Seagate External Drive Data Recovery (A 3-Step Guide)

We offer a tried and true solution to recover deleted files from Seagate external hard drive. EaseUS data recovery software can get back data from Seagate or any other brand of HDD, SSD or external hard drive. Read on to get more details.

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Seagate external hard drive gives you instant capacity, speed, and convenience both at work and at home. With it, you can save your favorite photos, music, movies, documents, even games on a business trip or on vacation. But sometimes, Seagate fails to work and files on it disappear.

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What Can Cause Seagate Data Loss

Usually, most data loss cases are caused by the following reasons:

  • Logical failure

A logical hard drive failure occurs when a hard drive cannot access due to non-mechanical issues. Common types of logical hard drive failures include accidental deletion, formatting, system corruption, and virus attack.

  • Physical Damage

Generally speaking, hard drives are pretty resistant when handled and stored correctly. Common physical problems are overheating water damage and power surges. Physical damage to hard disk drives can make data recovery very difficult and time-consuming. 

  • Mechanical Failure

Mechanical hard drive failures occur when an HDD's moving components stop functioning due to stress or wear. The read/write heads, actuator arm, and spindles of a hard drive move constantly during normal operation. Due to the extremely precise nature of HDD design, a slight mechanical issue can prevent a drive from accessing user data. Common symptoms of mechanical hard drive failures include hard drive not mount, pretty slow operation, and file corruption.

How to Recover Files from Seagate External Hard Drive

Physical damage and mechanical failure issues need a professional data recovery service. Fortunately, logical faults in a Seagate hard drive can be solved with the help of a professional data recovery software. Recover data from Seagate external drive is as simple as ABC if you holding an efficient hard drive recovery tool on your hand. Here we recommend EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard. It has many highlights:

  • Recovers data from your hard drive, USB drives, memory cards, and other storage devices.
  • Recover lost files, pictures, documents, videos, and more.  (250+ types of files)
  • Supports most of the HDD brands like Seagate, Western Digital, Toshiba, Hitachi, Sandisk and more.
  • Supports formatted recovery, lost partition recovery, OS crash recovery, RAW Recovery and more.

First, connect the Seagate external drive to the computer and make sure that it can be recognized by the computer. Then follow the steps below to perform external hard drive recovery and recover data from external drive:

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Step 1. Locate Seagate drive to scan

  • Use the correct USB cable to connect the Seagate external hard drive to your Windows PC.
  • Run EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard, it will load the external drive and display it under the Devices section.
  • All you need to do here is to select the Seagate external hard drive and then click the Scan button.
select your seagate external hard drive and click scan

Step 2. Check for the scan results

As soon as the scan process starts, the software will find more and more lost data on the selected drive and display the data in the scan results. You can find the desired files by following its original path from the leftside tree-view pane, or filter a specific file type like Pictures, Word/Excel/PDF documents, videos, etc.

scan the lost data on the seagate external hard drive

Step 3. Preview and recover

A double-click on a file lets you preview its content. If the preview is with no problem, just select the target files and click Recover. To avoid data overwriting, we suggest you save the recovered data to the other drive instead of the original Seagate drive.

select files and click recover


If your external hard drive gets corrupted, you can repair corrupted external hard drive without losing data. And creat backups on your cloud or HDD. A regular backup can always do you a favor. If you don't have any backup, you can always ask us for help.

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