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How to Recover Lost Data from NTFS Hard Drive

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Oct 13, 2020 • Filed to: Answer Hard Drive Problems • Proven solutions


In case you have lost your files accidentally, the data loss may be due to deletion, virus attack, formatting, improper operation, or any other reasons. How to recover lost data from NTFS Hard Drive? Recoverit Data Recovery is a powerful hard drive data recovery tool you must have while in an emergency of file loss. Recoverit hard drive data recovery software can help you to recover any lost data from NTFS partitions.

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How to Recover Lost Data from NTFS Hard Drive

Free download Recoverit Data Recovery on your computer, launch it, and follow the next simple steps to recover data from NTFS hard disk.

1. Select an NTFS partition recovery mode

Select a data recovery mode to recover lost data from NTFS hard drive. You can select the option of "Deleted Files Recovery" and go to start lost file recovery.

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2. Select the NTFS hard drive

Select the hard drive from which you want to recover lost data. Here, you need to choose the NTFS hard drive and click "Start" to move forward.

select the partition for NTFS file recovery

3. Scan the NTFS partition

A quick scan starts immediately. Go to the "All-Around Recovery" mode if you can't find any files after it. The deep scan will deeply search NTFS filed from the hard drive but it will take more time.

4. Preview and recover data

After the scan, you will have a list of lost files on that drive. You can preview these files and check their conditions before you recover them. Now just make sure you tick the wanted files and click "Recover" to get them back. That's all to recover data from NTFS Hard Drive.

More info about NTFS

NTFS, which stands for New Technology File System, is a file system that was developed by Microsoft in 1993. It took the place of FAT and High-performance File System. NTFS had several technical improvements including support for metadata and advanced data structure. Here are the features of NTFS:

  • -NTFS came with better performance, reliability, and better disk space utilization.
  • -It included additional extensions like file system journaling and security access control list.
  • -It included new features like sparse file support, reparse points, disk usage quotas, distributed link tracking, and Encrypting File System.

A Comparison between NTFS and FAT 16/ FAT 32 and exFAT

NTFS is fairly new compared to FAT or Ex FAT however still all three are in use today because all of them have their advantages and disadvantage. Here we have compared NTFS, FAT16/FAT32, and exFAT to help you understand the difference between all.





Volume Size

232 clusters minus 1 cluster

32 GB for all OS. For some OS 2TB


Max files on Volume



Nearly unlimited

Built-In security



Yes but minimal ACL only


If the volume is small, performance is degraded and goes vice versa.

Very high on small volumes and vice versa


Disk space economy




Fault tolerance



Yes if TFAT is activated


These differences show how each NTFS hard drive type has its advantage and disadvantage. Hence, for a specific purpose, the hard drive with specific advantages is used. This is the reason still all the forms are in use.

Whenever you lost data from NTFS hard drive, Recoverit Data Recovery is always ready for helping you out. Trust and try it now!

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