Thursday, 23 April 2015

How to Recover Deleted Text Messages from Android Device?

Q. In order to free the memory space, I was deleting old message threads from my Samsung Grand. While doing so, I accidentally checked the ‘Select All’ option and pressed delete. All messages had GONE forever!

The entire message database had got cleared. Among the deleted ones, there were some important messages that I wanted to retrieve back.

Reply

I have successfully recovered my lost messages back, with the help of “Stellar Phoenix Data Recovery for Android” app without any hassle.

This is how I did this!

Follow the given procedure to recover deleted text messages from any Android device:

Before installing the Android recovery App to your device, you need to root it.

Follow the given steps to root your device:

First, you’ll need to download the Kingo Root application for rooting your device. You can get it from: http://www.kingoapp.com/.

Note: Other tools and methods are also available for android device rooting. I am mentioning the one that fitted best in my case. You can choose any other alternative that suits you better.
  • Get your device fully charged.  Backup your smartphone data then go ahead with the Rooting process.
  • Download the Kingo app setup (follow the link mentioned above) and install it on your PC
  • Go to Settings > Click ‘About Phone’
  • Keep tapping the Build Number for opening the Developer mode.
  • Once it is opened, click on the developer mode option and select the check box for USB Debugging.
  • Run the Kingo app set up and Install it on windows system.
  • Connect your Samsung device to the system, scan and detect it using Kingo.

                             
  • Click the root button to start the rooting process. 

                             
  •  Once the rooting process is done, you are all set to recover lost data using ‘Stellar software for Android recovery’  
                                 
  • Once the rooting process is completed, go to Google play store and install the Android data recovery app:
  • Run the Android data recovery app on your device. Scan using the app. It will scan for all the deleted data from the internal as well as external memory.
  • After Scan completion, it will enlist all your recoverable items.
  • You can preview the items and choose to save them at your desired location (may be your phone, any FTP site). You can also choose to share them via Facebook, Yahoo Mail, Gmail, Google Drive etc.
Note: Before using  the Android recovery app, you need to root your device as rooting allows you install third party apps  to your android  device and let them communicate with the master boot records of the Android OS. Sometimes rooting the device can bring unpredictable changes such as:  it might void your device warranty or make it inaccessible. To avoid such situations, keep an updated backup copy of the entire device data. If rooting doesn’t go well, you can still restore your data from the backup. You can choose to back up the device using OneDrive, Google Drive, and Dropbox or any other cloud storage service.

Stellar Phoenix Data Recovery for Android works great in all sorts of android data loss situations. Whether it's data loss due to virus infections, restoring factory settings, formatting, accidental deletion, OS error or rooting. The software let you recover photos, phone contacts, phone messages, and other data from internal and external storage of the Android device. It supports data recovery for android devices from Samsung, Motorola, Google, LG, Sony, HTC, ZTE and other popular Android phones and tablets. Stellar Phoenix Data Recovery for Android is a commendable utility to recover data from Android without any hassle.

How to Install WhatsApp in 5 Minute on Mac?

If you are a Mac user and want to chat with your relatives or friends, then there is good news for you. Now, you can easily share photos or send message using WhatsApp. Today, in this article we will tell you how you can easily install WhatsApp in 5 minutes on Mac OSX and can take the full benefit from this new technology.

Currently, WhatsApp is the most popular and globally used online messaging application that anyone can use with just an internet connection. You can also have the option of using this message application on mobile based operating systems like Android, iPhone, Blackberry etc. 
If you want to chat with your close friends or relatives, no matter where they are located, you can use WhatsApp messenger for that.

Many people don’t know the fact that they can use WhatsApp on their Mac too. But, using the below mentioned steps, you can install WhatsApp on your Mac OSX very easily.

Step 1Visit on Bluestacks.com, and download its latest version as per your Mac OSX.

Step 2Once download completed, install this software.

Step 3After installation of Bluestacks, you will need to select some option of your choice.

Step 4Now, launch any of the major social networking site (either Facebook or Twitter or both) and login into it.

Step 5Now, launch Mac default browser (i.e. Safari) or any other browser and visit http://www.whatsapp.com/download/

Step 6:In this step, visit on Bluestacks and go to either Facebook or Twitter

Step 7:Click on the link which is discussed in step 5 and download, install the WhatsApp on your system.

