Hard drive failure such as drive corruption happens every now and then. We've all been there. Worst of all, you didn't back up your hard drive data, did you? It's obvious we should learn something on how to recover lost files from corrupt hard drive, so that we won't be at a loss when such misery happens.
How to Recover Data from Corrupt Hard Disk Drive (HDD) on Windows 10/8/7/XP/Vista
Corrupt hard drive recovery must be done with professional recovery tools. Here we choose Tenorshare Data Recovery Professional which is quite popular among users.
Select mode and scan hard drive
Before the hard disk recovery, we should download the program. Launch Data Recovery Professional and select the types of files you are to restore. And then choose a location and press Scan to scan lost files. Recover files from crashed hard drive requires all the same steps.
After scanning, all files will be displayed by file types. Data Recovery Professional allows us to preview photos, music, documents, etc. stored on our hard drive.
Recover photos, videos, etc. from hard drive
In the end, check the files you want to recover and click "Recover" button on the bottom of the interface. You could selectively recover data on your drive or disk. For instance you can select to recover photos from corrupt hard drive only.
Note: This method works for local disk as well as external hard drive. We can also recover data from corrupt external hard drive using Data Recovery Professional. Download Data Recovery Professional for Mac if you want to recover data from corrupt hard drive on Mac, which fully recovers data on Mac OS X 10.10, 10.9, 10.8, 10.7, 10.6 and below.
Note: If the hard drive corruption or crash makes you unable to start your computer, you should use Data Recovery WinPE which could burn an IOS image to help you boot up Windows and then recovery data from corrupted hard drive.
How to Tell Whether Hard Drive is Corrupted by Listening
Everyone knows that the hard drives make a bit of a noise when working or powering up. The problem is that sometimes the noise could mean that your Hard Drive is about to corrupt or corrupted already. There are a few tips that can help you detect your hard drive problems.
1. Take the HDD from your computer; make sure you have cables long enough for you to handle it freely. Turn on your computer and put the HDD against your ear so that you can hear clearly the sound it produces when booting.
2. Repeat the process until you are sure that the drive makes the same sound every time it boots.
3. Enter your Operating System and holding your drive in your hand as near as you can to your ear, closely listen to the sound it makes while it works. The best way to do this is to copy some data from another drive to the drive you want to test.
4. Think through all the noises the HDD made, and try to establish if it was a normal working noise or a faulty one. If the drive makes a loop of clicks when powered on, it's corrupted or soon to corrupt. If while working under your OS the drive sometime loops through a set of power on noises (as if you just powered it on), it's a soon to be corrupted drive. If you can't hear anything at all, replace the drive since it is already corrupted.
If your hard drive hasn't corrupt, you ought to backup your hard drive immediately. If it has already been corrupted, then you should use Data Recovery Professional to help you with data recovery from corrupted disk.