Every system running on Windows starts to show signs of slowing down after its usage exceeds one year. This is the same even for Windows XP. The wear and tear of the operating system, can be attributed to shutting down and restarting of the system multiple number of times.After performing multiple number of restarts, Windows XP usually loses its, stability. It usually starts with minor errors that pop up on the screen, but gradually it results in a whole system crash. Re-installing is surely a great solution for this problem, but the surety of not losing out data cannot be given.

Most of the data is lost from the All Users folders and the Default User folder, once re-installation of Windows XP is completed. You may also end up losing most of your desktop shortcuts in the process. To recover lost files after reinstall Windows XP, it is advised that you stop using the affected PC, and get yourself, a good data recovery software.

REMO Recover (Windows) Pro Edition software lets you recover lost files after reinstalling Windows XP, with ease. Its easy-to-use interface makes the data recovery process a simple task, even for a novice. The software also lets you create a disk image, and later recover data from the created disk image.

Data recovery certainly was simpler in 1991 when REMO first opened their doors. Back then a good portion of the data recovery work was based on retrieval of files from soft floppy disks. With hard drives holding data in MB as opposed to GB, that need to recover data locked away in digital devices was just as acute, but the process to recover it was far more simple. The data recovery programs themselves were extremely simplistic. To begin with the use of a graphic user interface in a data recovery tool was unheard of. Data recovery tools were simple scripts operating from the DOS command line function. Of course the primary change is that focus is not placed on file recovery as opposed to strict disk data recovery.

Make no mistake hard drive data recovery remains the overall largest task in the area of data recovery. But, recovery of files from peripheral devices represents the greater need for the average end user. Perhaps this latter thought best shows the overall present status in the world of data recovery.

An excellent example of an essential field of data recovery is in the area of email recovery. To properly understand e-mail recovery we must first divide the topic into two distinct areas. These are web based e-mail recovery and local client based recovery. Almost everyone is familiar with web-based e-mail. This is the service you received usually free of charge from companies such as Yahoo, AOL or Google. The process to recover deleted emails when using these free services can be accomplished in only two ways. The first is very simple. Most web-based e-mail comes within included recycle or trash bin. When you delete an e-mail you have received on Yahoo or one of the other services that message is temporarily stored in the online server’s trash. Your navigation column should show a folder marked as such. Deleted messages are stored in this folder for around 48 hours. Simply open the folder, find your message and click on restore. If the time limit for restoration of the deleted e-mail stored by a free e-mail service has expired you still have one more chance and option to recover your deleted e-mail. For this you will need a third party general-purpose data recovery tool. Use this tool to scan your computer’s hard drive and in particular the temporary Internet files. If you have opened the e-mail before you have deleted it you should be able to find and recover that message.

When your messages are sent, received and stored using a local e-mail client the scenario for e-mail recovery is far different. Almost always the local computer use of an e-mail client means use of either Microsoft Outlook for Microsoft Outlook Express. These are the two most popular home-based e-mail systems in the world. Outlook Express comes bundled with Internet Explorer absolutely free. The larger, parent program Microsoft Outlook is a major part of the Microsoft Office suite.

Outlook Express e-mail recovery focuses on DBX repair. DBX is the file extension used for Outlook Express messages. When an Outlook Express message is lost, damaged, or deleted it must be search for and found using proprietary coding structure recognition technology. Successful DBX recovery and hence recovery of Outlook Express recovery hinges upon finding a sufficiently powerful computer and a third party OE mail recovery tool.

The larger program Microsoft Outlook handles data differently than the smaller Express counterpart. The major difference in the two is that Microsoft Outlook stores all of its messages and tasking functions in one large file. This file bears the extension PST and is in essence a writable database. Consequently when we need to recover Outlook mails our focus centers around PST recovery. Obviously, a program for PST repair must take a different approach than that used to locate DBX files. Outlook recovery entails scanning for and finding the primary damaged PST file then rebuilding the tabular contents of that file. This process of rebuilding or repairing PST files is sometimes referred to as corrupt inbox repair. And the software used to accomplish this task is referred to as an inbox repair tool.

