Before NTFS file system, FAT 32 file system was one of the most frequently-used file systems. Since its publishing in August, 1996, FAT 32 has gradually replaced the earlier file systems of Windows due to its excellent properties. Along with the wide spread of FAT 32, most computer users may encounter FAT 32 partition loss or data loss. Nobody looks forward to this satiation. Then how to recover FAT 32 partition without data loss? Actually it is easy to recover FAT32 partition. The function module "Partition Recovery Wizard" of MiniTool Partition Wizard, which is so powerful a partition magic, can help users recover Fat32 partition.
Glorious FAT file systems
FAT, released by Microsoft, is the abbreviation of File Allocation Table. It is also a file system adopted by all non-NT core Windows systems. Along with the development of computer, in order to satisfy different demands of users, FAT generates various editions such as FAT12, FAT16, FAT32, etc. FAT12 and FAT16 are earlier than FAT32 but later on FAT32 replaced them for it has more advantages.
Advantages and disadvantages of FAT 32 partition
Compared with FAT12 and FAT16, FAT32 has three main features.
1. FAT32 partition supports the maximum disk of 2TB but Fat partition must not be less than 512MB.
2. FAT32 partition stores information more efficiently because it adopts smaller cluster.
3. FAT32 partition can reallocate boot directory and use FAT to back up data.
These functions make FAT32 partition once the most widely-used partition format. But it also has some disadvantages and the most serious one is file fragmentation. Fragmentations are easy to come out in FAT32 partition and they will cause slow read-write speed. So clearing up fragmentations is necessary to keep file read-write speed in FAT32 partition. This disadvantage is the main reason why it is replaced by NTFS.
To recover FAT 32 partition with MiniTool Partition Wizard, please download and install it. Run it after installation, and the main interface is being shown:
Select any partition to activate all partition management function. Then click the function module "Partition Recovery Wizard" to recover FAT32 partition.
This is the first interface of the function module "Partition Recovery Wizard". Wanting to recover FAT32 partition, please click "Next".
Select the FAT32 partition that will be recovered and click "Next".
We can set the scanning range by choosing "Full Disk", "Unallocated Space" or "Specified Range" (instructions are following in the red box). It must be noticed that if we choose "Specified Range", we need to input specific value in the textboxes to define the location scanned. If the FAT32 partition needing to be recovered is in the unallocated space, we should select "Unallocated space".
In this interface, we can define scanning method by selecting "Quick Scan" or "Full Scan". There are detailed explanations marked in the red box. We can first select "Quick Scan". Then Select "Full Scan" if "Quick Scan" gets nothing.
In this interface, partition list displays information of all partitions. If the "Status" reveals "Lost/Deleted", this partition is the lost partition scanned out. Select the partitions that you want to reserve and click "Finish" to recover Fat32 partition. NOTE: When selecting reserved partition, be sure you have selected all partitions you need; otherwise, they will be lost.
MiniTool Partition Wizard is so powerful a partition magic that can recover FAT32 partition without any data loss or damage. And all operations on FAT32 are very simple, for it has detailed and professional instructions in every function. And the free edition of MiniTool Partition Wizard is totally free for individual and family users.