How to Recover Data from a Hard Drive

Data loss on the hard drive may occur due to indeliberate deletion, hard disk formatting, corrupting, damage, or crash. EaseUS free file recovery software can recover files from any brand of the internal or external disk, including WD, Fujitsu, Hitachi, Samsung, Toshiba, etc. It supports hard drive recovery in all data loss scenarios.

In addition to hard drive recovery software, EaseUS also provides data recovery services for hard drive recovery and repair.

how to recover deleted or lost files from a hard drive, or external hard drive.

Table of Contents

What Cause Data Loss on Hard Disk Drive

Many different factors account for data loss on the hard drive. To prevent data loss, awareness of the reasons and risks associated with data loss is essential.

  • HDD data loss causes - formatting

    Hard Drive Formatting

  • HDD data loss causes - damage

    Hard Drive Damage

  • HDD data loss causes - virus

    Virus or Malware Attack

  • HDD data loss causes - human error

    Human Error

  • HDD data loss causes - bad sectors

    Bad Sectors

  • HDD data loss causes - power failure

    Abrupt Power failure

Recover Data from the Hard Drive with HDD Recovery Software

EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard provides complete data recovery solutions to recover lost or permanently deleted photos, videos, documents, audio files, emails, and other multimedia types of files from hard drive. You can quickly recover data from HDD in just three steps: choose the disk storage device to scan, then, preview and restore lost files.


1. SelectSelect a specific hard disk or location.


2. ScanStart a quick or advanced scan for lost data.


3. RecoverPreview and recover the files you need.

Step 1

Select the Hard Drive

Download and install EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard on your working computer. It is compatible with Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 10, and new Windows 11. Launch EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard and choose the hard drive that contains lost files to scan. Both internal and external hard drives are supported.

recover files from hard drive Windows 10/11 - 1
recover files from hard drive Windows 10/11 - 2
Step 2

Scan and Filter Files

You can perform a quick scan of the hard drive for deleted files or use the advanced deep scan for full data recovery. When the scan completes, you can apply the "Filter" feature to quickly find lost files by type, time, or size. Or, you can click the "Search files or folders" button to look for missing files with the specific file name.

Step 3

Preview and Recover Files

To recover data from a hard disk precisely, you can preview the recovered data at first. EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard can repair corrupted photos, videos, and documents on the hard disk before recovery. After previewing, select the target files, click the "Recover" button, and pick a secure recovery destination.

recover files from hard drive Windows 10/11 - 3

Recover Data from A Corrupted/Dead Hard Drive

If your data disk is damaged, you can directly use EaseUS hard drive recovery tool to scan and recover data. If the system hard disk is corrupted or dead and the computer can’t boot, you can use a USB bootable disk utility of EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard boot disk to restore deleted data. But note that the prerequisite for hard drive recovery is that your disk can be recognized by the computer.

If the HDD doesn't show up in Disk Management, file recovery with data recovery software is impossible. In such a case, you can consult with experts of EaseUS to fix the HDD issue and recover your data.

Step 1

Create a WinPE Bootable Media

WinPE Bootable Media can be used to boot a crashed computer without any operating system. You can prepare an empty CD/DVD-Recorder and a CD/DVD or USB drive to create EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard WinPE Bootable Media.

Connect the USB drive to your PC or laptop and run EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard WinPE Edition. Select the USB drive and click "Create" to create a bootable disk utility.

recover files from corrupted hard drive Windows 10 - 1
recover files from corrupted hard drive Windows 10/11 - 2
Step 2

Boot Your PC from the Bootable USB

Connect the bootable drive to the corrupted hard disk that won't boot and change the boot order in BIOS. Restart the computer and press F2/F11/Del at the same time to enter BIOS. Go to the Boot Drive section and set to boot the PC from "Removable Devices" (bootable USB disk utility) or "CD-ROM Drive" (bootable CD/DVD). Save the changes, exit BIOS, and wait for your computer to start.

Step 3

Recover Files from Corrupted Hard Drives

The following step by step guide for data recovery steps is the same as above. Run EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard from the WinPE bootable disk, select the target hard drive for a quick or deep scan, filter files and preview scanned files,and then recover data. We strongly suggest that you keep the recovered files to another place to avoid data overwriting.

recover files from corrupted hard drive Windows 10/11 - 3

Recover Your Data with Hard Drive Recovery Service

Not all data loss can be addressed with data recovery software. Under certain circumstances, such as dealing with file loss caused by hardware issues or abnormal conditions, you need to contact a data recovery center and specialist,then get personalized help with 1 on 1 remote service.

5 ways to recover deleted files on Windows 10  

EaseUS professional data recovery services allow you to schedule a remote desktop session with dedicated support engineers for manual data recovery.

  • Fix HDD/SSD issues, recover partition, and re-partition drive.
  • Repair corrupted RAID structure or damage ed virtual disk file (.vmdk, .vhd, .vhdx, etc.).
  • Retrieve deleted files from HDD, SSD, SD card, USB drive, external hard drive, etc.
  • Unformat hard drive and repair RAW drive (BitLocker encrypted hard drive included).
  • Fix Windows error or system boot issue, including BSOD.
  • Optimize your computer to make it run on the best status.

Guides for External Hard Drive Recovery

If you don't have a backup or file history of your external hard drive, you should use data recovery software. EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard specializes in recovering external hard drive data that is presumably lost or inaccessible. Besides, it has proven cases of successful recoveries in both personal and commercial environments.

