Recover files from external hard drive

External hard drives are very useful piece of equipment and due to advantages like portability and operation on plug and play basis it is the first choice to backup and store important data. Data on will be lost due to various causes like missing/lost partition, deleted Partition, accidentally deleted , re-formatting the drive and formatting the partition. Retrieving data from external hard drive is easy. No matter the files on external hard disk are deleted, formatted or lost, Hard Drive Data Recovery Software can get them back if they weren’t overwritten by new files. This software allows you to retrieve files from corrupted hard disk drives, external USB drives, memory cards, etc. In case you have lost your precious photos from flash drive then you can use this software for data recovery from flash drive with ease.

If you have lost data from your external hard drive follow these precautionary measures to restore them successfully:

  1. Stop using the external hard drive immediately. If you write new data onto the external hard disk, the new data may overwrite the old data, then you can’t recover lost files from it
  2. Connect external hard disk onto another computer as a slave
  3. Install Windows Hard Drive Data Recovery Software to this another computer, which is healthy system and has the best of hardware components, and then proceed ahead retrieving the data.

Follow this step-by-step guide to unerase files from external hard drive with the help of  Windows Hard Drive Data Recovery Software.


Step 1: Install Windows Hard Drive Data Recovery Software and run the application. This will launch the application main window (see Figure a).

'Recover data from external hard drive

Figure a: Program Main Window

Step 2: The main window contains a “Recover - Advanced”. Select ‘Recover - Advanced’ option to continue (See Figure b).

Hard drive Data Recovery

Figure b: Select Appropriate Option

As you click ‘NTFS Partition Recovery’ button, a window will be displayed to select the disk from which you wish to retrieve your data (see Figure ‘c’).

Select physical Hard drive

Figure c: Select source disk

Step 3: Select a source drive and the processing mode to process the drive. The software provides two processing modes: Display default partitions and Search for lost partitions. By default the processing mode is set to ‘Display default partitions’. As you click ‘Next’ button, the application analyses the drive and lists all the found partitions in the partition table as shown in Figure ‘d’.

Select partition to recover

: Partition Table

Step 4: Select a partition for processing and click Finish button. The application processes the partition and displays the found files and folders in a tree structure as shown in Figure ‘e’.

List of recovered files from external hard drive

Figure e: Found Files and Folders

Step 5: After completes, you can preview the file before it could be recovered. To preview the file, right click on the file whose preview is to be seen and select . This will show the preview of the selected file as shown in Figure ‘f’

Preview of recoverable files

Figure f: Preview

Note: Other than image files all the other files would be displayed in ASCII form
Step 6: After scanning process, the only task left in is to recover files to a safe destination location..

If you want to restore whole tree structure formed, click root folder to mark whole data and click on ‘Save All’ option on the tool bar or button from the tools menu. As soon as you click on ‘Save all’ button, a window to select is displayed as shown in Figure ‘g’.

Save recovered data

Figure g: Save data

Step 7: Select a logical drive in your local disk where you wish to save the data. Specify the file type you wish to ignore (file filter) while saving process and Click OK. Make sure you do not save data to the same location from which you are recovering it.

Note: We recommend that you download the evaluation versions first which will give you first hand experience to try and test before purchasing. Evaluation version gives you a fair idea on chances of the results that the full version might deliver. We suggest that you test, evaluate and get a complete understanding of our product capability using the evaluation / demo version.


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