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Aiseesoft FoneLab is an easy-to-use application you can rely on to recover deleted personal data like contacts, messages, memo, videos or audio tracks from your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch.

Aiseesoft FoneLab Review: Introduction

It may happen that you accidentally deleted some of your personal pictures or your personal songs from your iPhone. Most probably you will panic and try to restore your iPhone using iTunes backup or iCloud backup. Aiseesoft FoneLab is one of the applications designed specifically for those users who need to recover files from their iOS devices with only a few mouse clicks. It’s a light on resources and a useful recovery application. The only downside is that you cannot recover anything unless you purchase it first. The 15 days trial version is useless as it only shows you deleted files.

MiniTool Power Data Recovery allows you to easily recover deleted files from the hard drive, or from lost or damaged partitions, CDs, DVDs or removable media. To ease up the recovery process it features filters, it lets you examine and preview files before recovery, save scan results, and run in-depth searches for hard to recover files. It is geared toward both new and advanced users. MiniTool Power Data Recovery comes in three different editions, namely, Free, Personal, and Professional.

EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard Free is a free data recovery software for Windows that allows you to recover up to 2 GB of deleted data. This free data recovery software supports dynamic disk and Linux file system. It allows you to easily recover deleted files. It does not matter if they are deleted images, videos, songs, documents, emails or archive files, EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard Free can recover them. It features filters, offers preview options, offers a deep scan mode for advance recovery of deleted files, allows you to specify file types before restore, saves previous searching results, and more.

Windows 10 allows users to create a bootable USB Recovery Drive that can help you if your PC is giving you troubles. The bootable USB Recovery Drive helps you boot into the Windows Recovery Environment, also known as Limited Diagnostic Mode. Using the Recovery Environment you can do troubleshooting tasks like Repair Startup and other tasks like System Restore, System Refresh or Reset Your PC. This bootable USB Recovery Drive cannot be used to install Windows 10 for that you need to create a bootable Window 10 USB drive.

We recommend creating the recovery drive as soon as possible, before your PC starts giving you trouble. Because in the event of a disaster when you cannot boot into your Windows PC anymore, you are out of luck of recovering it without the Recovery Drive (or Recovery Disc) if you do not have a bootable Windows DVD with you, which is very common if your Windows came pre-installed (Windows 10 OEM) with your PC or Laptop.
You cannot use a Recovery Drive meant for Windows 10 x86 (32-bit) version to fix Windows 10 x64 (64-bit) version and vice versa. Windows 10 Recovery Drive cannot be used to recover any earlier edition of Windows, like Windows 7, Windows 8 or Windows 8.1. The same applies for System Repair Discs.
If Windows is installed on a GPT (not MBR) partition you cannot use System Refresh or Reset Your PC functions until you enable UEFI only boot mode from the BIOS/EFI. Windows 10 does not detect GPT partition alignment correctly if UEFI booting is not enabled.

Requirements For Creating bootable Windows USB Recovery Drive

To create a bootable USB Recovery Drive, we need a USB flash drive with at least 4 GB free space (for 32-bit edition of Windows) or 8 GB free space (for 64-bit Windows edition). If your Windows came pre-installed with your device and it has a custom Recovery Partition, you may need a USB device with up to 32 GB free space on it. If you are going to create a Windows System Recovery Disc, you need a blank CD/DVD. The flash drive you are going to use will be formatted so make sure to backup any data from it before you start following this tutorial.

After creating the bootable USB Recovery drive, do not forget to test it by actually booting into the Windows Recovery Environment. You do not need to do any of the tasks. Before you can boot using the created USB flash drive or CD/DVD, check the boot sequence in your PC’s BIOS/EFI. Make sure you select the USB/CD drive as the first boot device. Also, some devices with a mix of USB 2.0 and USB 3.0 ports can cause issues if you plug in the drive into a USB 3.0 port. Put the drive into a USB 2.0 port and it will work fine.

How To Create A Bootable USB Recovery Drive?

Follow the simple steps described here to successfully create a bootable USB Recovery Drive for Windows. Although written for Windows 10, this guide has been made suitable to create a bootable USB Recovery Drive for Windows 8 / Windows 8.1.

First, connect the USB flash drive you want to use to create your bootable USB recovery drive.

Now, in Windows 10, open Start menu or press Windows Key + S to open Cortana search. Type recovery and from the search results, click on the Create a recovery drive present in the Settings section. When you receive the UAC prompt, click on Yes.

search for recovery

Windows 8/Windows 8.1 users, press Windows Key + W, type recovery into Search box. From the search results, click on the Create a recovery drive option.

You will now see the Create a recovery drive window. Here, keep enabled the option Back up system files to the recovery drive and click on Next to continue. Windows 8/8.1 users should keep the option Copy contents from the recovery partition to the recovery drive enabled before clicking on Next.

Create a recovery drive

Now, in the next step, it should automatically detect the correct drive letter of your USB device in the Select the USB flash drive window. If it has not, click on the correct USB device drive letter and then click Next.

In the next step, the wizard will warn you that all the contents of the selected drive will be deleted. To continue, click on the Create button. Wait for the process to complete. In the final window, it will display a message that says The Recovery drive is ready. Click on Finish to close the window.

If the wizard fails to create the Recovery Drive with the “We can’t create a recovery drive on this PC. Some required files are missing.” error, the winre.wim file or System Reserved partition is missing from your PC. To resolve the issue, follow our next follow-up guide (which will be published next week).

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If your install of Windows 7 won’t boot or has started giving you problems and you are thinking of reinstalling. Think again, you may only need to use the System Repair Disc to fix the problems. This will definitely save you a lot of trouble and may also save your data and user settings. Windows System Repair Disc is designed to rescue your system and lets you boot Windows when everything else fails. It provides several options for repairing the failing system and revive it.

For this to work, you either need the original Windows installation DVD or better if you have already created the system repair disc (see our article on creating a system repair disk in Windows 7). If you can’t create a repair disk, you can download one (see our article on downloading a system repair disk for Windows 7 or Vista).

windows7logoIt is always a good idea to be ready for the worst. Having a system repair disk in Windows 7 is good, if you are unable to start Windows correctly. The repair disk loads the Windows Recovery Environment. Windows Recovery Environment (WinRE) is a set of tools included in the Windows Vista, Windows Server 2008, Windows 7, and Windows Server 2008 R2 operating systems to help diagnose and recover from serious errors which may be preventing Windows from booting successfully.

Note: If you have Windows 7 installation DVD, you can boot to the Windows Recovery Environment using the same disk. This guide will come handy for those who own a OEM computer (with no Operating System DVD media in hand). Even if you have the installation disk, and you want to keep a disk exclusively for recovery purpose, then also this guide will be helpful.