Restore Data from Hard Drive

Requirements: Microsoft Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP, Windows 2003 and Windows 2008

Requirements: Mac OS X 10.5.X and above (including Leopard, Snow Leopard, Lion, Mountain Lion and Mavericks)


Hard drive is the primary storage device preferred by many users because, it offers larger storage capacity, provides fast access to files and it is economical compared to other storage devices. The storage device is generally an electronic hardware, which stores the information and also supports a protocol in order to send and receive that information over a hardware interface. There are different types of storage devices such as memory cards, USB drives, FireWire drives, external hard drives etc. These storage devices electronically store any information like documents, images, database entries, executable programs, audios, videos, configuration data, numeric data etc in files. A file system defines how the files are organized in different storage devices.  FAT and NTFS are the two most common types of file system used to organize the files on the hard drives.

Generally, earlier versions of Windows use older versions of FAT file system. The FAT file system has different versions such as FAT12, FAT16 and FAT32, with each succeeding version improving on the capabilities of earlier versions of FAT file system. Removable storage devices such as memory cards, USB drives etc uses FAT32 file system as default file system. NTFS file system is new technology file system that provides more stability and security compared to FAT file system.  In order to assign particular file system, the hard drive ought to be formatted. While formatting the hard drive, make sure that the hard drive does not contain important files. Because, formatting the hard drive generally refers to deleting everything on the hard drive at a time and creating file system to store new files. Hence, accidentally formatting the hard drive may results in data loss. There are other common reasons that may results in loss of files.

Common Scenarios for data loss are

Data loss due to defragmentation failure: Defragmentation is a process of arranging the files in contiguous locations. In general, data is not arranged in contiguous locations i.e. data is fragmented or scattered on different sectors. For instance, if you have stored files whose file is larger then half of the file is stored in one sector and other half part of the file is stored in some other sector that is located somewhere else on the hard drive. This may reduce the system performance while accessing such files. So, the best way to enhance the accessing speed is to defragment the drive. Interrupting defragmentation process by accidentally turning off the system may results in data loss

Data loss due to bad sectors: Bad sectors are the sectors of the hard drive that are not able to store files due to corruption or accidental damage. When sectors become unusable, it means that only the part of hard drive that contain bad sector cannot be used not entire hard drive. Sometimes, files stored on the sectors that are located after the bad sectors may become inaccessible resulting in loss of files. Click here to know more.

Accidental deletion of partitions: You may accidentally delete the partition that is required instead of other empty partition using Disk Management utility. When the partitions are deleted, the files stored on that partition may lost resulting in loss of files

Requirements: Microsoft Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP, Windows 2003 and Windows 2008

Requirements: Mac OS X 10.5.X and above (including Leopard, Snow Leopard, Lion, Mountain Lion and Mavericks)

There are some precautionary measures that you need to follow in order to avoid data loss such as taking backup of essential data, using updated antivirus program etc. In case, if the data is already lost then make use of hard drive recovery software. This software can quickly and efficiently retrieves data lost from various types of hard drives such as SCSI, SATA and IDE. Special algorithms integrated in this software helps to recognize and recover data on the basis of signatures. This software can also recover files after reformat, format and re-installation of Operating System. In order to recover data from hard drive that has bad sectors, it creates disk image of that particular hard drive. Later, it retrieves lost data from disk image file. This software can also restore files from external drives, memory cards, FireWire drives etc. In order to retrieve files from Mac hard drive, you need to use Mac version of this tool. Hard drive recovery software also helps you to recover Toshiba hard disk files after MBR corruption and supports other famous brands of HDD. Know more related to external drive at http://www.recoverdrive.net/external-usb.html.

Steps to restore lost data from hard drive

Step 1: Download and install hard drive recovery software to recover hard drive data

Step 2: After launching the tool, new window is appeared having 3 options. Select “Recover Partitions/Drives” option among 3 options to restore hard drive files as shown in Figure 1

Recover Drive Data - Main Screen

Figure 1: Select "Recover Partitions/Drives" option

Step 3: Select “Partition Recovery” option from the next window to restore files from specific partition of the hard drive as shown in Figure 2

Hard Drive Data Recovery - Partition recovery window

Figure 2: Select Partition Recovery Option

Requirements: Microsoft Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP, Windows 2003 and Windows 2008

Requirements: Mac OS X 10.5.X and above (including Leopard, Snow Leopard, Lion, Mountain Lion and Mavericks)

Step 4: Select the physical drive hard drive and click on “Next” button to restore lost files from that specific hard drive as shown in Figure 3

Recover files from hard drive - Hard drive selection screen

Figure 3: Select the hard drive

Step 5: After selecting the physical drive, tool starts scanning the hard drive to list the partitions. Once the scanning is completed, list of partitions are displayed. Select the partition from where you want to restore lost files and click on "Next" button as shown in Figure 4

Recover hard drive data - Partition selection screen

Figure 4: Select partition

Step 6: After completing recovey process, you can view files that has been recovered from hard drive either by using “File Type or Data Type View” as shown in Figure 5

Restore Hard Drive files - Preview screen

Figure 5: View data that has been recovered

Requirements: Microsoft Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP, Windows 2003 and Windows 2008

Requirements: Mac OS X 10.5.X and above (including Leopard, Snow Leopard, Lion, Mountain Lion and Mavericks)

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