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How to recover data from external hard drive

External hard drives are commonly used for storing and sharing data because they are a very safe and reliable way to do so. But what happens when that data gets corrupted or if the drive crashes? Whether you are trying to recover data from an external HDD or SSD, we recommend exercising extreme caution.

Even if you have the know-how, recovering data from an external hard drive can be tricky. For this reason, we recommend you stop using the external hard drive immediately and leave all data recovery activities to the experts. Experimenting with lost data endangers your data's safety and could cause more damage and hurt your chances of recovering that data.

Which recovery software is best for an external hard drive?

When it comes to selecting the proper recovery software, there are a few things to consider. Free recovery software options sound great at first until you ask yourself why these options are free while other options can be rather costly. Recovery software does not typically include a guarantee or a guided tutorial, meaning you will need
to know what you are doing or you could risk compromising the data further.

We recommend that you invest that money into getting an expert to recover the data from your external hard drive. A knowledgeable data recovery expert will likely begin by backing up your external hard drive and trying to focus on recovering your data as opposed to trying to determine what could have caused the issue with your external hard drive. Data recovery is almost always the priority, it is likely all that you are worried about. Additionally, once an external hard drive has failed once, it becomes difficult to trust it again.

If you are not sure how to recover data from an external hard drive, we highly recommend speaking to one of our experts and not continuing the use of the external hard drive. Our data recovery experts at Geeks on Site can also walk you through options for cloud backups so you never have to find yourself in this situation again.