PowerQuest Lost & Found in the test: data recovery for HDDs that are still rotating

PowerQuest Lost & Found in the test: data recovery for HDDs that are still rotating

Test procedure

To showcase the capabilities of Lost & Found, an old and faulty hard drive, a Quantum Bigfoot CY with a capacity of 2.16GB used. To ensure that the entire hard disk no longer contains any data, every sector of the hard disk was set to '0' with a tool called Wipe . Then a 200MB partition was created on which the following Word 2000 document was stored:

  • File name: LostandFound.doc
  • File content: Lost & FoundYour data is priceless. Whether it be the last five years of your financial records or Grandma Brown's favorite recipes, if anything happens to them - like deletion, virus infection, hardware failure - replacement would be difficult or even impossible. Fortunately, with Lost & Found from PowerQuest, restoring lost data is just a few keystrokes away ...

The hard disk was formatted in the following steps and then both the boot sector and the FAT were deleted with the Zap tool. In each of the two steps an attempt was made to restore the said Word file, whereby at the beginning a restore was also attempted with an intact partition.

Every beginning is difficult

After entering the serial number and Confirmation of the license, it was automatically checked which drives are present in the system. Both IDE and SCSI hard disks and floppy drives were found. After a few clicksyou then get to the selection screen where you want to determine from which drive the data should be saved (source drive) and where this data is to be saved (destination drive).

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Then after one click on the Quantum Bigfoot CY my IBM DTLA had disappeared and was not selectable as a destination drive, the only thing left for me was to switch to a normal floppy disk. The reason for this is that the hard disk has already been partitioned and formatted and contains a primary and logical partition that Lost & Found does not want to do with for security reasons, but unportioned hard disks are also accepted as destination drives. However, since I had decided to save it on floppy disk, I should insert one immediately. However, since the program couldn't do anything with any of my 10 empty floppy disks, which were 100% error-free, I was completely exasperated and downloaded and installed the update to version 1.06 from the Internet. With this version, not only have some obvious bugs been fixed, but the entire menu has been colored in an elegant blue. Fortunately, version 1.06 got along with my floppy disks and offered me to format them.

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AfterWith a few clicks it was now possible to start the actual search process, which lists which data is to be saved. But already now the next shock followed. After you have selected the files that you want to back up, you will be asked to insert the Lost & Found diskette 2 so that the product can be licensed on the computer and can therefore only be used on one computer. However, this warning is pointed out to you by the manual and the user license, as you have only acquired a single user license. It is much more interesting that the program asks you to insert disk 2 even after inserting it. Amazed, doubtful and certainly no longer believing in success, I jokingly insert diskette 1, and the rest of the backup process suddenly ran like butter.

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In my opinion this is a gross programming error that should have been fixed long ago. Nonetheless, the actual product test could finally start.

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