How to Restore Data from A Broken Hard Drive?

“Hi, my hard drive got damaged and stopped working all of a sudden when I was working on my computer. To my surprise I have not taken backup of any data from system hard disk. Please help me with a suggestion to restore data from broken hard drive. Thank you in advance…!!!”

The above mentioned situation can occur to any of you and can never predict when the hard drive gets damaged or broken. In such cases, it is not required to panic yourself over it. First of all, make sure whether the problem is with hard drive or the motherboard got crashed due to some unique reasons. So connect your hard drive externally to another desktop, if it gets detected or works fine then the problem is with motherboard. Otherwise follow these ways:

Sometimes your HDD may detect but drive letter will not appear on Windows Explorer and makes some clicking sound. It is because, the head of the drive might have struck. Then place your hand near cable connector edge and hit harder and plug it again. Other way is press hard drive tightly without bending the jumper pins which will temporarily holds together and makes the drive to access. Apart from this, hard disk may get damaged because of logical errors too.

Other scenarios that causes damage to hard drive are:

  • If system hard drive reboots frequently then it may get damaged leaving the data inaccessible
  • Bad sector may develop on hard drive due to over usage of hard drive, making drive data unreadable
  • File system of hard disk may get corrupt due to improper formatting, eternal threats, partition table error or other logical error, leading to broken hard disk

Software to retrieve data from broken hard drive:

Yodot hard Drive Recovery is reliable software to restore data from broken hard disk with ease. It can rescue files, Excel sheets, PDF, presentation files, generic media files, compressed files and other file types. It has inbuilt algorithm that scans and recovers files from formatted, reformatted, unreadable or corrupted partition, along with broken drives. It supports data recovery from various storage devices such as internal hard drive, memory card, thumb drives, SSD drives, portable hard drives, etc. It can easily retrieve data from computer hard drives having ATA, IDE, SATA, SCSI and other interfaces. This app helps you to regain files from storage media drive that is deleted or formatted with FAT16, FAT32, NTFS, NTFS5 and ExFAT file system. In demo version of this recovery program, you can come to know each and every step that have to be followed to restore data. This product is compatible to restore data from Windows XP, Windows 10, Windows 8.1, Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows Server 2003 and Windows Server 2008 operating system.

Procedure to rescue data from broken HDD:

Note: If entire hard disk is broken or damaged then connect the drive to healthy desktop to recover data.

  • Download Yodot Hard Drive Recovery tool on the healthy computer 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 continue further
  • Now select drive which represents broken hard 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 completion of 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 recovered data in desired destination location


  • Avoid downloading recovery tool on hard drive after losing data from it
  • Take back up of important files in multiple external storage device on regular basis
  • After losing information from hard drive do not save any new information on it

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