Free Hard Disk Repair Software for Hard Disk Repair

Roxanne updated on Apr 28, 2020 to Data Recovery | How-to Articles

Summary

Is your hard drive corrupted due to files system error that turn a hard drive RAW? This article covers many useful ways to help you do HDD repair with professional hard disk repair software. Follow the details to repair hard disk manually or with HDD repair software. Also, download EaseUS hard disk recovery software to recover data from the corrupted or damaged hard drive.

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Possible Causes of Hard Drive Disk Errors 
How to Make Hard Disk Repair With Free Hard Disk Repair Software
How to Prevent Hard Drive Corruption and Data Loss
Hard Disk Repair FAQs

When the hard drive gets corrupted due to file system error or the hard drive turns into RAW, don't panic. This guide would do you a great favor by providing detailed steps to repair a corrupt hard disk without losing data. To handle it, you must check if it is the logical error that prevents you from accessing the hard drive. If so, you can check and perform hard disk repair. If it is a physical hard drive problem, you'll need to send your hard drive to the data recovery or repair service center. 

Possible Causes of Hard Drive Disk Errors 

Before you try to repair hard disk, you should know what causes hard drive corruption. Here is the list of top reasons for hard disk failure.

  • Virus attack
  • Bad sectors
  • Sudden system shutdown or crash
  • Human errors
  • Power supply and overheating problem

Now that you know what causes hard drive failure, you can repair the hard drive to solve your problem.

Warning
When you connect a RAW hard disk to your computer, Windows may display prompt to format the corrupt (RAW) drive volume. Click 'Cancel'. Do not click 'Format' as it will result in permanent data loss without a data recovery tool.

How to Make Hard Disk Repair With Free Hard Disk Repair Software

Before you start, you should manually check your power supply and the heat of your fan. Make sure that they are working properly. And then, take the following solutions for HDD repair.

1. Run Antivirus

Connect the hard drive to another Windows PC and use a reliable antivirus to scan the drive. Sometimes, viruses and malware can cause such errors. Therefore, an antivirus scan may repair the corrupted hard drive and make the drive accessible.

2. Check and Repair Hard Disk Error in Windows 10/8/7 

Try Windows built-in tool to check and repair hard disk error first. If it works, you can easily access your data. Here's how to do it in Windows 10, 8 or 7:

Step 1. Open "This PC/Computer", right-click the hard disk or partition which you want to check and click "Properties".

Step 2. Select "Tools" and click "Check now" under Error-checking.

Step 3. Check Disk Options dialog will show up and select any one of the following options to check and repair hard disk.

Step 4. Select and check both "Automatically fix file system errors" and "Scan for and attempt recovery of back sectors", then click "Start".

Run windows check now to repair hdd

  • To run this tool in read-only mode, click "Start".
  • To repair errors without scanning the volume for bad sectors, select "Automatically fix file system errors" checkbox, click "Start".
  • To repair errors, locate bad sectors and recover readable information, click "Scan for and attempt recovery of bad sectors", click "Start".

After the whole repair process, your hard disk or hard drive partition shall be able to work normally. You can then try to access saved data on the hard drive.

3. Run SFC Scan

The SFC Scannow option is one of the several specific switches available in the SFC command. It helps fix the damaged or missing Windows system files that may cause drive corruption.

Step 1. Open the command prompt window. 

Step 2. Type the following command in the command prompt window and press "Enter" on the keyboard.

Click to copy

If the drive is a portable drive, type the command below and replace letter c: with your hard drive letter.

Click to copy

Wait for the scan to finish and then restart the system. You can try again to see if you can access your hard drive.

4. Check File System With Free Hard Disk Repair Software

To check and repair file system error that causes hard disk drive corruption, you can use the free hard disk repair software - EaseUS Partition Master. It enables you to check bad sectors and prevent data corruption by fixing the file system errors with the Check File System feature.  

In addition to the HDD repair, this partition manager software also provides variable useful partition organizing functions, such as resize/move partition, clone, merge, create, format, and delete partition, convert MBR to GPT, convert a logical partition to primary or primary partition to logical, and FAT to NTFS partition.

 

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

5. Use a Data Recovery Tool and Format Hard Disk

If the above methods fail to repair the corrupt hard drive and it’s still in RAW, then the corruption is severe, and you need to format the hard drive. In this case, you should use powerful data recovery software - EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard quickly restore files from corrupted hard disk, recover formatted hard drive data or restore data from deleted partitions before you format the hard disk. Even when Windows can not recognize a corrupted hard drive as usable, this software still supports recovery from a corrupt (RAW) hard drive.

Now, download this hard drive recovery software and follow guides below to restore lost hard disk data.

Step 1. Select and scan hard drive.

On EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard, select the drive where you lose your data and click "Scan". Wait patiently until this program finishes the scanning, it will find all your lost data on the drive.

select and scan the hard drive

Step 2. Find and preview found files on the selected drive.

Check "Deleted Files", "Lost Files" or use "Filter", "Search" to find the lost files on the selected hard drive. You can double-click to open and check the found files.

Preview lost hard drive data

Step 3. Recover and save lost hard drive data.

Select all found lost hard drive files, click "Recover" and browse another secure location to save them. Click "OK" to confirm and finish the recovery process.

recover data from hard drive

How to format a hard drive for hard disk repair

After successful data recovery from the corrupt hard drive, format the drive in Disk Management to repair hard disk. And then, move the restored data to the hard drive.

Step 1. Right-click "This PC" and choose "Manage".

Step 2. Go to "Disk Management".

Step 3. Right-click the target hard drive partition and choose "Format".

Step 4. Set the volume label, file system, and click "OK" to start formatting the drive.

hard disk repair - format hard drive

How to Prevent Hard Drive Corruption and Data Loss

How to avoid hard disk corruption and data loss trouble on your PC in Windows 10/8/7? Here below, we have some tips for you. 

  • Run the CHKDSK command to check and repair hard disk errors frequently.
  • Clean up a virus with antivirus software in time.
  • Frequently de-fragment the drive
  • Do not force the shutdown system using the power button
  • Back up important data on HDD regularly. (External storage devices are recommended.)
  • Apply EaseUS hard disk repair software to recover HDD lost data timely once data loss trouble happens.

Hard Disk Repair FAQs

1. Can I repair hard disk?

Yes, if the hard drive corruption occurs due to file system error, you can use the free hard disk repair software to check and fix file system error.  

2. How do you fix a corrupted hard drive?

You can fix a corrupted hard drive by running antivirus, CHKDSK scan, SFC scan, and format the RAW hard drive.

3. How much does it cost to fix a hard drive?

If all you want is a functioning drive, then it should cost no more than $200. The hard drive mechanism inside the external enclosure could be replaced for less than a #100, and a complete replacement for the entire unit is around $150.

4. Can a hard disk be repaired?

There are two types of hard drive errors, logic and physical errors. In most cases, Windows is able to repair a logic error, as it's almost always related to a software mishap. Formatting the drive will almost always fix this. But, if it's a physic corruption, it can not be repaired.

5. Can external hard disk be repaired?

Generally speaking, the external hard drive errors can be repaired using the CHKDSK command lines. You can start the command prompt by pressing the Windows key and try cmd. 

 
 

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Frequently Asked Questions

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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.

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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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