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What's Best Free External HDD Recovery Program?


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#1 yorocco7

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Posted 28 February 2014 - 02:50 PM

I have a 35G external HDD that I use with my Roku. I was transferring a movie to a friends laptop & the transfer crashed. I unplugged it & replugged & her laptop saw the drive but said something about can't find files or corrupted files. The drive needs to be formatted to use. She had a new Win8 PC. I plugged it into my 2 other laptops, Win7 & Vista. They also saw the drive but a window popped up saying "You need to format the disk in drive F: before you can use it." I assume something happened to the drive during the transfer process. It was not dropped or hit in any way. I was wndering if there are any free prpgrams out there that might bring back the HDD or at least pull out the data. I used to use the drive as a personal/work back up drive. There might be some older files I'd like to save. I'm resisting formatting the drive thus losing all data for good. I went to Cnet & they had some options but many have a 1G limit for trial. Can anyone recommend a free program that can help with a crashed external HDD. Thanks!!


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#2 JohnC_21

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Posted 28 February 2014 - 03:14 PM

PhotoRec is a free open source utility to recover your files. Just make sure you recover them to another drive and not the corrupted drive or the files will be lost.

 

After you have retrieved your files, you can try TestDisk to recover the partitions if possible but using it wrong will make things worse so it's best to use PhotoRec. The only issue is that any files recovered will have generic names attached. Another option that may recover the partition table is the freeware Minitools Partition Wizard.

 

If TestDisk or Partition Wizard fails then try Chkdsk /r on the drive but do this as a last resort.

 

 



#3 StevenGerrard

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Posted 28 February 2014 - 06:00 PM

Their is many free external hdd recovery program like Recuva,Puran ,Glary Undelete,Pandora Recovery, SoftPerfect File Recovery,EaseUS Data Recovery



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Posted 28 February 2014 - 06:55 PM

PhotoRec worked like a champ!! I downloaded it & followed these Youtube instructions & got everything back!!

Thanks a Million!


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