You often use hard disk USB to store your data or transfer it from one computer to another? Then it will surely have happened to you to delete files by mistake and to despair because you could not recover them. Well, it is evident that you have never tried programs specially designed to cope with situations of this type.
If you are interested in this (and considering the fact that now you are here I would say yes!), I suggest you take some free time and concentrate on reading this tutorial dedicated, rightly, to recovering data from USB hard drive. In the following lines, in fact, I will go to show you what in my humble opinion are the best software on the market for recover dati from hard disk esterno. There are both for Windows and for macOS and Linux, and many of them are free.
Then? May I know what are you still standing there? Position yourself comfortably in front of your trusty PC and immediately test the resources I am about to report to you. I sincerely hope that in the end you can feel very happy and satisfied with what you have learned and, obviously, with the results obtained. Happy reading and good luck for everything!
Useful Information and Recommendations
Before getting to the heart of the topic, then going to find out what are the best resources you can use for recover dati from hard disk esterno, it seems to me necessary to make some clarifications regarding the execution of the activity in question.
Let's start from a fixed point: the recovery of deleted files is indeed feasible, but only and exclusively if the areas of the disk in which they were saved have not already been overwritten by other data. With this in mind, minimizing disk usage as much as possible is essential to increase your chances of being able to access your data again.
So, if the data you deleted by mistake from the hard disk have not yet been overwritten, using the resources that I will indicate in the following lines you will almost certainly be able to recover them. If not, I'm sorry to tell you, you won't be able to access them again. In this second case, the only way to go is to rely on specialized centers.
Programs for Data Recovery from External Hard Disk
Now we come to the real heart of the matter and let's find out which software you can use to recover data from external hard drives and how to use them. Feel free to choose what you think will do most for you.
PhotoRec (Windows / MacOS / Linux)
The first of the useful programs for the purpose of this tutorial that I want to tell you about is PhotoRec: it is a free and open source software that, contrary to what the name may imply, allows you to recover not only photos and images, but also any other type of deleted file (videos, music, Office documents etc.) from hard external and internal drives, SD cards and USB sticks.
It works on Windows, macOS and Linux, but only the variant for Microsoft's operating systems is equipped with a graphical interface, which is why I have chosen to tell you only about the latter. Please also note that the software is provided with TestDisk, another program suitable for restoring damaged partitions and disks.
To download PhotoRec on your computer, connect to its official website and click on the link 64-bit Windows (if you are using 64-bit Windows) or on that Windows (if you are using 32-bit Windows) in the center of the page. Next, open the ZIP file that contains the program, extract the contents to any location and start PhotoRec by double clicking on the executable qphotorec_win.exe.
In the window that appears on the desktop, select the drive for your external hard drive using the drop-down menu at the top, indicate the main partition of the device and check the box next to the options FAT / NTFS / HFS + / ReiferFS e Free.
At this point, click on the button File formats located below and choose which file formats you intend to search and recover. By default, all are selected. To limit the search to only some of them, just press the button Reset, put a check mark next to the extensions of your interest and click on the button OK.
To conclude, click on your button You may also like... placed in the lower part of the main window of the program, indicate the position on your computer where you want to save the data recovered by the software and press the button Search, in order to start the file search and recovery procedure.
MiniTool Power Data Recovery (Windows/macOS)
If you are looking for a valid alternative to the tool mentioned in the previous lines, I suggest you put it to the test MiniTool Power Data Recovery: it is a program for Windows and macOS for recovering data from external (and internal) hard drives that allows you to restore any type of deleted or lost file quickly and easily. The basic version is free and allows you to recover up to 1 GB of data. To get around this limitation, you have to buy the paid version of the software, which costs $ 69,00.
To download MiniTool Power Data Recovery on your PC, if you use Windows, connect to the program's website and click on the button free Download. Once the download is complete, open the file .exe ottenuto and click on your button Si in the window that opens on the desktop. Next, press on the buttons OK e Next, select the voice I accept the agreement and click to lock your button Next (twice), then on the buttons Si, Next e install and, finally, presses the button Finish.
Once the software window appears on the desktop, click on the entry Removable Disk Drive located on the left, select the external disk for which you wish to intervene from the right side of the window and press the button Scan located at the bottom right.
Once you have finished checking the drive, you will find yourself in the presence of a list of files: those deleted are those marked with a Red "x" next to their icon, while lost folders are marked with a red question mark and RAW files from a red exclamation mark.
If you want to see a preview (if available) of the files, select what you are interested in and click on the button Preview on the top. If, on the other hand, you can't find specific elements in the list of files that have been found by the program, press the button Find (located at the top) and help yourself with the search bar that appears.
