Data Recovery from an External Disk with a Damaged File System

Introduction

External disks are fast and largely used by so many people, who find them to be ideal for storing different kinds of data and for use as system and file backup. They, however, have a risk involved that non-removable media and internal disks do not have, and that is the physical hazard. They can easily be mishandled, dropped, exposed to the elements and so many other possibilities. You could also create logical errors when you improperly remove it from a computer. You, therefore, need to ensure that you use the eject command when you want to remove your external disk.

Basics to Start Data Recovery

When a disk is damaged all your information might be lost, or it can’t just be read by your operating system. Before we start on discussing how to recover your data in case of a damaged file system, you should ensure that your disk is in good physical shape. You also need a data recovery utility known as R-Studio.

About R-Studio

It can essentially analyze and identify contents on a damaged disk without the need of the file system being intact. Even if your disk is so damaged and you’re not able to read it, it can help you recover all your data. Let us take a step by step look at how it works.

Step 1

Simply start the R-Studio and identify the damaged external disk. Most of the time it is usually the disk without any valid file system.

Step 2

Now you need to right-click on it and select the scan option displayed on the menu. A scan dialog box will open instantly and you will be able to choose from different options. You also get to choose which file types you want to recover. Check the boxes of files you want to recover and click on scan button. You will see the progress right on your computer as it scans. During this stage you really need to exercise patience, it may take a while.

Step 3

You will see a search result window when the scan is finished. It will mostly find several partitions and you will have to choose which corresponds to the files you want. The right recognition will mostly be the one in green if you’re recovering from a damaged file system. For formatted or deleted partitions it will mostly be the yellow one.

Step 4

Once you identify the right partition, simply double-click on it and view its contents. You will be able to see files and folders.

Step 5

Mark the folders and files you want to recover. From here you can now simply recover your files quite easily. Your files will be recovered in a folder known as output folder.

Now you can destroy or reformat the damaged external hard disk.