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How to easily recover deleted/formatted files and drives

It often happens that we lose an important file or data by accidentally deleting it using shift + delete or remember it only after formatting hard drive partition, or it gets corrupted because of some virus attack. There isn’t really a way to recover these files manually, but thanks to software like EaseUS Data Recovery wizard, we can still recover the lost data with few mouse clicks.

EaseUS Data Recovery wizard is a free data recovery software (pro version also available) which can recover data even after it is emptied from recycle bin or formatted. It works with almost all kind of data storage devices like HDD, SD card, USB drive, RAID etc.

This tool is very easy to use, after downloading and installing the software from the link given below; when you start the software you will see a screen with three main options.

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Deleted File Recovery, Complete Recovery and Partition Recovery. Deleted File Recovery will help you recover the data which is emptied from recycle bin. Complete Recovery will help you recover data which is lost due to drive corruption or formatting the entire drive. Partition Recovery will be useful when entire partition is lost due to re-partitioning or damaged boot manager.

You just need to select the appropriate option from the main screen, select the type of files which you want to recover and select the location from where you want to recover the data. Once you select the drive or location it will search for the lost files and show you the list of files which can be recovered.

You can check the preview and select files which you want to recover and click on recover button. It will ask you for the location to save the recovered file and then it will recover the files for you. You can recover up to 2GB data using the free version. The free version has got almost all features that you will require but the only constraint is 2GB limit. You can buy pro version in case you want to recover more data.  There are three more versions available which you can check here.

You can download the free version using the link given below.

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[HOW TO] Lock/hide partitions in Windows without any software

Sometime it is important to maintain privacy of some personal/important files and hide it from others who are using the same PC. Everyone now days is smart enough to find hidden files and folder,  so that trick doesn’t work anymore. So what I tried is, I created a separate partition with enough space for my files and made it invisible so that no one else can get access to it. To know more about this trick read on.

This one is a little risky so try it at your own risk. If not done correctly you might lose your data permanently

This trick works with almost all latest versions of Windows OS’s.

  • Go to Start->type cmd and press Enter.
  • Type mountvol in command prompt and press enter.
  • Now you can see all the drives in your system with the corresponding IDs.

    hide drives in windows using mountvol.exe

  • Now suppose you want to hide your G: drive, note down the volume id for that drive. In my case for G: drive the volume id is \\\\?\\Volume{96c924d1-7f19-11de-808a-806e6f6e6963}\\.
    This step is very important. If you don’t note down your volume id you will not be able to get your partition back.
  • Now the last step to hide your drive. Type mountvol G: /d to hide the G: drive.
  • To get your hidden drive back type mountvol g: [volume id]. For me it is \\\\?\\Volume{96c924d1-7f19-11de-808a-806e6f6e6963}\\. So it will look something like mountvol g: \\\\?\\Volume{96c924d1-7f19-11de-808a-806e6f6e6963}\\
  • Be very careful while noting the volume id. What we are doing here is we are just unmounting the drive so that it will not be visible. Just like we unmount our memory card from the mobile phone before removing. And to get it back we are mounting the drive back with the exact address. If you give the wrong address here then it will point to wrong memory area and the actual memory will not be accessible.

Most important:Never try to hide your System Drive(The drive in which your OS is loaded). You may corrupt your PC. So use it wisely.

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What is Firefox Master Password and why you should use it? [Tip]

Here at TFG we have shown you how you can see saved Firefox passwords. It is a very useful feature for people like me who always forget their password. But what Mozilla Firefoxwhen you are sharing your computer with  others? Anybody can access the passwords stored in your Firefox.

To protect these stored logins Firefox has one additional feature  called “Master Password“. Most of us would have seen this at some time in the Firefox options window but never thought of using it. If you are not using this feature, you must start using it now for your own safety. Follow the steps given below to create a new master password on Firefox.

  1. At the left top of the window inside the Firefox browser, click on the “Firefox” button.
  2. In the menu click on “options”.
  3. In the pop-up window click on “Security” tab.
  4. Check  “Use a master password” option.
  5. Enter and confirm your password.
  6. Click  on “Ok” to create master password.
  7. Master password for your Firefox browser is activated.

Such small things, if taken care of can save you from big troubles in future.