FAT is a file system which is used in different storage devices like hard disks, flash drives, memory cards to organize the data in efficient manner. FAT stands for “File Allocation Table”. The hard disk is divided into number of clusters and FAT describes which clusters are used by which files. In order to limit the size of the allocation table, disk space is allocated to files which are called as clusters. There are number of FAT file system versions namely FAT12, FAT16, FAT32. File allocation table has only one entry per cluster and this entry uses 12, 16 or 32 bits for FAT12, FAT16 and FAT 32.
Initial version of the FAT file system is FAT12 which was mainly designed for floppy disks. FAT12 limited cluster addresses to 12 bit values. Later version of FAT file system is FAT16, which was developed to use in 20 MB (Mega bytes) hard disk and it limited cluster addresses to 16 bit values. The benefit of the FAT16 was to enable the use of smaller clusters, which made disk usage efficient. Later FAT32 was released in order to overcome the size limitation of FAT16. Now in almost all storage devices like hard disk, pen drive, memory card FAT file system is used. System hard drive is divided into multiple partitions where each partition works as a separate drive. FAT is located in master boot sector of a system hard drive. It performs two significant functions; it provides allocation information of each file on the hard drive and indicates which location is empty to store new files which are created on your hard drives. FAT partitions are commonly found on floppy disks, flash memory cards, digital cameras and even in external hard drives. If FAT partitions get deleted or corrupted or missed due to some common errors then you can recover FAT partition using reliable Windows partition recovery software.
There are many scenarios that cause data loss from your FAT partitions. Formatting hard drive, corruption of hard drive, corruption of file system, accidental deletion of partition using third party tools, partitioning errors caused while trying to create new partition using third party partitioning tools, while conversion of file system data may get deleted due to some error occurrence, accidental conversion of partition from dynamic to basic may lead to FAT partition loss. While trying to relocate free space among partitions, existing partition may get deleted or lost due to which you may suffer a huge data loss. Improper system shut down and sudden power failure may also make the FAT partition inaccessible. These are all common scenarios, which leads to partition loss. To konw more visit: http://www.partitionrecoverywindows.com/get-data-back-from-raw-drive.html.
The only safe way left is to go for reliable third party FAT partition recovery software to recover your lost data. It performs through scanning of the hard drive to retrieve deleted partition without harming other partitions residing on the device. You need to follow some precautionary steps to avoid permanent data loss from FAT partition. It is more advisable that you should not write or save anything to your computer hard disk so that the lost data will not get overwritten.
Windows Partition recovery software is the most reliable tool, which can easily restore deleted or lost data from FAT partition. It diagnoses and restores the complete data quickly. This tool even supports Laptop hard drive partition recovery from popular brands like DELL, HP, Acer, Toshiba, Sony, Compaq etc. The software uses advance in built algorithm to recover all your lost files, images, audio-video files, documents, etc., from your lost FAT drive. You can obtain the demo version available for free to your system. Its user-friendly interface does not require any technical skill to run this software. You can save recovery session so that you do not have to rescan the partition once you go for the original licensed software. This software can recover partition data after Diskpart Clean with ease.
You can also preview the data from FAT partition before saving it. Using the software you can also recover lost NTFS partition to your system very efficiently. This tool can restore corrupted partition on all the advanced versions of Windows operating system such as Windows 7, XP, Vista, Windows server 2003 and Windows server 2008. For Vista users, recovery of accidentally deleted partition on Windows Vista is possible by using this software. It is able to recover data from all file systems like FAT32, FAT16, NTFS and NTFS5
Step 1: First, download the demo version of the software and launch the Partition Recovery Windows software. Now the main screen will come as shown in the fig A. Select the option "Recover Partitions/Drives".
Fig A: Select Recover Partitions/Drives
Step 2: On the next page, you need to select the partition to start the restoring process.
Fig B: Select Drive
Step 3: After the recovery process is over, it will show the recovered files in a list view. For satisfaction you can preview the recovered files. If the result is satisfactory then you can buy the software.
Fig C: Recovered files