Restore Data from Old IDE Hard Drive

“In my office I have a collection of hard drive setting in file cabinet. Few are old IDE drives and some are recent SATA drives. It was working good over years, but now I am hooked up in my computer as slave. That is whenever I try to access the drives, it blocks my access due to some unknown error. Moreover, I don't want to lose data from any of the drive, especially from old IDE hard drive. How to recover data efficiently? Reliable suggestions are welcomed!!!”

IDE is abbreviated as integrated drive electronics, it was developed by Western Digital and later commonly known as ATA or PATA. It is used for connecting storage device such as floppy disc, hard drive, etc. to desktop. The innovative technology interface is integrated with drive controller which makes it unique from other interfaces. The interface is done with 40 pin cable between hard disk and computer. It is the mostly used interface of its efficient cost and high speed data transfer. However, these drives are prone to data loss like other hard drive.

Few scenarios resulting in data loss from old IDE hard drive:

  • Deleting partition from old IDE hard drive leads to complete removal files from it
  • File system corruption renders drive inaccessibility and data loss from old IDE hard drive
  • Accidentally formatting entire IDE hard disk will wipe all the information saved in it
  • Incorrect installation or reinstallation of operating system and updates of Windows causes OS crash that tends to damaged hard drive
  • Some software conflicts, repeated informal system shutdown due to which IDE hard drive may turn corrupted
  • Other reasons like malware intrusion, hardware conflicts, sudden power surge, boot loader corruption, etc. can sometimes intend old IDE hard drive corruption

No need to panic, if you undergo any of the above mentioned situations and forgot to take backup of vital files. Still you can bring back data from old IDE hard drive by using reliable hard drive recovery with few simple procedure after data loss.

Utility to restore data from old IDE hard drive:

User can utilize Yodot Hard Drive Recovery software to restore data from old IDE hard drive on Windows computer. Its inbuilt algorithm can scan and recover data from corrupted, reformatted, formatted or unreadable drives. It is engineered to retrieve documents, Excel sheets, PDF, presentation files, generic media files, compressed files and other file types. This tool supports data recovery from various storage devices such as internal hard drive, flash drives, SSD drives, memory card, removable hard drives, etc. Along with IDE, it can easily retrieve data from computer hard drives having ATA, SATA, SCSI, PATA and other interfaces. This app helps you to recover files from storage media drive deleted or formatted with FAT16, FAT32, NTFS, NTFS5 and ExFAT file system. This product is compatible to recover partition information from Windows 10, Windows 8.1, Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows Server 2003 and Windows Server 2008 operating system. In demo version of Yodot Hard Drive recovery, the user can know each and every steps that have to be followed to restore data.

Steps to get data from old IDE hard drive:

  • Download Yodot Hard Drive Recovery tool on Windows PC and install it
  • Now launch the utility and main screen will pop up with two options like ‘Partition Recovery’ and ‘Formatted / Reformatted Recovery’
  • In that opt for ‘partition Recovery’ option and go further
  • Now select drive which represents the old IDE drive
  • Choose required file types that you want to retrieve or by default all file types will be selected
  • Now allow the tool to initiate scanning process and wait till it gets over
  • After completing the scanning process, you can view restored data either in 'Data View' or 'File Type View'
  • Finally use 'Save Recovery Session' option to save scanning information that can be used to resume scanning process after purchase of product
  • Then, save retrieved data on desired location


  • Avoid mishandling of IDE hard drive while working in system
  • Don't save retrieved data to same IDE hard drive from which files are restored
  • Stop using IDE hard drive after facing data loss scenario