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How to Recover Data from a Corrupted or Inaccessible Hard Drive

Updated on Nov 12, 2018 by Abby Haines to Storage Media Recovery


Is your hard drive not accessible or recognized? Here is a powerful recovery tool to recover data from a corrupted or inaccessible hard drive. It can help you deal with all these errors with ease.

Common disk corruption or inaccessibility cases

  • Get an error message saying "Hard Drive is not accessible. Access is denied".
  • Get an error message saying "You need to format the disk before you can use it".
  • The disk cannot be recognized by the system.

When you fail to access your data due to any of the above reasons, it indicates that there is some problem with the hard drive. Maybe it is disk corruption, raw file system, virus attack, or some other issues. At this moment, the most important job is to recover your precious data. How will you do that? Even it is not an easy task, we still have a solution. A reliable third-party hard drive recovery software tool can do you a favor!

The best tool for corrupted/inaccessible hard drive data recovery

Actually, unlike recovering lost data from a healthy disk, it is more difficult to recover data from a corrupted or inaccessible hard drive. So it is quite important to find a powerful and easy-to-use data recovery software tool. But there are so many such tools online, which one can you trust? We recommend you EaseUS file recovery software, a popular recovery utility that has helped numerous users recover files from corrupted hard drive successfully with ease. 

It is also helpful for many other complex data loss cases, for example, fixing damaged SD card without losing data, recovering virus-infected hidden files from hard drive, memory card and USB flash drive, etc. Now you can try the program to repair hard disk which is corrupted or inaccessible and recover your data. It just takes simple steps.

How to recover data from a corrupted or inaccessible hard drive

How to start hard drive recovery with EaseUS hard drive recovery software:

Step 1. Choose a location to scan.

  • Make sure that all hard drives were correctly connected and recognized by the software. Refresh an external hard disk if necessary.
  • From which drive was data lost? Choose the relevant hard drive partition by left-clicking on it.
  • Click the Scan button.
select your hard drive and click scan

Step 2. Wait for the scanning results.

  • It takes a while for EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard to complete the scan, all depending on how much disk space is used on the selected hard drive.
  • As you see, the "Deleted files" result would come our first, later it's all lost data result.
  • You can try to recover lost data as soon as it shows up even though the scanning process has not finished yet.
scan the lost data on the hard drive

Step 3. Filter the result and recover data.

There are multiple ways for you to find the target files. Anyway, choose the quickest method.

  • Lost Partition Files: more lost data are going to be found on your selected partition and put in this section if it was formatted or deleted in early time.
  • Extra Files: a deep-scan result for raw files even though the file names and file paths have been lost. 
  • Filter: extremely useful when you're looking for a specific type of files such as pictures, documents, music, videos, etc.

Select files and click the Recover button. (You can always choose to preview files before purchasing a license code for a full hard drive data recovery. )

select files and click recover