Recovering Data from a Damaged Hard Drive

A hard drive is a storage device that reads and writes digital information. It is commonly referred to as a hard disk, optical disc, or solid state drive. Hard drives are used in computers, mobile devices, video games, external storage units and more. There are many different types of hard drives including desktop hard drives, laptop hard drives, and external hard drives. Most storage devices use a NAND-based flash memory technology but some use a magnetic disc storage system instead.
A damaged hard drive can no longer be read from normally so the data on it must be recovered before it can be reused or discarded appropriately. If you have recently sighted an issue with your computer such as power surges or extended periods of inactivity then this article will help you get back access to your data!

How to Recover Data from a Damaged Hard Drive?

The data recovery process is to use a tool called a hard drive image software. This software is installed on the computer that has the damaged drive and will read the drive’s contents and make an image of them. The image software can then be used to access this information in any other computer with similar software installed.
The first thing you must do is determine if your hard drive can be read normally by a computer through Disk Management or Command Prompt. If your hard drive cannot be read, or you are unsure if it can, then it may not be readable at all. You could then try using specialized hardware from companies like Ontrack or Data Lifeguard instead of the software mentioned previously.
If your hard drive can still be read, there are still steps you should take before trying to recover data from it as below:
There are four different types of methods for recovering data from a damaged hard disk:
1) Using an external enclosure and connecting it directly to the affected device without reformatting it; 2) Reformatting the device to remove any bad sectors; 3) Recovering your files by using deep analysis; 4) Recovering files using other means such as incremental backups, which are backup images taken over time and saved on another storage location.

Backup Your Data

The first step is to backup your data in case of emergency. There are many different ways you can do this, but the most important thing is that you back up your data regularly. One way that people typically back up their most important files is by using a cloud storage solution. This can be helpful if you don’t have a lot of space on your device and need to store large amounts of data. Another secure way to backup is by using an external hard drive and backing it up to the cloud.
Another problem with backups and storing data is when you don’t have enough room for all of your files or don’t want them taking up too much space. The best way around this issue involves transferring the information from a computer or device onto a smaller flash storage device like a USB stick or SD card.

Boot from External Hard Drive

If you have a hard drive that is damaged or corrupted, the most common solution to this issue is to boot from an external hard drive. This will allow you to access the data on your computer’s internal hard drive without any issues.
Before beginning this process, make sure you have all necessary equipment such as a blank USB disk and a working computer. You will also need a functioning external hard drive with at least 2GB of free space. If your computer does not support booting from USB drives then you will need to use an external hard drive enclosure in order to connect one of these devices to your computer. Connect the USB disk to the enclosure and connect it with a USB cable to the computer. Boot up your computer and wait for Windows to load. After some time has passed, disconnect your USB device from the enclosure, restart it and re-connect it again before attempting step four.

Connect a USB Keyboard & Mouse Before Jumping to Windows

Before you start recovering your data from a damaged hard drive, connect a keyboard and mouse to the computer. This will allow you to navigate the operating system without having to use the function keys on the keyboard.
If you don’t have a USB keyboard and mouse, then try using an external USB device. Or if there is no port available on your computer, then try connecting via Bluetooth or by using an external USB hub.
If you’re still stuck, then make sure that you are able to boot from the operating system’s recovery partition. This is usually done by choosing “Restart” from the power options menu.

Recover Deleted Files from Recycle Bin

Before you can try to recover deleted files from a hard drive, you have to make sure that the failure is not due to any software issues. The first step is to open up the recycle bin in Windows 10. From there, you should see the deleted file and be able to right click on it. One of the options will be “Restore Previous Versions.” This option will take you back to the point before the file was deleted and allow you to recover it.

Secure erasing the drive for permanent data deletion

If the data on your hard drive is sensitive, you should secure erase it. Secure erasing means writing zeroes over all of the data on the hard drive and overwriting every single sector so no one can gain access to any information.
There are many ways to secure erase a hard drive that don’t require any specialist hardware. The simplest way is by using an advanced operating system that has features for erasing drives securely. There are also software programs designed specifically for secure erasing drives, such as those found in TrueCrypt. Some methods involve physical destruction of the hard drive which will permanently destroy its data and is not recommended unless absolutely necessary.


Sometimes you find yourself in a situation where you need to recover data from a damaged hard drive. This can be a daunting task, but it doesn’t have to be. There are a few steps you can take to get your data back. Some of these steps include taking a backup of your data, booting into your computer from an external hard drive and connecting a USB keyboard and mouse.
Remember, the data on your computer can be recovered after you have deleted it, so make sure you are secure in your deletion and that you understand the consequences.

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