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How to Recover Files from Crashed External Hard Drive

Part 1Is There Any Way to Recover Files from My Crashed external hard drive?

My Seagate external hard drive has crashed. When I connected it with my computer, it is recognized as a USB device under hard disk. I cannot open it. It was told as an unknown device. I am using a Windows computer and I want my external hard drive data back. Is there any way to recover data from my crashed external hard drive? Many thanks.

This is really an annoying problem. Since your external hard drive can still be recognized by computer, you can recover crashed external hard drive data with a third-party data recovery program. Wondershare Data Recovery, or Wondershare data recovery for mac is a choice for you. It enables you to recover data loss due to hard drive crash, system error and accidental deletion. All you need to do is to scan your crashed external hard drive with this program to check how many files you can recover.

Get the trial version of Wondershare Data Recover and perform crashed external hard drive data recovery.


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The Best Recovery Software for Crashed External Hard Drive

  • Recover files in 550+ formats from any storage device quickly, safely and completely.
  • 3 Recovery Modes to help you recover lost files under different situations
  • Supports data recovery from recycle bin, hard drive, memory card, flash drive, digital camera and camcoders
  • Preview before recovery allows you to do a selective recovery
  • Supported OS: Windows 10/8/7/XP/Vista, Mac OS X (Mac OS X 10.6, 10.7 and 10.8, 10.9, 10.10 Yosemite) on iMac, MacBook, Mac Pro etc.

Part 2How to recover data from a crashed external hard drive? Only in 3 Steps

Here we recover data from a crashed external hard drive with Wondershare Data Recovery for Windows. Mac users please get the Mac version and perform the recovery in similar steps.

Step 1. Select recovery mode to recover files from crashed external hard drive

After installing and launching Wondershare Data Recovery, you will be provided with 3 recovery modes, just as you can see from the image below. To recover data from a crashed external hard drive, here we try with “Lost File Recovery”.

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Step 2. Select your crashed hard drive to Scan Data

The program will list all local partitions and external hard drives in your computer. You just need select your external hard drive and click “Start” to continue.

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Step 3. Check the recoverable files and recover them selectively

The scan will finish soon. All found contents will be displayed in categories. Check file names to see whether they are what you have lost or not. For image files, you can even preview them.

Then you can select files you want to recover and click “Recover” to save them to your computer. lease do not save the files to your external hard drive where they were lost before.

Note: After recovering files, we highly suggest you fix your external hard drive for future use.

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About Crashed external hard drive data recovery:

If data in your crashed external hard drive is logically damaged, it is impossible to recover it. This is also why Wondershare Data Recovery offers a trial version. This trial version can help you to check how many files you can recover and check whether files found by it are what you want to retrieve or not.

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Part 3Video Tutorial of Crashed External Hard Drive


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