Step 8Now, follow the setup process after clicking on the next button.

Step 9: In the final step, you will get a verification code which completes the installation processes.

Major features of WhatsApp for Mac OSX:

Some of the major and helpful features of WhatsApp for Mac are given below:-
  1. It is less expensive or you can use it free of charge in the 1st year. It makes the chatting easy with any of your friend or relatives.
  2. Second major benefit of WhatsApp on Mac is that you don’t need to login every time when you want to use it. This is because all of your data are automatically saved at the first time.
  3. Here, you also have the option of making groups of like-minded people for better online communication.
  4. You can also send multimedia message i.e. both images and text message. This is the one of the major reason for high popularity of WhatsApp over other chatting messenger like Viber.
We hope up to here you got clear idea of how to install WhatsApp in Mac OSX and take the maximum advantage of this free messaging platform.

Tuesday, 21 April 2015

What to do when Windows XP won’t boot?

Windows XP is among the most commonly used operating system even after the release of newer versions. A XP user can have to face several issues while OS startup, installing, re-installing, migrating, loading or working with the OS.

I am going to discuss the case when the Windows XP OS turns unbootable.

There can be various malefactors that can lead to an unbootable Windows XP. Some common factors among them are: corrupt start up record of active partition, OS startup file corruption, misconfigured hardware and driver settings , issues with the hardware and driver settings, any impending change to the system-critical components, corrupt/damaged Boot.ini file, corrupt partition boot sector or issues with the master boot record.
  
What to do when Windows XP won’t boot?

Solution 1:
Troubleshoot the issue by restoring the system from recent backup:

If you have back up your system using some backup utility then you can perform a restore by using the restore instructions of the tool.

Solution 2:
Troubleshoot the issue by using system restore:

To use the System Restore feature:
  • Press [Ctrl][Alt][Delete] to restart the system.
  • Select OS to start
  • Or press F8 to go to Advanced Options.
  • Select safe mode and hit Enter to run windows in safe mode
  • Now, Go to Start>All Programs> Accessories> System Tools menu> System Restore.
  • Select the option ‘Restore My Computer To An Earlier Time’. Next to continue further with restore process. 

Solution 3:
Troubleshoot the issue by booting the OS with the Last Known Good Configuration feature:

To boot the OS with Last Known Good Configuration:
  • Press [Ctrl][Alt][Delete] to restart the system.
  • Press F8 to open the Advanced Options.
  • From the menu, choose the Last Known Good Configuration
  • Hit Enter

Solution 4:
Troubleshoot the issue by booting from the Windows XP CD:

You can use the recovery console feature to fix the issue, to do so:
  • Insert the XP CD. Reboot the system by pressing [Ctrl][Alt][Delete].
  • Load all basic Setup files.
  • At the ‘Welcome To Setup screen’ press R.
  • This will start the Recovery Console.
  • When you are prompted for, select the desired OS.
  • To open recovery console select from desired option from the menu number
  • Fill the login credentials. The recovery Console will prompt, continue with the recovery process.

Solution 5:
Troubleshoot the issue using a Windows startup disk:

To create a Windows startup disk:
  • Insert a floppy drive into another XP computer (that has same configurations as your problem system)
  • After inserting the disk, Go to: My Computer> right-click the floppy disk icon> Format command. This will open the format dialog box. Click Start.
  • Once the format is done close all open windows. Go to C drive and copy the Boot.ini, NTLDR and Ntdetect.com file to the floppy drive
  • Insert the floppy drive to the problem system. Reboot the system using [Ctrl+Alt+Delete] command. Boot the OS from Windows startup disk to start Windows normally

Solution 6:
Troubleshoot the issue by using Bootcfg tool:

Use Bootcfg tool to fix a corrupt Boot.ini:
  • Boot the system using the Windows XP CD
  • Open the Recovery Console.
  • Open the Recovery Console command prompt
  • Run the command: Bootcfg /parameter
Where /parameter can be one of the following:
  • /Add--Checks for all OS installations on the disk. And let you add a new installation in the Boot.ini file.
  • /Scan--Scans all Windows OS installations on the disk.
  • /List—shows all the parameters listed in the Boot.ini file.
  • /Default--Using this option you can set the default OS as the main boot entry.
  • /Rebuild—Let you re-create the Boot.ini file.
  • /Redirect— using this option (with tow parameters Port Baudrate] | [UseBiosSettings]) you can redirect the boot operation to a specific port under the Headless Administration feature.
  • /Disableredirect--Disables the redirection.

