How to Recover Data from SATA Hard Drive

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What is SATA Hard Drive

SATA (or Serial ATA) hard drive, also known as serial port hard disk, has now replaced the traditional PATA (Parallel ATA) hard drives and become the standard mass storage device on PC. The Serial ATA 1.0 specification was established by Serial ATA Committee which was organized by several major hard drive manufacturers (including Intel, APT, Dell, IBM, Seagate and Maxtor), and in 2002, the Serial ATA Committee drafted the Serial ATA 2.0 specification, though no SATA equipment had ever been released by that time.

Serial ATA uses a serial connection – a Serial ATA bus with embedded clock signal, with a stronger error correction capability than that on the older PATA or EIDE hard drive. The biggest difference is that it can check and automatically correct errors not just for the data, but also the command it transfers, which improves the reliability of data transmission greatly. The serial interface of SATA has a simple structure (7 pins) and is also hot-swappable, it brings the advantages of faster and more efficient data transfer between devices.

Besides, a “Differential Signal Amplified System” is used on SATA, which could effectively filter noise from normal signals. And due to its excellent noise filtering capabilities, the SATA system is able to run under a lower voltage (0.5V) than Parallel ATA, which means it can save more power.

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SATA 2.0
SATA 1.0

Is it possible to recover data from SATA hard disks?

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Anyway, no matter how great your SATA hard drive is, incidents of data loss may happen for different reasons like accidental data deletion, format, partition damage or loss, virus attack, and more. When it happens to you, is it possible to recover lost files from SATA hard drives? Definitely. When deleting/formatting files on SATA hard drives, you're not really erasing the content, but only marking the part of the SATA hard drive where lost files previously occupied blank for rewriting. Therefore, there is a good chance for you to retrieve lost data from SATA hard drives with recovery software before rewritting begins. Rewritting will cause your lost files unrecoverable.

How to recover files from SATA HDD

First of all, get a SATA hard drive recovery tool: Wondershare Data Recovery or Wondershare Data Recovery for Mac.

Download the free trial version of the program below and take a free try!

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Tips: DONOT install the program to the same partition where you lost data for avoiding overwriting it.

Both of the software are utterly safe and professional. You can use them to recover files including photos, videos, audio, email and various documents that you deleted, formatted or lost due to other reasons from SATA hard drives, as well as other kinds of hard drives, external disks, memory cards, USB drives, MP4 players, iPod, etc. The whole task can be accomplished in 3 steps.

Step1 Run the SATA HDD file recovery program on your computer

After running the Sandisk USB recovery software, you can get two recovery modes as follow for your choice: Wizard (as a default) and Standard Mode.

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Wizard: This recovery mode lets youcheck ansawers to two simple questions, and the program will do the left. It's an ideal mode to beginners.

Standard Mode: Standard mode is great for experienced users. It offers different recovery options for you to choose from: Lost Recovery, Partition Recovery, Raw File Recovery and Resume Recovery.

Both of the recovery modes are friendly and intuitive. Next, let's go to next and take the Wizard as an example.

Step2 Choose the file type you want to recover from SATA hard drives.

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Step3 Select the file location for recovery according to the description.

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Step4 Enable deep scan and Start.

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Step5 Preview and recover lost files from SATA hard drives

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In the scan result, all recoverable files are displayed and categorized well. You can preview and check to recover them all with one click.

Files can be previewed now:  DOC/DOCX, XLS/XLSX, PPT/PPTX, PDF, HTML/HTM, JPG, JP2, JPEG, TIFF/TIF, PNG, BMP, GIF, ZIP and RAR.

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