With the advent of technology and needs of individuals, the external hard drives are the common choice among users for both business and personal use. External drives are a type of digital storage device with greater storage capacity. They are portable and compatible with most of the computers. They are of lightweight and very compact. They have an excellent ability to back up data from your internal drives and have a great data storage capacity. They are primarily used to transfer files from one system to another very easily. Laptops or notebook users generally use them. They are solid-state devices as they have no moving parts and comprise of the great mechanism in storing data by using semiconductor devices.
Hard drives have a reliable feature of plug and play. Even though these devices are very reliable at some point of time, they do crash and their files will be inaccessible. If you have lost the data due to logical issues then you can restore it using recovery tools.
There are several reasons that contribute to data loss from hard drive such as :
The data can also be corrupted if some harmful virus infects the hard drive, which leaves the drive inaccessible. While transferring files from computer to the drive if you eject the interface cable then also the data gets corrupt and leaves it inaccessible.
Therefore, take a backup of essential data to avoid data loss. Once you find that, you have lost the data then stop copying or saving new data to avoid permanent data loss. Make use of relevant hard drive restoration tools in order to recover lost data from the hard drive. The recovery software should not be installed in the external drive from which the data has to be recovered because it might overwrite the data. Hence, it should be installed in the system to which the external drive is connected for recovery. Read more about recovery on Windows 7 operating system.
Windows hard drive recovery software is the best tool available to effectively recover the deleted and lost data from the external hard drive. This software has some advance features in recovering the data from hard drive. It recovers data from crashed, corrupted, formatted and re-formatted partitions or drives. It supports file recovery from NTFS formatted drives and recover data from overwritten hard drives, click here to know more. It also bypasses bad sectors by creating disk image files and recover files from different types of memory cards, iPods, USB drives, FireWire drives, etc. You can download the trial version, which is free of cost, and check its capability of recovering files. Once you are satisfied with the previewed result then you can save it by purchasing the software.
Follow the steps mentioned below to recover hard drive data:
Step 1: Disconnect affected hard drive from PC and connect it to another PC as a secondary storage device. Download and also install the trial version of Windows Hard Driver Recovery software in your system. Launch the program by double clicking the desktop shortcut. The main window appears as shown in Figure 1. Choose "Recover Drives" option from the main screen and proceed further.
Step 1 : Main Window
Step 2: When you select "Recover Partitions / Drives" option, a new window appears. The new window provides you an option to recover deleted/lost partitions and to recover formatted/reformatted partitions. Select "Partition Recovery" option and proceed to the next step as shown in Figure 2.
Step 2 : Select Partition Recovery
Step 3: Once you select "Partition Recovery" option, the program detects all the physical drives and displays it as shown in Figure 3. Select the drive from which you want to recover lost partition and click on "Next".
Step 3: Select Drive
Step 4: When you click "Next" you get an option to search for a particular file based on its unique signature by selecting the file type from the list that is displayed as shown in Figure 4. You also have an option to "Skip" this step.
Step 4: Select File Type
Step 5: On clicking "Next" scanning process starts. The software recovers deleted files and displays all the recovered data as shown in Figure 5. You can use "Preview" option to view the recovered data and can save the recovered data.
Step 5: View Recovered Data