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DiskInternals FAT[?] Recovery is a fully automatic utility that recovers data from damaged or formatted disks. The program scans the disk first, then restores the original structure of files and folders. Available for a free trial right now!

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DiskInternals FAT Recovery

DiskInternals FAT Recovery is a white crow among other recovery tools that we tested. Focused on the aged FAT file system, DiskInternals FAT Recovery purposely aims the low-end market of the users of ancient operating systems and older hard drives. Is this tool worth your money, or can we just forget about the existence of FAT and any recovery tools for this file system? Read our review to find out.

File Systems: a Bit of History

The FAT file system was introduced by Microsoft in the early days of the DOS operating system. Back then, is was designed to handle files on floppy drives. The capacity of these drives was 1.44 MB (yes, that's one and a half megabytes, not gigabytes for the entire disk). Back then, FAT was restrictive as to the maximum size of a storage device; it did not permit file names longer than 8.3 characters, and it did not have any security or reliability features at all.

Today, the latest version of FAT is FAT32[?]. FAT32 supports longer file names and larger hard drives. FAT32 still doesn't support any reliability or security features, and has no built-in compression or encryption. NTFS[?], a new file system developed by Microsoft for the first version of Windows NT, supersedes FAT in many aspects.

For users running Windows XP, NTFS is the obvious choice. NTFS is a more powerful, indefinitely secure and a much more reliable file system than FAT could ever be.

The users running Windows Vista don't really have a choice. It is simply not possible to have Vista boot from a non-NTFS partition, and that's for good. NTFS is an essential of the multiple layers of protection against unauthorized access, viruses and malware offered by Windows Vista. You can still create a FAT-formatted secondary disk in Vista, but there's no real sense bothering.

Why Using FAT?

Who would use FAT in the days of Vista and XP computers with enormously large hard drives? Apparently, there is still some use for the old file system. Most flash memory[?] cards used in digital cameras use FAT because of its smaller footprint compared to NTFS. Users of legacy operating systems and dual-boot PCs have to have at least one FAT partition for compatibility purposes. I can't think of any other reasons to use FAT today.

DiskInternals FAT Recovery

DiskInternals FAT Recovery is a quality data recovery by renowned company. DiskInternals is known for manufacturing tools that are technologically advanced, perfectly usable and typically well worth the money.

In respect of technological advancement, DiskInternals FAT Recovery has all the usual perks characteristic to other products of DiskInternals Company. Featuring its signature PowerSearch technology, DiskInternals FAT Recovery can locate and recover files on badly damaged disks and media with corrupted file system (although the corrupted file system can be FAT only). It supports data recovery from formatted disks and media cards (FAT only). Other features such as Live Preview and FTP Export are here as well.

DiskInternals FAT Recovery scans every single sector[?] of the damaged disks. Thanks to the PowerSearch technology, it never overlooks or misses a single bit of recoverable data. The ability of DiskInternals FAT Recovery to work with virtual images of damaged disks and media cards is invaluable when considering the relatively small size of flash memory cards, a primary target for DiskInternals FAT Recovery.

We were able to verify these claims by recovering a set of digital pictures from a flash memory card. Naturally bearing FAT as the file system, the memory card with multiple images was reformatted. Then we ran DiskInternals FAT Recovery, and specified that it should make a virtual image of the memory card instead of recovering the files directly. Taking an virtual image and saving it onto a hard drive took a couple of minutes. In a few seconds, we were able to extract all pictures from the virtual image file with the Easy Recovery Wizard available with DiskInternals FAT Recovery. No surprise here, DiskInternals FAT Recovery works just as well as other recovery products by DiskInternals Company.


DiskInternals FAT Recovery works exactly as advertised, and includes all the usual perks characteristic to other data recovery products by the same company. The big question remains whether or not you are going to invest in a recovery product that is limited to just FAT.

To get an answer, consider the cost of DiskInternals FAT Recovery versus the cost of DiskInternals Partition Recovery, a data recovery tool that can handle both FAT and NTFS. DiskInternals FAT Recovery costs $70, while DiskInternals Partition Recovery is exactly twice as much at $140. Is the difference worth it? It's really up to you.

If you are definitely, 100% sure that this is the only time you're about to use any data recovery tool in your life, and the corrupted hard disk happens to be formatted with FAT, get DiskInternals FAT Recovery for the immediate saving.

If there is a slightest chance you'll be using a data recovery tool in the future, by all means protect your investment by purchasing DiskInternals Partition Recovery.

If you are about to recover a flash memory card (which is much more likely than having a FAT-formatted hard disk nowadays), get DiskInternals Flash Recovery for $40 and save the additional $20. Note that DiskInternals Flash Recovery can only recover pictures, music and video files.

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