Have you ever connected your hard drive to your computer to pass any document and suddenly it’s like it doesn’t exist? Like it doesn’t have anything stored?
Recovering “missing” files from a hard drive is not an easy task, but it’s not impossible either.
Before you panic we will tell you that many times recovering a hard drive is possible, as long as you follow a series of steps that on the other hand not everyone can understand.
We can tell you then that the recovery of a successful hard drive usually passes through the hands of a professional, and although it is always advisable that if you can not do so let someone help you, the truth is that currently there are some programs or software created for the recovery of disks and missing information that can go well for us at the user level.
How to recover files from a damaged or locked hard drive?
If you have decided to be the one who recovers the disk that is damaged or that perhaps appears blocked, then we recommend that you download some software for it such as EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard that you can find for free and has an easy to use interface for you to recover files from the damaged hard disk.
This software is also compatible with all Windows, such as Widows 10/8/7, etc., allowing you to completely restore lost Windows files, such as recover deleted Windows 8 files. These are the steps to follow:
- Start the data recovery software that appears in the EaseUS program, select the damaged hard drive and click “Scan” to search for all lost and existing files.
- A quick scan will start first. After it is complete, a deep scan will automatically start to find more files.
- After scanning, choose the lost data and click the “Recover” button to recover it from the damaged hard drive. Here, you’d better save all recovered files to a different drive or device in case of data recovery failure.
How to repair a damaged hard drive?
After restoring the lost files from the damaged hard drive, how to deal with the damaged hard drive? Next, let’s see how you can repair a damaged hard drive.
Run CHKDSK to repair a damaged hard drive
If the hard disk drive has bad sectors or internal errors, the hard disk can easily be damaged.
And if you know how to execute the CHKDSK command on your PC, it will be very easy for you to correct the problem of the damaged hard disk. Now let’s see how to run CHKDSK and repair a damaged hard drive:
- Press Win + X first, select command prompt (Administrator).
- Click Yes to start the command prompt as administrator.
- Type: chkdsk and press Enter to check for errors on the damaged hard drive.
- Type: chkdsk D: / f / r / x to allow CHKDSK to correct the drive (D is the drive letter of your damaged hard drive).
- If the target drive is a boot disk, the system will ask you if you want to run the command before the next boot. Type: yes and press Enter to restart the computer. The command will be executed before the operating system is loaded, allowing you to gain full access to the disk and repair the damaged drive.
Runs an exhaustive disk check to repair the damaged hard drive
- Open the PC and right click on the hard disk and select Properties.
- Now click Tools > Tab Error Check > Click Check Now.
- Select Check local disk and click Start.
- Closes all running and open programs, selects the option to allow the system to check on the next boot.
- After this, restart the PC.
- If you get a message that your disk has ‘bad sectors or clusters’, don’t worry. The CHKDSK command we explained earlier will solve this problem.
Repair the damaged system unit from the Control Panel
- Press Win + X, select Control Panel.
- Click System and Security > Action Center tab > Expand Maintenance and now click Run Scan.
- Click restart.
After all these steps, we hope that you have successfully recovered the data from the damaged hard drive or were able to correct the problem with your hard drive. Now you can reuse the hard drive to store and save data again.