FAT and NTFS are file systems used under the Windows operating system. Because about 90% of the operating system industry share are occupied by the Windows series, which are released by the software giant Microsoft, FAT and NTFS become the world's most widely-used file systems. With growing dependence on computers, vast important file information is stored on the hard disk. And then people consider about hard disk partition to facilitate the hard disk file management. Since partitions can use different file systems, we will name a partition with its file system name. Naturally, FAT and NTFS partitions occur most frequently as partitions under the Windows series. But in our daily computer use, we often lose partitions because of operational errors or viruses and other causes, and concern most about the recovery of lost FAT and NTFS partition. Actually recovering lost FAT or NTFS partition is not difficult, you just need to turn to powerful partition management software. I would like to recommend MiniTool Partition Wizard partition manager, it is developed by MiniTool Solution Ltd. as free partition manager for individual and home users. This software is powerful, with easy operation and excellent data security. Since you may not be familiar with FAT and NTFS file system, I will make a brief introduction to it:
FAT and NTFS file system
Both FAT and NTFS file systems are released by Microsoft. FAT was first used under the MS-DOS file system. In order to satisfy user's storage needs of computer in different periods, different versions were developed such as FAT12, FAT16 and FAT32. FAT12 and FAT16 are primarily-used Windows file system in relatively early days. But now, FAT32 file system, which has superior performance, is the most common one on the computer. NTFS is a new file system developed by Microsoft, and the standard file system after Windows NT operating system. Its superiority of performance has made it basically replaced FAT. So exactly what advantages does NTFS possess? Let me make a brief introduction:
1. With an error warning function;
2. More efficient in the file reading speed and disk space utilization ;
3. Can support the volume size to 2TB, while the largest to FAT is 32GB;
4. With event log function to prevent common viruses from damaging the data ;
5. With the disk self-repairing capabilities;
6. Support compression for partitions, folders and files;
7. On a NTFS partition, you can set files access permissions to share resources, folders and files.Above briefly introduce FAT and NTFS file systems and the advantages of the latter, if you want to learn more knowledge about the file system, please search the information on the internet. Here are recovery processes of MiniTool Partition Wizard Partition Manager for lost FAT or NTFS partition. As the two recovery processes with MiniTool Partition Wizard partition manager are almost the same, here only NTFS partition recovery is introduced.
Recover lost NTFS partition with MiniTool Partition Wizard Partition Manager.
To use MiniTool Partition Wizard Partition Manager, we must have it downloaded, individuals and home users could download free free edition by visiting the official website https://www.partitionwizard.com/. Install the software after download, and then run MiniTool Partition Wizard to meet the following interface:
This is main interface of MiniTool Partition Wizard Partition Manager Software. I have deleted a NTFS partition called "deleted" for recovery. To recover the lost partition, Click on "Partition Recovery Wizard" function button on the left to recover the lost partition, just as the above area marked with red box. Then this interface will appear:
This interface is asking you to make sure whether the lost partition should be recovered, click on "Next>" function button if it is determined. Then this interface will appear:
This interface is where you choose to recover the disk partition, mainly for multi-disk computer users. Selection is complete, click "Next>" function button to enter the next step, the following interface will appear:
There are three options in this interface, first option is to search all of the lost partitions in whole disk, the second option is only to search all the lost partitions in unallocated space, the third option is to search lost partitions within specified range. Selecting the third one will activate the following function modules within a specified range, then you can click on light area in the picture above to specify the range, or you can input the specified range of value in the below input box, after that, click "Next>" function button and enter the next step. The following interface will appear:
The interface requires the user to select a Quick Scan or Full Scan; quick scan is to find the latterly lost partition. If the quick scan does not find the partition you want, then please carry out a full scan. Selection is complete, click on "Next>"function button to enter the next step, this interface will appear:
The interface shows all partitions fast scanning on the disk, the NTFS partition named "deleted" which we are looking for has appeared in the list, lease check all the partitions you want. The area marked with red box is preview of your selected partitions, select all the partitions you need. Selection is complete, click on "Finish" function button, the following interface will appear:
In this interface, you can see the NTFS partition named "deleted" has been recovered to its original position, but it's just for preview in the software. In order to realize real partition recovery, please click on "Apply" function button, executing all the preceding operations. After the execution is done, the recovery of lost NTFS partition is complete. But this time, my computer does not display this recovered partition, because the partition was not assigned with a volume label. To make the partition displayed on my computer, you just need to assign a label to it. And then you can see the previous lost data of the partition appearing in recovered partition. To recover lost FAT and NTFS partition with MiniTool Partition Wizard Partition Manager is so easy, remember that MiniTool Partition Wizard is free powerful partition manager for individuals and home users. Hurry to the official website, and download it to save you lost partitions!