Corrupted Hard Drive Recovery | How to Recover Data from Corrupted Hard Drive

Roxanne updated on Jan 13, 2021 to Data Recovery | How-to Articles

Don't know how to recover files from corrupted hard disk? Powerful EaseUS corrupted hard drive recovery software enables you to recover data from corrupted hard disk with ease. Meanwhile, effective methods are available to help repair crashed hard disk drive without data loss.

How to Recover Data from Corrupted Hard Drive in 3 Steps
How to Fix and Repair Corrupted HDD Without Formatting

Corrupted Hard Drive Recovery Overview

Have you ever come across the problem of a corrupted hard drive? When a hard drive is corrupted, you can no longer use it, although it does show as a disk. And you may find the following typical symptoms:

  • Invalid media type reading drive.
  • Abort, Retry, Fail?
  • The file system is displayed as "RAW".
  • Windows may ask if you want to format the drive by warning "disk not formatted. Do you want to format now?"
  • File names contain "weird" characters.
  • "Sector not found" messages.

How to recover files from corrupted hard drive if it contains essential files and folders? Can I fix the damaged hard disk without losing data? Yes. This tutorial shows you the most effective way to recover data from corrupted hard drive or external hard drive with the top-notch EaseUS data recovery software. What's more, you can also learn the full guide to fix corrupted hard drive without formatting. 

How to Recover Files from Corrupted Hard Drive in 3 Steps

EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard has a user-friendly interface for you to recover files from corrupted hard drive and external hard drive without effort.

Your Reliable Choice - EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard

  • Retrieve files from a deleted, formatted, and corrupted hard drive with simple clicks.
  • Repair corrupted files automatically during data recovery from hard drive. 
  • Restore files from corrupted external hard drive in all brands like SanDisk, Samsung, Western Digital, etc.

Note: If you cannot boot the computer after the system hard drive was corrupted, you can create WinPE bootable CD/DVD of EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard to recover corrupted hard drive.

Step 1. Choose and scan hard drive partition.

On EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard, select the hard drive partition where you lost data and click "Scan".

select your hard drive and click scan

Step 2. Preview found hard drive data from the scan result.

When the scan completes, find lost hard drive data in "Deleted Files", "Lost Files". Filter and Search features can also help you access lost files via file types, file names or extensions. Double-click to preview these lost files. 

scan the lost data on the hard drive

Step 3. Recover lost hard drive data.

Select all the lost hard drive files and click the Recover button to save them to another secure location. (You can always choose to preview files before purchasing a license code for a full hard drive data recovery. )

select files and click recover

How to Fix Corrupted Hard Disk Drive Without Formatting (4 Ways )

After restoring lost files from the corrupted hard disk drive, how to deal with the corrupted hard disk? Let it go? Just give it up? Nope! Here below, we'll provide you a few tips for you to try and repair corrupted hard drive.

Tip 1. Use a Free Partition Management tool to Repair Corrupted Hard Drive

The first way to fix and repair corrupted hard drive is by using EaseUS free partition manager, which can automatically check and repair corrupted file system and bad sectors with clicks. This partition management software helps you create, resize/move, clone, merge, and format partitions with the simplest solutions. 

Step 1. Open EaseUS Partition Master on your computer. Then locate the disk, right-click the partition you want to check, and choose "Check File System".

Check Partition - Step 1

Step 2. In the Check File System window, keep the "Try to fix errors if found" option selected and click "Start".

Check Partition - Step 2

Step 3. The software will begin checking your partition file system on your disk. When it has completed, click "Finish".

Check Partition - Step 3

Tip 2. Fix Corrupted Hard Drive Using CMD

If the hard disk drive has bad sectors or internal errors, the hard disk can corrupt easily. And if you know how to run the CHKDSK command on your PC, it will be effortless for you to fix the hard disk corrupted issue. Let's see how to run CHKDSK and repair corrupted hard disk drive now:

  • Press Win + X, select "Command Prompt (Admin)".
  • Click "Yes" to launch Command Prompt as Administrator.
  • Type chkdsk and hit "Enter" to check errors in the corrupted hard drive.
  • Type chkdsk D: /f /r/x to let CHKDSK fix the drive. (D is the drive letter of your corrupted hard drive)

 fix the corrupted hard disk

If the target drive is a boot disk, the system will ask you to run the command before the next boot. Type yes and hit "Enter" to restart the computer. The command will run before the operating system loads, allowing it to access the disk and repair corrupted drive fully.

Tip 3. Run a Disk Check to Fix Corrupted Hard Disk

  • Open This PC or Computer, right-click the hard drive, and select "Properties".
  • Click "Tools" and click "Check".
  • Select "Check local disk" and click "Start".
  • Close all running and open programs, select the option to let the system check upon the next boot.
  • After this, restart the PC.

check disk and fix the corrupted hard disk

If it reports that your drive has 'bad sectors or clusters', don't worry. CHKDSK command in Tip one will fix this issue.

Tip 4. Repair Corrupted System Drive from Control Panel

  • Press Win + X, select "Control Panel".
  • Click "System and Security" > tab "Action Center" > expand "Maintenance" and click "Run Scan".
  • Click "Restart".

repair corrupted system hard drive

It's Easy to Make Corrupted Hard Drive Recovery 

After all these steps, you can successfully recover data from corrupted hard drive and fix the corrupted hard disk issue with useful methods. Now you can reuse the hard disk drive to store and save data again. If you face a similar problem on your corrupted hard drive, external hard drive, or USB storage devices, don't worry. Just follow this article to get your problem fixed without losing any data.

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Frequently Asked Questions

1. Why choose EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard?

"EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard is the best we've seen. It's far from perfect, partly because today's advanced disk technology makes data-recovery more difficult than it was with the simpler technology of the past, but it's fast and efficient..."PCMag

"The first thing you'll notice about EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard Pro is that its interface is very clear and uncluttered, with only a small collection of self-explanatory controls. You won't find lots of extra options hidden in a system of hidden menus, either; what you see really is what you get."techradar

"Recover lost files, even after deleting a partition or formatting your drive."Macworld

2. Why cannot I recover 2GB data for free?

It is recommended to check the version installed is Free or Trial because they are different versions.

Trial has data preview function but cannot save any files, while the Free version enables to recover 2 GB files. The default free space is 500 MB and you may share the product on social media to get another 1.5 GB.

3. Why cannot the recovered files be opened?

A file is saved as 2 parts on the storage device: directory info (which is comprised by file name, time stamp and size info, etc.) and data content.

If the files with original file names and folder structures cannot be opened, one possible reason is the corrupted directory info. There is still a chance to recover the data content with the RAW Recovery method in our software.

4. Why isn't it suggested to recover the files back to the original drive?

The storage structure of the lost files would be altered or damaged by any changes on the drive. If you save the recovered files back to the same drive, the original data structures and data content would be corrupted or overwritten, which causes permanent data loss. So you should prepare another disk to save the files.

5. How can I check whether my data is recoverable or not before purchase?

The Free version helps you save 2GB files, so verify the recovery quality of our product before purchase.

6. How long does it take to scan the drive?

It strongly depends on the capacity of your hard drive and the performance of your computer. As reference,most drive recoveries can be completed in around 10 to 12 hours for a 1-TB healthy hard drive in general conditions.

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