Hard drives being the dynamic storage devices are extremely easy to use and handle. Data stored on a hard disk is not exactly safe, this is true indeed. Data on hard drives may be lost due to various causes like hard drive crash, virus, sabotage, accidental deletion, formatting / reformatting and many more. Unfortunately, there is no full proof remedy to prevent data loss.
If you have important information on your crashed hard disk that needs to be restored? Are you unsure of how to recover deleted / lost hard drive data? This article provides you the information you need to learn how to recover files from hard drive. Well, recovering your hard work will require figuring out the best data recovery tool. Data Recovery Software family has easy to use applications that can retrieve files from an unbootable hard drive. The software also supports retrieval of deleted or lost files from non-bootable hard drives and restore data efficiently. This software also allows you to undelete photos from SD card and restore all the lost or deleted pictures with ease.
Precautionary steps to be taken in case of a hard drive crash
- Stop working on the disk
- Do not run any repair utility for e.g. “ ”, as this further may cause permanent data loss
- Do not try and save or reinstall on the crashed hard drive
- Remove the crashed hard drive from the machine and connect it to another system as a secondary drive and run File Recovery Software to undelete files after formatting hard disk drives
To retrieve data from crashed Windows hard disk and recover data from corrupted hard drive follow these simple steps with Data Recovery Software.
Step 1: Install Data Retrieval Software and run the application by double clicking the icon on the desktop or run it from the programs list from the Start menu. This will launch the application main window as shown in Figure a.
Figure a: Program Main Window
Step 2: Select ‘Recover - Advanced’ option to continue (See Figure b).
Figure b: Select Appropriate Option
As you click the ‘NTFS Partition Recovery’ button, a window will be displayed to select the disk from which you wish to retrieve your data (see Figure ‘c’).
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’.
: 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’.
Figure e: Found Files and Folders
Step 5: After completes a tree of found files and folders is created. 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’
Figure f: Preview
Note: Other than image files all the other files would be displayed in ASCII form
Step 6: After you find the file you wish to recover, the only task left in is to restore it 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’.
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.
You can now access the recovered data as it was never lost before.