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How to Recover Lost Data from External Drive?

Generally, external hard drives are used to transfer data from one computer to another computer and to take a backup of important files and folders. Data lost from external drives such as USB flash drives, USB hard drives, SSD drives, etc. are commonly occurring instances of data loss amongst users all over. It is unbearable for users to lose essential data from the HDD. Certain situations that lead to data loss from the external hard drive-

  • Accidental formatting of the external hard drive using the “Quick Format” option when connected to the computer
  • External hard drive corruption leads to inaccessibility to the drive files. Read how to get back corrupted external HDD data effectively
  • Improper ejection of the external drive during the transfer of files between a computer and the external drive
  • Impact of viruses and other malicious threats on the HDD
  • Damages to the drive file system
  • Unintended file deletion

There could be a few other factors that are responsible for losing data from the external drive data. Well, with deletion or format operation the files will not be erased the stored data permanently from the external drive storage. Instead, only the reference pointer of the files will be cleared. However, the drive space will be marked as free to store new files, but the actual data remains intact until it gets overwritten with new files.

The best solution to regain lost external hard disk data

You can easily perform restoration of lost data from the external HDD by utilizing the Recover External Drive software. This software is designed by industry experts by employing highly powerful scan algorithms. The inbuilt recovery engine deep scans the external HD to fetch the lost files. Formatting The external drive recovery tool locates the lost HDD files with the help of their unique file signatures.

File support: Pictures, documents, audio, video, and other media files. Supports 300+ file formats

OS Support: Windows 10/8/7/XP/Vista/and Server editions. The Mac OS edition is compatible with High Sierra, Sierra, El Capitan, Mavericks, Yosemite, Snow Leopard, Leopard, Mountain Lion, and Lion

Supported disk file systems: FAT16. FAT32, exFAT, NTFS, NTFS5, HFS, and HFS+

Some brands of external HDD's: Western Digital, Hitachi, Samsung, Sony, Imation, Iomega, LaCie, Buffalo, SanDisk, Fujistu, Maxtor, Transcend, Toshiba, Adata, and many more

One can download the free trial version of the Recover External Drive software which helps the user to preview rescued data. It also features an option to save the recovery session and later you can buy the licensed version of the software and continue with the recovery process. Moreover, this program operates in a read-only mode, that ensures no modifications to the original drive data.

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Steps to recover lost data from external drive

Step 1: Connect the external hard drive to the computer.

Step 2: Open the installed the Recover External Drive software. Select Recover Partitions option from the main screen.

Step 3: Specify the external HDD for scanning and click on the Scan button.

Main Window

Fig A: Main Window

Step 4: The program starts to scan the hard drive for the files lost.

Scanning in Progress

Fig B: Scanning in Progress

Step 5: Check for the restored files under Data View and File Type View panes.

List of Restored Files

Fig C: List of Restored Files

Step 6: Preview the file items and pick the required files/folder for recovery.

Preview Recovered Data

Fig D: Preview Recovered Files

Step 7: Set a destination location to save the regained files and hit on the Save button.

Saving Recovered Data

Fig E: Save the Recovered Data

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