How to Extract Missing Files from External Hard Drive?

“Just the other day, when I plugged in my Seagate FreeAgent Go 1TB external hard disk, I noticed that some of my files and folders that started with letter M to Z are missing! But my memory usage is same so nothing has got deleted or overwritten. I can’t find anyway to access or find those files to retrieve them back!! Does anyone know what happened or how I can retrieve those missing files?”

Storage drives, especially external hard drives are widely used in our work, study and learning as we could easily store, transfer our important data with convenience and quickness. While enjoying the advantage of portable hard drives, we may encounter trouble they make, because data loss in external hard drive cannot be avoided.

Reasons for missing of files from external hard drive are:

  • Virus or spyware attack
  • Accidental formatting of external hard drive
  • Critical file system structures loss or corruption
  • Unexpected system shutdown or application failure
  • Due to a sudden power failure or surge

Any of the above listed situations is dangerous to your data stored in external hard drive. So you should regularly backup your important files in order to avoid data loss disaster. When you come to know that some files are missing from external hard drive, then go to view and check show hidden files option. If your files are hidden then they will be displayed. Sometimes files in external hard drive may go missing due to virus or harmful threads. In such situation just type this command: attrib -h -r -s /s /d g:\*.* in command prompt, you may regain your missing files back. If none of this works, then kindly use proficient recovery application to retrieve missing files from external hard drive.

Yodot File recovery tool:

Yodot File Recovery is a well-known recovery application which helps you easily identify and retrieve missing files from external hard drive on Widows system. This recovery program can even recover lost or deleted media files like photos, songs, videos and other documents from external hard drive. You can even use this file recovery tool for retrieving files from computer hard drive, pen drive, memory card, USB flash drive, etc. This recovery program is capable of restoring files that are deleted using “Shift + Delete” key combination or emptied from computer. This recovery application efficiently recovers lost or erased files from systems that run on various Windows operating systems such as Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP, Windows Server 2003 and 2008. Is has user friendly interface and can be used by every individual for retrieving their valuable files from storage devices.

Methods for retrieving missing files from external HDD:

  • First connect your external hard drive to healthy Windows PC
  • Download and install Yodot File Recovery software to Window computer
  • Run the software to begin the recovery process and follow the instructions present onscreen
  • The software displays two options in main screen. i.e. ”Delete File Recovery” and “Lost File Recovery”
  • Select “Lost File Recovery” option from the main screen and proceed to next step
  • The recovery software scans entire computer and displays all drives present in computer, including your external hard drive
  • Select the drive that represents your external hard drive from which you need to retrieve files and click on “Next” option
  • The software scans selected logical drive and display all lost files in “Data View” and “File Type View”
  • Data View provides hierarchical view of files and folders similar to windows explorer and File Type View helps to view missing files on basis of file extension
  • At last save retrieved missing files to your desired destination location

Useful Tips:

  • Avoid connecting your external hard drive to virus or malware contaminated computers
  • Use proper ejection process while unplugging the external hard drive from computer
  • Initially scan the external hard drive for harmful threats when it is connected to system

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