Article: Useful Tips for Corrupted Disk Recovery


Learn how to recover corrupted disks by yourself with this easy tutorial. Inaccessible hard drives, corrupted file systems and lost files are no problem if you follow the steps described in the tutorial.
12.06.2012

Tip #1: Learn about the problem

Hard drives may become inaccessible because of various reasons. If the disk itself is physically damaged, thereís nothing you can do about it at home. If you care about your data, find a data recovery lab and bring or send your disk there. Prepare to pay a small fortune for their service. An example of physical and electronic problems that damage hard disks is the infamous Click of Death, a clicking noise coming from the hard drive that indicates a problem with one or more of the diskís components.


If the hard disk works in that you can hear it spinning, or even have a drive letter for that disk appear in Windows, chances are that data recovery is possible on that drive. If thatís the case, read along!

Tip #2: Donít touch the damaged disk!

Writing anything onto the damaging disk can cause further corruption. I put this tip before choosing the right tools as you must be warned: do not save the disk recovery tools you are about to download onto the faulty disk! Do not install data recovery software on the corrupted drive! Use a separate disk, partition, USB flash or memory card.

Tip #3: Choose the right software.

Mareew Hard Drive Recovery is the disk recovery tool I am using, so Iíll show the rest of the process using that software as an example. When downloading and installing the disk recovery product, keep in mind Tip #2!

Tip #4: Run disk recovery software.

If you are using Mareew Hard Drive Recovery, youíll see a step-by-step wizard that asks you questions about the corrupted hard drive. Just pick the damaged disk from the list of available drives, and click Next.

Tip #5: Create a backup of the faulty drive.

While you can often recover disks and data without making a backup, I strongly recommend that you make an image of the corrupted disk and save it somewhere on a different hard drive. You can do that with Mareew Hard Drive Recovery. After the backup is complete, you can perform the recovery on the backup image as opposed to the original drive. By doing this, at least you wonít break anything as the source disk remains in its original state!

Tip #6: Recover data before fixing the disk.

I bet you care about your work such as office documents, archives and pictures of your family more than you do about the faulty piece of hardware. If thatís the case, let Mareew Hard Drive Recovery take care of your data first by scanning the corrupted hard drive or its saved image and saving all documents, digital pictures, archives and other files that are valuable to you into a safe place.

Tip #7: Click Next!

If you followed all of the above, you have already rescued your files and data, and have a backup copy of the damaged disk handy. Now itís time to revive the actual disk! Just click Next until Mareew Hard Drive Recovery starts fixing the system structures. Sit back and relax as itís going to take a while!

Thatís about it. As you see, by using proper disk recovery software it is quite easy to recover data and fix inaccessible hard disks


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