How to Make HDD Data Recovery

To follow this guidance, you can learn how to make HDD data recovery easily if you are undergoing HDD data loss.


By Irene / Updated on May 12, 2023

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The scenario on HDD data recovery

Hard disk drive (HDD), namely hard drive, always be used to store plenty of computer data. As time goes by, files and folders are growing increasingly, causing disk fragments and space waste. So, cleaning up the HDD storage space by deleting useless data could be the simplest operation. However, some critical data may be accidentally deleted with those invaluable files, and when you find that, it’s too late.

When you click this passage, you may have already suffered from HDD data loss and sincerely hope to retrieve them back. Now, here we prepared 3 easy-to-follow approaches to solve your problem.  

Method 1. Use Recycle Bin to achieve hard drive data recovery

It is pretty easy to make data recovery HDD if you delete the files by clicking the "Delete" key. In this case, the data just temporarily be put in the Recycle Bin. You can immediately press “Ctrl+Z” to undo the operation or find the target data in that place and achieve hard drive data recovery by simply clicking the "Restore" key.

restore from recycle bin

However, before you use this method, there is some "Avoidance" you should pay attention to.
1. Avoid emptying the Recycle Bin
2. Avoid using "Shift+Delete" to permanently delete the data
3. Avoid deleting files and folders from an external hard drive (deleted data from an external hard drive will not be put in the Recycle Bin)

If you truly did those operations, trying other methods to make your hard drive recovery is better.

Method 2. Make external hard drive data recovery via Windows File Recovery ( Windows 10 2004 and higher)

Windows File Recovery is a command-line utility that reserves deleted data. It is available in the Microsoft Store that requires the version of Windows 10 2004 (May 2020 Update) or higher along with Windows 11. This tool can recover many types of files on a mechanical hard drive, such as pictures, documents, videos, and so on.

Step 1. Check your Version. Click “Settings > System > About” in order, and observe the Windows specifications. If the Version Number is 2004 or higher, you can continue to follow up.

check the version

Step 2. Select Microsoft Store and search for “Windows File Recovery”. Choose “Get” to download the tool.

search windows file recovery

Step 3. Open it, and you will see a Command Prompt window with a few syntax examples.

syntax examples

Notice:  When you perform this tool, you must have a clear understanding of the target file names, paths, keywords, or extensions in your recovery process. Besides, please notice that the program only supports file formats of JPEG, PDF, PNG, MPEG, Office files, MP3, MP4, and ZIP.

Step 4. Type the specific command to make the external hard drive data recovery.

windows file recovery

In short, it is obvious that Windows File Recovery needs two necessary requirements
1. The Windows system version must be Windows 10 2004 or higher.
2. Users need to run different commands according to the specific file types.

Method 3. Get your data recovery HDD back via software

These requirements of the above methods indeed exclude some computer users from restoring their important data. If you have done the “Avoidance” in Method 1 or have been excluded from the limitations of Method 2, you can try a worry-free and straightforward solution --- AOMEI Partition Assistant Professional.

Escaping from worrying about missteps, even if you empty the Recycle Bin or do not remember the file names, you can also easily make data recovery. Get rid of bothered limitations. It can recover data from devices like HDD, SSD, USB Drives, SD cards, and other Windows storage media, or work out data recovery HDD of specific files such as word documents, emails, pictures, and such. Moreover, it can make you avoid digging into detailed information about deleted files.

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Let’s follow the handy software to make HDD data recovery together.

Step 1. Open and run the installed AOMEI Partition Assistant. Find "Recover" > “Recover Data” in the main interface.

recover data

Step 2. Select the partition location in the pop-up window, and then click “Start Scan

recover windows data

Step 3. After scanning, you can find that all the deleted files, recycle bin and other lost data show up. Choose the target data, and click “Recover”.

select recover data

Step 4. Select the folder path to reserve the restored data.

select saved path

Step 5. Wait for the process patiently till it shows the Completion icon. Now, you can find that the selected files have been recovered successfully.

restore successfully

Final words

In conclusion, three ways are available to help you make HDD data recovery. But we need to prepare for method 1 and 2 enough to avoid missteps. Therefore, using carefree software to assist you would be a great idea.

With convenience and security, AOMEI Partition Assistant always helps many users tackle troubles in computer use. Apart from making hard drive recovery, this program also achieves lost or deleted partitions recovery, resetting Windows passwords, allocating free space, and all the more advanced features. It supports Windows 11/10/8.1/8/7/Vista/XP, and also Windows Server if you upgrade to Server Edition.

Irene · Staff Editor
Irene is an Editor of AOMEI Technology. She devotes herself in giving insightful thoughts on common computer problems with simple and clear guidance. Irene loves to help people solve problems and explore more solutions on relevant issues. She loves reading, singing and travelling.