A couple of years ago my hard drive crashed and I was told by a professional that I had lost everything. Three years worth of pictures and memories were gone. Before I gave up I decided to create a raw image of the hard drive. Because of the corruption it took over 24 hours to complete, but when I was done I was able to recover 100% of my data. Read on, or just watch to video below to see how BootMed Plus makes this recovery technique easy enough that even a computer novice could do it.
In my experience, the instability of a failing hard drive can make it appear that all of the files on it have disappeared and/or cause it not to boot. I also have seen corruption spread just by turning a computer on. Paying someone to recover data for you can be very expensive.
BootMed Plus makes data recovery easy and cheap, easy enough that even a novice can perform some of the techniques typically performed by specialists.
I should also stress the importance of backing up your information. Crashes are a part of life so you need to be prepared. I suggest that you use an online back up service. By backing up over the internet, your data is safe even if a major disaster strikes. Check out MyPCBackup, it is very easy to use and will keep your data safe for the next time your computer crashes.
To follow this tutorial you will need the BootMed Plus rescue CD and an external hard drive. If you do not have an external hard drive, just click the link on the right.
When corruption of sectors or blocks becomes a problem, creating a raw (forensic) image is the best first step. Creating a raw image copies all of the data to a stable location. From there, you can recover your files from the copy of your hard drive and do not need to risk losing more data by using a failing drive.
After you create an image, you can mount it (connect it to your computer as if it were a drive) in Windows. If you have already created an image, watch the video below to see how to connect it to your computer and recover your files.