To restore one or more files, put the check mark next to their name, click on the button Save (located at the bottom right) and, using the additional window that opens, select the folder to export the data. Finally, click on OK and wait for the recovery procedure to finish.
You can also save a list of all files found by the program by clicking the button Export Scan Result (always placed at the top), and filter the results based on various criteria (e.g. name / extension, size or creation date) by clicking on the button Filter (always placed at the top) and placing the check mark next to the desired options
Stai using a Poppy? So, to download the program, connect to this other Web page and press the button free Download. A download complete, apri il package .dmg proceeds, click on the button Agree in the window that appears on the desktop and drag theprogram icon in the folder Applications of macOS. Afterwards, right click on it, select the item apri from the menu that appears and type the password relating to your user account, in order to start the software, however, going around the restrictions that Apple imposes on applications from non-certified developers (an operation that must be performed only at the first start).
When you see the program window appear, press the button Undelete Recovery, select the external disk to be scanned from the list that is shown to you and click on the button Scan (bottom right). The rest of the operations to be performed at this point and the available commands are practically identical to what we saw a few lines above for Windows.
EaseUS Data Recovery (Windows / MacOS)
Did the programs I have already talked about not convinced you in a particular way and are you therefore looking for some valid alternative? Then try EaseUS DataRecovery. It is a software for Windows and macOS thanks to which it is possible to recover images, videos, documents and various other types of files from external and internal hard drives, as well as from USB sticks, SD cards and any other kind of support. It's free, but it allows you to recover up to 2GB of data. To get around this limitation, you need to switch to the paid version of the program, which costs € 81,36.
To download the software on Windows, connect to its website and click on the button Scarica free. When the download is complete, open the file .exe obtained and, in the window that appears on the desktop, click on the buttons Si e OK. Next, press on the buttons forward, Accept, Confirmation, Install e Complete, but will finish the setup.
To download the program on MacOSinstead, connect to this other section of the EaseUS Data Recovery website and click on the button Free trial. When the download is complete, open the package .dmg ottenuto, trascina l 'software icon in the folder Applications say macOS, fai clic destroy your di essa and select the voice apri for two consecutive times, in order to start the program going to circumvent Apple's limitations towards applications from non-certified developers (an operation that must be performed only at the first start).
Now that, regardless of the operating system used, you see the EaseUS Data Recovery window on the screen, select the drive for your external hard drive and press the button Scan located at the bottom right, so as to start the analysis procedure.
Once the scan is complete, you will see a list of all deleted files that the software has found. If you can't find what you need, you can filter the various data by type by clicking on the item Filter located at the top and selecting the file category of your interest. If, on the other hand, you need to preview a given file (if available), select it from the list and click the button with theeye at the top right.
After finding the files you want to recover, select them, click the button Recover located at the bottom right, indicate the location on your computer where you want to save them and click on the button Bene. Done!
To conclude, I want to talk to you about Recuva, a freeware software for Windows operating systems only that allows you to recover deleted files from external and internal hard drives and from any other type of media. It is very simple to use, highly intuitive and is developed by the same software house as CCleaner, the famous PC cleaning and maintenance program (which I told you about in depth in my guide on how to download and use CCleaner). Note that it is eventually available in the Professional variant, for a fee (at a cost of € 24,95), which includes some extra features.
To download Recuva, visit the program's website and click on the link CCleaner.com placed in correspondence with the item Recuva Free. Once the download is complete, open the file .exe obtained and, in the window that appears on the desktop, click on the button Si. Next, select theItalian from the drop-down menu for choosing the language located at the top right, remove the check mark for the installation of any extra programs (eg. Google Chrome) e pigia sul pulsating install. Then complete the setup by clicking on the button Run Recuva.
When you see the main software window on the screen, click on the button forward and, based on your needs, check the box next to the item All files (to locate and recover any type of file) or the one next to the item relating to the exact file type (eg. Images, Music o Video).
Then press the button once again forward, select the option Your multimedia card or iPod or that one In a specific position (and indicate the relative path to your external hard drive by clicking on the button Shop by Department) and click on the buttons forward e starts.
Once the disk scan is complete, select the files you want to recover from the list that is proposed to you. Note that only files with the green bollino next to it can be recovered completely, while those with the orange stamp are partially damaged and those with the red dot they cannot be recovered. Finally, click on the button Recover and specify the folder where you want to save the files.
If no files are found during the first scan, the program will offer you a more thorough scan. You also agree to this, by pressing the relative button, then proceed in a similar way to how I indicated earlier.