How to Get Files from External Hard Drive on Windows 8.1?

“Hi fellows, I use Windows 8 laptop to store all important data and recently upgraded the OS to 8.1 version to experience latest features added in it and it works just perfect. Today I connected my friend’s external hard drive to my laptop to copy certain important files. After running antivirus scan on the external hard drive it showed that drive has threats. Later I removed all threats from external drive and opened it to access required files. To my surprise, files that I was in search of were not present on portable hard drive; those files were disappeared from external hard drive. How can I recover files from external hard drive on Windows 8.1 laptop that are either erased or lost from it? Please help.”

Windows 8.1 is the latest Microsoft upgrade and includes effective features and add-ins that has increased user experience. However, it doesn’t provide any solution to avoid file loss. Considering the above scenario, one might lose files from external hard drive which is been used on Windows 8.1 OS at crucial times. Similar to this, there are many other instances that can induce data loss from external hard drive on Windows 8.1, they are:

  • When removable hard disk is connected on Windows 8.1 to transfer files, instead of clicking on ‘Copy’ or ‘move’ one may click on Delete button
  • While trying to erase unwanted files from external HD, user may wrongly select important files and click Delete
  • Removal of files may takes place if external hard drive gets infected by harmful viruses present on Windows 8.1 laptop
  • Missing of files that are being transferred from external HDD to Windows 8.1 laptop due to interruptions during transfer process like pulling out the drive forcefully

In most of the cases, when files are lost or erased from portable hard drive while using it on Windows 8.1, users do not posses backup copy of those files. User may panic in these scenarios for losing valuable files from external HD. In such situations, it is most recommended to stop using external hard drive and immediately make use of third party file recovery tool for recovering files off portable hard disk on Windows 8.1.

Best utility to rescue files from external hard drive on Windows 8.1:

Yodot File Recovery is the excellent tool to get back files lost or deleted from external hard drives. This software can bring back files such as Word doc, PDF, presentation files, Excel reports, Paint images, Sticky Notes, program files, folders and so on with ease. Additionally, this application can be used when hard drive show I/O error, partition, format and may other errors. It can successfully restore files deleted or lost from portable hard drives in various scenarios with the help of its advanced recovery modules. Other than Windows 8.1, one can use this software on computers or notebooks running with MS Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP, Windows Server 2008 and 2003 OS versions. This utility can retrieve files from removable disk drives such as pen drives, external hard dirves, memory cards, iPods, FireWire drive and internal system hard drives that are formatted with NTFS, NTFS5, FAT16, FAT32, ExFAT and ReFS file systems.

Guidelines to retrieve external hard drive files on Windows 8.1:

  • Download and install Yodot file recovery app on Windows 8.1 laptop
  • Connect your external hard disk from which files have to be recovered to this laptop
  • Run the utility from start menu and wait for main screen
  • Then click on ‘Deleted File Recovery’ option if files were deleted from hard drive
  • Else, click on ‘Lost File Recovery’ option to restore lost or missing files from external hard drive
  • Choose the drive that represents externally connected hard drive and click next
  • Allow the scanning process to complete; then view restored files in two view types i.e. ‘Data View’ and ‘File Type View’
  • Preview selected media files and save them to target location on host laptop hard drive but not to the same external hard drive

Important Note:

  • Do not forcefully eject external hard drive from Windows 8.1 laptop during data transfer process
  • Avoid accidental deletion of files from external hard drive when connected to Windows 8.1

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