How to Repair a Volume

SafeHouse has a built-in feature which tries to protect volumes from external sources of file corruption, such as viruses, worms and abrupt losses of power and hard drive failures.

The first 4K bytes of every volume is known as the file header. This is where SafeHouse keeps its housekeeping information about the volume. If this portion of a volume is ever damaged, it could make it very difficult for you to access the files contained within the volume. Because this area is so important, SafeHouse keeps a shadow copy of it in another area of your disk drive. When trouble strikes, then you just might be able to recover by having SafeHouse restore the volume's file header from the shadow copy.

Shadow copies of file headers use a feature called NTFS streams. As such, only volumes hosted on disk drives formatted with the NTFS file system will have shadow copies. Nearly all Windows XP/Vista/Win7/Win8 systems use NTFS for their main drives; however, some small removable media devices might use the FAT32 file system, which was the predominant format for Windows 95/98/Me.

This feature is accessed through the Change Password dialog.

Please be very much aware that this feature is to be used only as a last resort. After all, you can never be sure if the shadow copy is damaged too. Your best bet is to restore the entire volume from a safety backup.

We also strongly recommend that you make a full backup of your damaged volume before asking SafeHouse to attempt to repair it. This way, if the repair procedure doesn't work out as hoped, you at least have a way to get back to where you started.

Step 1. Launch Repair Volume Dialog

Click on the icon in the window caption, then click Repair Volume.

If the Repair Volume selection is missing from the menu, that means that SafeHouse does not have a shadow copy of this volume's information.

Step 2. Repair Volume

Check the confirmation box and click the Repair File button.

CAUTION: You cannot revert back from this procedure other than to restore the entire volume from a backup.

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