Solution 7:
Troubleshoot the issue by using Fixboot Recovery Console tool

Fix a corrupt partition boot sector using Fixboot:
  • Boot the system using the Windows XP CD
  • Open the Recovery Console.
  • Open the Recovery Console command prompt
  • Run the command: Fixboot [drive]\
Here, [drive] is the drive letter where a new partition boot sector is to be written.

Solution 8:
Troubleshoot the issue by running the Fixmbr tool:

To run the Fixmbr tool:
  • Boot the system using the Windows XP CD
  • Open the Recovery Console.
  • Open the Recovery Console command prompt
  • Run the command: Fixmbr [device_name]
Here, [device_name] is the drive device pathname where a new master boot record is to be written. For example: DeviceHardDisk0

Solution 9:
Troubleshoot the issue by disabling automatic restart

To do so:
  • At the Windows XP boot screen, Select the operating system to start or press [F8] (if hear beep and open Windows Advanced Options
  • Choose the option to ‘Disable The Automatic Restart On System Failure item’
  • Hit [Enter]. 

Solution 10:
Troubleshoot the issue by performing an in-place upgrade

To perform an in-place upgrade:
  • Insert the Windows XP CD.
  • Restart the system, Select to boot from the CD.
  • The Windows XP Setup screen will open. Press Enter to continue.
  • On the License Agreement page and press [F8] to agree and continue.
  • First Setup will search the previous installation, after that you can see a Setup screen with two options.
  • Option 1: repair the selected installation by pressing R
  • Option 2: install a fresh copy of Windows XP by pressing ‘Esc’.
  • To perform an in-place upgrade, press R.
  • After the in-place upgrade is done, reinstall all the Windows updates.
I hope this article will prove helpful for those who are facing the unbootable Windows XP problem.

Monday, 20 April 2015

How to recover lost photos from Nikon digital camera?

Digital cameras are most widely used for personal uses as well as for professional photography. It a common scenario that you may lose the clicked photos from the camera SD card in various situations such as while transferring photos from camera to computer system. There can be various other photo loss scenarios like: issues with the storage media/SD card , accidental deletion of photos, accidentally formatting the memory card, photo loss while data transfer from camera to system or vice versa and software failure etc.

How to recover lost photos from a digital camera?

In a digital camera, a flash memory is used to store the clicked photos known as SD or SDHC card. The type of memory card may vary such as SD card, SDHC card, SDXC  card, CF card, xD Picture Card, multimedia card MMC, MicroSD card, xD card, MicroSDHC card, MicroSDXC card, SD mini  or Memory Stick etc.

When you press ‘delete’ button to delete a photo from your camera, it deletes the item from memory. However it isn’t actually erased, only the space will be marked as free (reference to access it, gets deleted) and the allocated space is freed for further use. Same is the case for memory card formatting. Thus there are chances of photo recovery but if the deleted data has been overwritten by some other data then it cannot be recovered anyway.

As there is no built in trash/recycle bin in the camera from where you can restore the deleted photos back. So there is no direct method for performing photo recovery from a digital camera. You require using some professional photo recovery tool that can be run over some Windows based OS with the problem digital camera/SD card attached to it.  These tools let you scan for the deleted items and let you preview the list of all recoverable items. Later on, you can save the recoverable items at your desired location.

