How to Recover Your Data from a Damaged Hard Drive?

How to Recover Your Data from a Damaged Hard Drive

The hard drive you use might crash or get damaged anytime. And when it gets damaged, the data they have might be gone too. Thus, backing up the valuable details of your system is important. But you might have come across times when it might be damaged entirely. At that time, you will have to perform a PC data recovery or you can just manage to get enough life out of it in order to extract the data and save it in some other location. For this you might need to hire an expert from the computer repair field or others. This will indeed be an excellent option, as it can generate chances of getting back the lost data.

You can also do the task of PC data recovery yourself, but this you will have to void the warranty linked with it. Besides this, you must never ever try to open the hard drive’s casing, as it can cause a damage that cannot be repaired if it’s exposed to air.

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Other than this, there are quite a lot of other useful tips that can help you in solving the hassle of recovering the data from a damaged hard drive.

5 Ways to Recover Your Data from a Damaged Hard Drive

Recover Data from Hard Disk
Recover Data from damaged Hard Drive


1. Check The Other Programs

  • Remove the hard drive immediately from the system
  • The best option is to plug it into a different PC or laptop that is working well.
  • Apart from this, you will have to check whether the motherboard is working properly. There are chances that it might cause similar issues.
  • If you think that the motherboard is the cause for the damage, then you must use it as a lesson to backup your data instantly.

2. Freezing The Hard Drive

If case, if you are not able to find any solution to recover your data from a damaged hard drive, the best thing to do is to freeze it.

  • Put the damaged hard drive in a zip lock bag. That is, use the one that is freezer safe. It has been observed that freezing the hard drive at times might work revive a stalling hard drive.
  • If you wish to put your hard drive into the freezer, then seal it tightly make sure that no ice crystals get in.
  • You can also put the parceled hard drive in your freezer for some time. Allow it to be there for at least one to three hours and not more than that.
  • After doing this, put the cold hard drive to your personal computer. You can place some dry ice to keep it cool for a longer period.
  • The chilled hard drive works perfect on different occasions and if it shows up here as well, then consider transferring all your data to an external hard drive or a USB flash drive.
  • Remember that the HD of your system or laptop might crash anytime. So remember to keep a backup of your essential documents and files.

3. Recover Your Data With No Cost or Little Included

If you wish to recover data from a crashed OS, that is if you are not able to log into windows, then there are chances that you can remove your hard drive and try it into another PC and just copy over the files you want. It is the best to get yourself and external hard drive case that will suit your type of hard drive. The drive might show you an external drive enabling your complete access with the exception of the OS files in various cases which you don’t need.

4. Using Software To Recover The Data


Using Software To Recover The Data

Using Software To Recover The Data

If you need to recover the deleted data or if you have formatted it by mistake or just unable to get the data using the above techniques, you can always look at software to guide you to recover the data. Most software applications will allow users to recover from a wide range of devices which also includes the hard drives, Micro SD cards, USB Flash drives, etc. so, if you have a drive you want to recover the data from stop using it the more you use it the less chance of recovery.

5. Preserving Water Damaged Hard Drives

  • Remove the hard drive from your PC. Make sure that you don’t power on as it might cause circuit, you could go through an electric shock or your PC might get damaged
  • Remove the hard drive from the CPU carefully, so that you can take all the needed measures to retrieve the data.
  • Don’t try to dry or heat the hard drive as this might also damage it further. When flooding happen, dirt and other debris might have entered the PC and by trying to remove the water from the HD, you might scratch the hard drove accidentally.


Written by Hardip Koradia

Hardip Koradia is a pro tech blogger with years of experience in writing resourceful articles on different tech topics like mobile apps, PCs, gadgets, software, how to guides, etc. His passion for technology inspired him to start Techbylws, a growing tech blog.