One of the areas where data recovery is most needed is in recovery of digital photos. In fact data recovery software is used more for photo recovery than any other purpose. Anyone who’s ever used a digital camera at some point develops a need to recover deleted photos. As with any situation where one needs to recover deleted files, it is far too simple to accidentally click on delete as opposed to save. This is especially true when scrolling down a small LCD screen on the back of a digital camera in the direct glare of sunlight. Image recovery should be broken down into several departments. These are image file recovery from your computer’s hard drive or other permanent storage, recovery of image files from camera smart cards and recovery of RAW camera files. A specialty data recovery program centered around rescue of lost digital photos is capable of image recovery in all three of these situations. Recovery of image files on your computer’s hard drive is the simplest of these tasks. All that this requires is a scan for image files with very popular extensions that have been deleted such as JPEG, GIF and BMP files. Image file recovery from your camera’s smart card storage is much the same. The only actual difference being that you must select the location of the external drive, which your smart card is plugged into in order to scan. Camera RAW files are a different matter altogether as these file formats are specific and proprietary to each camera manufacturer. High-end camera makers such as Nikon, Canon and Minolta initially store their files in special coding sequences. Only the highest quality digital photo recovery software can scan for and recognize these files in whole or damaged condition.
The same software used for digital image recovery can also be used for iPod recovery and general recovery of audio and visual files.

General data recovery usually refers to the rescue of files deleted from the computer’s hard drive. While it is true that recovery of files from many other devices is also a major part of the data recovery process, the fundamentals of that process are consistent and apply regardless of the device you hope to recover files from. So when we speak of hard drive recovery we can actually narrow this down to many specific areas. There are two basic ways to define the areas covered by data recovery. The first is to define them by hardware. We qualify the data recovery task based on whether we’re trying to recover lost files from an external hard drive or an internal drive. Is the computer that our files are lost on a laptop or desktop computer? Or are we trying to recover deleted files on some other type of digital media such as a camera smart card, a USB flash drive or as diverse a device as an Apple iPod. Data recovery from MP3 players, camera smart cards, and USB flash drives is generally referred to as digital media recovery, that being the recovery of image, video and audio files.

The second means of deciding our target for data recovery is determined by which kind of operating system our computer is using. Powerful data recovery software is available for all of the major operating systems. Of course the most prevalent operating systems are those supplied as Windows. There are file recovery programs built for every version of Windows. In fact most deleted file recovery is referred to as Windows data recovery or more simply Windows recovery. The number of computers using the Linux operating system has increased drastically over the last five years. So much so that there are now available powerful and efficient programs for Linux data recovery. Linux recovery differs from Windows recovery in that the file storage systems used by the Linux OS catalog say than retrieve information differently. This same scenario exists for Apple Mac users. Computers using Mac OS 10 must have software for file recovery designed strictly to interact with the Apple operating system.

Sometimes our data recovery requirements are based on a hybrid of software and hardware; this is the case when dealing with raid recovery. Raid systems, those being redundant array of independent disks, require data recovery software built for the operating system in place as well as the software designed for the multi disk connectivity of the raid array itself.

In summary, before you begin the task of data recovery consider whether you are in need of laptop data recovery or recovery of files from the standard desktop computer. And if you are trying to recover deleted files on a desktop computer, does that computer use the older FAT file system or the newer NTFS? NTFS recovery is far more prevalent. A further qualifier relative to hardware is that you must determine whether you are searching for a few files or if you need to recover and save an entire hard drive. When you need to recover deleted partition files, the software you choose must be of vastly higher quality. Partition recovery takes longer and hence requires the fastest program available.

Are you simply hoping to find a few deleted files on a USB flash drive? USB data recovery is perhaps is the simplest of all file recovery. When attempting to recover lost data on your internal hard drive you may be merely trying to retrieve files that you inadvertently deleted from the Windows recycle bin. Recycle bin recovery is somewhat difficult in that the software you choose for the task should be built with this specific sorting feature in place.

In essence, the entire object of data recovery is to undelete files. And though the term undelete is in some ways a complete misnomer, it still serves us well in the world of data and disk recovery.

One final area extremely pertinent to data recovery is its opposite effect. That is not the need to recover deleted files, but the need to make sure that once a file is deleted it is removed from our computer’s hard drive or other digital storage in such a manner that it can never be again accessed. There are programs created specifically to erase data. These are a byproduct of a reverse engineering of data recovery software. Often referred to as a data eraser or disk wipe program, this software overwrites the space allocated to a deleted file numerous times with scrambled information. So, even though this program might be considered a file eraser the process of erasing data from digital storage is nonexistent. The better and more common name applied to the process and the software is that of a file shredder. Powerful file shredding software tears down the original stored data to its fundamental machine code then rewrites that information on to the space allocated as empty and deletes files many times in a random pattern. This ensures that no person or machine can ever open the information again.