3TB Hard Drive Recovery Step-by-Step Guide | 5 Ways

You have a high chance of data recovery from a 3TB disk as long as you stop using the disk once you lost or deleted files on it. Here, you'll find 5 practical 3TB hard disk recovery solutions with a step-by-step guide to recover all your lost files in Windows 10/8/7. For the most effective way, take EaseUS file recovery software for a try.

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Can I easily retrieve lost or deleted files from a 3TB hard disk? Are the methods different from restoring data from a 1TB hard drive, 2TB HDD/SSD, etc.?

Find out how to recover data from a 3TB hard drive with 5 different ways in Windows 10/8/7:

Follow to recover files from different 3TB disks after formatting, deleting, or the disk has RAW, etc., errors.

Chance of Data Recovery from 3TB Disk

How many chances do I have to recover data from a 3TB hard drive? Mostly, it depends on how did you lose data and whether you've used the hard disk after data loss.

Let's check how many chances do you have to recover data from a 3TB, 2TB, 1TB hard drive, or even smaller storage devices:

Chances of data recovery on if you've saved new data to the disk:

  • Yes - 0.5% or even 0% success rate
  • No - 99%+ success rate

Chances of data recovery on how you lost data:

  • Deleting or formatting - 99%+ success rate
  • Missing or hidden - 99% success rate
  • Virus infection - 89% success rate
  • Disk corruption or inaccessible - 99% success rate
From the chances of data recovery, it's obvious that you stop using the device to guarantee a higher success rate of restoring lost files.
It will be easier to recover the lost data if you handle the disk properly.

5 Solution for 3TB Hard Drive Recovery & Data Recovery Costs

In this part, we collected and compared 5 methods of 3TB hard drive data recovery. Find out the most suitable way and follow to bring back your lost files now:

5 Methods Pros & Cons Hard Hrive Recovery Cost
3TB Hard Drive Recovery Software
  • Pros: Easy, unlimited file recovery, recover from multiple data loss cases.
  • Cons: Paid
$20-$500, or even higher
Recycle Bin
  • Pros: Easy, recover all deleted files
  • Cons: Can't recover permanently deleted files, and data lost due to other errors.
Show Hidden Files
  • Pros: Easy
  • Cons: Only recover files that were manually set as hidden.
Windows Backup
  • Pros: Recover data from all data lost errors.
  • Cons: The backup must be created in advance, before the data loss.
Data Recovery Services
  • Pros: Powerful, recover unlimited files, recover from all types of data loss errors even including a dead disk.
  • Cons: Expensive
$500 - $2000, or even higher

Editors' Recommendation:

For the easiest and most effective 3TB hard drive recovery solution, take hard drive recovery software for help. It takes a reasonable price but works to restore files from all types of data loss errors.

So how to restore files from a 3TB HDD? Pick the most suitable method and follow its step-by-step guide to recover your lost disk data now.

Method 1. Use 3TB Hard Drive Recovery Software

Supported OS: Windows & macOS

According to most big hard disk users, they are easy to lose files due to deletion, formatting, disk corruption, and file transfer interruption.

Most professionals reply that reliable hard disk data recovery software can save your time and energy in restoring a big number of data. Here, EaseUS hard drive recovery software can help.

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Follow the 3-step guide below, you can bring back all files from the hard disk:

Step 1. Select the drive where you lose your data and click "Scan".

select and scan the hard drive

Step 2. Use "Filter" or "Search" to find the lost files when the scan completes.

Preview lost hard drive data

Step 3. Select all the files you want and click "Recover". Then, browse another secure location to save them.

recover data from hard drive

Note: If your files were lost due to raw or inaccessible partition, virus-infected or dead drive, save the recovered data to another secure device to avoid further data loss.

See also:

Method 2. Recover Deleted Files on 3TB Hard Drive from Recycle Bin

Supported OS: Windows

Note that if you simply deleted files from your local 3TB hard drive, mostly, the data will be recycled into the Recycle Bin. And you can directly bring back all the files from the Recycle Bin:

Step 1. Double-click on the Recycle Bin icon on the Desktop.

Step 2. Locate and right-click the deleted file(s) or folder(s) on your 3TB hard drive.

Step 3. Click "Restore".

Or go "Manage" on the top pane and click "Restore the selected items" to restore the deleted files from Recycle Bin.

