Recover Data from Dead External Hard Disk

Don’t be panic if your external hard disk is dead or become inaccessible. Follow these guidelines to repair a dead portable drive without losing any data. Don’t lose hope even if you can’t fix the drive since an easy way to recover data from a dead external hard drive is also given here.


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Restore Data from Dead External Hard Disk

“I have an external hard disk of 1 TB storage capacity. It contains nearly 600 GB of my data including the collection of movies, songs, and pictures. It also has my entire system backup. Evidently, the hard disk is very important for me. Now the problem is I am unable to access any of its data. I did not make any change to it and the disk was working absolutely fine until recently; all of a sudden it stopped working. It seems the hard drive is dead. I don’t have any idea what to do now”.

Are you facing similar problems with your external hard disk? Relax! Here, you will find effective methods to fix a dead external hard drive and to recover files from it with ease.

Quick-Check: Connect the dead external drive via new USB port or to a new computer. Verify whether you can access it.

Caution: Check whether the dead external drive is damaged logically or physically. If the drive is physically damaged, then please take it to a repair center and get it fixed.

If the drive is physically fine, then follow below-mentioned methods to repair a dead external hard drive.

Method 1. Use Disk Management Tool

  • Go to Control Panel, select Administration then, Computer Administration
  • Switch to Storage and click on Disk Management
  • Find the dead portable hard disk and right click on it
  • Choose Change Drive Letter and Path
  • Assign a letter (new letter that doesn't present in your computer)
  • Mark its partition as Active and hit OK
  • Restart your computer

Method 2. Uninstall Drivers

  • Go to Start menu, type devmgmt.msc and click Enter
  • Open Device Manager and unlock Universal Serial Bus controllers
  • Locate the device showing as unrecognized
  • If found it, go to drivers tab and uninstall the driver
  • Reboot the system

Method 3. Reinstall USB controller

  • Reach Device Manager using above method
  • Expand Universal Serial Bus controllers
  • Right-click on USB Root Hub
  • Select Properties
  • Choose Power Management
  • Disable Allow the computer to turn off this device to save power option
  • Repeat this for each USB Root Hub
  • Restart the computer

Dead hard drive data recovery software - Remo Recover!

If you are still unable to access the data even after fixing the dead portable hard drive, then use Remo Hard Drive Recovery to perform data recovery from dead external hard disk. Remo Recover is a powerful data recovery utility that will help you get data back from dead hard drive whether it is external disk or an internal hard disk drive. It creates an image file of the unmounting drive that Windows OS is not able to detect due to file system damage or any other reasons and recovers entire data from that drive. You can even rescue data from an external hard disk having Bad Sectors using Remo Recover tool.

Steps to Recover Data from Dead External Hard Disk:

Install Remo Recover on a working computer and connect the dead external hard disk to it as a slave, and then follow these instructions to recover data from that dead hard drive.

Step 1: Connect the dead hard disk to a working computer and download Remo Recover on that system. Then launch the software to open the main screen. In the main screen, choose Recover Partitions and select the drive to recover data. Then click the Scan button

Retrieve Data From Dead External Hard Disk - Main Screen

Figure A: Main Screen

Step 2: In the next step, select the partition that you want to recover

Recover Data From Dead External Hard Disk - Select a partition to recover

Figure B: Select a partition to recover

Step 3: All the files available in the selected partition will be displayed

Restore Data From Dead External Hard Disk - File Type View

Figure C: File Type View

Step 4: Now, enjoy a free preview by double clicking on the file you want to preview

Rescue Data From Dead External Hard Disk - Preview Recovered Data

Figure D: Preview Recovered Data

Step 5: Finally, select a destination and save recovered files

Dead External Hard Disk Data Recovery - Save Recovered Data

Figure E: Save Recovered Data

Note: Intense heat, water, physical impact, dust, etc. are the serious threats to your hard disk as these factors cause physical damage to the drive. So make sure you take appropriate preventive measures in order to keep the hard disk drive safe.



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