Just about every computer owner knows the importance of a functional hard disk drive. It is the heart of the computer where your videos, applications, images, and sundry files are saved. Like with life, bad things could also happen to your hard drive. It could crash or stop working for whatever reason. That means that all you stored on the crashed hard drive will get lost. Or will they. A successful hard drive recovery is important to everyone who has irreplaceable data and files on a crashed hard drive. That’s, why we would like to share five ways that you can recover data from a crashed hard drive.
Stop Using the Hard Drive
The first thing to do is to stop using the hard drive immediately after the crash or data loss. Avoid the temptation of using hit and trial methods as they may worsen the already bad situation. Forcing your system to boot might lead to you permanently damaging the hard disk, so you may want to avoid doing that. You might want to use a disk analysis tool to check disk parameters and identify drive health issues.
In the event that the drive has turned corrupt (RAW) after the drive has crashed and the system doesn’t boot, you should remove the drive from the system and follow the next step. Use a SATA-to-USB converter cable to connect the drive to another functional Windows PC.
Connect the Hard Drive to another Computer
The next step is to use a SATA-to-USB converter cable to connect the drive to another functional PC. The USB cable will help you transfer or read the data or recover files on a working drive without having to take the computer apart all the time. However, in the event that you do not have one, try to connect the drive to another computer as a secondary drive. Tasking and troublesome, right? Well, that might be the only way to get back your precious data. If the last option is your only option, ensure that the second PC detects the drive in the BIOS because that is the only way you will be able to access the crashed hard disk when the computer starts. Try to browse the contents of the drive after connecting the drive to another computer. It is important that you do this because the drive may not have crashed, and the problem is probably a corrupt operating system. The only way to find out is to attempt to browse it. If you are able to do that, then the drive is not dead yet. Copy all the data you want to recover if you can. If not, move to the next step.
Download and Try Data Recovery Software
When manual copying does not work, the next best thing to do is to try to recover it using data recovery software. Avoid writing anything to the drive that you are trying to recover data from. Do not try to install the recovery software on the drive that you are trying to recover data from because you will end up overwriting the very files that you are trying to restore. The installed software will help recover the files, but in the event that you do not like this option for whatever reason, you might want to try using a data recovery service. It is the more expensive option, but you will get your money worth of service.
Select the Recovery Mode
Before selecting the recovery mode, scan for lost files. After the scan, preview the files after which you click the “Home” icon on the top of the interface, and select a recovery mode that matches your data loss situation.
If you a Windows user, the first step is to select a proper recovery mode by yourself. Your best bet is to select the “All-Around Recovery” option as it will help you get more files from the crashed hard disk. For Mac owners, simply click the “Start” button after launching.
However, if you don’t find your target files after the first scan, you might want to click “Deep Scan” in the left-bottom corner to deep scan your disk again. With a high success rate of 98%, the deep scan will find more recoverable files than any other scanning mode.