Best Way To Recover Deleted Files From External Hard Drives
With the evolution of new computer systems, change in environment and new threats have lead to invention of external hard drives. External hard disk plays a vital role in storing huge amount of data for backing up files from any computer system. It is a non-volatile and solid-state storage medium as it has no moving parts and has great mechanism in storing digital data. It is compatible with any operating system and it is portable. It supports all the file systems like FAT32, NTFS and much more for data organization. It comes with different storage capacities depending on the requirements of an individual. It is interfaced with help of single high-speed interface cable. For interfacing, it makes use of different ports such as USB, eSATA, Ethernet, FireWireports. It is usually plug and play i.e., it does not require any software for it to work. It can be connected directly to the computer with help of a port and it is ready to use. Notebook or laptopusers generally use it. Even though these devices are very reliable at times the data from it can be deleted and lost due to several reasons. One such reason is human error i.e., deleting the files from external hard drive by mistake. In such condition to recover deleted files from external hdd on Windows you need to opt for efficient external hard drive recovery software. With the aid of this simple user interface, you can readily obtain back data lost due to virus attacks, software malfunction, etc during system restoration.
Data loss situation arises in external hard drives due to various reasons. During the process of transferring files from computer to the drive if you suddenly eject the interfaced cable, then the data gets corrupt and leaves it inaccessible. Ifyou have unintentionally deleted the files or folders from the external hard drive by using the shift and delete key combinations then also you suffer from data loss. If you have unintentionally formatted the drive after connecting it to the computer then also all the data present in the drive is deleted. If some harmful malware or virus infects the external hard drive then also all the data present in it is deleted and lost. If the external drive is not recognized after connecting it to the computer due to file system corruption then also you suffer from data loss and inaccessibility of the drive.
Therefore, to prevent data loss from above mentioned scenarios you can take few precautions. Always make a habit of creating backup of all your essential data. Utilize an up to date anti-virus program to scan your drive to protect from harmful viruses. Check on the power supply to avoid fluctuations. Always eject the external hard drive by using the safe to remove hardware. If you still manage to lose data after taking precautions then you need to make use of third party external hard drive recovery software. After deleting the data from the external drive avoid using it to save any new data in it in order to prevent from overwriting of data. Install the software in host computer and then connect the affected external hard driveto it to recover the deleted and lost data.
Windows File Recovery Software software is an excellent recovery tool to recover the erased and lost data from the external hard drives.It comprise of some distinct features in recovering the data from external hard drives. By using this software, you can restore files from formatted drives or re-formatted drives. This software supports recovery from RAID 0, RAID 1 and RAID 5 partitions that where formatted or deleted. By making use of this software, you can even bypass bad sectors by creating disk image files. This software can even recover data after Windows re-install. It even supports picture recovery from USB drives, memory cards, apple iPods, FireWire drives, etc.
Steps to recover deleted files from external hard drives:
Step 1: Download and install trial version of Windows Recovery software on a healthy system. Then connect affected external hard drive as a slave to the healthy computer and launch the software. The main screen appears as shown in the Figure A. Select"Recover Partitions / Drives" from the main screen.
FigureA. Main Screen
Step 2: After selecting the recover partitions/drives a new window opens from which you need to select Formatted / Reformatted Recovery option as shown in Figure B.
Figure B. Select Formatted / Reformatted Recovery
Step 3: The software detects all the logical drives connected to the system and displays it. From the displayed list of drives, select theexternal hard drive from which you need to recover deleted files and click on "Next" option as shown in Figure C.
Figure C. Select External Hard Drive
Step 4: After you click on “Next” the software starts scanning the drive to recover deleted or lost files from your Windows OS. Once the scanning process is completed you can view recovered data using “Data View” or “File Type View” options as shown in Figure D.
Figure D. Data View/ File Type View
Step 5: You can preview the recovered files and can save your scanned data by using “Save Recovery Session” option. In order to save the recovered result you need to activate the full version of the software and then use the “Open Recovery session” option to re-load the previously scanned data and save the recovered data on a CD / DVD drive or any other drive as shown in Figure E.
Figure E. Save Recovered Files