What to Do If File System Gets Corrupted?

When hard disk file system gets corrupted, you will be unable to access the disk and the disk data. In this case, you have to recover your data and fix the hard disk. This article tells you how to perform data recovery and disk repair effectively.

File system is responsible for controlling how data is stored and recovered. Once the file system gets damaged on a hard disk, in general, you’ll receive some error messages, like “The file or directory is corrupted and unreadable” or “The disk structure is corrupted and unreadable” and so on. In this case, you’ll surely find that your data become inaccessible. Unquestionably, it can be quite miserable if there is much important data in the disk. But, don’t keep panic all the time. You’d better take actions at once to salvage your data and fix the suffering disk.

What to Do If File System Gets Corrupted

Step 1: Recover Lost Data

First of all, without any doubts, the most urgent thing is to get back your valuable data. Here are 3 optional data recovery ways for you.

1) Restore Data from Current Backups

It’s been long suggested that you have to back up your data regularly in that data backups will facilitate data recovery greatly. For instance, if you’ve backed up the PST file, even when Outlook gets corrupt, you still can recover Outlook data from the backups easily. Thus, in the event of disk file system corruption, the best case must be that you have backed up your hard disk data recently, such that you can readily restore your disk data from the backups.

2) Recur to Specialized Data Recovery Tool

However, if, unfortunately, you don’t have a current and valid data backup, you still can take recourse to an expert disk data recovery tool. There are many such tools available in the market, which are exclusive for data recovery in case of file system corruption.

3) Resort to Data Recovery Service

Like the specialized recovery tool, you can also ask professional data recovery service for help. Nowadays, data recovery industry has been developed maturely, so you can seek a reliable service if you can afford it.

Step 2: Fix the Hard Disk

After you retrieve your precious hard disk data, what you should proceed to do is to fix the malfunctioning hard disk. You can select any ways mentioned below:

1) Format the Disk

To fix corrupted file system, you can format the disk. To format a drive, you can access the Disk Management and then locate the source drive. Right click it and choose “Format” from the right clicking menu. Next follow the instructions in the popup dialog box to start format.

2) Use Diskpart Commands

Also, you can utilize commands to fix the hard disk. First, search “cmd” in the “Start Menu”. Then run the “cmd” as administrator. Next in the command prompt window, type “chkdsk /f drive letter:”, such as “chkdsk /f E:” and press “Enter”.

3) Create a New Drive on Unallocated Space

In addition, if your hard drive shows unallocated due to file system damage, after recovering lost data, you can simply create a new one on the unallocated space in Disk Management window.

Author Introduction:

Shirley Zhang is a data recovery expert in DataNumen, Inc., which is the world leader in data recovery technologies, including corrupted mdf and outlook repair software products. For more information visit www.datanumen.com