Difference Between Recovering Corrupted and Deleted Files

March 25, 2018

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Data recovery is something that has been gaining importance in recent years, and the reason for this is nothing but the rise in the number of data loss cases. Though data recovery software are almost everywhere on the internet, certain users have not yet been able to understand the exact concept of recovery of data. This has led to people downloading the wrong recovery utility, people trying out free utilities which are of not much use in recovering deleted and lost data. There is another concept which is less understood, and that is related to data loss and data corruption which will be discussed in detail in this article.

There is a world of difference when it comes to data loss and data corruption, and this has to be understood properly by the user in order to make data recovery a success. Corruption of a file or a folder basically means that the data present in the file or the folder has been affected partially, or that a part of the file or folder has gone missing, due to many reasons, similar to the ones that cause data loss. Recovery of a corrupted file is extremely difficult and hence a data recovery software is not of any use in such a situation, for example, recovering part of a video file or an image file is of no use, as viewing a partially recovered video is not only impossible but is of no use and looking at a photo that is half recovered has the same effect.

Data loss on the other hand refers to loss or deletion of the entire file. This situation is very common on both Windows and Mac OS X, and hence the user can recover deleted files on Mac using a good Mac recovery software and the same can be done on Windows using a good Windows recovery tool. Data loss holds good for images and hence photo recovery on OS X can be made possible by using a good photo recovery tool that can recover photos that are deleted and lost.

The user should first determine whether the file in question has been deleted, lost or corrupted. If the data loss has occurred due to corruption, he should make sure that he gets in touch with a data recovery expert in order to check whether there are any chances of recovering the data, or if he is facing data loss due to loss or deletion of files, then he can opt to download a data recovery software.


  • Donald Pavlica March 25, 2018 at 10:31 am

    Ok Ive used the free version and many files show up for what I had deleted the last month. Im old school so keep with me. How do I the file these XLS files to reopen and see what they actually might be? Thanks

  • kwon Sihong March 25, 2018 at 10:31 am

    I deep scanned my deleted usb files and I can preview all of them even big files. So if I upgrade it to Pro I can recover all of the files 100% right? I deleted my files because I used time machine thing. Please help me

  • linda liu March 25, 2018 at 10:31 am

    excuse me ,do you have the activation code?

  • Rui da Palma March 25, 2018 at 10:31 am

    You can recover your files only if you pay 79€ 🙁

  • William Sha March 25, 2018 at 10:31 am

    how to get data from broken mac ? can someone help me pls?

  • Abdul Sattar Saif March 25, 2018 at 10:31 am

    Disk Drill is a software which scans and recovers your data from virtually any storage devices.

  • Kai Flegel March 25, 2018 at 10:31 am

    any chance to recover my files in their original directory structure?

  • DeeJ Alex March 25, 2018 at 10:31 am

    the free thing is BS…not free, simply a scam!

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