How to Recover Data Lost By Ghost Recovery

Jean updated on Aug 12, 2019 to Storage Media Recovery | How-to Articles

Summary

Download Ghost recovery software for free, so as to recover lost data from ghost disk/partition. You can use the EaseUS Ghost recovery software to recover as many file types as you want, including the media files, image files, PDF files, text files, emails and so on.

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Imaging or "Ghost") programs such as Symantec Norton Ghost are often used to make identical or near-identical copies of a hard disk. This copy can then be used as a backup or to transfer a system onto another hard drive etc.

Incorrect operation and use of the Ghosting programs may lead to very serious consequences, as the data previously held on the hard disk that is to receive the image will often be completely overwritten. This is not always the case though, as sometimes the disk receiving the image may be considerably larger than the original disk. Ghosting to a disk of this type will almost certainly destroy the file system and root directory structure but some of the data that was previously on the hard disk may still be recoverable. Other problems exist too, such as Ghosting in the wrong direction, unexpected program termination or system crash due to program defects or problems on one or more hard disks (e.g. due to bad sectors, etc.)

Data recovery from Ghosted drives is often complicated and time-consuming. You frequently need to perform a considerable amount of analysis on a hard disk before you even know if the data is recoverable.

Instead, if you find some reliable ghost recovery software, things can be much easier. EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard is recommended as the most dependable ghost data recovery software for all brands of hard drives, such as Western Digital, Seagate, Maxtor, Samsung, Hitachi, Toshiba, etc.

How to recover data from ghost disk/partition

Download Ghost recovery software for free, so as to recover lost data from ghost disk/partition. You can use the EaseUS Ghost recovery software to recover as many file types as you want, including the media files, image files, PDF files, text files, emails and so on.

  • You can try to recover the lost logic drive first if you ghosted the whole hard disk.
  • You can refer to the next steps if you only ghosted a logical drive.

The overall steps to recover lost data:

Step 1. Launch EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard on your computer. And then, select a location, which can be on a hard disk drive, an external USB flash drive/micro SD card or a specific folder on Desktop or somewhere else. Click on the Scan button.

select a location

Step 2. You'll see more and more data is showing up during the scan. You can check the "Deleted files" quick result during the scan if it's for deleted file recovery. 

scan lost data

Step 3. Click "Filter" to quickly filter photos, documents, videos and other specific types of files. And lastly, select the wanted data and click on the Recover button.

select data and click recover
 
 

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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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