How to Recover Data from Corrupted Hard Drive

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.

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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 the 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 a 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 drives 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 the corrupted hard drive and external hard drive without effort.

EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard

  • Recover lost or deleted files, documents, photos, audio, music, emails effectively
  • Recover files from formatted hard drive, emptied recycle bin, memory card, flash drive, digital camera, and camcorders
  • Support data recovery for sudden deletion, formatting, hard drive corruption, virus attack, system crash under different situations

Note: If you cannot boot the computer after the system hard drive was corrupted, you can create a WinPE bootable CD/DVD of EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard to recover the 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 the 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 drives is by using EaseUS free partition manager, which can automatically check and repair the 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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