External drives are mainly used for additional data storage. Generally, external hard drives can store up to 4TB of data and can act like an internal hard drive. You can also partition the external hard drives. But sometimes while using the external drive, you may lose some important files. In such situation, you should perform recover files from external drive using an efficient file recovery utility. Before knowing in detail about the data recovery utility you need to know some common file loss scenarios from external drives.
Some common file loss situations in external drive:
- Unintended actions: Data may get deleted from the external drive because of some unintended actions such as deleting a wrong file while trying to delete some other files using Shift + Delete keys, formatting the external drive accidentally etc.
- Improper Formatting: Formatting/ the external drive in the absence of proper data backup can lead to data loss situation in it. In order to perform formatted hard drive file recovery, the best option is to have proper backup of files.
- Overwriting the data on external hard drive: External drives are also used for backup purpose and for saving the disk images. Sometimes by mistake you may save the data onto the external drive twice, and after that realizing it on the half way of the overwriting process and thus aborting the overwriting process. This may result in the incomplete overwriting process.
- Due to Malware: If the external hard drive is physically damaged or stopped booting properly then data stored inside becomes inaccessible. Spyware the main reason behind external hard drive corruption. The complete external hard drive can be damaged because of Virus attack, leaving the data stored inside inaccessible. Some critical data from the external hard drive may get erased during the checking of spyware program.
To avoid data loss from external hard drive you should always have a proper data backup before formatting/re-formatting the external hard drive. And if you have already lost data from external hard drive, then you need to follow certain precautions to avoid permanent data loss. Make sure that you are not using the external drive to save any new files unless you recover all the lost data from it. This will nullify the chances of the lost data getting overwritten.
To carry out file recovery on external drive Recover File is the perfect file recovery tool to recover files from external drives. This software helps you to restore data from laptop hard disk drive.
Steps to recover files from external drives are given below:
Step 1: Install and launch the demo version of Recover Files by double clicking on the desktop icon or from . A welcome window appears, then select “Recover Files” option as shown in fig below.
Step 2: Then select “Recover Deleted Files“. Now the software will display the available drives as shown in fig below.
Step 3: Select the drive from which you want to recover files and click on “Next“. You will be asked to select the type of files which you wish to recover or select “Skip” to skip this step, as shown in fig below.
Step 4: Select the type of files which you want to recover and click “Next“. Now the software scans the selected drive for specified of files and displays the list of recovered files as shown in fig below.