Recover 3TB data from Recycle Bin

If your files were not recycled or permanently deleted from Recycle Bin, or deleted files on Mac try the next methods:

Method 3. Show Hidden Files on 3TB Hard Drive

Supported OS: Windows

If your files were set to hide on the 3TB hard drive, and they are currently missing, you can follow the steps below to bring back all the hidden files:

Step 1. Press Windows + E keys to open Windows File Explorer.

Step 2. Select the 3TB hard drive volume and click "View" > "Option" on the top pane.

Step 3. On the File Explorer Options window, go to the View tab, click "Show hidden files, folders, and drives" under the Hidden files and folders section.

Step 4. Click "Apply" and "OK". 

Recover hidden files on 3TB hard drive

After this, the files that were set to hide will show up on your 3TB hard drive.

For Mac users, see also:

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How to Show Hidden Files on Mac?

 Is it possible to find hidden files on a Mac hard drive? The answer is YES. Just follow the provided methods to show the hidden files on your Mac or external storage devices.

Method 4. 3TB Hard Drive Data Recovery from Windows Backup

Supported OS: Windows

If you've created a Windows backup of important data on the 3TB hard drive, congratulations. You can follow steps here to restore the lost 3TB hard drive:

Step 1. Go to Settings, click "Update & security" and select "Backup".

Step 2. Click "More options" and scroll down to click "Restore files from a current backup".

Open Windows backup

Step 3. Search by name to find the files or folder you deleted from the 3TB hard drive.

Step 4. Select the lost files and click "Restore".

3TB data recovery from Windows backup

After this, the selected files will be resotred to their original locations on your computer. You can open and use them on your com

Method 5. Recover 3TB Data with Data Recovery Services

Supported OS: Windows & Mac

If you've tried all the above methods, but none of them worked, here is the last option for you to try. Professional data recovery service can get your data out of all complex data loss issues.

Do You Need Specialized Data Recovery Services?
Consult with EaseUS Data Recovery Experts for one-on-one manual recovery service. We could offer the following services after FREE diagnosis:
1. Repair corrupted RAID structure, unbootable Windows OS and corrupted virtual disk file (.vmdk, .vhd, .vhdx, etc.)
2. Recover/repair lost partition and re-partitioned drive
3. Unformat hard drive and repair raw drive(Bitlocker encrypted drive)

You May Also Interest In - More About 3TB Hard Drive Recovery

1. Data Recovery Software vs Local Recovery Service, Which Is Better

If you don't know which method to pick, 3TB hard drive recovery software or data recovery service to pick? Watch this video, you'll learn which suits you better:

2. Does Windows 10 Supports 3TB Hard Drives

Yes, Windows 10 supports 3TB and even bigger hard drives for data storage and OS installation.

Note that, if you tend to use the 3TB hard drive as a data disk, initialize the disk to GPT. It's because GPT supports 2TB and even bigger disk while MBR only supports 2TB disks.

If you want to install Windows 10 on a 3TB disk, make sure that your computer supports UEFI boot mode.

3. 3TB Hard Drive Only Shows 2TB

When the 3TB hard drive only shows as 2TB on the computer, it could be two reasons:

  • You only used 2TB of space to create partitions.
  • Your 3TB disk is of MBR partition style which blocks the reset 1TB from showing up.

To fix this issue, you can follow:

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How to Break 2TB Limit on 3TB Hard Drive?

 3TB hard drive only shows 2TB, or 3TB HDD not showing full capacity issue happens to a lot of users. Follow to break the 2TB limit on your 3TB hard drive and make use of all disk space here.

3TB Hard Drive Recovery Can Be Easy and Enjoyable, Take EaseUS Software for a Try

On this page, we listed the chance of data recovery on a 3TB hard drive due to different operations. And we also collected 5 methods for 3TB hard drive recovery. Which method to pick?

Here is Editor's Pick:
1. Recycle Bin for simply deleted files.
2. Turn to EaseUS hard drive recovery software for all types of data loss issues.

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Always Remember: 

  1. 1. Stop using the 3TB hard drive when you lost or deleted files on it.
  2. 2. To take care of all your valuable data, creating an instant hard drive backup is also a wise choice.
  3. 3. 3TB hard drive recovery can be easy and enjoyable. For an efficient way out, take EaseUS software for a try.

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Written by Tracy King

Tracy joined in EaseUS in 2013 and has been working with EaseUS content team for over 7 years. Being enthusiastic in computing and technology, she writes tech how-to articles and share technical solutions about Windows & Mac data recovery, file/system backup and recovery, partition management and iOS/Android data recovery.

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