After a crash, Search and Rescue can recover lost or corrupted data

Instead of sending a damaged hard drive to a data recovery service, agencies can
recover the lost or corrupted data themselves using $149 software—as long as the
stored data has not yet been overwritten and the disk is still spinning.

Search and Rescue from PowerQuest Corp. of Orem, Utah, is the enterprise version of
Lost and Found from Highpoint Technologies of Austin, Texas, which Power-Quest bought last

Users need not install Search and Rescue in advance. According to the company, it works
even if the File Allocation Table or master boot record is damaged or missing. The
software performs a cluster-by-cluster search for the missing data and transfers it to a
floppy disk, another hard drive, a network drive or a removable drive.

System administrators can use Search and Rescue’s cluster navigation, disk copy
and disk explorer features to narrow their searches to just the bad partitions or sectors,
rather than searching an entire disk. Search and Rescue, which runs under Microsoft
Windows 9x, does not alter, write to or attempt to repair critical sectors on a damaged
disk, because that sometimes harms the data.

Agencies can buy Search and Rescue from several General Services Administration
Information Technology Schedule resellers, including ASAP Software Express Inc. of Buffalo
Grove, Ill., General Technology Inc. of Newport Beach, Calif., and Software House
International Inc. of Somerset, N.J.

The Army National Guard, Agriculture and Commerce departments, and Customs Service use
PowerQuest products.

Contact PowerQuest at 800-379-2566. 

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