Things can go wrong when you are working on a computer. Programs may crash, you may delete important files accidentally, format an entire drive that contains data that you still need or may not be able to boot into Windows at all because of the last Windows Update that somehow broke everything.
Depending on the issue at hand, you may be able to fix it with built-in tools or a recovery disc, or need third-party tools which often add powerful tools to your arsenal.
Lazesoft Recovery Suite is a collection of recovery related programs. The free version is somewhat limited but the limitations should not affect most users. In particular, it does not support Windows Server systems.
The program provides you with a variety of options that you may find useful:
The first thing you may want to do after installation is to create a bootable recovery CD or USB drive as it provides access to the program's functionality even if you cannot boot into Windows anymore. This is a pretty straightforward process and all you need to do is follow the wizard to create bootable media.
Once done, you can use the tools it makes available straight away or boot from the recovery disc whenever the need arises. Some tools. like Windows Recovery, can only be run from the recovery environment.
Windows Recovery can repair Windows if the operating system does not start at all anymore or shows other signs of issues.
The program can recover the master boot record and partition information, repair boot.ini or BCD data, recover partitions that may have been deleted accidentally, and recover corrupt registry keys.
Data Recovery on the other hand can be run from within Windows or from within the recovery environment. The tool scans and displays deleted files for recovery, but can also recover lost, damaged or deleted partitions, and recover files from an accidentally formatted partition (provided that quick format was used).
The disk imaging and cloning tool leaves little to be desired. You can use to to create image backups of drives or clone disks and partitions. The difference between the two is that the latter will move all data of the selected partition or drive to another drive (for instance a new hard drive just connected).
A selection of repair tools are provided here as well. You can recover lost partitions, backup and restore the MBR and partition table, rebuild or restore the MBR or Boot Sector, or fix and update disk signatures.
Here you can also create and attach VHDs, wipe disks or drives, or access advanced tools that allow you to map network drives, hide partitions or edit sectors.
Password Recovery is the fourth and final tool. Just like Windows Recovery, it can only be run in the recovery environment.
You can use it to reset Windows passwords, clear local passwords, find the Windows key and enable user accounts.
Lazesoft Recovery Suite is a massive program that provides you with access to several different recovery related programs.
While you may not need it right away, it may be a good idea and reassuring to have it in reach should disaster strike.
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