How to Recover Hard Disk Data After Dban

Jean updated on Dec 28, 2018 to Data Recovery | How-to Articles


Read this tutorial and learn how to recover wiped hard disk data after using Dban (full name is Darik's Boot And Nuke), for hard disk wipe and data clearing.

Overview of DBAN Data Wiping Software

Darik's Boot And Nuke, short for DBAN, is free erasure software designed for the personal user. As is announced, it's the most powerful & strong hard disk data wiping software, which automatically deletes the contents of any hard disk that it can detect. What's more, due to its great killing power, DBAN is also commonly used to remove viruses and spyware on users' computers.

Usually, people use DBAN when thinking about to abandon a machine they've been working on, for the purpose of destroying hard disk data and making it impossible to recover. However, many of us may apply this data wiping software by mistake, as the user's situation:

"I had just finished a reinstall of Windows and had put all my files back in place, then when I was out my little sister saw the DBAN disk I used and she thought it was a game... When I got home I was welcomed to a formatted PC, now, is there any way to recover files after DBAN wipe?"

Can Data Be Recovered After DBAN

So, in some unexpected situations people may launch DBAN by wrong, can data be recoverable after DBAN use? If no backups were created before, then we feel terribly sorry that your data has permanently gone, because all technical methods DBAN includes are designed to ensure that the data cannot be recovered, even the most powerful third-party data recovery software.

The Last Try to Recover Data after DBAN

In the process when DBAN is working on wiping disk data, you managed to interrupt DBAN before it finished its first pass. Only, in this case, you might be able to use EaseUS hard disk data recovery software to recover data that hasn't been touched yet. If the entire disk has been erased, we're afraid that you're out of luck, and nothing could help with DBAN data recovery.

3 Steps To Restore Non-effected Data after DBAN

Step 1. If you need to recover deleted files from an external storage device like SD card, USB or external hard drive, connect it to your computer at first. Then, run EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard on your PC. Select the location and click the "Scan" button to let the program start scanning the target device.

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Step 2. When the scan finishes, all deleted files will be listed in different folders. You can find the target data easily by a quick search.

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Step 3. You can double-click to preview the found files. Then, select the files and click "Recover" to restore them to a secure location on your PC or external storage device. Click "OK" to complete the process.

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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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