"I have a 500GB WD external hard drive which is often used for data backup. Yesterday, I wanted to reinstall operating system on my computer, so I moved all important files to the external hard drive. After system reinstalling, I attempted to move those files back to my computer. However, the problem is when I connected the external hard drive to my computer, Windows system cannot detect the external HDD. I think my external hard drive is corrupted due to some unknown reasons, but I really want to get back the lost files. Can you tell me how to recover data from an external hard drive when it is not showing up in My Computer?"
If external hard drive is not detected by system when you plug it to any computer, the first thing you should do is to stop using the external HDD. Then, you can rely on iCare Data Recovery software to recover files. It is a read-only data recovery tool, which can works on almost all Windows PC to recover files from external HDD when it is corrupted, shows disk error or even cannot be recognized by PC. This data recovery software allows you to recover all kinds of files such as pictures, videos, music, office files, etc from any brand of external HDD including Western Digital, Seagate, Samsung, Maxtor, Kingston, etc.
Step1. Plug the portable hard drive to your computer. Download and install iCare Data Recovery software on the computer. Run the software and choose a recovery module.
Step2. Choose the external hard drive so that the software can scan it for lost files. You only need to wait before the scanning is completed.
Step3. You can preview the found files after scanning. Then, you can choose the files you need and recover them.
Usually, when you plug an external hard drive to computer, system can detect it as a removable HD so that you can read or write data on it. However, why does the external HDD stops working and become not readable? The reasons are various. Sometimes, external hard drive will be corrupted due to virus infection, bad sectors, improper operation and more other unknown reasons. Windows cannot detect external hard drive when it is corrupted or damaged, so the external hard drive will not show up when you connect it to your computer. In order to avoid such kind of problem, you should always use your external hard disk properly and protect it from being attacked by any possible virus.
Sometimes, when you plug USB hard drive to your computer, it can show up as a removable disk in My Computer or under Disk Management. However, you are unable to access the USB hard drive because it has an unrecognized file system RAW. If your USB hard drive shows RAW file system and becomes not readable, you don’t need to worry about data loss. At least, it can still be detected by system, so you still have a good chance to recover files. In this situation, the most important thing for you is to avoid overwriting the USB hard drive and protect it from being physically damaged.
When portable hard drive is not working due to RAW file system or other reason, you can use iCare Data Recovery software to restore data. This data recovery software works as a read-only tool to deep scan the device so as to search for all lost files. In order to recover lost files from damaged external hard drive by using iCare Data Recovery, the following points are very important:
1. The external hard drive is not physically damaged
If the external HDD is physically damaged and becomes undetectable, you cannot get back lost files. Therefore, it is necessary to protect the external HDD from being physically damaged due to any possible reason like water damage, fire damage, etc.
2. Avoid overwriting the data stored on the removable hard disk
You should avoid writing any new data to the removable hard disk before data recovery. If the lost data is overwritten by new added data, you will lose the chance to perform data recovery.