Whether it’s because you’ve accidentally deleted important files or your computer has suffered a technical mishap, you’re here because you care. recover data from formatted hard drive or simply deleted files that do not appear in the trash. In this case, let us inform you that it is possible to recover whatever you have lost, but it is vital to act quickly and avoid using the disk as far as possible; Well, you see, when a hard drive deletes something, that data does not disappear instantly. Instead, the occupied space is marked to be overwritten by other new files, a scenario in which they would be totally unrecoverable or, in the best of cases, we could only recover some files.
In this opportunity we will explore how you can recover data from a hard drive yourself using software tools.
Before we begin, we must warn that your degree of success can vary significantly using these methods, and in large part it is due to the reasons stated above. The hard drive data recovery It is a complex science, which is why the best we can do to guarantee results is to go to a data recovery service.
Steps to recover data from a hard drive
First of all, we will need to download some software to assist us in the process. For this purpose there are many applications, such as Piriform Recuva, CrashPlan, Stellar Data Recovery, PC Inspector File Recovery, Wondershare Recoverit, EaseUS Data Recovery, among others.
Nevertheless, the vast majority are paid/subscription based. The consolation is that they usually let us assess which files are recoverable and which are not, so that we can decide whether or not it is worth the investment.
In this case we will use Recuva for being one of the few programs of this type that let us try to recover the files without having to pay, but the process is very similar in other programs and you can use the one you like.
Step 1: Scan hard drive for deleted data
We open Recuva and we let ourselves be guided by the recovery wizardbut if we want, we can go to the advanced mode at once. In the first case, a window will be displayed asking us what type of files we want to recover. This can be useful for narrow the search and save time on scanning, but if we have a lot to recover, we choose all files.
Later select the hard drive or folder where we are look for deleted files. In our case it is disk F (secondary hard disk).
When everything is ready we touch Start and wait to complete the scanning process.
Step 2: Find and select the data to recover
Once the scan is finished, we will see a long list of files that we can try to recover. We have to search file by name (if it still has) and check the date, size and format to get an idea of if it is what we are looking for.
We choose the data to be recovered ticking the boxes corresponding.
As a general rule, those files whose status marks “Excellent”, can be recovered without problems, but those whose condition is “Poor” will surely fail to open or be incomplete at best. Those that mark “Unrecoverable” are a hopeless case as another file takes their place.
Step 3: Start data recovery
Once the files are selected, press the Recover option and choose the folder in which they will be saved, it can be your desktop or downloads folder, as you prefer. We accept and wait for the process to conclude.
Now it only remains go to destination folder and voila! You can repeat the process as many times as you need.
We hope that this tutorial has helped you to recover your precious data, but to avoid going through this unpleasant situation again, we recommend create a backup or backup of your data periodically, as it is always better to be safe than sorry.