How to perform photo recovery using photo recovery software?
  • Download the software from: http://www.stellarinfo.com/digital-media-recovery.htm
  • Install the software on your Windows based system.
  • Attach the camera memory card to the system. Run the software.
  • The main interface will be opened. Click the option to 'Recover Photo, Audio, & Video'. From the listed media devices, select the one that is to be recovered.
  • After selecting your problem media/memory card click ‘Scan now’. The scan process will begin; the recoverable files will be shown in the left pane of the window. Once the scan process is completed, you can select the all/desired item listed in the left pane and preview them.
Note: You can also choose the ‘Advance Scan’ option. This option lets you perform customized recovery on basis of file types. You can choose to scan the media according to the file list (i.e. ‘Photo’, ‘Audio’, or ‘Video’) or the data range from the storage media
  • Finally you can select all or desired items from the recoverable items list and save them at your desired location.
Using the above software, you can recover lost photos, HD MOV files and other multimedia files from memory cards, digital cameras and internal & external drives. It supports recovery of different image, audio and video file formats.
It supports BMP, JPEG, GIF, TIFF, Mamiya (MOS, MEF), Paint Shop Pro Image File (PSP), and Picture File (PCT) etc. image file formats. The supported audio file formats are: RPS, MP3, AU, WAV, MIDI, OGG, AIFF, RM, WMA, RA, M4P and M4A.The supported video file formats are MP4, 3GP, AVI, MPEG, Matroska Video File (MKV), AVCHD Video File (MTS), Divx Encoded Movie File (DIVX), MOI Video File, Video Object File (VOB), OGG Media Player (OGM), 3G2, ASX.
The above given are some common features of “Stellar Phoenix Photo Recovery (Windows)” software. The software is laced with advanced and powerful photo recovery features.

Wednesday, 15 April 2015

How to undelete files in Windows 7?

While working with a computer system, it is a common scenario that some of the user files get deleted due to some reason or he himself deleted it accidentally or intentionally. There can be various other reasons that can cause Windows file deletions. Possible reasons could be corrupt logical structure of the hard drive, partition header corruption due to virus or malware, power surges while working with partition data, partition corruption due to hardware issues, bad sectors in hard drive, bad RAM etc.

Suppose a file/folder has been deleted from Windows 7 and Later on, the user requires getting it back then how to undelete files in Windows 7?

In this article, I am going to discuss the methods for retrieving important files from Windows 7 system.

How to undelete files in Windows 7?

If some file is missing, you might have placed it somewhere or got it deleted. Use the Windows Explorer or File Explorer search feature to search for the lost file.

Recover files from recycle bin: If haven’t deleted the files permanently, you can restore it back from Recycle Bin. If the number of deleted files in recycle bin is large you can simply search the file by name or right-click in the window, point to Sort By, and select Date Deleted to view files

What if you have deleted an item and emptied the recycle?

If you don’t find your files in the recycle bin, you can look for it at cloud storage services (such as Dropbox, Google Drive, or SkyDrive). Just log into your cloud account, go to trash and recover your files from there, if found.

Recover files from backup: If you have a recent backup, you can restore the deleted file from there.

Note: You must backup your important data on regular intervals. So that in case of data loss situations you can restore it back. You can restore data using the built-in Windows backup tools too. Windows 7’s previous versions can create virtual image of your files automatically and lets you restore them to a previous versions using System Restore functionality. In Windows 8, you are given one more recovery option i.e. ‘File History’ that isn’t available in previous versions and can be used to create exact copy of your stored data to an external storage device (external hard drive, USB, Flash drive or any similar kind of storage device).
Procedure to undelete files in Windows7 from a recent backup or previous versions is given below.

Follow the given steps to restore files from a backup:
  • Go to Start > Control Panel> System and Maintenance, and then click Backup and Restore
  • Select the option ’Restore my files’, and then continue with the steps followed in the wizard.

Follow the given steps to restore a deleted file or folder from previous versions:
  • Go to Start and open computer
  • Right click the folder/drive (e.g. C:\)that contained the deleted files/folders and click and then click restore previous versions.
  • This will show you the previous versions of the deleted files. The list will contain all the saved backup data and restore points. Choose a previous version of the file/folder that should contain the deleted data. Drag the item at any desired location to get it saved.

Follow the given steps to restore a deleted file or folder to a previous state:
  • Right click the file/folder. Click ‘Restore previous versions.’ To bring it back to a previous state.
  • This opens the list of previous versions of the file saved on a backup (Windows backup or restore points).
  • From the list, Select the desired version and click Open to view. Then after confirmation, click restore.

Note: Windows Backup doesn’t provide you this facility for viewing the previous versions. If restore button isn’t available, open and save the file at some other location instead of restoring/replacing the current version.

If all the above steps fails then how will you recover data?

If some data on your Windows drive has been lost and you cannot find it anywhere else, stop using the drive immediately and seek for an alternative to get them recovered. If you are performing operations with drive then the deleted data can be overwritten and recovery becomes more difficult.
So the first thing is shut down the computer immediately. Scan your drive using an efficient Windows data recovery software. If you could find your file in the scan results, you can recover it and save to your desired location.   

