Recover Files from Corrupted External Hard Drive

Abby Haines updated on Jul 04, 2019 to Data Recovery | How-to Articles

Summary

Lost all data saved on corrupted external hard disk? Get the best hard disk data recovery software from EaseUS will to restore files and data from corrupted external hard drive with simple clicks now.

The fact that external hard drive becomes corrupted is not entirely uncommon, owing to the inevitable wear and tear that impairs the functionality of the moving parts within the drive. Corrupted external hard drive recovery with free software can become your best choice when you failed first to recover data from a dead hard drive using the options in your computer's operating system.

How to Recover Files from the Corrupted External Hard Drive

External hard drives are used almost universally in our daily life because we could store, transfer our important files with convenience and quickness. While we enjoy the advantage they bring to us, we also encounter the trouble they make, because data loss in an external hard drive cannot be avoided. For example, delete files accidentally, corrupt of external hard drive and other physical reasons all will lead to data loss.

So how to recover files or data from the corrupted external hard drive? Relax! EaseUS data recovery software is designed to perform hard drive recovery and recover lost files from all data loss situations. It supports to recover data back from a local hard drive, external HDD, memory cards and more. Windows file recovery such as to recover deleted files from Windows 8 can also be made by EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard.

Right here you can try the best hard disk recovery software to restore all lost data from the external hard drive with below tutorial video now.

Recover Files from a Corrupted External Hard Drive with EaseUS Hard Disk Recovery Software

If you still don't know how to recover data from a corrupted hard drive with above video, relax and you can apply this software by following below step by step guidelines to get lost files back from corrupted external hard disk now:

Step 1. Choose the external hard drive

Since you're going to recover data from the external hard drive, run EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard and under the External Devices tab, choose the exact drive where you lost data. Click Scan.

select external hard drive

Step 2. Scan for lost data

The software will start immediately to scan all over the selected drive for all lost data. During the scan, you could see more and more data showing up in the results.

scan external hard drive

Step 3. Preview and recover data

After the scan is over, check the scan results for the desired data. You can preview the file by double-clicking on it. Click Recover and choose another location to save the recovered data.

preview and recover data

How to Prevent the External Hard Drive from Corrupting

What may cause your external hard drive corrupted? Here below are some tips that may cause your drive corrupt and you can follow to prevent storage devices such as external hard drive from corrupting now:

  • Store the external hard drive away from direct sunlight.
  • Never unplug an external hard drive while files are being accessed because this will corrupt its data.
  • A magnet will erase all data on an external hard disk, so keep them far away.
 
 

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Frequently Asked Questions

1. 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.

2. 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.

3. 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.

4. 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.

5. 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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