How Can I Recover Files from an External Hard Drive Without formatting?

Updated on April 15, 2020

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External hard drive get corrupt due to file system errors that turn a hard drive into RAW. Generally, external hard drive corruption are caused by formation of excessive bad sectors, virus and malware infection, sudden system shutdown due to crash, software or hardware issues, and sometimes due to physical damage. To fix a corrupt external hard drive, formatting is the simplest way, but it causes permanent data loss from an external hard drive. So, before fixing a corrupted external hard drive, rescue your files usingRemo Recover, a professional data recovery tool available in Mac and Windows edition separately. Continue reading to know how to recover files from external hard drive without formatting.

"The disk in the drive is not formatted, do you want to format it now?", "You need to format the drive E: before using it", etc. are the common formatting error message that occurs with a corrupt external drive. It means that the operating system failed to recognize it's file system, and needs to be formatted before using it further. No doubt, one can fix this issue by formatting the drive, but results in huge data loss, as it doesn't allow to backup the files stored in the drive. So, before formatting the corrupted external hard drive on Mac, utilize this software to recover data from external hard drive without formatting.

Remo Recover to Recover Files from External Hard Drive Without Formatting:

Remo Recover is a professional data recovery software for Mac to recover files from externaal hard drive that needs formatting. It takes a disc image, and scans each and every sector of the drive to pick up the files without missing single one. The tool recovers photos, videos, music files, documents, and other files from Mac hard drive that is formatted with APFS, HFS, HFSX, NTFS, exFAT, FAT16, and FAT32 file systems. Moreover, the Mac and Windows edition of the software are available for free download. Just download it's free edition and follow few simple on-screen instructions given below to recover your files.


Steps to recover files from external hard drive without formatting:

Get the free trial version of Remo Recover program to unformat external hard drive on Mac (any version) operating system. It is safe, quick and user friendly tool to recover files from an external hard drive that needs to be formatted in few clicks:

Step 1: Launch Remo Recover and connect your external hard drive. Click on “Recover Drives” button in order to recover files from external HDD

Select the appropriate function to recover external HDD without formatting

Step 2: The software display the list of physical drives on your Mac system, select the external hard disk and click on “Next

Choose external disk and click on Next

Step 3: You can select specific file types which you want to restore or just click on “Skip” button to recover all file types by default

Select File Type to continue with portable HDD recovery without formatting

Step 4: Click “Save” option to save all recovered files to your drive, and make sure that you save the retrieved files to another drive to avoid data overwriting

Click on Save to store the external hard drive file recovery session

Instances that corrupt the external hard drive:

  • Deadly virus, malware or spyware attack on external hard drive might corrupt the drive and leads to format error
  • Abrupt removal of external drive while accessing its files or often plugging or unplugging external hard disk to / from host device could damage it, resulting in format error
  • Formatting error may also get displayed in external hard drive when its file system is severely corrupted due to improper handling or using it in unsupported devices