user.

The main premise behind hard drive cloning software is that creating an exact copy of all of the information, including obsolete and deleted information, stored on a computer hard disk drive allows one to reinstall and restore that information very quickly. Unfortunately many makers of this software have only completed half of the job in as much as their programs have difficulty reinstalling the image onto a reformatted drive or onto a new drive that is of a different size. This can create a scenario where you must buy another program commonly referred to as an iso or image buster to recover your files with.

Generally speaking, the best hard disk cloning software is developed by data recovery companies as they are well experienced in dealing with the need to recover formatted partition data. It should also be noted that many companies offer combination file recovery and disk cloning for backup software. This is always the best hard disk cloning software option.

An important fact to remember when purchasing software for crashed hard drive recovery is that you must purchase a program specifically designed for your computer’s operating system. For example Windows based PCs will require a Windows data recovery software program. Likewise Apple Macintosh computers use Mac OS X and can only have files recovered from their hard disk with a Mac recovery program. Fortunately, these are available from many quality software vendors.

Another important hard disk data recovery software tip to take note of is that many companies sell software claiming it is specifically targeted at a particular version of the Windows operating system. For instance, they will call their product Vista data recovery program or Windows Seven data recovery hoping to attract attention to their product with its specific nature. Generally speaking this is a mark of an inferior product. A good data recovery program will support every version of the operating system used. A final point relative to hard disk data recovery is that there are many extremely low priced file recovery tools on the market. Most of them are obsolete and ineffective. Expect to pay between $40 and $100 for a quality data recovery software tool.

Deleting files from your computer’s hard disk does not erase hard drive data permanently. When you delete a file either by emptying your Windows recycle bin or using shift delete, all you really do is remove the labeling on that file sector of your computer’s hard disk drive, that label being the file name, and mark that file sector as now being available to store new information.

Anyone with a quality data recovery program can come along and within minutes scan your entire hard drive so as to read all of the previously deleted information and copy away that which suits them. A portion of the information that they recover may be important financial records such as credit card numbers or banking information. Businesses are at risk to lose personal records and medical information. The only solution is to delete data permanently by using a file shredder program. In choosing a file shredder program make sure the one you pick exceeds all United States Department of Defense security requirements.

Often people write to us and ask questions about email recovery. Invariably, these questions fall into two categories. The first and most common question asks us how to recover accidentally deleted emails lost on free web based email services such as Yahoo or AOL. To be honest this type of mail recovery is extremely difficult. When you delete emails using a web based service, those messages are placed temporarily into a recycle bin or trash container. There is a set limit of time that these will remain there before being permanently deleted, however, if you look in the trash file quickly enough you will be allowed to restore any recently deleted emails.

Barring this, emails that have been opened recently on your computer’s desktop can sometimes be recovered by using a data recovery tool and searching through the temp file folders. Emails received and sent through popular e-mail clients such as Microsoft Outlook or Microsoft Outlook Express can easily be recovered by using software programs developed exactly for this purpose. Such programs will find the appropriate file type associated with your e-mail clients such as a PST or DBX file and reconstruct for recovery all of the messages sent using this format.

Almost every major quality digital camera maker initially stores their files in a unique to their company format. These proprietary file types are known as RAW files. Raw files contain data specific to the creation of the photograph with the scope of the manufacturers design. When you download your camera’s files onto a computer hard drive or other digital media such as a USB flash drive, the software handling the download converts the manufacturer’s files to a more common image file format such as a JPG or JPEG.

Unfortunately the transfer does not always go as one would hope and very often files are lost. When this happens you will need a digital photo recovery program designed to search through your digital camera’s storage and recover those original manufacturer formatted files. This same program to recover digital photos should be able to quickly scan your computer’s internal hard drive and recover from it any accidentally deleted image files in all the popular formats.

When trying to determine how to recover data from laptop hard drive disks, you must first check the drive for physical damage. Before you can recover deleted files from laptop hard drive storage you will need to make sure that the hard drive in question has not suffered a cyclic redundancy error. A cyclic redundancy error basically means that the spinning disc inside of your laptop computer’s hard drive is no longer rotating. Basically this means the hard disk drive and your computer has frozen. With many data recovery programs costing hundreds of dollars be sure you don’t invest in this software to later find out that you have a hardware related problem.

Fortunately physical damage to a hard drive occurs very rarely. You’re still left with two options when you wish to diagnose and repair a crashed hard drive or even if you simply want to recover deleted files from laptop hard drive storage that were accidentally erased. You can download onto your computer a quality laptop deleted file recovery program, and then see if the program returns a CRC error message in which case you know that the hard drive in question must be replaced. Or if the download the software does not return the cyclic redundancy error message you can proceed to use that program to rescue your files from your laptop hard disk drive.

The best way to repair DBX files is to put ourselves in a position where we do not have to repair them at all. You can do this by using an Outlook Express backup program. These programs will archive all of your Microsoft Outlook Express data separately on your computer’s internal hard drive so that an overstuffed Outlook Express inbox does not result in slow retrieval of messages. Of course the very nature of Outlook Express DBX messages is that they are prone to corruption from many areas such as oversized files and file transfer.

Even if you use the best backup program available you are very likely to need software that will repair Outlook Express DBX file corruption problems. It is important to note that programs for repair of the larger more sophisticated Microsoft Outlook do not necessarily support recovery of lost, damaged or corrupted Microsoft Outlook Express files. When you go to purchase a program for Outlook Express recovery make sure it specifically targets DBX repair.

Why is the Remo Data Eraser superior to all other file deletion programs on the market? To begin with, many programs for file deletion are only exactly that, a file delete. But simply deleting a file does not erase the information it was built with and anyone with a data recovery program and access to your computer can restore your files and copy them.

So what if you do buy a conventional file shredder? You may be getting a quality product, but completely erasing files involves overwriting the original files sector on your hard drive or other digital storage media. This must be done randomly many times over. Programs that simply overwrite with a blanket of information can be overcome and are susceptible to being reconstructed. The Remo data eraser program takes original information and scrambles it into literally billions of tiny pieces. Then it does this over and over again allowing you to wipe data from hard drive storage until the file it is so dismantled no program could ever reconstruct it.