How to Recover exFAT Files from External Hard Drive on Linux

How do I recover files from an external hard drive WD My Book formatted in exFAT and save them to a laptop formatted as ext4 using Linux? Cause Linux is not compatible with exFAT unless exfat-fuse exfat-utils are utilized.

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Dany· Answered on Mar 28, 2023

If you are on Debian Linux and '/dev/sda1' is your exFAT partition, you can:

  • Install the exfat-fuse program and try to mount it
  • If it auto-mounted, run the command: df
  • If your exfat-fuse program is not mounted, run the command: blkid

This method may encounter many problems during its process, informing you how to compile exfat-fuse from source. Still, it is difficult for computer novices, especially for users with zero coding knowledge.

So if this approach is too complex for you, using a third-party data recovery software will be a better way to recover exFAT files from an external hard drive, such as EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard, which is relatively easier and faster, especially for novice computer users.

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And to avoid irreversible secondary damage caused by manipulating the hard drive during the repair/recovery process, you can first image the hard drive's contents. This way, even if the recovery process goes wrong, you can still use the image to continue the recovery. Of course, the best thing is to back up the image directly and then perform the recovery operation.

Download EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard software first, and once the download is completed, double-click to open it.

And then, you can recover data from the exFAT hard drive by following the steps below:

Step 1. Connect the external hard drive to your device and launch EaseUS data recovery software on Linux. The external hard drive will be listed under the Devices section. Choose the hard drive and click 'Scan' for your lost data.

Step 2. The software will start a scan automatically, which is powerful enough to find all lost files, even lost file names. After scanning, you can find deleted items from the tree-view panel on the left. Then, click 'Filter' if a specific file type is needed, like photos, documents, videos, emails, etc.

Step 3. To preview the content, you can directly double-click the files, choose the files you want, and restore them to a secure location on your computer or other external storage devices after clicking 'Recover'.

Read More: 3 Steps to Recover Data from exFAT Drive

Use EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard to recover deleted or lost files easily and quickly.

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