Software to Retrieve External Hard Drive Data on Windows

“Need help please; I thought to watch movie on my Windows laptop so I connected my hard drive to transfer movies stored in it. Immediately after connecting external hard disk I received drive not formatted error. I have tried to find solution and finally formatted my hard drive without thinking about other essential backup data which I had stored in it. I need all my crucial data back from external hard disk. Anyone, please suggest right way to bring back data from portable hard drive on Windows. Thanks in advance.”

External hard disk drive is most popular storage device that provides greater flexibility and expandable storage whenever you need it. Most of the time it is used as alternative for computer and helps to take backup of all essential files such as documents, pictures, movies, songs, videos and so on from PC. Unfortunately, user may lose crucial data from external hard disk in many circumstances, such as:

  • File system corruption on drive due to improper shutdown when it is connected to computer
  • Intentionally or unintentionally formatting portable hard disk
  • Using same external drive on multiple operating systems can cause inaccessibility of drive
  • Partition corruption, deletion or formatting due to user mistakes leaving behind huge data loss
  • Accidentally unplugged external hard drive without ejecting using safe mode opton in the midst of data transfer can corrupt the drive
  • Severe virus attack to portable hard drive makes it as inaccessible

Above mentioned situation can damage external drive or induce data loss from the disk drive. In such condition stop using external hard drive because there might be chances of overwriting data or causing further corruption to drive. By using valid data recovery software all data from external hard disk can be restored effectively.

External hdd recovery program:

Yodot Hard Drive Recovery is most prominent utility to retrieve data from portable hard drive on Windows system. It is designed with accurate scanning technique to restore data from all types of portable hdd such as Seagate, Transcend, WD, Smartpro, Samsung, Toshiba and many. Its handy user interface helps you to get back all types of data like documents, images, audio, video etc. within few mouse clicks. It even supports data recovery from failed partition after severe corruption or malware intrusion. This application even retrieve vital information from internal hard drive, USB flash drive, memory card, SSD, iPod and many other portable devices. This hard drive recovery tool is compatible to work with various Windows OS based computers such as Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 8.1, Windows 10, Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows Server 2008 and Windows Server 2003.

How to restore data from external hard drive:

  • First, connect your portable hdd to Windows computer or laptop
  • Download Yodot Hard Drive Recovery application, then install and run the software
  • As soon as you launch the program main screen will display two options like “Partition Recovery” and “Formatted/Reformatted Recovery”
  • Choose “Partition Recovery” to restore data from external hdd
  • Select portable drive which need to be scanned and click “Next”
  • Choose required file types or click on “Skip” option to select all file types by default
  • Wait for few minutes until software finishes scanning
  • After completion of scanning all recoverable files will get displayed in two different view types such as “Data View” and “File Type View”
  • You can use “Save Recovery Session” option to avoid rescan
  • Finally, save recovered files in preferred destination but not to same external hard drive


  • Maintain regular backup to avoid data loss situation
  • Whenever you lose data from external hdd stop using it to avoid data overwriting or permanent data loss