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How to Recover Data from a Damaged Hard Drive

According to Wikipedia, there are two reasons for data loss. It can be due to logical failure wherein the user accidentally deleted the file or formatted the wrong drive. The other one, and most common, is physical failure where there are broken parts in the drive. However, there are a number of ways for damaged hard drive data recovery.

Below are 5 ways on how to do just that: 

  • If you think your hard drive is exhibiting potential failure, troubleshoot it as early as possible. You can run a diagnostic test, scan your computer for malware, defrag and optimize your computer, and inspect if your drive is properly connected to the right components.
  • The first thing you should do before you undergo any work on the damaged or crashed hard drive, you will need to remove it from the unit or machine and connect to another machine as a secondary drive. The easiest way to do this is through a USB universal drive adapter. If you don’t have one, you can still connect the drive internally using another desktop computer. Make sure that the machine detects the drive in the BIOS. After doing this, see if you can browse the contents of the drive. Copy those files which you want to get to another drive.
  • If the first one was not successful, you can try to recover the data using data recovery software. However, do not install the software in the damaged drive as it will overwrite the files you wish to restore. There’s a lot of recovery software available online. Make sure to review them wisely. The website “thetechmentor” have a good list of these software.
  • Place the hard drive in a Zip Lock bag and put it in the freezer for at least 2 hours. After doing so, connect the drive to the computer as fast as possible so as to prevent it from warming up quickly. While doing this, do not remove the bag completely from the drive; only open it as little as possible when connecting it. Turn the computer on and browse the content quickly so it’s important that you know exactly where your files are. Copy the files to another location. Do all these as fast as you can as it will not work the second time around.
  • If none of these attempts were successful, the last resort is to ask the help of a data recovery service provider. There are a lot of them which you can find online with high success rates. Some even charge flat fees regardless of how bad the problem is.


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