Recover Formatted FAT Partition

Posted by: Leo Mccoy

A FAT file system short for File Allocation Table is the name of one of the file system architectures used for type of memories on any Hard Drive. Its design is simple and robust which is best used for low weight implementations. It is still used on almost all operating systems on Personal Computers, Smartphones, Embedded systems, etc. due to its reliability and compatibility features. There are a few famous variants in FAT file systems such as FAT 32, FAT 16, and FAT 12 file systems. These days FAT file systems are most commonly found and are default file systems on Floppy Disks, USB Drives, Flash memories, memory cards, digital cameras,  and all other removable media.

FAT file systems are very reliable and robust but these file systems have their own set of drawbacks such as overhead size, complexity level for smaller volumes as well as limited functionality and support.

FAT file system – File deletion:

When erasing a file in a FAT file system, the system only marks that file as deleted on its file directory entry, marking clusters in FAT file system as "empty". But clusters in its systems retain original file's contents. If you write any new data on it again, the original file data shall be overwritten by new data.

File deletion - Recycle Bin: Its basic principle of operation is; the recycle bin is nothing more some space on the hard drive. Any file that is deleted on a Windows system is moved to the recycle bin. Only deleting the data from the recycle bin permanently erases the data (to the operating system).

There can be various reasons due to which files can be deleted from a FAT file system memory drive. Some of the most common ones are mentioned here:

File deletion scenarios of FAT systems:

These are some of the scenarios that may you lead to carry out formatted FAT partition rescue.

  • Formatting the hard drives due to any reason
  • Files on the drive affected with virus and other malicious softwares can cause file corruptions and deletions
  • Improper shutdowns caused due to sudden power outages and hard restarting the computer
  • Hardware defects or failures, hard drive errors and corruptions, bad sectors, RAM faults, and so on
  • Ejecting external hard drives and other storage devices without disconnecting them or powering them off
  • Bad programming, specifically if it results in hard restarts or data that is stored improperly
  • Power outages and other power-related issues

How to avoid data loss and formatted FAT partition recovery?

  • Use backup and recovery tool in order keep a backup copy of all important information on your drive
  • Perform regular maintenance and Antivirus scans in order to avoid virus and other malwares
  • Install a UPS supply system to get uninterrupted power supply
  • Eject external HD drives and other media safely
  • Avoid installing unknown and untrusted applications on your computer

Recover formatted FAT partition

In order to undelete files from any file system or to rescue formatted FAT partition, you need a powerful data recovery tool like Remo Recover. It is an ultimate tool to recover formatted FAT partition and undelete all its contents. With the help of Remo Recover you can not only recover formatted FAT partition, you can also undelete files from unmounting drives and from bad sectors too. You can retrieve formatted FAT partition data without any professional guidance with ease.

Steps to recover formatted FAT partition using Remo Recover:

Step1:Download and install the trial edition of Remo Recover software on your system. Launch the tool, and select “Recover Partitions” option from the main screen. Then, immediately the tool shows the logical and physical disks available in the system. Choose the right disk and click "Scan" button

Retrieve Formatted FAT Partition - Main Screen

Figure A: Main Screen

Step2: Now, it scans the disk to find all its partitions that were present before formatting the FAT partition and after formatting. Once scanning is completed, it shows all the partitions in the disk with their file systems. Choose the formatted FAT partition which you want to recover and click "Scan" option to initiate the recovery process

Restore Formatted FAT Partition - Choose Formatted FAT Partition

Figure B: Choose Formatted FAT Partition

Step3: It will scan the FAT partition to extract all its data. Once it completes scanning and recovery process, it shows the list of recovered files in "Data View", and "File Type View"

Restore Formatted FAT Partition - Recovered Data View

Figure C: Recovered Data View

Step4: Finally, the tool allows to preview the recovered files and evaluate its recovery results before saving them

Formatted FAT Partition Rescue - Preview Recovered Files

Figure D: Preview Recovered Files

Step 5: At last, if you are satisfied with the tool,then purchase the complete version of the tool and select the destination drive to save the recovered files.

Restore Formatted FAT Partition - Save Recovered Data

Figure 5: Save Recovered Data