Can I Retrieve Data from Invalid Disk?
First of all, this problem is a normal issue when you want to connect an external hard drive with a computer. This does not mean that your external hard drive is broken. It happens because of “MBR ERROR” or other system errors.
One of the quickest and stress-free ways to recover data from an invalid disk is to use the best quality data recovery tool. There are several options on the market, of course, and so it is necessary to read reviews and do your best to obtain the most appropriate tool. A good tool will be able to retrieve data from an invalid dynamic disk even if you cannot see your disk partitions. It will give you an option to search and recover the lost partition. A reputable and effective tool gets rid of all the thinking and caution that goes with Recoverit.
With Recoverit you can easily and effective to perform partition recovery, deleted file recovery and RAW hard drive recovery.
The following guide is based on Windows version of Recoverit. If you are a Mac user, you can process the recovery with Mac version with similar steps.
To recover data from invalid disk, you can go to select the option "External Devices Recovery" to start
Select your external hard drive and click "Start" button to scanning lost files.
You can go to "All Around Recovery" if quick scan can't get your lost files, the "All Around Recovery" will deeply search all files from Invalid disk
All found contents on your invalid disk will be displayed in the window. You can view file names if you want to check how many of files on your invalid disk can be recovered.
In the end, you just need to select files you want and click "Recover" to save them on partitions on your computer.
1. Reasons of Dynamic Disk Invalid Problem
Major causes of an invalid disk status are usually three. They entail the following:
Other triggers include wrong Bios settings, conflicting softwares, hardware faults, OS problems, partitioning mistakes and file system boot sector damage among others. In all the above-mentioned cases, data may get lost or deleted. But this is not as bad as it sounds. You can restore your files regardless of their formats with a data recovery software tool.
2. Convert a dynamic disk (invalid) to a basic disk
If your hard drive appears as a dynamic disk and is in an “invalid” status in the Disk Management screen, you will be cut off from the data in the drive. One of the main ways to solve this problem is to attempt to convert the invalid dynamic disk into a basic disk. As many operating systems support a basic disk, it will be easy to change any dynamic disk you have to a basic one. As you are likely to lose data when performing this act, it is advisable to do a data recovery step with suitable software. After this, follow these steps.
3. Reactivate the Invalid Disk via Commands
In conclusion, the best way to avoid encountering the dynamic disk invalid status is to dodge the causes. In reality though, you cannot stay away from some of the causes. It is your computer that decides when to pop up the invalid error. As we noted earlier, the invalid status is sometimes caused by a human error. For instance, you can partition your hard drive wrongly and trigger the widespread invalid disk error. As well, you might neglect your computer’s security and privacy by not using a good quality anti-virus tool. Entry of virus and malware can corrupt your computer’s partition table and cause an invalid disk status. It may be useful to use a Registry clean up tool to maintain the health of registry files as these could cause an invalid disk error when damaged. Once you personally do everything you can to avoid this error and it still happens, follow the methods outlined in this article to solve it.
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