While computers have become more and more reliable in recent years, data loss is still fairly common. Many things can cause a PC hard drive to fail and cause you to lose data. Fortunately, in some cases, you may be able to recover your information. Here’s how to recover data from a hard drive on Windows or Mac.

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Install and use to recover data from hard drive on Windows or Mac Disc drill Data Recovery Program If a hardware problem occurs, you should take your drive to a professional data recovery service.


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How to recover data from hard disk

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Before recovering data from hard drive, you need to know a few things. First, make sure that the deleted files are not still in your Recycle Bin or Recycle Bin folder. If any, you can directly recover them with a few clicks.

Second, if there is physical damage to your disk that makes the hard drive inaccessible from your PC, you will most likely need the help of a professional data recovery service. Hardware failures are very hard to work around and may make it impossible to recover your data in some cases. So, if you’re wondering how to recover data from a dead hard drive, it’s best to avoid trying to do it yourself and risking more damage.

On the other hand, if you’re wondering how to recover data from a hard drive that won’t boot, you might be able to do so relatively easily. In such cases, it is possible that the drive is correct, but something is messed up with the system’s boot information. In such cases, you can try restoring the operating system or use an external hard drive enclosure to connect it to another computer to copy the data. If the hard drive is completely encrypted or formatted, you may not be able to recover data at all.

However, if you are looking to recover accidentally or intentionally deleted data, you can follow the steps below.

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How to recover data from hard drive in Windows

If you are looking to recover deleted data from hard drive in Windows, you should use third-party software like Disk Drill. If the deleted files were on an external hard drive, make sure you connect the drive to the computer before starting the process.

Download and install Disk Drill in Windows, and launch it. be sure information recovery is selected in the left navigation tab.

Disk Drill home page

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Click the arrow next to the disk label to display the available partitions.

Disk Drill options

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Select the partition and click Search for lost data In the right part, or right click and select Search for lost data.

Disk Drill searching for files

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Disk Drill starts searching for deleted files and shows a breakdown of files by type. Click on Browse through the found items Check files button

Disk Drill search results

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On this page, you can use the left pane to navigate by file type to find the deleted files you want to recover. You’ll need some work to find where the files are listed. For example, we found our test files under the tab labeled Reconstructed.

Navigating Disk Drill search results

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Select the files you want to restore by clicking on the check mark next to each one and clicking on it restore Button.

Disk Drill recovers files

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Select the folder where you want to save the recovered files and click Good.

Disk Drill saves the recovered files

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You will see the restore in progress. Once completed, you will receive a confirmation message.

Disk Drill recovery is complete

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Click on Display the recovered data in the explorer button to open the folder with recovered files.

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How to recover data from hard drive on Mac

Our recommendation for the best data recovery software for Mac is also Disk Drill. The macOS version works perfectly fine and the process is similar to the Windows version. Download and install Disk Drill for Macand launch it.

Select the drive you want to scan for deleted files and click on it Search for lost data Button.

Disk Drill macOS options

You will see the scan in progress. When done, click on it Browse through the found items Button.

macOS drill disk recovery in progress

Browse and select the files you want to recover by clicking the box next to each file. Click on restore Button.

Disk Drill macOS recovery files

Select a storage location for the recovered files and click Good.

Disk Drill macOS saves the recovered files

Disk Drill saves the files in the selected location. Click Show results in Finder To see the recovered files

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