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Hard Drive Recovery: How to Recover Files from Hard Dive in Windows 10/8/7?

Accidentally delete a file and empty the Recycle Bin or lose all your files because of formatting or system crash? No worries. This instruction can help you with all types of hard drive recovery issues and get back deleted or lost data as well as partitions from hard drive even when computers cannot boot. You can click links below to read content you are interested in.

Overview on hard drive recovery

Hard drive recovery is the process restoring lost files or partitions from hard disk or external hard drive which is logically or physically damaged. Hard drive is one of the most important components in computer, as it is responsible for storing operating system and user data such as photos, documents, apps, videos, etc. Hard drive data loss brings severe issue to users and the recovery should be carried out.

In general, the recovery can be completed by hard drive data recovery software when data loss is caused by logical errors such as accidental deletion, formatting, partition corruption, hard disk repartition, system crash and so on. As long as lost files are not overwritten, you can successfully get back lost data from hard drive using recovery software.

The disk recovery can also be done by experts who provide professional services on local shop or online recovery center. Such services can deal with more complicated data loss issue, but the price is usually very high. Besides, retrieving data from physically damaged hard drive also should be done experts. Some hard drive has to be unsealed so that files can be retrieved from platters directly.

In this instruction, we only talk about how to recover hard drive using recovery software, so that users can do it by themselves. Since data loss causes vary from one to another, methods to recover data from hard drive are different.

Common reasons of hard drive data loss

Data loss can be one of the accidents we cannot avoid and almost all people can be exposed to data loss risks. Backing up hard drive data can help us prevent file from being deleting or formatting. However, most of us are not careful enough to back up crucial files every day. Thus data loss is relatively common occurrence. Factors leading to hard drive data loss can be different on each data loss problem.

Knowing the most common causes of data loss can help us prevent and avoid the issue in daily lives. Besides, it can also help us recover lost files from storage device more efficiently, as recovery methods differ from one to another in line with data loss causes. Here are list some of the most common causes of data loss as a reference.

Hard drive recovery guide 1: How to recover deleted files from hard drive free in Windows?

This solution includes three methods to restore deleted files from hard drive or other storage devices, and you can try them one by one.

Method 1: Restore deleted files from Recycle Bin

The first thing you should do when recovering deleted data is checking your Recycle Bin. Windows puts deleted files into Recycle Bin first, giving users a second chance to restore lost files. This method works before Recycle Bin is emptied. If you delete data via Shift + Delete or delete files from USB drive, then you should move to Method 2 and Method 3. To restore deleted files from Recycle Bin, please follow these steps:

Step 1  Open the Recycle Bin by double-clicking its icon from desktop.

Step 2  Browse files in Recycle Bin and locate the one you want to restore. You can filter files via deleted date, file's original location, file name, type, etc.

Step 3  Select and right-click on files or folders you want to restore and click "Restore" option from context menu. Then selected data will be restored to the original location when it got deleted.

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Method 2: Retrieve deleted files from hard drive via previous versions

If you've emptied Recycle Bin, you can retrieve deleted data from previous version. The older versions are created by Windows built-in backup feature, thus this method requires you've created such backups.

For Windows 7 users: Open Windows Explorer by double-clicking Computer icon, and find out the folder that contained deleted data; right-click it and select Properties; click on Previous Versions tab and you can a list of older versions; select the version you need and click Restore.

For Windows 10/8 users: Double-click This PC to access File Explorer, then locate the folder which contained deleted data. Right-click the folder and select History to check all files in the recent backup; Click Previous button to select files you want to restore and click the Restore button (It has a green and circular arrow).

Method 3: Recover deleted data from hard disk using free recovery software

It is known to most users that files are recoverable even after they are deleted from Recycle Bin. That's because when a file deleted by system, only the bit of information pointing to data location is erased and the data content stays on hard drive being invisible. File pointer is responsible for telling operating system file's exact location. If it is removed, the corresponding file will be invisible to system. Thus the deleted file can be recovered before it gets overwritten.

Now we'll show you how to get back deleted files using free hard drive recovery software, CuteRecovery Free. This freeware can be used to deal with basic data loss situation like deleted recovery, partition recovery, format recovery and more from PC, HDD, external HDD, flash drive, SD card, etc. The following content is a step-by-step guide on deleted recovery.

Step 1  Launch Eassos hard drive data recovery software and select "Recover Deleted Files" option from the main interface.

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Step 2  Select the disk partition or location where deleted files were stored and click "Next" button. Then the program will start a quick and full scan to look for lost data.

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Step 3  Preview and filter recoverable files from scanning result to look for desired files and check if files are correct.

Step 4  Select files you want to recover and click Recover button to restore them to a secure location.

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Hard drive recovery guide 2: How to recover lost files from formatted hard drive?

Formatting hard drive can help you quickly delete data as well as prepare disk to be used for new data. Operating system is able to carry out quick format and full format, but it cannot unformat disk. Thus we need hard disk recovery software to recover files after formatting hard drive. In this section, we'll use professional data recovery software to get back formatted data from hard drive.

