Hard Drive Recovery Tools
you don’t want to lose it because of a lack of hard drive recovery tools.
Replacing the computer hard drive is inexpensive.
Replacing or regaining the data without hard drive recovery tools is pretty much impossible.
To stop things going this far you should clean your registry on a regular basis.
Nobody wants to lose their data.
Hard drives can hold information worth thousands of dollars in medium and large businesses.
There are a few ways you can predict a hard drive failure, but some times they can fail when you least expect it, and you’ll find hard drive recovery tools necessary.
Hard disks will fail at awkward times, in between scheduled back up sessions for example, this can wreak havoc with a business.
Hard drive recovery tools are essential, the problem with both windows vista and its predecessor windows xp is that it is very difficult to be sure when the hard drive is on it’s way out. Fortunately though both systems have a built in function known as ‘system restore’.
System restore is a very useful feature.
What it lets you to do is save various states of your system.
Then when there is a problem in the future you can have your system rolled back to a state when it was running well.
If you do take the time out to use it, you’ll save time and money in the long run.
It will save you hours of work trying to get your system up and running again.
When vista was released system restore sported a much improved interface and is now based on the Shadow Copy technology.
In xp it was based on the file filter technology that watched for changes which were made to a certain file set, and then made a copy of those files before it was overwritten.
The biggest advantage of the latest restore system is that it monitors block level changes made to files in any directory.
Also any volume on your system can be monitored and a back up can be made regardless of where it exists.
How to use this feature effectively.
There is a major difference between how system restore tends to work under windows xp and windows vista.
In windows xp you can configure system restore to use a max of 12% of your hard disk’s space, however this does not really depend on the size of your volume.
On the other hand windows vista system restore has been designed for larger volumes so you cannot enable it on a volume which is smaller than 1GB.
By default your system restore in vista uses 15% of the volume’s space.
If you want to adjust the space you will have to use Vssadmin.exe which runs on the command line.
Windows vista is better equipped to handle hard drive failure.
Since you never know when you might need hard drive recovery tools it’s always a good idea to enable your system restore feature.
This should ensure that in the event of a problem you can easily roll back your system to a previous state.
Limitations of system restore.
System restore does not allow external applications to modify or delete the files that it holds in its restore points.
Also since this is a very simplistic approach to data back up, system restore tends to back up malicious software too, like viruses and worms as well as adware that may make it to your computer undetected.
Under these circumstances antivirus software will be unable to access those files and clean them up.
So the only way you can delete them is to disable system restore.
If you do that you are going to lose all of your restore points.
Always keep your important data sufficiently backed up.