To Recover Deleted Data from an External HDD:

  • Step 1.

    Download and run EaseUS external hard drive recovery software.

  • Step 2.

    Choose the external hard drive and click "Scan".

  • Step 3.

    After the scanning process, use "Filter" or the Search bar to find lost external hard drive data.

  • Step 4.

    Double-click to preview files you want to restore. Then, click "Recover" and choose another location to retrieve data.

quick steps to recover files from an external hard drive.

EaseUS Hard Drive Data Recovery Software Salient Features

EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard is 100% clean and secure to recover data from hard drives in any complex situation.

recover data from hard drive after deletion.

Recover Deleted Files from a Hard Drive

We all make mistakes sometimes and result in unintentional deletion of files that are important. Without realizing it, you may clear the Recycle Bin and lose data permanently. Restoring accidentally lost or deleted data from HDD can be simple by using a professional EaseUS hard drive recovery tool, which supports file recovery from Shift+Delete or emptied Recycle Bin.

Retrieve Data from a Corrupted Hard Drive

Hard drive malfunctions, including crashed, damage, and corruption lead to the majority of valuable data losses on HDD. Hard drive issues are due to mechanical problems, human mishandling, computer overheat, power outage, and more. You can recover data from a damaged hard drive using EaseUS data recovery software. Besides, it can also repair corrupted files on the hard drive.

recover deleted files from corrupted HDD
recover files from hard drive after formatting

Recover Lost Files from the Formatted HDD

You need to format the hard drive in the case of virus infection, reinstalling the operating system, or deleting all junk files. However, formatting hard drive will cause you lost data instantly and lead to panic. You can recover data from a formatted hard drive by running EaseUS hard drive recovery software.

Restore Data from A RAW Hard Drive

Disk abnormality is a common occurrence. One type of hard disk problem is that the disk becomes RAW. When you view the partition properties, the system file is RAW. The RAW drive can be a tricky problem that tends to lose important data when it is resolved. Don’t fret. EaseUS hard drive recovery software scans for all recoverable files from the inaccessible hard drive and performs file recovery efficiently.

How to recover data from Raw drive with ease > >

recover files from a RAW HDD
recover data from any kind of hard drive brands

Recover Files from All Brands of HDD

EaseUS hard drive recovery program supports data recovery from any type, model, or brand of the hard drive. Here are hard drives examples that EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard support: Western Digital, Seagate, HP, Toshiba, Samsung, Kingston, Fujitsu, Hitachi, Sony, etc.

Frequently Asked Questions

1. How can I recover my hard drive for free?

You can recover 2GB of data for free with EaseUS free data recovery software:

  • Download, install and launch EaseUS hard drive recovery tool.
  • Select the disk or partition that contained the lost files.
  • Click the "Scan" button to start scanning for lost files.
  • Choose the deleted files you want and preview these files.
  • Click the "Recover" button to get back hard drive files for free.
2. What's the best hard drive data recovery software?

The best hard drive recovery software for Windows and Mac in 2023:

  • EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard
  • Recuva
  • Disk Drill Data Recovery
  • Wise Data Recovery
  • Ontrack Data Recovery Software
3. Can files be recovered from a failed hard drive?

Yes, files can be recovered from a failed hard drive:

All you need is a relaible hard drive recovery program. If you can boot into your system, run EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard. If you don't have access to the failed hard drive, refer to recovering data from a dead hard drive.

4. How much does it cost to recover a hard drive?

How much does it cost to recover data from a hard drive? It depends on these factors:

  • The size of the lost data
  • The data loss senorios
  • The time spend on the hard drive
5. How to repair corrupted or damaged hard drive on Windows 10/11?

Hard drive corruption or damage occurs from time to time unexpectedly. General users do not know how to deal with this problem. Don’t worry, take the following two ways to fix a corrupted hard drive without formatting and data loss.

Note: If you haven't previously backed up your data, be sure to use professional data recovery software to retrieve it first.

① Repair Hard Drive Using CMD

CHKDSK can scan to mark bad sectors and fix corrupted file system errors to prevent data loss. Follow the instructions below to run CHKDSK to fix damaged hard disks without formatting:

  • Click the Search box, type cmd.
  • Right-click on the "Command Prompt" and select "Run as administrator" from search results.
  • Type chkdsk E: /f /r /x in the Command Prompt window and press Enter. Replace E with your corrupt drive letter.
  • Wait for the process to finish. Then, check if the hard drive works properly.

② Fix Corrupted Hard Drive with File Manager

Windows has its own tool to check and repair a corrupted hard drive. You can do it manually.

  • Click This PC or My Computer.
  • Select the damaged hard drive, right-click it, and choose "Properties".
  • Select "Tools" and click "Check" under Error checking. The hard drive will be checked and corrected for possible errors.
6. How can I recover data from a hard drive that won't boot?

To recover data from a hard drive that won't boot:

  • Create a bootable disk with EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard WinPE Edition.
  • Boot from the bootable disk to open EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard.
  • Recover files/data from a PC/laptop hard drive that won't boot.
7. How do you fix a hard drive failure?

To fix hard drive failure:

  • Clean out the computer vents.
  • Check the power and data cables.
  • Check the BIOS...

More How-tos on Windows 10 File Recovery