How To Recover Data From Corrupted / Dead Hard Drive for FREE
“Data loss” is the something which can panic anyone. In our PC, we store almost every kind of data which is very much important for us. We even use external hard drives to store our data. It may include your work files, important notes, bill payment, invoice, videos, pictures, or many things. But what if you lose that precious data suddenly? Well, I can imagine what would be your situation in this case, as I have suffered the same situation. Data can be lost due to many reasons such as disk crash, formatting partition, system failure, others.
In my case, it was due to hard disk crash. My hard disk got corrupted suddenly and my bad luck was that I had no backup of that data. I was really depressed at that time as the data was really important for me. I desperately started looking for solutions online on how to recover data from corrupted hard drive.
After a long research, I got the solution. And I was able to recover my valuable data. So, here I’m going to explain you How to recover data from corrupted/dead hard drive so that you won’t have to get troubled. Please note that recovered data might not be as organized as it was before so, be prepared for it. Well, we love our data anyway.
Before knowing the ways to recover data from dead/Crashed Hard Drive you should know the causes and types of Hard Drive failure.
Causes of Hard Disk Failure/Crash
- The First cause of corrupted hard drive is Human mistakes. Sometimes, we commit mistakes or errors which cause Hard Drive failure such as modifying system attributes, files, locations, and system registry setting. So, be careful and never ever try to alter these setting or it can cost you a huge data loss.
- Corrupted files also cause Hard drive corruption. System files can get corrupted due to many reasons like sudden shut down of PC or closing running program, virus infections, infected files, malware and so on. All these things corrupt the system files and can cause Hard Drive failure.
- Head Crash is the another common reason for corrupted Hard Drive. Read/write head is a very vital part made up of thin magnetic blades of Hard Drive as it helps HDD to read and write data.
- Formatting Errors also lead to failure of Hard Drive. HDD can easily get infected and crashed because of viruses, Trojans, and malware.
- If you are using unreliable power source which delivers interrupted power supply, or power supply is too high or too low then it can also damage you Hard Drive.
Types of Hard drive failure
Firstly, when you are trying to recover data from your damaged or crashed hard drive, you must know whether it is physically damaged or logically corrupted. There are two types of Hard Drive crashes. First is Logical damage and the second one is Physical Damage. In both the scenarios, you will have to perform different functions to recover data. So, it is very important to know what are these types of damages.
Logical damage means there is a software problem in your Hard Drive. In this case, your PC will detect the Hard drive but you will not be able to access its data. Logical damage could happen due to many reasons such as virus infections, corrupted files, power corruption or forced removal of a storage device.
So, if you come across such situation, don’t panic because you can easily recover data from the corrupted hard drive. Further in this article, I’ll be explaining how to recover data from logically damaged hard drive.
This is really the worst scenario you can come across. Physical damage refers to the hardware damage of the disk. To check if your Hard drive is physically damaged, carefully listen to the sound of the hard drive when you are operating your system. If you hear a clucking or a grinding noise then it is a mechanical/physical damage. To resolve this issue and recover your data from the mechanically damaged drive you will need to seek a professional data recovery professional as there is no other way to do that.
How to recover data from corrupted/dead hard drive
Step 1: First step is to Connect the Hard drive to another system. If you have access to some other PC then first you will have to connect you crashed Hard drive to that PC. So, remove out safely from the current system and connect it to the other computer. For this, you need USBtoIDE/SATA adapter, which approx. costs $30 or you can connect it internally but it is time-consuming. Once you have finished this, make sure that the system detects BIOS.
Step 2: Next thing is to copy the data from the Hard drive. So, first check if you can browse Hard drive’s data or not. After browsing the data, copy the data you want to recover and store that in the desired drive.
Step 3: But, if you are not able to recover the data manually you will need a data recovery software. There are a number of good data recovery software available around the web. You can choose your desired one. I chose Minitool Power Data Recovery software. This is one of the best data recovery software you can find to get you data back from damaged, deleted partitions and so on.
So, first thing is to download free data recovery software and install it.(Remember not to install the software on the Hard drive from which you need to recover data otherwise your data will be gone forever.)
Step 4: Once you launch the software it shows five options namely, Undeleted Recovery, Lost Partition Recovery, Digital Media Recovery, CD/DVD Recovery and Damaged Partition recovery. Obviously, you need to choose Damaged Partition Recovery.
Step 5: After you click the Damaged Partition Recovery, a window will come up showing partitions and three buttons at the bottom – Full scan, Back and Open. Click the Full scan option. The software will scan the data in the drive and display it.
Step 6: Next step is to select the files you want to recover and click save option. After this, you will need to set the path in which you want to store recovered data and click OK. That’s it, your data will be recovered and you can check it in destination folder after the completion of this process.
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Remember: Free version of Minitool Power Data recovery will allow you to recover only up to 1GB of data, if you want to recover more than this then you will have to purchase the premium version.
I hope these tricks will help you to recover your data from corrupted hard drive. If you know any other method to Recover data from dead/crashed Hard Drive then please mention it in the comment box. We will be happy to share it with the community.