PC Recovery Basics – Partition Recovery
Eventually almost every user runs into some sort of softwareÂ situation were the computer becomes unusable. If you haveÂ a good habit of periodically backing up your data then your sitting pretty. If not, well there are options. Option #1 is to attempt a start up repair. It maybe possible to getÂ the PCÂ booted long enough to pull the data off in safe mode. Option #2 would be to attempt a recovery with back-up, which we will cover further in a moment. Option #3 is to find a tech to remove your harddrive and slave it to another computer and attempt the data recovery.
There two types of recovery’s usually. The first and mostÂ common would be a partition recovery. A Recovery Partition is a section of your hard drive that the manufacter has created for this process. It is seperate from the operating system partition, but can also become corrupted fairly easily. This recovery is typically started by tapping a certain keyboard key during start up. This keystroke is usually determined by the manufacture. Some common ones are the Delete key or F11 key. The keystroke is sometimes listed on the Manufacture’s Splash page (which is the very first screen to come up during the boot process).
After the keystroke, windows will prepare the recovery and load some files.Â The reason aÂ partition recovery is recomended is because from this point it’s rather straight forward. First choose the type of recovery. There are usually two options available,Â a recovery with backup, and without. A recovery with back up may help save your data, but if it fails you will need to run the recovery again with a clean install (without back-up).Â Â From hereÂ follow the installation wizard answering the rest of the questions as needed.Â It will have you perform tasks like setting the system time and date. Â After completeing the install the computer will likely resart once or more.
Another reason a partition recovery is cool is because all the needed drivers are usually pre-installed. So, from here you can just start re-installing your programs and transfering you data. If your recovery partition is corrupted or not available you will need to perform an install with either the manufacture recovery disks, which is very similar to what we just covered, or a copy of Microsoft Windows, which will require additional steps like formatting, partition management, and driver installs. We will go over that recovery soon. I hope someone might find this info useful. If you have any questions just ask.