Hard Drive Data Recovery with Disk Drill for Windows

Data loss costs businesses and individuals around the world billions each year in lost revenues. While hard drives are becoming more reliable with each passing year, they still leave a lot to be desired. Virtually all IT professionals preach the importance of backing up critical data but only a few know how to effectively deal with data loss. Those who do know recommend Disk Drill — a premier free hard drive data recovery software for Windows.
Free version recovers up to 500 MB
Disk Drill for Windows is unique because it can undelete files from the emptied Recycle Bin by looking at the underlying file system. With the free version of Disk Drill for Windows, it’s possible to find all lost files and recover up to 500 MB of data. In other words, you can download a professional application used by some of the world’s largest enterprises and use it to recover your lost documents and files without paying a single cent — a value like this is hard to come by.

#1 Successfully recover files from hard drive

Disk Drill is designed to work straight out of the box, requiring almost no user input. Still, there’s one crucial thing you can do to increase your chances of successful recovery: act quickly. Your hard drive is like a living, breathing organism. Just like cells in the human body constantly regenerate, so does the content of your hard drive changes. As you create files, download stuff from the internet, perform system maintenance, or watch online videos, your operating system is writing and rewriting huge quantities of data. When you delete something, you’re essentially telling your system that the deleted file may be overwritten. Once something else is stored in its place, even Disk Drill won’t help you get it back.

When you find out that you’ve accidentally deleted a file, stop whatever you’re doing and download and install Disk Drill right away. If you act quickly, you are almost guaranteed to get your file back intact.
  • 1Download Disk Drill
  • 2Install it
  • 3Start Disk Drill for Windows

#2 How to perform hard drive recovery

To recover files from hard drive using Disk Drill for Windows, all you have to do is press the Recover button. Disk Drill requires as little user input as possible, and there’s no way how you could mess something up. Even though the software is self-explanatory, we’ve also prepared an extensive online knowledge base that covers all common data recovery scenarios, including how to recover data from hard drive or how to perform external hard drive data recovery. How to recover Recycle Bin

#3 Free hard drive recovery software

One of the best things about Disk Drill for Windows is the fact that you can try it for free. Recover up to 500 MB to test how it works and decide whether you need more. When you see just how useful it is to have the ability to install recover any deleted files, we’re convinced that you’ll want to keep Disk Drill installed on your system indefinitely. Recycle bin recovery
Disk Drill automatically scans your whole hard drive, looking for lost or deleted files. You can choose whether you would like Disk Drill to quickly scan the content of your hard drive or perform deep analysis of the underlying file system. With support for over 300 file formats and all popular storage devices, you can rest assured knowing that you will see your missing files again in no time.

How to recover data from hard drive for free

Disk Drill for Windows comes with a number of useful data recovery, protection, and management tools. These tools can help you better organize the content of your hard drive, monitor its health, and back up your most important files and folders. Even though they could be sold as stand-alone products, they are included with Disk Drill for free. One of them is the Recovery Vault, which is like a deposit box for files that you absolutely can’t afford to lose. Once a file is in the Recovery Vault, Disk Drill will proactively monitor its status and create backups.

#4 Hard drive recovery – final steps

Once Disk Drill finishes the data recovery process, it will present you with a list of files. Select anything you deem worthy of recovering and choose the destination folder for restored data. Confirm your selection, and that’s all! Your data are now recovered and ready to be used. As you can see, hard drive recovery with Disk Drill for Windows couldn’t be simpler.
Disk Drill for Windows supports all external hard drives and USB flash drives. Once you connect an external storage device to your Windows computer, you will be able to recover files from it using Disk Drill. Recycle bin recovery

Frequently Asked Questions

Updated on by Disk Drill Team

Hard drives can fail for a variety of reasons. Some of the most common include exposure to excessive heat or moisture, electrical power surges, faulty firmware, and mechanical errors. A hard drive can also fail due to a corrupted file system which can result from a malware or virus attack.

There is no cost to recover data from a hard drive if you are using your own backups. Data recovery software is often required to successfully restore the disk and can be obtained at various prices. Tools like Disk Drill offer Windows users the ability to recover 500MB of data for free.

Data recovery software takes advantage of the methods that modern operating systems use to delete data. They logically remove access to the data but leave it physically intact until it is overwritten. This fact allows the recovery application to scan a disk and restore access to the deleted data.

The broken hard drive must be readable in order to recover its data. If it cannot be read you can’t use data recovery software to restore your lost data. In cases where you cannot achieve access to the drive, you may be forced to send it to a professional hardware recovery service.

You will know if your hard drive has crashed or is about to crash if:

  1. Your computer will not start.
  2. You are experiencing inordinately long wait times when opening files.
  3. Files are missing or corrupt and unusable.
  4. Strange sounds are emanating from your hard drive.

How to recover data from hard drive with Deep Scan

Should the default data recovery method fail to locate your lost data, Disk Drill still has one trick up its sleeve: Deep Scan. When you activate this advance data recovery method, Disk Drill will scan the content of your hard drive sector by sector. This allows you to recover even the most damaged files at the cost of longer waiting times.
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  • djsumpter
    Thank you for your great product "Disk Drill." I have it installed on windows xp and have used it to restore data from an accidentally formatted external ntfs drive.
  • «Disk Drill is a handy recovery software for Windows. It is easy to use and ships with two additional features, partition recovery and protections, that set it apart from the majority of data recovery programs.» by Martin Brinkmann
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