Recover Files From Unbootable External Hard Drive

“Hi everyone, I have got a problem with my external hard drive; it is not booting on my computer. Yesterday I have connected it to my friend’s laptop to copy few files. But while copying, system suddenly crashed. I think due to this reason my external hard drive has turned unbootable. It contained lot of important files in it which I was storing from very long time. Few files are there on the hard drive but not the old ones and I need those files back. Please suggest me a solution. Thanks in advance.”

External hard drive usually starts giving hints and clues before they fail or become completely unbootable. But occasionally sudden system crash occurs when external hard drive is connected to the computer, which might be the cause for unbootable external hard drive. This can be frustrating case; but your files are completely intact, yet inaccessible due to the fact that your external hard drive won’t boot up. Hence there is no need to worry because unlike inaccessible, corrupted or unmountable drive recovery, one can even recover data from unbootable portable drive with the utilization of appropriate external hard drive recovery tool. There are many other situations when external hard drives refuse to boot. Some are as given below:

  • External hard disk may fail to boot when file system of external hard drive is corrupted severely due to virus infection or using it on different computers frequently
  • If you do not remove portable hard drive safely from computer port, then the external hard drive may get damaged and becomes unbootable on the system
  • Scratches on external hard drive where boot information is stored makes it unreadable and it fails to mount on system users will lose access to all files on the computer

Advanced features of hard drive recovery software:

Yodot Hard Drive Recovery utility helps you to restore files from external hard drive that is not getting booted on your Windows system. It is capable of retrieving any file format from external hard drive by thoroughly scanning it. You can add new file formats to the list of file types and search for that particular file. Using this utility is cost effective and gets your data with speedy recovery process. You can get back files lost from unbootable external hard drive manufactured by different brands like Toshiba, Samsung, Seagate, Transcend, Western Digital, etc. It works effectively on Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows Server 2003 and Windows Server 2008 operating system based computers or laptops.

Procedure to get files from an external hard drive that won’t boot:

However, you can restore files from external hard drive that is not booting irrespective of the cause by using the best external hard drive data retrieval software like Yodot Hard Drive Recovery. Here are the steps...

  • Download Yodot Hard Drive Recovery software and install it on Windows computer
  • Connect unbootable external hard drive to the system and run installed utility
  • You will get main screen of launched software, select “Partitions Recovery” from the screen and click on “Next”
  • Choose icon of external hard drive from next screen and click “Next”
  • Then select file types from next screen and click on “Next” or select “Skip” option to restore files of all types
  • The tool starts scanning selected drive and displays the result in “Data View” and “File Type View”
  • Select a file and click on “Preview”; give path where you want to save recovered files on computer and click on “Save” option


  • Do not use external hard drives on incompatible computers
  • Always safely eject external HDD to disconnect from computer
  • Keep your portable hard drive clean from viruses by scanning it with anti-virus regularly

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