Data Retrieval from Imation External Hard Drive

“I purchased a new laptop and gave away my old PC to my friend. I had backed up all important data to Imation external hard drive before I gave my computer. Now when I am trying to open Imation external hard drive, it is refusing to open. It is showing an error message that it has to be formatted before usage. I contacted my friend who has my old system; he also has formatted the computer and used it to save his data on it. This has set a panic in me; please suggest a way through which I can get back my valuable data.”

If you have come across situations as explained above, then here is the solution. You can restore data from a storage device till data is not overwritten by new data. Hence in above discussed scenario it is not possible to retrieve data from your old computer as data is overwritten by newly saved data on it. Now, you have only one option, i.e. restoring data from Imation external hard drive. This is possible using suitable external hard drive recovery software. But you need not waste time on recovering your data if you avoid data loss scenarios. Educate yourself on data loss scenarios that occur usually while using Imation external hard drive.

Few causes for loss of data from Imation external hard disk are listed below:

  • Terminating Data transfer process: Data from Imation external hard drive can be transferred to other drives on computer. Data might be lost if transfer process halts for any reason
  • Formatting: Formatting external hard drive removes all data from its partitions, as formatting deletes entries of all files from file system of the drive
  • Inadvertent deletion: You may delete data from Imation external hard drive inadvertently while deleting some unwanted files on it
  • Partition loss: While deleting an unwanted partition on Imation external hard drive you may accidentally select an important drive and end up removing entire partition. At times, partition on external hard drive will also be lost due to repartitioning or formatting error

However, if you encounter any loss scenarios like above, then you can restore data from Imation external hard drive using Yodot Hard Drive Recovery software, which is one of the best portable hard drive recovery software.

External hard drive recovery software:

Yodot Hard Drive Recovery is used to perform Imation external hard drive recovery effectively on Windows computers. You can retrieve data of different file types like Word documents, Excel Spreadsheets, PowerPoint files, PST files, DBX files, PDF files, ZIP/RAR files, photos, videos, music and lot more files from variety of storage drives using this utility. This program helps you to get back Imation external hard drive data on Windows OS like Windows Vista, Windows XP, Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows Server 2003 and 2008. This application retrieves data from not only Imation external hard drive, but also from other storage devices like internal hard drives, memory cards, flash drives, iPods, etc. on Windows system.

Detailed procedure to restore data from Imation external hard drive:

  • Download Yodot Hard Drive Recovery software and install it on your computer
  • Connect Imation external hard drive to the system and run the utility
  • Select “Formatted / Reformatted Recovery” or “Partition Recovery” from main screen depending on data loss scenario
  • Choose drive of Imation external hard drive and click on “Next”
  • Select file types that you are looking for from software wizard and click on “Next” or click on “Skip” option
  • The tool scans Imation external hard drive and retrieve files from it
  • View resulted files and folders in “Data View” and “File Type View”
  • Save them using “Save” option onto any location on computer drive


  • Always safely remove Imation external hard drive from computer
  • Keep your Imation portable external hard drive free from viruses

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