Recover Data from Unmountable Hard Drive

“I connected my external hard drive holding crucial files on to Windows desktop to transfer few files. But soon after connecting the drive, it did not mount properly and did not show up in ‘My computer’ window. All my crucial files on the drive are inaccessible now, how can I recover data from external hard drive that won’t mount? Please help by providing good suggestions. Thanks in advance.”

Hard drive is the most essential part that holds various data on a computer. There are various factors on which the performance of hard drive depends. Any irregularities in hard disk would result in malfunctioning of the drive. In the above mentioned scenario the external drive has stopped to mount due to logical errors and thus all its data is lost. In this article let us see more about un-mountable hard drive and the suitable remedy to recover files from such drives.

Hard drive is not mounting!!!

Computer hard drive / removable hard drive may stop to mount due to vast reasons. The most common ones are listed here:

  • Severe file system corruption
  • MBR corruption
  • Registry file corruption
  • Malware attack
  • Malfunctioning of OS
  • Software conflicts with dual or multi OS installations and so on

When hard drive fails to mount, it is because of logical errors in drive not due to physical damage. Hence, it will be shown in Disk management utility under control. And to recover data from hard drive that won’t mount, one should make use of third party hard drive recovery tool. If the un-mountable drive is not shown even in Disk drives under control panel, then it is physically damaged and nothing good can be done with such hard drives.

How to get data from hard drive that fails to mount?

Files from un-mountable hard disk can be efficiently retrieved back with the help of prominent data restoration tool such as Yodot Hard Drive Recovery software. This eminent retrieval program is designed well with ultimate recovery strategies that will recognize all file types from hard drives that won’t mount or fails to boot, corrupted and dead hard drives that do not get recognized on Windows OS based computers. Files like documents, folders, Office files, compressed files, program files, database files, etc. can be recovered from internal as well as external hard drives types. Additionally, the tool is capable of retrieving data from hard disk drives formatted with FAT16, FAT32, NTFS, NTFS5, ExFAT and ReFS file systems. This software can be employed to restore files from crashed external hard disk, recover USB pen drives, memory cards, iPods, Fire wire drives and other storage devices on Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP, Windows Server 2008 and 2003 operating systems.

Procedure to rescue data from hard drive that won’t boot:

  • Connect the un-mountable hard drive (internal as well as external) to a healthy Windows system
  • Download Yodot Hard Drive Recovery on that Windows system
  • Install the application and run it through guided instructions
  • In the main window, select Partition Recovery option and proceed
  • Upcoming window holds all physical and logical drives on the system including externally connected and not mounting hard disk
  • Select the drive associated with the not-mounting hard disk from which data has to recovered
  • Software scans for partitions present on that drive and provides a list
  • Then, select the partition from which files should be recovered and click next
  • Further, the software scans for all files and displays in a window
  • Go through the recovered files using Data view / File Type view options
  • Make your selection for required files, target destination location on system drive and click save
  • Do not save the recovered files on to same un-mountable drive after recovery process

Precautions to be taken care of:

  • Always assure that you are regularly taking backup of required data on multiple storage devices
  • Do not interrupt while transferring files between system drive and removable drive that might make drive unmountable
  • Keep track of irregularities in the working of hard drive to avoid severe data disasters