We all have at least one data storage device with us. It is now impossible to go on without one. They are not just to store photos and videos, but your official files, bank info, and many other important things.
The reliability of these data devices is increasing with their demand. Now data devices are more reliable and secured. However, data loss still happens. It is nothing out of the blue.
The good news is it is possible to recover data from a damaged disk drive. The success rate of data is also very high. So how can you recover your lost data? Read this article to find out.
What Causes Data Loss?
Before we start discussing the solutions, here is a quick overview of what causes data loss in disk drive and storage devices.
One of the most common reasons why data loss happens is physical damage. Physical damage to your storage device may occur due to improper handling, accidents, and extreme temperatures.
Based on the physical damage to the disk drive, it may be impossible to recover your data from it.
Another common reason for hard drive data loss is device overheating. We know how advanced computers and mobile devices have become. We always tend to take advantage of it and perform multiple tasks at once. For example, blasting music from Youtube while typing in Microsoft Word and also running five downloads in the background.
Not to mention, the software we use nowadays on our computers is too heavy, and it can put a toll on the device’s performance. Using multiple software at once will overheat the device. The heat can cause damage to the hard drive and cause data loss.
Corrupted Power Supply
The power supply of your computer can cause data loss. The power supply may malfunction and cause the excess voltage to run through the circuits of the chipsets and hard drive. This can ultimately cause the hard drive to lose stored data.
Wear And Tear Damage
Hard disks also suffer from wear and tear damage. They have a limited lifespan. When you are near the end of that lifespan, the data disk will slowly start to underperform. This will cause data loss.
Different Ways To Recover Lost Data
Now let us talk about different ways of fixing lost data from a hard drive.
Using A Software (Disk Drill)
One of the easiest ways of recovering lost data from a hard drive is using the software. You will find many reliable apps for this purpose. There are free apps and paid apps. The paid ones work better.
We would recommend you to use Disk Drill. This app comes with lots of different data recovery options for any kind of disk drive. That also includes external hard drives.
The best part is that you can preview a file before recovering it with Disk Drive. This will save you from the trouble of recovering unwanted files.
Using Disk Management
If your data is not deleted but got corrupted and inaccessible, then you can use built-in computer options to recover that data. The option for that is called Disk management.
You can access `Disk Management’ by simply right-clicking the taskbar or pressing ‘Windows’ + ‘X.’
Now open ‘Disk Management’ and locate the hard drive that is damaged. If you can find the damaged drive from ‘Disk Management, you can format it from there to fix any logical issue in the drive and access the data.
However, this process can permanently erase data from your hard drive. Thus it is always better to keep this method as your last resort and use disk recovery software for data recovery.
Using Cmd Port
If you don’t want to use any software for safely recovering lost data from your hard drive, then you will have to be technical. The CMD port recovery method allows you to repair data loss issues of your hard drive without formatting it. It is a technical method, so you may find it difficult.
But in reality, you will just have to type in a few commands correctly to safely recover data from your corrupted drives. Here is how you will have to do it:
- Access CMD Port
First, we need to access the CMD port. Just like accessing ‘Disk Management,’ right-click on the taskbar, or press ‘Windows’ + ‘X.’, You will see either Command Prompt (Admin) or Windows PowerShell(Admin). Click on whoever your PC shows. This will open the CMD Port of your PC.
- Analyze Errors
Now we need to tell the computer to analyze your hard drive and identify the one that has been corrupted/ lost data. To do that, type ‘chkdsk’ and press ‘Enter.’ This will analyze all your internal hard disks and show you which one is corrupted.
- Fix Errors
After finding the corrupted hard drive, type chkdsk [Insert Drive Letter]: /f /r/x. For example, let us think that our E drive has list data. So to fix that, we will type chkdsk E: /f /r/x. Then we press ‘Enter,’ and the computer will fix the data.
So that was three different methods of recovering your lost data from a corrupted hard drive. They are easy to do. However, if it is your first time recovering lost data, we recommend you take the help of a professional.