I just learned that you can recover files on a corrupted external hard drive. There are a lot of free softwares that can help you do this. I tried Recuva Free version but of course it has some limitations.
How Recuva works
Windows uses the Master File Table (MFT) as an index to the files it stores on your hard drives. As we mentioned before, when you delete a file, it’s faster for Windows to mark its MFT entry as ‘deleted’ than for Windows to overwrite the file itself, so the file is left on the hard drive.
Regular recovery process
When you first delete a file, Windows does not overwrite the MFT entry until it needs to reuse it.
Recuva scans the MFT for files marked as deleted. Since MFT entries for deleted files are still complete (including when the file was deleted, how big it is, and where it lives on the hard drive), Recuva can give you a comprehensive list of many files and help you to recover them.
As Windows finds the need to create new files, however, it will eventually reuse and overwrite these MFT entries as well as the spaces on the hard drive where the new files actually live. That’s why Recuva can’t recover every file – and that’s why your best bet is to run Recuva as soon as you realize the file’s been deleted.
Deep scan process
The deep scan process uses the MFT to look for files, as well as the contents of the drive. Recuva searches every cluster (block) of the drive to find file headers indicating the start of a file. These headers can tell Recuva the file name and its type (for example, that it’s a JPG or a DOC file).
As a result, deep scans take a long time. There are thousands of file types and Recuva can identify the most important ones.
If the file is fragmented on the drive, however, Recuva will not be able to piece it back together.
For a more detailed information on Recuva software, visit:
How to recover the files:
- Open the Recuva application
- Select the Drive to recover files from
- Click “Options” and check to see if you have the ff. settings, if not change it to these:
* (Optional) For “Actions” tab, if you want Recuva to execute a Deep Scan, just tick on the box next to it (increases scan time).
- Then, click the “Scan” dropdown box and select “Scan Files“
- Now, wait for Recuva to finish scanning for recoverable data
- Once finished, Click the “Recover” button and select a folder where to save the recovered files. “DO NOT SELECT THE DRIVE WHERE YOU RECOVERED THE FILES FROM” so as not to overwrite the files you are trying to recover. Select a DIFFERENT Drive to save the recovered files!
- …aaaaaaand walah! You get most of your files back! 🙂
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