Note: Before applying any data recovery tool, it’s advisable to make a copy of your drive. Better you remove the problematic hard drive from the computer and attach it as a secondary drive in some other computer. Then scan it using an efficient Windows data recovery software.
If all of the above recovery methods fail, seek some professional data recovery company. They deal with physical as well logical data corruption. Using powerful recovery methods, they provide you the recovered drive data, all you need to do is ‘pay for the services’.
Sometimes the corruption/data loss is much severe that no full data recovery is possible at all. Then sorry to say you have lost some or all of your precious data! To avoid such situations, you must always backup your data on regular intervals, also enable the File History or Windows Backup features.

Tuesday, 14 April 2015

How to fix "hard drive missing In Windows7"?

A Windows partition is simply a logical volume for storing data. There can be several scenarios when you can face the missing partition problem such as: while installing, re-installing or updating the Operating system.

Sometimes it happens that the partition is not visible to you (.i.e. missing partition) or you can see it but cannot access its contents (.i.e. inaccessible partition). Majority of Windows 7 users have to face this issue after they have reinstalled Windows 7.

In this article, I am going to discuss the way to fix “Missing hard drive/partition in Windows7”.

Hard drive partition can be missing/accessible/lost due to several reasons such as:
  • Corrupt logical structure of the hard drive.
  • Partition header corruption due to virus or malware
  • Power surges  while working on the system
  • Partition corruption due to hardware issues
  • Bad sectors in hard drive
  • Bad RAM etc.
Consider one of the commonly faced problems with Windows 7 users: While installing the Windows 7 operating system, I have formatted my drives (named D :\). I installed the OS then. But after the process is done, I cannot find one of my drives, it’s missing.

How to get it back?

Solution:

First check your disk status with Device Manager and ensure that everything is fine with drive, it’s not going to die soon. Simply, go to My Computer->Manage and Select Disk Management. This will enlist information about installed disks.

If everything is fine then go ahead with the next step.

Check whether the partition exists in "Disk Management" or not.

To do so:
  • Open the Run dialog box by holding the “Windows” key & pressing the "R" key.
  • Run diskmgmt.msc. This will open "Disk Management".
  • Check if there is any partition without a drive letter
  • If there is such partition then do:
  • Right-click it
  • Go to "Change Drive Letter and Paths..." > "Add" button --> Add --> Select the drive letter -->
  • Finally Click OK.
See if this helps. If the problem still exists, opt another possible way for fixing the issue.

Fix the issue by running diskpart.

To do so:
  • Open command window.
  • Type 'diskpart' and enter. This will open the disk partition manager window.
  • In the command prompt window type 'list volume' and enter. The output will be the list of hard disk volumes. There, type “select missing_volume(eg. D:/ drive)”. Hit enter.
  • After selecting the missing volume, Type 'assign' and Open my computer to check whether  the drive is visible or not.
If the problem still exists, try changing ‘partition Drive Letter and Paths’.

To do so:
  • Go to> Control Panel> select ‘All Items view’ > Administrative Tools> Computer Management
  • If the UAC window prompts, select ‘Yes’.
  • Close the Administrative Tools window.
  • From the left pane go to Storage> Disk Management. Here, all connected hard drives and partitions will be shown. From the enlisted partitions, choose the missing one.
  • Click ‘Change Drive Letter and Paths’.
  • Click Add
  • Click ok
You can also open Disk Management by running diskmgmt.msc command.

To do so:
  • Go to start > search bar> run diskmgmt.msc command. The Disk Management interface will be opened.
  • From lower half of your disk management interface, select Drive without any drive letter.
  • Now choose the option “Change Drive Letter and Paths”.
  • Click the Add button. Choose a drive and click OK to assign selected drive letter.
  • Now restart and check whether the missing drive is shown or not?
If you are still not able to access your Windows drive data then, try using standard hard drive partition recovery tools. These software are a kind of Do-It-Yourself utility that can scan your windows for the missing hard drive partitions and let you recover the data back along with the lost or inaccessible partitions. If the lost partition isn’t shown in the scan result, you will not be able to recover it. Try out various software, opt the one that provides the best results. If still nothing helps, No Good luck then! Your drive might be beyond recovery. You may require sending it to some professional recovery company that can anyhow recover your lost data and send it back to you. er