Data Recovery,  Technology

Easily Recover Corrupted/Unreadable Files From A Hard drive With A Simple Step-By-Step Method

Your Worst Nightmare Has Just Happened!

You are running along browsing the web, watching your stream or worse yet, working on that term paper you have spent weeks researching. Suddenly, you get that dreaded error that tells you your disk has been corrupted.rking on that term paper you have spent weeks researching. Suddenly, you get that dreaded error that tells you your disk has been corrupted.

Don’t panic and start tearing your hair out or consider suicide. Not all is lost and today, we will look at how you can try to recover your disk and get your precious pictures back or that all-important term paper that will let you pass the term.

First, you will get a corrupt file from time to time. Sorry, that’s a fact of life when you are working with computers. There is no known way to stop it and companies spend millions to ensure redundancy in their data systems. You, of course, don’t have millions but for a reasonable price you can purchase an external hard drive and with a free tool like “FreeFile Sync” can keep your data safe and sound.

Prior Planning always is better than recovery.

However, we are assuming that your worst nightmare has occurred and it has happened and you don’t make a copy of your data. Well, in that case, we move on to the next step of attempting manual recovery. Word often creates a backup/mirror image of the file you are working on and by bringing word back up you may be fortunate to find that there is a copy of your document listed as a ~XXXX file name. If you see it, open it and then save it immediately to another location or a flash drive. Then you can attempt to recover/repair the damaged original.

A Step-by-Step Method using Windows

This method is not 100% but it can fix a lot of the corruption problems on your hard drive. If nothing else, it can put the area that has a problem off limits so you wouldn’t lose anything else.


To start:

  • Click on your Window button on the lower left of your screen.
  • Next, locate your hard drive. Now with the right mouse button click on that drive.
  • You’ll now be taken to a drop down menu. Down at the very bottom, you’ll see an entry that says “properties.”
  • Left click on that entry with your mouse. You will now see a graphical model of your drive with tabs that list various things you can do. Now click on the “Tools” tab.
  • Select the “Check Now” Radio button. You will now see a tiny menu that gives you two option with one already checked for you.
  • It will say something like “automatically fix system file errors.”
  • Here you may see a warning message and another menu. Didn’t freak. This means your drive is in use and you can fix things on the fly.
  • Instead, you will be asked to schedule a time to start recovery. If you’ve absolutely have to start the recovery operation now. Then schedule it for “on boot.” Then shut down and restart your computer.

The computer will then come up and begin checking the hard disk. This can take a while so be patient and if you have selected the second check box that scans for bad sectors. Get yourself a good book as it will BE some hours depending on how large your drive is.

WARNING: Don’t interrupt the process or you could make matters worse.


What If this doesn’t work?

OK, the process completed and your file is still missing. Now is the time to spend a little money and buy yourself a File Recovery Suite. This could be pricey though you can download some freebies from CNET or your other source of freeware. Though the results of this approach is problematical, as many are demo copies of paid packages and they have restrictions, which may show you the missing data but require you to get the full release to recover.

So, in this case, use the free one to find the data then plop down the cash and buy the full package. It’s a good investment and you’ll find that they will help keep things from going south in the future and are a good insurance property to protect you from future problems.