Recovery of compressed and encrypted NTFS partitions with the help of Hetman Software products.
File Recovery Algorithm
Now when we covered most of the theory, we can proceed to actually recovering files. As you may remember from our previous article, FAT was never designed with data recovery in mind. As a result, FAT was very inconvenient to work with when it came to recovering lost information.
Files in the NTFS System
In our previous article we were discussing how data recovery tools are able to recover information. In that article we covered FAT, one of the two major file systems used in Windows computers. Today, we’ll be discussing the other file system: the NTFS. The authors of this article used their experience by developing Hetman Partition Recovery, a universal data recovery tool working with both FAT and NTFS formatted devices.
and Encrypted NTFS Files
NTFS has a lot of features not even imaginable in the older file system, FAT. Alternative data streams, user access permissions, on-the-fly compression and encryption are just a few things that are obvious to a computer user. Undeleting deleted files as well as recovering corrupted NTFS partitions presents more of a challenge to the designer of a data recovery tool than the older file system. Let’s deal with these issues one by one.
Recovering Compressed NTFS Files
To learn more about recovering protected and encrypted files, please read our article called Recovering Protected and Encrypted NTFS Files. Later on, we will consider the possibilities of recovering files compressed using the standard means of the NTFS file system.
Choosing the Right File System:
FAT and NTFS
Windows offers the choice between two file system families: FAT and NTFS. When formatting new media, you can have a question as to which one is the better file system. As usual, there is no single definite answer. Both file systems can serve you better under a variety of circumstances.
Practical Hints on Choosing
Between FAT and NTFS
Enough theory! To learn more about the differences between file systems, read the article titled “Choosing the Right File System: FAT and NTFS”. When exactly do I use FAT, and when should I pick NTFS? Naturally, NTFS should be used within the scope of desktop and laptop computers.