Data Recovery from Not Working External Hard Drive

External hard drives are a quick and easy solution for storing extra data if your internal hard drive is filling up and you don't want to replace it with another. But sometimes there can potentially be compatibility issues between the external hard drive and your computer operating system which could results in corrupting external hard drive. In case your external hard drive is not working properly, there are numerous troubleshooting procedure you can attempt before needing to change the drive.

First of all restart the computer in case operating system has stopped recognizing the external hard drive. If the external hard drive is still not working, then remove it from the USB port and then reconnect to make sure that it is firmly connected to it. Suppose same thing repeats then apply second option which is given below:

  • Click on "Control Panel" from the start menu and then choose “Administrative Tools" and select "Computer Management." Double-click "Disk Management" to bring up a list of all drives connected to your computer
  • Now right-click on the name of external drive and choose the option "Change Drive Letter" option. Press on "Add" and then choose a drive letter for the drive

The above method will surely help if first method fails to work and make your external hard drive visible on Windows explorer. But drawback of this method is, it does not allow you to use external hard drive unless and until it is formatted. However, formatting result in loss of complete data from external hard drive. In case, files present in external hard drive are not so important then go further to format the drive by right clicking on the drive and selecting the option “Format” from it. But if files are very important and you never intend to lose them, then utilize empowered external hard drive recovery software to get entire data back from your portable hard drive that stopped working.

External hard drive recovery software:

Yodot Hard Drive Recovery is the simple yet best recovery software which will help you to get data off external hard drive that is not working on your computer. As its name specifies, it has been specially built to recover files from hard drive which may be external or internal. With the usage of this application, you could restore important files such as documents (DOC, DOCX, XLS, XLSX, PPT, PPTX, PDF, RTF, CHM, SXD, STC, STI, SXI, CSV, SDC, XLT, DIF etc.) photos(JPG, JPEG, PNG, GIF, NEF, CR2, CRW, DNG, BMP, TIFF, TIF, PSD, WPG, WMF, TGA, SID, QTM, QFX, PSP, PIC, PCX, PCD, PBM etc.), videos & music (AVI, AVS, ASF, ASX, 3GP, DIVX, MOV, MPEG, MPG, M4V, WMV, XVID, AIFF, AIF, AMR etc.) and many more without wasting more time. It works well on almost all brands of external hard drive such as Toshiba, HP, Samsung, Seagate, Sony, SanDisk etc. on Windows operating system.

Procedure to restore data from external hard drive that is not working:

  • First of all connect external hard drive to the computer
  • Download and install Yodot Hard Drive Recovery software onto the computer in which you have attached external hard drive
  • Run the software and begin the recovery process
  • As you run the software, two options are displayed “Partition Recovery” and “Formatted/Reformatted Recovery”
  • Select partition recovery out of the two options
  • The application now displays all the drives present on your system
  • Select external hard drive to move to the next screen
  • On the next step, software asks you to select the file types that you want to recover
  • Choose the files you want to retrieve, otherwise click on “Skip” option to select all files by default
  • The application starts scanning portable hard drive now and displays all the recoverable files
  • Choose the one you want to rescue and click on “Next”
  • Preview media files if any and save them into a desired location

Things to Remember:

  • If you are suspicious that external hard drive is physically damaged, then go to “Disk Management Utility” and check whether it is visible. If it is not visible, then it is physically damaged and you cannot recover data from it
  • Do not connect external hard drive to the different devices as your external hard drive might be infected with the viruses

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