Retrieve Data from Damaged External Hard Drive

While accessing certain important files from external hard drive on your PC, you accidentally disconnected your external hard drive from computer. You immediately connected it again and tried to check whether all files are copied or not. But to your sadness, you were not able to open and view files from external drive. You suspect that external hard disk might have got damaged after it got suddenly removed from system. You saved lot of crucial documents, photos, videos and other files related to personal or official work. So how to extract data from corrupted external hard drive?

External hard drives are used when you want to store data as an alternative to computer hard drive or to take back up of valuable data. External hard disks have storage capacity as that of system hard drives. In spite of having several benefits, these external hard disks are more prone to data loss and corruption as they are used in different systems to access and copy data. So below are the scenarios, which might cause damage to external hard drive and leaves its data in unreadable state:

  • Formatting Errors: Using external hard drives on different computers and operating systems can lead to software conflicts and may show warning errors like “Drive is not formatted, do you want to format it now?” and other drive related errors when you try to access data from it
  • Virus/Malware Infections: Severe virus/malware infections on external hard drive might corrupt its file system if you don’t remove them at right time with the help of anti-virus software. After file system corruption, external hard drive gets damaged and remains inaccessible
  • Interruptions during Data Transfer: Sometimes transferring or moving data from external hard drive to computer or other storage media can get interrupted due to improper connectivity, power surges, unexpected system shutdown and removal of external hard drive. These errors or file transfer interruptions can result in damage of external hard drive
  • Other Causes: Bad sector formation, read/write head crash, exposure to overheat or moisture, aging of external hard drive and other factors are considered to be other reasons for damage or corruption of external hard disk

If you have faced any of the above mentioned situation then, your data won't be wiped out permanently. One can prevent the permanent data loss by taking proper actions before drive data gets overwritten. If you don’t know what to do in such situations, then just go through this page to know how to recover files from an erased hard drive as well as from damaged external hard drive.

Data retrieval from damaged external hard drive

Opting for excellent data recovery tool is best option in this case to extract and save your valuable files and folders from damaged external hard drive. One can select and make use of Yodot Hard Drive Recovery software to perform data recovery from corrupted external hard drive in secure way. This software deeply scans external hard disk to find and recover all types of files from damaged external hard drive on Windows PC. In addition, you can successfully restore files from formatted, reformatted and re-partitioned external drives of many brands like Seagate, Toshiba, SanDisk, Hitachi, Iomega, Maxtor and so on. Other than external hard drives, it supports data recovery from computer and laptop hard drives, USB drives, memory cards, iPods, FireWire Drives on Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP, Windows Server 2003 and 2007 operating systems.

Simple steps to recover data from corrupted external hard drive:

  • Download and install Yodot Hard Drive Recovery software on your computer
  • Run the software and connect external hard drive to the system
  • In next screen, you will get two options i.e. “Partition Recovery” and “Formatted/Re-formatted Recovery”
  • Select the option based on data loss scenario. Since data need to be restored from damaged external hard drive, click on “Partition Recovery”
  • Go ahead operating software as per the instructions on software
  • Select the damaged external hard drive from the list of identified storage drives by this software and click Next
  • The software scans external hard drive and displays list of recovered files in two views
  • Preview recovered files using “Preview” option before saving


  • Always have a good habit of safely disconnecting external hard drive from computer
  • Handle external hard disk with care in order to avoid physical damage
  • Avoid using external drive for longer time and without ventilation to keep it cool

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