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Step 1   Install and launch advanced hard drive recovery software Eassos DiskGenius Pro from your computer. Then you can view all partitions and disks attached to your PC.

Note: DO NOT install the software to the formatted disk or volume in case of overwriting lost data.

Step 2  Select the formatted storage location and click File Recovery button from toolbar. This will open the Recover Files window.

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Step 3  Select "Complete Recovery" and "Search For Known File Types" options and click Start button to search for lost data.

Note: If you also want to recover files deleted before formatting, you can select "Recover Deleted Files" option before starting scanning.

You can preview files during scanning to check if files are correctly. If all files you want to recover have been displayed before scanning completes, you can stop the process in advance.

Step 4  Choose files and folders you want to recover and right-click on them to select "Copy To" from context menu. Then you can select a folder to store recovered files.

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Hard drive recovery guide 3: How to recover data from corrupted / RAW hard drive?

What is RAW drive? RAW file system is not actually a file system format and it means partition file system goes wrong. Normal file systems are NTFS, exFAT, FAT32, EXT3, HFS, etc. Once a drive becomes RAW, you cannot access files in it. In Windows RAW drive is not accessible and reports error message like "Disk in drive is not formatted. Do you want to format it now?" or "The volume does not contain a recognized file system. Please make sure that all required file system drivers are loaded and that the volume is not corrupted."

If files in RAW drive are of great importance and you do not have a backup for these files, the first step you should do is RAW drive recovery. Do NOT format the corrupted drive or run CHKDSK, which may destroy file directory and cause files cannot be recovered with original directory and path. To retrieve files from corrupted or inaccessible files, you can follow these steps:

Step 1  Launch Eassos DiskGenius Pro from your computer and you can see the RAW drive in the software. The drive can be shown as RAW or Unknown.

Step 2  Select the RAW drive in the software and click Files tab on the right pane. Then you can check if your files can be displayed directly.

In many cases, files and folders in RAW drive or other inaccessible partition can be listed directly once the software is launch. If files are display, you can save them to another drive. If not, then move to Step 3.

Step 3  Click "Tools" and choose "Load Current Partition Intelligently" option, as follows:

This option can list files in corrupted NTFS partition without doing any scanning. If the RAW drive was NTFS file system, you are likely to get your files shown in the software quickly. If the drive is badly damaged, then you have to try Step 4.

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Step 4  Select the RAW drive and click File Recovery button. Then you can perform a quick and full scanning to locate desired files.

Step 5  Select data you want to retrieve and choose "Copy To", so that you can save files to another drive.

Hard drive recovery guide 4: How to recover files from damaged hard drive?

If your hard drive damaged and contains bad sectors, it is hard to retrieve files from it, as file scanning done by recovery software cannot proceed on bad sectors. In such case, we need to image hard drive, and recover files from image file. Thus we need to create a disk image first and then recover files from image file. The image file will be a large file which contains everything of the damaged hard drive, and you need to prepare a large hard drive in advance.

Step 1  Launch Eassos DiskGenius, click Tools and select Copy Sectors.

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Step 2  Select source disk and destination disk and click Copy button. Then the disk image starts, which may take long time if the disk has very large capacity.

If the original disk contains bad sectors, you can also select "Skipping sector count when meeting bad sectors".

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Step 3   Once the disk image is created, you can select the image in DiskGenius and click "File Recovery" button.

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Step 4  Select "Complete Recovery" mode and click Start button. The program will search for recoverable files.

Step 5  When scanning completes, you can select files and folders and save them to a normal drive.

Hard drive recovery guide 5: How to recover files from hard drive when computer fails to boot?

Want to recover lost files when Windows operating system is corrupted and cannot boot? A dead computer or PC without OS can be an annoying experience. Without operating system, you cannot run recovery software to get back lost data. What to do if you get a blue or back screen of death or reboot loop? On this occasion, we can create a bootable disk to boot computer and then perform hard drive recovery. Let's see how it works:

Step 1  Install and launch Eassos DiskGenius on a working computer and insert a USB flash drive to that computer as well.

Step 2  Select the USB drive and click Tools to select "Create WinPE bootable USB drive of DiskGenius" option.

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Step 3  Click OK button on the popup window, and wait for several seconds and the bootable disk will be created.

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Step 4  Connect the bootable USB drive to the computer that cannot boot and restart the computer and enter BIOS to change boot sequence. Make the USB drive in the first boot order and restart computer.

Step 5  Now the computer will boot from the USB drive and Eassos DiskGenius will be launched automatically. Select the disk where you want to recover lost data and click File Recovery.

Step 6  When scanning is done, you can save desired files to a different location and get files recovered.

How to prevent hard drive data loss?

Files stored on hard drives and other storage devices are always on the verge of loss due to all kinds of causes. Prevention is always better measure to avoid data loss issue and here we list some tips on preventing hard drive data loss issue:


This guide explains a couple of solutions on hard drive recovery, including recover deleted or formatted files from hard drive, restore lost partitions, recover data from damaged hard drive and retrieve data when system cannot boot. You can follow this tutorial to perform hard drive on various data loss situations, and hope this helps a bit. If you have any questions and need further help, please feel free to leave a comment or contact our support team.