How to recover data from external hard drive in Windows XP? RRS feed

  • Question

  • Hello guys, I'm in need of help here.
    Recently I decided to format external hard drive to make backups for my laptop . However, after I did this soon,realized that I had forgotten to make backups for a folder of files on it.I would really hate to lose the data.
    So I need a way to recover those files on the drive. Any suggestions will be appreciated!
    Thursday, April 28, 2011 10:02 AM


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  • Hi Ace,

    Don't write anything on the damaged drive.
    Recuva is a good free solution.(http://www.piriform.com) It doesn't work in very extreme cases though. If that's the problem there are more serious software solutions for this, like Tenorshare Data Recovery, but they aren't free(cost $20).I think it cost a bit but safer.(http://www.any-data-recovery.com/product/index.htm)
    Another possibility is looking for a repair shop that does this kind of thing. Some of them specialize in data recovery and can restore the files in almost any situation(but no guarantee and cost a lot of money,usually cost $1000 more or less). Luck!

    Thursday, April 28, 2011 10:09 AM
  • Formatting won't make the filess in a hard drive erase permanently.Those files are still stored in the hard drive, they're just invisible or inaccessible. So,You can recover it with a data recovery program.
    • Edited by Marc.Williams Thursday, April 28, 2011 10:15 AM Make a Addition
    Thursday, April 28, 2011 10:12 AM
  • Thursday, April 28, 2011 8:50 PM
  • Thanks, I'll try that and come back whenever it's done(In like, 15h+ xD, 500gb data ^_^ )
    Friday, April 29, 2011 3:49 AM
  • It worked like a charm!
    Friday, April 29, 2011 9:38 AM