Recovering Linux Data on Windows Platform

People are habitual of deleting data by pressing ‘Shift+Del’ instead of only ‘Del’ and sometimes suffer from unintentional data loss. After losing some important data, they might think of a tool that can help them recover it. A few might wonder is it really possible to recover the data that is permanently deleted.

Linux operating system is quite sophisticated and is not usually preferred by individuals. After bearing a few similar incidents on Linux, some users even quit using it and move to Windows operating system. Some even delete their Linux partitions thinking that they will not be able to use these partitions on Windows due to file system mismatch. This results in a huge sacrifice of the data; however, they do not know that they can regain that data (even on Windows platform) that was deleted being unwittingly.

Now, Windows installation requires repartitioning the same hard drive with either NTFS or FAT file system. You must be glad to know that several advanced Linux data recovery software are available on the Internet that are based Windows platform and are able to recover so called “permanently deleted” data from the Linux partitions (that no longer exist) on Windows operating system.

How is it Possible

After knowing that it is possible to recover data from deleted Linux partitions, you must be curious to know how it is possible as data is deleted (Shift+Del). It is possible because operating system maintains an index entry for each saved file on the hard drive and keeps the overall information of the file. Whenever any command to access a file is executed in RAM, operating system calls it through its index entry. Moreover, when you delete some files or format a drive, operating system deletes its index entry only and marks the memory it acquired as FREE; however, the data remains intact and recoverable using an efficient data recovery software.

Recover Deleted Data

Though several Linux data recovery software are available on the Internet that are able to perform a thorough scan of the internal hard drive sectors, only a few are Windows compatible.  These software are capable of finding the previous EXT2, EXT3, EXT4, and FAT (File Allocation Table) partitions that were deleted to repartition the hard drive on Windows platform using either NTFS or FAT file systems. Once these volumes are found, you can further scan them to recover the data that was previously stored. Get an efficient data recovery software that is capable of recovering Linux data on Windows platform.

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Ext4 Recovery to Remedy Data Loss Situations

Being in today’s digital world, data loss is the most painful situation for a computer user irrespective of the cause. No matter which operating system is in the use, the situations, such as sudden power failure, hard drive crash, and unintentional data deletion can never be avoided.

“I formatted my Linux hard drive, but forgot to move some important professional documents. Now, I have installed Windows on the same hard drive. Is there any software that can recover my documents?”

“Is it possible to recover the data lost on Linux platform after moving to Windows?”

Above mentioned are some commonly experienced data loss scenarios; however, the situations could be irrespective of the operating system. Since Linux is quite a sophisticated computer operating system, it is not a preference of home users. After meeting a few data loss incidents, some users even quit using Linux and move to the Windows operating system or a few adopt Macintosh. Some even delete Linux partitions (EXT2, EXT3, EXT4 etc.) knowing the new operating system is not going to use them due to file system mismatch, which results in a huge data loss. However, they do not know that it is still possible to recover the data lost or deleted on Linux. Since Windows installation requires repartitioning the hard drive with either NTFS or FAT file system, data previously saved on the same drive must be shifted to an external data storage media in order to prevent the loss.

However, you must be glad to know that the data lost on Linux can be recovered even after deleting the EXT3 and EXT4 partitions using advanced Linux recovery software based on Windows platform.

You must be curious to know how it is possible as data is no longer available. It is possible because the data deleted from a hard drive was never deleted permanently until you reuse the vacated memory. Every time you execute a data access command, operating system calls for its index entry that is linked to the original location of the data. A delete command only deletes this index entry; however, the data remains intact at its original location and the memory it occupied is marked as ‘available’.

Several commercial Linux recovery software are available on the Internet that are able to perform a thorough scan on the hard drive; however, only a few are capable of finding the deleted EXT2, EXT3, EXT4 partitions.

Once the deleted partitions are found, you can further scan them to recover the data.

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