How to recover FAT

The file system is a particular way of storing data on a device. More precisely, this is how the storage system is organized, how data is accessed, how data is deleted, how data is described, and so on. Each operating system works with certain file systems. Windows uses FAT, NTFS and ReFS while Linux uses ext, btrfs, xfs, zfs and others, MacOS uses Hfs, Hfs+ and APFS.

The FAT file system is one of the very first file systems that was used on devices accessible to a wide range of users. If you remember floppy disks, the FAT file system was already used there. The FAT file system is a family of file systems that includes FAT 12, FAT 16, FAT32 and exFAT.

You can already forget about FAT12 and FAT16, since you can meet them in modern life only on "antique" storage devices, while FAT32 and exFAT are widely used in modern devices, such as memory cards and flash drives.

As for the specifics of recovering files from the FAT file system, the following features should be taken into account:

  1. Since this is an old file system, the developers of data recovery software have thoroughly studied it, thereby offering already well-tested products.
  2. Due to FAT peculiarity of allocating disk space for storing files, files very often turn out to be fragmented. If some FAT metadata about finding parts of a particular file is lost, then, unfortunately, it will be impossible to recover a fragmented file.

How to recover data from the FAT file system yourself?

  1. Connect a device that uses the FAT file system to your computer.
  2. Download, install and run ReclaiMe File Recovery for data recovery from FAT.
  3. Select a FAT device in the list of devices and click Start.
  4. FAT recovery with ReclaiMe
  5. Wait 3-5% and start checking the result with the Preview function .
  6. FAT recovery with ReclaiMe

You can also get acquainted with the rating of data recovery tools for the FAT file system .

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