Hard drives are divided into logical partitions in order to store data in an organized way. These partitions are organized in a partition table which consists of entries of all primary partitions in a hard disk. Each partition table entry contains information about the important characteristics of that particular partition like the partition starts and ends points on the disk, partition's type, status of partition (active/inactive) etc. The partition table is located in the master boot record on the disk. The master boot record is the first sector on a disk. But sometimes the partition table may become corrupt and damaged resulting in inaccessibility and loss of all the data present on the hard disk. This may happen due to a number of technical faults or human errors.
Some of the reasons for partition table corruption are:
1. Corruption due to virus: Computer virus is the main reason which causes partition table corruption. There are specific types of virus which attack BIOS and destroy the partition table structure. Some boot virus also destroy partition table resulting in inaccessibility of all the data present in the hard drive.
2. Human Errors: WinRE (Windows Recovery Environment) is a partition created by the operating system at the time of installation. This partition of hard drive is responsible for holding system files and bootable files for recovery purpose in case of hard drive crash. However, if you mistakenly delete this partition while using any partition manager utility then the partition table gets corrupted resulting in inaccessibility of all the data from hard drive.
3. Improper operations: If you have installed multiple operating systems on your hard disk then the partition table error may occur when you try to uninstall one of them. For example, while uninstalling Windows XP from the computer with Windows Vista installed, if the process fails due to any reason like power failure then it results in partition table corruption and inaccessibility of data.
Data lost from hard drive due to partition table corruption is really pathetic but now you can perform easy and simple Partitions Table Recovery with the help of Windows partition recovery software. This software is an excellent utility to restore damaged or corrupted partition table due any reason stated above or more. Therefore there is no better option than Partitions Recovery software to retrieve files from PC and laptop hard drive after partition table corruption. The software automatically scans the entire hard disk and recovers partition table within few simple steps.Windows Partitions Recovery can easily restore corrupted partition on all versions of Windows Operating System including Windows 7, XP, VISTA, Windows Server 2003 and Windows Server 2008. It supports partition table recovery on all types of hard drives including IDE, ATA, SATA and SCSI hard drives formatted with various file systems like FAT32, NTFS, NTFS5 etc. This software effectively recovers all types of files with its strong in build scanning process. Along with Windows 7 and XP you can also use this application to recover accidentally deleted partition on Windows Vista.
Steps to perform Partition Table Recovery:
Step 1: Download and install the WindowsPartition Recovery Software on Windows computer. Run the software and select the option, "Recover Partitions/Drives"from the main page. Then select "Partition Recovery" or "Drive Recovery" from the next window, depending on the loss scenario.
Fig A: Select Recover Partitions/Drives
Step 2: Select the hard drive of the computer to scan for the missing partition. Then click on "Next" option to initiate the scanning process.
Fig B: Select Drive
Step 3: After scanning, the file systems will be displyed. Select the file system which was missing and click on "Next" to scan the files in it and recover them. After scanning, you can preview the resulted files and save them on the computer.
Fig C: Recovered files