With the fame of external hard drives, people are extensively dependent on them for backing up their important data related to personal and business work. The external hard drives are very convenient to use in our daily life and for accessing or moving files you just need to connect external hard drive to the port outside the computer. However, a survey shows that external hard drive is the storage media from which people often lose their data. External HDD contains your important data i.e. each file you have written, digital photos you have taken, your favorite movies, songs, programs, official documents and so on.

When you lose data from hard drive, you may for backup copy if you saved on external hard drive. But what if you have lost the only backup files you had? There is no dreadful situation to face than losing one’s valuable and only copy of data due to some unpredicted cause. You cannot tell what might cause loss of data from external drive, but don’t fear; still there are chances of restoring deleted, lost or missing files from external hard drive. Thinking how is it possible? Very simple the best file recovery tool makes it possible to get back data from external HDD irrespective of cause for loss of data. It is rated as the best software to recover files of about 300 types from external drives as well as other storage drives on both Windows and Mac OS.

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Like hard drives, file content still remains intact on its memory even after deletion or loss, until its space on external hard disk is occupied by new files. So if you neglect the above steps, then you may end up losing your data forever from external hard drive, as newly added files may start overwriting the lost file space on external drive in days, weeks or months depending on the free space available on it. Before this could happen, you make use of best file recovery software to protect and retrieve your vital data files. This application can also be used for recovering files from hard drive when it fails to boot for number of reasons. Download and install this tool on healthy Windows computer and connect your external hard drive to it. Select it from the list of recognized storage drives and carry out external hard drive file recovery process in few basic steps as shown by its interactive graphical interface. If satisfied with the recovery results, then go ahead for buying full version of the software for saving recovered files. WIth the help of this powerful utility you can easily recover files lost from CF card due to Compact Flash card corruption, virus attacks, etc.

Scenarios for loss of files from external hard drive are:

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Steps for recovering files from external hard disk drive are:

Step 1: Download and install the best file recovery tool on your Windows computer as explained earlier. Run the software and it displays three options on main screen as shown below in Figure 1. Select "Recover Partitions/Drives" option.

File Recovery from External Hard Drive - Home Screen

Figure A: Home Screen

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Step 2: From the next display screen select "Partition Recovery" option if you want to recover data from deleted, lost or corrupted partitions. Or else select "Formatted/Reformatted Recovery" option to recover data from formatted or reformatted partitions on hard drive. Then choose the external hard drive from which you lost or deleted files as shown below in Figure 2.

File Recovery from External Hard Drive - Select Memory Card

Figure B: Select External Hard Drive

Step 3: After scanning the the external hard drive, the recovered files will be listed and displayed on the screen. You can preview those and can save them to the desired location on the computer.

File Recovery from External Hard Drive - List of Recovered Files

Figure C: List of Recovered Files

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