A DIY DELL LAPTOP DATA RECOVERY GUIDE
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Is it possible to recover data from a formatted hard drive? Well, if you are desperately looking for an affirmative answer, and you are reading this article, you can rest assured in the knowledge that you have found your answer!
Now that you have breathed a sigh of relief knowing that you have not lost the information forever, we consider it important to first clarify what we mean when we talk about formatting.
What is formatting? As the term itself suggests, to format is to organize especially to a preset specification. In other words, formatting is returning the hard drive to its original state, just as it left the factory. When we format a disk, in theory, all the data is lost and, as you may have seen, that is not always good news.
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This article is a step-by-step guide that any user can execute: we hope that it will be useful for you to solve your problem.
For this article tutorial to be really helpful, do note the following:
- The drive from which we need to get the lost information must have been formatted.
- The computer must have an operating system installed (Windows, Linux, etc.)
- That you have formatted the disk using some file system or tool
- No data may have been overwritten on the drive.
The Dell Laptop hard drive, like most other hard drives, is similar in its architecture to the vinyl records that our parents and grandparents used to play on their record players. Hard drives are made up of several platters, each with its own head. Each platter in turn has tracks, and these have divisions called sectors. In the sectors, we can find the clusters, and it is precisely where the information is recorded. Watch this Youtube Video to gain more insight on the subject.
In other words, it is in the clusters that the files are stored on our computer and the entire set of clusters are registered in the Root Directory.
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The disk head reads the operating system first, then the disk format, then the index, and finally the data. And that is exactly what interests us.
When formatting a disk, what is lost is the root directory, the operating system, and the state of the disk, but not the clusters or the information contained therein.
It is for this singular reason that it is so important not to continue adding information to the disk, since this increases the possibility that this new information will be recorded in clusters where we have the file or files that we want to have access to again, complicating the whole process much more.
If the disk has been formatted but no clusters have been rewritten, it will be much easier to access the data that we have lost.
If we realize that we are formatting the disk and we have not backed up the files, the panic of the moment can lead us to do foolish things. If the operating system does not allow us to stop the process, we must avoid turning off the PC with the power button or in another quick way, since we run the risk of damaging the hard disk in its structure, which could lead us not only to lose access to the data but also to the hard drive itself.
It is always recommended to let the process finish and then shut down the computer from the software on the machine. In this first stage, staying calm is essential and being prudent. Any action in a hurry can complicate everything even more.
For this second stage we will need:
- a) A hard drive or storage device with identical characteristics to the one we have formatted. It must have the same programs and work with the same operating system (where applicable), otherwise, it will be impossible to check what data we have recovered.
- b) A software program to be able to retrieve the data.
- c) a lot of patience
You must prepare the bios of the machine to boot from the CD/ROM drive.
Google offers information on how to install the hard drive and configure the bios. Next, you need to install the new hard drive as a master and uninstall the one you have formatted.
Now you can restart the computer and install the operating system. Also, install the drivers and other programs you need. You shouldn’t rush. When finished, we advise you to defragment the hard drive. Shut down the computer and install the formatted drive as a slave. It is important that the drive is in its correct position.
Turn on the computer and check in the bios that the computer recognizes both drives.
Use the data recovery system of your choice and follow the program’s instructions step by step. There are many options on the market. Or you could just order one from Jet Data Pro. In the end, you can have your files again.
And just in case you are in doubt as to whether or not the storage device is connected to your laptop to your Dell Laptop before you commence the data recovery. Here are a few steps on how to check device connection before recovering your data.
First and foremost, you need to check the connection of the storage device to your computer before you commence the recovery process.
NOTE: Regardless of the logical structure of storage, data is always stored on a physical device, and therefore, when doing data recovery, the program still works with the physical device. So, before you start to recover lost files, don’t forget to check if the physical drive is connected properly.
HOW TO CONNECT DIFFERENT STORAGE DRIVES FOR DATA RECOVERY
If you can’t find your drive in Dell Laptop’s Windows Disk Manager, you need to check if it is properly connected to the computer: look carefully at the data connector and the power supply cable (make sure they are both firmly connected to the hard drive). If everything seems fine, but your drive is still missing from the list, it probably has physical damage, and therefore you should take it to a data recovery center to have it physically repaired.
A hard drive connected externally with a regular USB cable is unlikely to cause you any problems (provided the cable is intact and all necessary system drivers are installed). Nevertheless, a drive connected via a SATA/USB adapter can present a problem, especially if it has a capacity greater than 2TB (2.5, 3, 4, 6TB, etc.).
It is possible that the adapter is simply unable to transfer data addressed with large numbers due to its data transmission capacity. To access data on large-capacity disks, the adapter must be able to indicate large numbers for data addresses. Older adapter cables do not have enough transmission capacity to handle such large numbers. The same problem can also arise with internal hard drives due to poor design or old motherboards.
USB sticks are easily connected to the computer through a USB port. In the event that the operating system does not detect your USB external memory, it may be that, for some reason, it does not have the necessary drivers. The system will prompt you to install the drivers available for free download on the reseller’s website.
Another reason why a USB stick is not detected could be a broken USB port. In this case, the OS will not show you any messages or react in any other way when the drive is inserted, or it will simply detect it as an “Unknown Device”. We recommend that you insert it into a different USB slot to check if this is the case. If the system still cannot detect your external memory, the problem may be with the drive itself. If this is the case, you should take it to a data recovery center to restore access to your data.
To connect a memory card to your PC, you need a properly working card reader with an intact cable (if needed) and good slots. If the system cannot detect your memory card, this can also be caused by the problem with the USB port itself. Use another port on the front or back panel of the computer.
We hope you now have your answers and can confidently perform a data recovery operation on your Dell Laptop.
However, if you have any questions or comments, please do not hesitate to contact the Jet Data Recovery customer service team to help you with data recovery needs or any other problems that you might be experiencing with your Dell Laptop Data Recovery.