Recover Files from a Crashed/Corrupted Hard Drive

Some of the symptoms of a corrupted/crashed hard drive

You may have come across a case of a corrupted hard drive or maybe not. If a hard drive is crashed or corrupted, you will not be able to use it even though it will still show as a disk. Some of the common signs you’re likely to see if your hard drive is corrupted include:


You will experience an invalid media kind of reading such Abort, fail or retry?

  • The fail system will be displayed as the “RAW”
  • The windows can ask you if you would like to format by first warning you “disk has not been formatted, would you like to format it now?”
  • The files names will have “weird” names or characters
  • You will also experience “sector not found” type of messages.

A corrupted or crashed hard drive mostly has important folders and files, and it is very important to get them back. We first ask ourselves if there is a better method of recovering this hard drive without losing our important data. If you send it to a professional to service it, then be sure of spending some good money to retrieve, recover, save, and extract all you files. You can therefore choose to recover the files yourself by using good data recovery software. The recovery software will be able to recover your deleted, corrupted and formatted hard drive.


Below are the steps you can follow to recover your corrupted or crashed hard disk.

Step 1: Start the Pittsburgh data recovery software, then select on the corrupted hard drive-click on SCAN- this will enable you to search for any existing or lost files.

Step 2: A very quick scan will be launched first. And after it has been finished, a deep scan will then automatically start so as to find some more files.

Step 3: After the scan gas been completed, preview every listed file that has been recovered (only the word documents, emails, texts and photos are supported) and then select those you want to recover. After that, click on the RECOVER button so as to retrieve all your lost files back from the corrupted hard drive. It is important for you here to save all your recovered files on different device or drive in case the data recovery fails.

If you follow the above simple steps, then you will likely be able to recover you important data. It will also save you on the expenses that you would have incurred if you had taken it to a specialist shop.


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