How to Backup or Recover Data from Corrupt Hard Drive Disk

Brithny updated on Apr 04, 2019 to Backup Utility | How-to Articles

Why do you need to backup data from hard drive

Hard Disk corruption caused by virus attack, natural disaster or many misoperations usually result in terrible data loss disaster. It always brings real pain and panic to users. Maybe you can restore the data from the corrupted hard drive with data recovery service or third-party data recovery software. But as we all know, corrupted hard drive recovery is really a long and complicated procedure if you have no backup. Then how can you avoid such a problem? We think the best way is to regular backup data from hard drive with reliable hard disk backup software. Compared with corrupted hard drive recovery, it is the easiest and most efficient way to protect or retrieve your hard drive data.

What is the best tool to back up data from hard drive

Even most computer users have recognized the importance of data backup, but few of them do this job because they fail to find a reliable tool that allows them to backup data from the hard drive in a safe and easy way. Here we recommend you to try EaseUS PC backup software, a utility works perfectly well to backup the whole hard disk, partition or the operating system. Coming with a lot of flexible and advanced features, the program can help you do the following operations to protect your data in case of hard drive corruption:

  • Back up and recover specified files and folders.
  • Back up and recover partition or disk including the operating system.
  • Make a backup schedule to run backup plan automatically.
  • Only back up the changed data using differential or incremental backup function.
  • Restore system to a new computer with different hardware.
  • Clone hard disk or partition to another one.

Steps to back up data from hard drive with EaseUS backup software

Step 1. Open EaseUS Todo Backup and select "File Backup".

You may have a large amount of vital data to be protected as time goes on, such as documents, pictures, music, and videos, etc. It is always a good habit to have a backup on a regular basis. File Backup is one of the best choices for you to get over unexpected data loss.

click file backup to back up files

Step 2. Select the files that you want to back up.

select the file type to back up

Step 3. Select a destination to save your backup of the selected files.

You'd better create the backup file in some other storage media or in some other drive. If not, there may be a risk of the backup file getting corrupted or destroyed.

select the destination to save your backups

Advanced backup settings are useful when you want to create a flexible and automatic backup plan. 

information about advanced settings

The schedule is to create an automatic backup plan.

what is schedule backup

Backup options are to edit the advanced parameters. 

backup options

Image-reserve strategy is to reserve the limited image as per image retention rule.

image-reserve strategy

Advanced backup settings are for reference only but not a prerequisite for backup.

Step 4. Click "Proceed" to execute your operation.

After making a backup, data recovery from the corrupted hard drive will become as simple as A-B-C. You can fully get back your lost or inaccessible files from the backup file whenever your hard drive is damaged or corrupted in just seconds. No data recovery service or third-party data recovery software is needed.

 
 

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is the difference between Clone and Backup? In what cases should I use Clone?

Clone will copy one disk to another or one partition to another (unallocated space is also supported). Usually, this option is used to upgrade the current disk by creating an identical copy. Backup will generate a .PBD image file containing the selected files or system that can be restored from the .PBD image if needed.

What is the difference between System Backup and Disk Backup?

System Backup will auto-select the system boot related partition(s) as the backup source to make sure the system image can be restored properly. Disk/Partition Backup will allow you to manually select a whole disk or speficy a certain partition as the backup source. You will get the same backup result as System Backup if you manually select the system and boot partitions with the Disk/Partition Backup option.

As a computer newbie, what features should I use to protect my computer?

You can use System Backup to back up the system and boot partitions, use Disk/Partition backup to back up the data partition and add plans to run an automatic backup. If you use the computer frequently or have software that may cause boot failure of the computer, we would suggest you back up the computer every 1 to 2 days. For other situations, you can backup the computer once a week. In addition, you can schedule File Backup to back up the files which are changed frequently.

What kind of storage service should I use to save my backup images?

EaseUS Todo Backup can save backup images to internal disks, external disks, network drives, or free cloud(Google Drive, Dropbox, and OneDrive) and CD/DVD. It is suggested to save the images to the internal/external/network drives to save time as those kinds of disks have a better read-write speed. It is suggested NOT to save the image on the source disk, because once the disk is damaged, all the files on the disk will become unavailable and you will be unable to restore the image.

As a company network administrator, what features should I use to protect our internal computers?

It is recommended that you use the SQL Backup feature to back up your company's SQL server and Exchange Backup feature to back up the Exchange server. In addition, you can execute System Backup to back up the system and boot partitions on every computer and set a plan to execute the backup once a day or twice a week to ensure that the computer can be restored timely when it has boot issues. File Backup feature can be used to back up important user data. If there are a large quantity of computers, you can purchase EaseUS Backup Center to manage the backups on the client computers centrally.

About EaseUS Todo Backup

Be it a file, system, partition, or disk, EaseUS Todo Backup will help you back up or clone the item and provide you with multiple backup plans.