How to Recover Data from Crashed Hard Drive

Can I Recover Data from A crashed hard drive?

Please help me! My laptop crashed in a sudden and I could no longer reboot it. So I take its hard drive out and connect it with another notebook. Then the problem comes. I can see the drive letter on my notebook but I can hardly access my hard drive. But I do need my files on that hard drive. Can someone tell me how?

If your hard drive is totally broken, it is almost impossible for you to retrieve lost data on it. What you can do is just to try to repair it. Fortunately, your crashed hard drive can still be recognized by your computer, thought it seems that you have no chance to access it.

Part 1: How to Recover Data from Crashed Hard Drive

1. Recover Data from Crashed Hard Drive

With a crashed hard drive data recovery program like Wondershare Data Recovery, or Wondershare Data Recovery for Mac, you can easily and safely recover data from crashed hard drive. This special program gives you a chance to have a total scanning on your crashed hard drive, and then you will be able to retrieve almost all kinds of files from it, including videos, pictures, audio files, document files, etc.

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Step 1. Choose file type to recovering data after disk crash

To recover data from crashed hard drive, select the option of "All File Types" and next.

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Step 2. Scan your crashed hard drive

Select the crash hard drive to recovering lost files. Click "Start" to perform "partition recovery".

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Then partitions on your crashed hard drive will all be displayed in the window. You just need to select the partition that you are going to recover data from hard drive and click “Start” to scan for lost files.

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Step 3. Recover data from crashed hard drive selectively

When the scan is over, all found contents on crashed hard drive will be listed in the window. You can check file names or preview found images to check how many of lost files can be retrieved.

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Then you just need to select files you want to recover and click "Recover" to save them on your computer.

2. Connect the Hard Drive to another Computer

Once you have decided that you cannot get the data from the existing computer, there is still the option to attach the hard drive to another computer. This could make it easier for you to get to all the data you need. As you risk damaging the drive it will be best to do this as soon as possible. To do this, you will need to switch off the computer and take off the case panels. Ensure you are grounded and then remove the old drive. Place the drive into the slot provided, and if it is placed correctly, it will be easy to screw it in again. Once it is secure, the power can be switched on again and accessing the required data can begin.

3. Try to Copy the Data to another Drive

  1. Turn of the computer you are to use and prepare to enter the damaged hard drive into a secondary drive bay. Connect the broken drive to the data cables provided for this secondary drive.
  2. A USB adapter can be used and you give power to the data cables on the USB side of the machine.
  3. Power up the computer
  4. Find the "Windows key"then type in "file explorer" – "windows explorer" and then "enter".
  5. Double click the damaged hard drive and hopefully you will be able to view the folders.
  6. Find what you want to recover and right click
  7. Select "copy"
  8. Go to the "C" drive of the working drive and select where you want to store the recovered data. Right click and choose to "paste".
  9. You will start to transfer the data from the damaged drive to the new one. This could be an action that takes a few minutes, but you could have to wait for hours.

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