A safe way to recover partitions
Recovering disk partitions on a corrupted hard drive is a risky procedure. Even if you use the best toolkit and are absolutely sure in your actions, you are still risking your data shall something go wrong. Changes made to the damaged disk are irreversible; it is too easy to destroy an important system structure containing vital information about your disk, files and data. Bottom line: it pays to backup before performing the recovery. Or is it?
There is a different way to do data recovery even safer, and without having to backup and restore data shall something go wrong. Instead of making a backup copy of corrupted files, you can simply make a complete binary snapshot of the disk or partition being repaired, and attempt the recovery with different settings as many times as you need on this snapshot instead of the actual disk.
SoftAmbulance Partition Doctor by SoftAmbulance Data Recovery is one of a few data recovery products that allow working on a virtual image of a damaged hard drive instead of repairing the disk directly. The data recovery tool lets you create a snapshot of the damaged drive or partition, and works with the snapshot instead of the real thing. The snapshot is a large file stored on another hard disk, CD, DVD or other media. The technology is similar to making an .iso image of a CD or DVD disk, only SoftAmbulance Partition Doctor extends it to partitions or even entire disks.
The disk copy may be virtual, but any data you recover from it is for real. SoftAmbulance Partition Doctor can recover your files, documents and other data from the virtual disk image and put it on a healthy media. After that, you have an option to attempt recovering the damaged system structures of the corrupted disk without taking any risk at all. Any modifications will be performed on the virtual snapshot.
SoftAmbulance Partition Doctor likes you to take it slowly. Don't rush. Don't take the risk of losing or damaging your data. Create a virtual image of the hard drive being repaired, and work on that image instead of accessing the corrupted disk. This procedure keeps your original data safe, and ensures the highest level of safety during the recovery.
SoftAmbulance Partition Doctor recovers files from damaged and corrupted disks and partitions and fixes corrupted disks. The recovery tool supports all 32-bit versions of Windows, and recovers FAT and NTFS formatted hard disks, memory cards, CD and DVD media, and USB flash drives. The evaluation version is available for download right now.