Hard drive partitioning allows a computer user to divide his/her hard drive into separate data areas called 'partitions'. Each hard drive partition can be assigned different storage area and is used to install a different operating system. However, there are times when a user wants to resize a particular hard drive partition to either increase or decrease the storage area allocated to that partition. While the process of resizing hard drive partitions is easy (can be performed by re-installation or using a third party application), it might result in a STOP error message. This mainly happens if the partition table or boot partition file is corrupted. The data saved in the hard drive becomes inaccessible after the STOP error message appears. To access the data, the user needs to either restore the data from an updated backup or recover hard drive a third-party data recovery software.
To elaborate the above problem, consider a practical case where you have dual boot system with Windows XP and 7 installed. You resize the partition using a third party utility to allocate more space to Windows 7 partition. However, after the utility completes resizing of hard drive partitions and you try to boot Windows 7 operating system, it does not start. Each time you try to boot Windows 7, you encounter the below STOP error message:
Windows did not start correctly. A recent hardware or software change might be the cause.”
The above error makes the data saved in Windows 7 based hard drive partition inaccessible.
Three main causes for the above error message are:
Partition table damaged.
Boot manager corrupted.
Windows 7 does not support partitioning with the tool that you used for resizing.
To get past above error message, an easy way is to re-install Windows 7 operating system. Re-installing not only removes the error but also makes all the files in Windows 7 partition inaccessible. In such cases, if you wish to recoup your files, then you will need to search for a commercial data recovery product.
A Data Recovery Software scans a Windows-based hard drive and recovers all the lost files in a systematic order.
Stellar Phoenix Windows Data Recovery scans your hard drive using powerful, yet safe algorithms. The result of recoverable files is initially displayed on the screen and allows the user to recover all or selected files. Compatible with FAT12, FAT16, FAT32, VFAT, NTFS and NTFS5, the data recovery tool supports Windows 7, Vista, XP, 2003, and 2000.