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Recover Data from Crashed Hard Drive in Quick Ways

Can we recover data from the crashed hard drive? Read this article to learn about all possible fixes for HDD crashes and how to recover data from a crashed hard drive. You can use Windows data recovery software like EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard.

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Whether you've never had a hard disk crash or you've had several, it's quite common for a computer owner. Learn the methods and logical or physical flaws that can cause the hard drive to crash, and you may be able to recover data from a crashed hard drive and prevent further data loss.

  1. Method 1. Recover Data with Hard Drive Recovery Software
  2. Method 2. Recover via the Crashed HDD Recovery Service
  3. Method 3. Use TestDisk to Recover Data from a Crashed Hard Drive
  4. Common Symptoms and Causes of Hard Drive Crashing

Don't be worried. Your data can be recovered easily if the crashed external hard drive is not physically destroyed.

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1. Recover Data with Hard Drive Recovery Software

Recovering a crashed or failed hard drive is feasible whenever logical damage occurs. Keep in mind that not all data recovery tools will work. If you wish to recover data from a corrupted hard disk, you should utilize a dependable and safe tool. You can utilize strong data recovery software like EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard to recover data from broken hard drives.

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This hard disk data recovery software can recover data from dead hard drives that have been crashed, damaged, or failed.

  • Recover lost files, photographs, audio, music, and emails from a crashed hard disk effectively and safely.
  • Supports data recovery from unexpected deletion, failure, missing partition, virus assault, and system crashes in various scenarios.
  • Allows for hard drive data recovery and other external storage devices like flash drives, SD cards, and SSDs.

Before you recover data from a crashed external hard drive, watch this video first. It provides you with more details on hard disk recovery.

External hard drive recovery

Step 1. Scan the hard drive partition

Select the drive on your hard disk where you lost or deleted files. Click "Scan" and let EaseUS data recovery software scan for all lost data and files on the selected drive.

select a location and scan hard drive

Step 2. Check the results

When the scan completes, you can apply the "Filter" feature or click the "Search files or folders" option to find the lost files on the hard drive.

Find and preview all lost hard drive data

Step 3. Restore lost hard drive data

Select wanted files that you lost on the drive and click "Recover" to save them to another location.

Restore lost hard drive data.

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2. Recover via the Crashed HDD Recovery Service

If your hard drive is damaged beyond the capability of data recovery software, you can still recover your data with the assistance of a data recovery service.

If the system cannot recognize the hard disk, it may have been damaged or crashed. Contact data recovery professionals to recover data from a physically crashed hard drive.

You can seek assistance from EaseUS data recovery experts.

Consult with EaseUS data recovery experts for one-on-one manual recovery service. We could offer the following services after FREE diagnosis

  • Repair corrupted RAID structure, unbootable Windows OS, and corrupted virtual disk file
  • Recover/repair lost partition and re-partitioned drive
  • Unformat hard drive and repair raw drive(Bitlocker encrypted drive)
  • Fix disks that become GPT-protected partitions

3. Use TestDisk to Recover Data from a Crashed Hard Drive

TestDisk can recover and repair lost partitions in the crashed hard drives. Furthermore, it functions as data recovery software, restoring lost files such as videos, documents, and images. Some users find TestDisk unpleasant because it lacks a graphical user interface.

Follow these steps:

Step 1. Launch TestDisk and select "Create" to generate a new log file.

Launch TestDisk

Step 2. You will then get a list of all the drives that have been discovered. Choose an external hard disk as the target for the missing partitions. To proceed, hit the Enter key.

Step 3. Choose "Analyze" to investigate the current partition structure and search for missing partitions, then select "Quick Search".

Choose Analyze

Step 4. Once all identified partitions have been listed, hit P to access the files. To maintain the partition structure, press "Write" after pressing "Enter" to continue.

hit P to access the files

Step 5. You will be prompted to confirm that the partition table was successfully written. After choosing "Yes" to confirm the action, restart your computer.

Common Symptoms and Causes of Hard Drive Crashing

Here are some of the most common signs and symptoms of a hard disk crash:

  • The drive produces unusual sounds, such as humming and clicking.
  • Ongoing error messages or program crashes
  • The computer's overall strange, irregular, and inconsistent behavior, such as very short file-loading times.

Logical crashes to the hard drive are most usually caused by:

  • Virus Attacks: Malicious software can corrupt, erase, conceal, or alter your data.
  • File system corruption can occur due to software crashes or erroneous shutdowns.
  • Partition Mistakes: Partitioning a hard drive incorrectly might result in losing partitions and their data.
  • Bad sectors: This type of damage is usually easily repaired by using a professional and specialist data recovery application.

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Physical damage is the damage to each component of a hard drive. The damaged portion must be replaced to restore the normal operation of the hard disk. This type of hard drive failure includes platter scratches, headwear, circuit board short circuits, and chip burning.


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Jaden is one of the editors of EaseUS who lives and works in Chengdu, China. She focuses on topics concerning PCs and Mac data recovery. Jaden is committed to enhancing professional IT knowledge and writing abilities. She is always keen on new and intelligent products.

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