Jul 05 2012
While trying to recover data from a Windows partition using any partition recovery software, you may have come around two primary recovery methods – ‘Quick Recovery’ and Raw Recovery’. Both these data recovery methods are able to recover your lost, deleted and formatted data from the selected NTFS, FAT or exFAT based Windows partition. If both these recovery methods do the same, then either option would have been sufficient. This is one of the usually queries among the users trying to recover their data. To this query, in brief only this can be said that though Quick Recovery and Raw Recovery both try to recover your data, they incorporate different recovery techniques.
The difference in their data recovery techniques indeed distinguishes them and makes the two recovery methods different form each other. In brief, the ‘Raw Recovery method is more advanced than the ‘Quick Recovery’ method usually it is suggested to opt for Raw Recovery, once Quick Recovery fails.
Every day, you store lot many files in the hard drive. These files are of different types, including text documents, photos, songs, videos, database files, emails etc. When files are deleted or the drive is formatted, all the entries of the corresponding files get removed from the system. This is the reason; the files are longer visible at their original location.
However, the one good thing among these sad incidents of data loss is that the content of these lost files aren’t removed from the hard drive till they don’t overwritten. Thus, even after deletion, the files still remain in the hard drive and can be recovered using efficient data recovery utility.
When you run a partition recovery software to recover data, the software tries to find the lost entries of files and by reading them recovers the deleted/formatted/lost files back. This is not an easy task. When you opt for the Quick Recovery method of any partition Recovery software, the software tries to recover files in the above discussed way.
Sometimes, if the lost file is of several fragments or the file entries are either corrupt or have been over-written, then Quick Recovery method fails to retrieve the files. In such situation, you can take the help of the Raw Recovery method. Raw Recovery scans the hard drive, partition or selected region of the hard drive on the basis of file signatures.
The Quick recovery method retrieves information about files from various file system and operating system entries, but Raw Recovery does not depend upon these entries. This is the reason, even if the file system or operating system has been severely corrupt, using the Raw Recovery method, still there are ample chance of data recovery.