How to Recover Files from Crashed External Hard Drive

My Seagate external hard drive has crashed. When I connected it with my computer, it is recognized as a USB device under hard disk. I cannot open it. It was told as an unknown device. I am using a Windows computer and I want my external hard drive data back. Is there any way to recover data from crashed external hard drive? Many thanks.

This is really an annoying problem. Since your external hard drive can still be recognized by computer, you can recover crashed external hard drive data with a third-party data recovery program. Recoverit external hard drive recovery software is a choice for you. It enables you to recover data loss due to hard drive crash, system error and accidental deletion. All you need to do is to scan your crashed external hard drive with this program to check how many files you can recover.

Part 1: Free Download the External Hard Drive Crash Recovery

Get the trial version of Recoverit data recovery and recover files from external hard drive.

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Part 2: How to Recover files from Crashed External Hard Drive

Free download and install Wondershare Data Recovery on your computer, connect your external hard drive to your computer and follow the next steps to recover files from external hard drive.

  1. Select "External Devices Recovery" option to recover files from crashed external hard drive
  2. To recover from crashed external hard drive, here we can select "External Devices Recovery" option to start the recovery.

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  3. Select your crashed external hard drive to scan data
  4. The program will list all local partitions and external hard drives in your computer. You just need select your external hard drive and click "Start" to continue.

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  5. Quickly scan your external hard drive
  6. This external hard drive recovery will start a quick can to find your data. If you can't see your desired files, please start a deep scan with "All-Around Recovery" mode, which can search more files.

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  7. Preview and recover your desired files
  8. After it finishs the scan, you can preview all the recoverable files, select the files and click "Recover" to retrieve them.

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    Note: After recovering files, we highly suggest you fix your external hard drive for future use.

About Crashed External Hard Drive Recovery:

If data in your crashed external hard drive is logically damaged, it is impossible to recover it. This is also why Recoverit data recovery offers a trial version. This trial version can help you to check how many files you can recover and check whether files found by it are what you want to retrieve or not.

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