Recover Hard Drive Data

Hard drive data recovery refers to the act of of retrieving important information from the hard drive that cannot be recovered with the use of ordinary retrieval processes. There are several reasons why computer users want to retrieve data. One of the most common reasons is when the drive crashed. Another reason is that there are physical damages in the drive. Knowing the real cause is very important to successfully lost hard drive data.

How do I recover hard drive data? Recovering data from the drive requires attention and commitment from computer users. Before starting the process, it is important to make sure that the computer has the minimum system requirements. Below are the steps that you need to follow to make sure that you recover important data from your hard drive successfully.

Minimum System Requirements

  • Laptop or PC that features any of the following operating systems like Windows 1998, Windows 2000, Windows Millennium Edition, Windows XP and Windows Vista
  • Windows Server 2003
  • 64 megabytes RAM


  1. Restart the computer and make sure that the system is identified by the BIOS.
  2. After restarting the system, press esc, f2 or del to enter BIOS.
  3. As soon as you enter BIOS, a summary screen will appear, which indicates that the hard drive is still detected by the computer system.
  4. Purchase a new disk and a new operating system.
  5. Install the system in the computer and attach the corrupted hard drive to the computer’s second cable.
  6. If you are using a SATA laptop, you need to attach it to a desktop that has SATA.
  7. However, if you are using an IDE laptop, then you need to attach it to a desktop with IDE using USB.
  8. As soon as the drive is ready, then you can start retrieving your lost data.

Tips and Warnings

  • If you are having problems retrieving the data, you can look at the USER file because this is where the main files of the computer are located.
  • If ever that the summary screen does not appear in step 3, you need to seek help from computer technicians or computer engineers to recover the corrupted data in your hard drive.
  • To avoid experiencing problems related to the lost of hard drive data, it is best that you always create back-up for the important data.
  • You can make back-up data by storing them in external drives and disks.
  • Whenever you encounter problem related to the retrieval of data, do not hesitate to seek advice from professionals.