Hard Drive Data Recovery with Disk Drill for Windows

Data loss costs businesses and individuals around the world billions each year in lost revenue. Even with cloud services and more reliable hard drives, data can be lost without warning. 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.
Disk Drill for Windows is a file recovery tool that goes beyond what other applications do. It scans the underlying file system, using a large catalog of file structures, and conducts advanced analysis to recover files even after the Recycle Bin has been emptied. It has the power of a professional data recovery application - and it gives it away for free. Recover up to 500 MB without paying a dime, and get back peace of mind.

Step 1 to File Recovery: Disconnect The Drive

Disk Drill recovers files, directories, partitions, SD cards - but to do that, first the thing we have to do is stop using the drive. Your hard drive is like a living, breathing organism. Just like cells in the human body regenerate, so does the content of your hard drive changes on its own, even when you don’t move files around yourself. Talking about data recovery: it’s important to understand how data is deleted. 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.

If possible, completely disconnect the hard drive from the computer, then download and install Disk Drill. The faster we act, the sooner we’ll get the lost data back.
  • 1Download Disk Drill
  • 2Install it
  • 3Start Disk Drill for Windows

Step 2: Scan for Files to Recover

Have Disk Drill installed? Then you’re halfway there. Select the drive, and launch the scan. Disk Drill will search through the drive and find lost files fast.

Disk Drill is free hard drive recovery software that was made to be easy to use. 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.We know its intimidating to use file recovery software, and want to make it as simple and painless as possible. hard drive data recovery

Step 3: Select the Files to Restore

Select the files to recover, select where to save them, and recover up to 500 MB of hard disk data for free.

Accidents can happen. Don’t wait until things are lost forever. For a free download, Disk Drill is a free HDD and SSD recovery software that gives peace of mind so when files are lost, you can get them back fast. hard drive recovery software
How fast do you need those files restored? Use the Quick Scan to get to files recently removed - or if it’s been longer or there’s been damage, the Deep Scan will aggressively search and bring back what matters most to you.

Don’t Just Recover Files - Protect Them

File Recover is for when files have been deleted or erased by accident. Far better is to protect files in the first place. Disk Drill comes with Recovery Vault, which goes further than Recycle Bin ever has. It monitors important files to protect them from erasure, and files that are deleted get tracked so even if the Recycle Bin is emptied, they can be brought back without delay.

Step 4: Recover Lost Files

Click Recover, and now your files are back in your possession. It’s a simple process made easy by Disk Drill’s dedication to making file recovery as painless as possible. Spend less time worrying, and more time working. recover data from hard drive
Need to restore from a hard drive? SD card? USB drive? Plug it in, and let Disk Drill for Windows handle the rest.

Frequently Asked Questions

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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.

The best data recovery software applications for Windows are:

  1. Disk Drill for Windows;
  2. Recuva;
  3. TestDisk and PhotoRec;
  4. MiniTool Power Data Recovery;
  5. EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard;
  6. UnDeleteMyFiles Pro;
  7. Wise Data Recovery;
  8. PC Inspector File Recovery;
  9. Stellar Data Recovery Software.

Deep Scan To Find More

Deep Scan takes longer, but when the files have been missing for a long time or files badly damaged, it’s the best bet to restore what’s missing. It goes through the entire hard drive, piece by piece, and reconstructs files with a database of over 300 file patterns. Images, movie files, spreadsheets - the Deep Scan finds it and brings it back to your world.
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