So, I have this 1 TB external HDD which is used for my data backup needs as well as to dump in movies and other stuff that I find cool. However, today was not such a great day as when I plugged in the HDD to my laptop, it failed to read from it.
Now, from my previous experience with external HDD, I can tell you one thing that they are not immune to failures. Whichever brand you choose to buy, it WILL fail eventually. That’s the bottom line. After all, they have a physical spindle that rotates and a head that reads/writes the data on the cylinders.
It is bound to give up on you one day.
Note: I was using this Seagate HDD for over 4 years. Even though it failed, 4 years is a good time for a HDD to last without any issues. If you are planning to buy a new HDD, I will recommend Seagate Backup Plus Slim 1 TB HDD. A great product with excellent performance.
So, the hard disk failed, now what? How do I recover data from my failed hard disk?
EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard is a free data recovery software that was the answer to my question. This helps you recover deleted files
Review: EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard
This is one of the best data recovery software that can be used to recover deleted, formatted or lost data from you laptop, PC or a removable device (In my case the external HDD).
Once you have downloaded and installed the software, you can recover the data in 3 easy steps.
1) Launch the app
2) Scan the media
3) Recover the data
Yes, it’s as simple as that!
So, I downloaded the installed package for Windows which is 15.1 MB in size. Launch the app after installation and you will see the beautiful app interface.
Now, you need to select the media that you want to recover data from. In my case, I plugged in my external HDD and the app started the scan automatically.
Once the scanning is complete, you will be able to see the data that you can recover. I am not sharing that screenshot as it’s my personal data.
Note: I downloaded the free version of the app that lets you recover 2 GB of data. If you want to recover more than this, you need to get the paid version.
Since, I wanted to try out the software before I actually invest in it, I went ahead with the free version.
And it does work! I was able to recover 2 GB of data from my crashed external HDD in no time! Sweet!
Features of EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard
1) Recover the files the way it is
EaseUS data recovery wizard allows you to get exactly what you lost. It has a basic ‘quick scan’ and a more advanced ‘deep scan’ feature which ensures that you get the precise data you want to recover. Not to forget, this process is very fast as well.
2) Supports multiple file types
A great thing about the software is that it supports recovery of multiple file types. The software allows recovery of lost documents, photos, videos, email and music that might have been deleted, lost to a virus attack, system crash or due to formatting. You can even perform an SD card recovery!
3) Preview before recovery
After the scan is completed, you get to preview the files that can be recovered. Previewing makes it easier for you to start from the most important data and ensure that it is recovered on priority.
4) Save the scan results
Once the scan is complete, you can import and export the scan results. This give you the flexibility to resume data recovery the next time without having to scan again.
These are some great features which really make the software very reliable.
Plans and Pricing
EaseUS data recovery wizard has a few plans to choose from as per your requirements.
I am really satisfied with the free version of the software and would definitely invest in the Pro version as I need to recover all of the data from my external HDD. You can also use this software for mac data recovery
Do try out EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard Free and let me know your thoughts in the comment section below.