How Long Does It Take | 1 TB Data Recovery

Brithny updated on Jul 24, 2019 to Data Recovery | How-to Articles


How long does it take to recover data from an HDD, SSD or an external hard drive? Will it take several days to recover 1 TB data? What can I do to recover large amounts of data in a quick way? How to use EaseUS data recovery software? All the answers are here.

When you want to recover terabytes of data like 1 TB data, you may wonder how long it will take. Unfortunately, there is no clear-cut answer to that question, as each case is different.  Here are some factors to consider that affect the overall timeline of the data recovery.

1 - Hardware Condition

If your hard drive is fully functional, it runs faster to recover data from than one that is severely damaged and must be repaired. So things get easier to cases related to accidental deletion, format, viruses, etc. 

Besides, the condition of the source disk can also decide the time. The bigger the hard drive, physically or logically, the longer the recovery process could take. It takes more time to scan a larger device to recover the data correctly. 

2 - The OS and the Computer Environment

The different operating environment can also affect the length of the time. Generally, operating your computer in areas with high heat with environmental vibrations increases the possibility of a hard drive failure. If the hard drive crashes and its host laptop/computer was operated in poor conditions, then the electronic and physical damage tends to be worse. This lengthens the data recovery process. 

3 - The Type and Size of the Data

The bigger the size of the data, physically or logically, the longer the recovery process could take. Many large files are not kept in a singular physical space and are more spread out. This can slow down the data recovery process as engineers have to read through damages drives to try to piece together what they can, as best they can. There are also some file types that do to block issues like file corruption as well as others. If the files of this case are involved in the data loss, it may take longer to recover them. 

4 - Service Type Ordered

If you just want to scan your data quickly, it saves much time. However, if you order a deep scanning process, the recovery process would be longer. Generally, a quick scan can help you recover deleted data like word documents, photos, videos, music and so on. If you have a drive that needs recovery, a quick scan is suggested.

How to Recover 1TB or More Data

The four factors above can decide the time that data recovery takes. But how to recover lost data? EaseUS hard drive recovery software can do you a favor. This reliable and professional program makes data recovery pretty easy. It can do the following things:

  • Recover deleted, formatted, and inaccessible data in different data loss situations.
  • Recover photos, audio, music, and emails from any storage effectively, safely and completely.
  • Recover data from the recycle bin, hard drive, memory card, flash drive, digital camera, and camcorder.

You can complete the entire recovery process in just 3 steps. Fast and efficient! 

Step 1. Select a location to start finding data

Launch EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard, please select a location where you lose your data and start to scan, like Desktop, Libraries, hard drive, external storage devices or lost partitions.

select the device

Step 2. Scan your partition

Click the "Scan" button and the software begins to scan your partition to find as much lost data as possible.

the software will scan the drive to find all of your data

Tips for finding wanted data

  • Extra Files: find files that lost names or paths
  • Filter: a quick way to your wanted files
  • Search: e.g. file name/file extension

Step 3. Preview and recover lost files

EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard allows you to preview specific recoverable files. After the preview or file filtering, you can target the tracked files and press the "Recover" button to get everything you want back. 

recover wanted data from your devices

Final Word

If your computer runs smoothly and the hard drive is healthy, then you can recover data in a quick and fast way. Our goal is to return your data to you as soon as possible. If you have a data recovery problem, ask us for help right now. 


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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 to better 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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