Tip & How-To about Computers & Internet
FAT (File Allocation Table) is one of the most widely used file systems
used now-a-days with various versions of Windows operating systems and
memory cards. Every logical partition contains a FAT that consists of
file allocation information and the information of free allocation
units that need to be assigned to files. Although the FAT file system
is reliable, corruption still occurs due to various reasons. In such
situations of FAT corruption, your system becomes unbootable, resulting
into inaccessibility of data saved in FAT based hard drive. To access
the data after FAT file system damage, an easy way is to restore the
data from an updated backup. But, with inaccessibility of data backup
or backup falling short to restore the required data, an ideal option
left is to use an advanced FAT Data Recoveryapplication that can recover the lost data.
To illustrate the above scenario, consider a practical case the below error message pops up when you attempt to boot your system:
“No Bootable Media”
As the above error message appears at the time of booting the system, you wont be able to access the data saved in the hard drive.
The above error message because the FAT file system has been corrupted. Few main causes for file system damage are improper system shutdown, human errors, and virus attack.
To isolate the above error message and to access the data after the above error message appears, you will need to follow the below steps:
Run CHKDSK utility to repair the FAT file system. If the problem persists, format the hard drive.
While the latter resolution resolves the above error message completely, it also deletes the data saved on your hard drive. In such cases, if the backup is not available, then you can only recover your formatted data by using an advanced third-party FAT Data Recovery software.
A FAT Partition Recovery utility thoroughly scans a FAT based hard drive and recovers almost all data, even after formatting. The data recovery utility can be downloaded from the Internet.
Stellar Phoenix Windows Data Recovery is an efficient FAT Partition Recovery tool that recover lost, deleted, and formatted data from both FAT (FAT12, FAT16, FAT32, VFAT) and NTFS (NTFS, and NTFS5 ) based hard drives. The detailed help manual attached with the tool allows even a new user to perform recovery easily without any technical knowledge. It supports Windows 7, Vista, XP, 2003, and 2000.
Posted by Ryan Murro on
SD cards take on a multitude of formats.
For a card that needs to work on operating systems such as Windows 98, ME or XP Home Edition, it must be converted to a File Allocation Table (FAT) format.
Also, some devices, such as a GPS unit or MP3 player, may require a FAT-formatted card.
Insert the SD card into your computer's card reader.
Click Start, then "My Computer."
Right click on the drive representing your SD card and click "Format."
Choose the memory capacity that fits what the SD card's capacity is.
If the exact option isn't available, get as close as possible.
Choose "exFAT" from the "File system" option.
Click "OK" and confirm you want to format the drive.
Hope this helps.
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