What are the best resources to repair an external Hard Disk?

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    CCleaner is a software that removes junk, reclaims space, monitors your system and allows users to browse safely. It offers a free version with the option to buy an upgrade. This program is available for Windows, Mac, and Android users.


    Windows, Mac, Android

    Free- 24.95

    Hannah Simmons
    Written on September 22, 2017
    "CCleaner was invaluable to me when I needed to clean out my old computer and get it running smoothly again, but it's not something that would help repair an external hard disk. I'd recommend it for cleaning out one's internal memory, but not for hardware repair."
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    #2[TUTORIAL] How To Repair A Corrupted Hard Drive

    [TUTORIAL] How To Repair A Corrupted Hard Drive

    How To Repair A Corrupted Hard Drive is an article that explains that external hard drives don’t last forever, they tend to get corrupted, and we have to find ways to repair them. It then gives you a guide with some workarounds you can try to repair them yourself.



    Jordan Gonzalez
    Written on September 22, 2017
    "I worked as a PC Tech for a lot of years and have done a lot of different types of hard drive repairs. The web page guide "How To Repair A Corrupted Hard Drive And Fix My Storage Disk?" is a very thorough guide that walks people through the basics of getting a hard drive repaired and running. Even a novice could use the guide."
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    #3Dead External Hard Drives

    Dead External Hard Drives

    Dead External Hard Drives is a video by Theoria Apophasis and shows you why external hard drives fail, as well as steps and tips on how to fix them when they do.



    He Shen
    Written on September 22, 2017
    "I learned everything I ever needed to know about repairing external hard drives from this site. I've fixed my own hard drives and I've helped several friends fix theirs. It's truly a great site."


Did you know that the first ever hard disk drive made by IBM on September 13, 1956, was external? Yes, the IBM 350 Disk File did run internally within a computer and they were in the size of refrigerators. The brilliant mind behind this great invention is engineer Reynold B. Johnson. According to IMB archives, the first hard drive was primarily built for general data processing of business transactions, as it was able to record the transactions real-time. Interestingly, when Apple first introduced the concept of PC or Personal Computer in the 80s, they already had built-in hard drives. Consequently, in 1994, Universal Serial Bus (more commonly known today as USB) found its place in the computer world. The unprecedented and collective efforts of Compaq, DEC, IBM, Intel, Microsoft, NEC, and Nortel paved the way for the development of the external hard drive technology that we know today. Thanks to them—we are now able to store thousands of multimedia files into a small and portable USB flash drives and smaller external hard drives. But what’s next for hard drives? According to an article posted on Secure data, developers and manufacturers are still in quest for making hard drives of larger capacities, and in their hands lies the future of data recovery, because as of today, hard drives are still not immune to data corruption and failure.

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    #4[TUTORIAL] Repairing Corrupted Files using CMD

    [TUTORIAL] Repairing Corrupted Files using CMD

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    Repairing Corrupted Files using CMD is a video by C For Click that teaches you how to use CMD to restore or fix any a storage device along with any other files that may have been lost or deleted within it.

    Han Yao
    Written on September 22, 2017
    "This video was a LIFESAVER for me! When my hard drive decided one day it no longer wanted to work, my heart nearly stopped - hundreds of family photos and documents up and gone. Fortunately, this video saved me money on a new hard drive and restored all my documents. I've learned my lesson since then and gotten cloud storage. Thank you!"
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    #5[TUTORIAL] USB Drive Recovery

    [TUTORIAL] USB Drive Recovery

    USB Drive Recovery is an article by Fabrizio Ferri-Benedetti on the Softonic website that explains how to use the software Partition Wizard to recover a USB drive that can’t be read.



    Jacob Duncan
    Written on September 22, 2017
    "This article talks about how to recover a USB drive which is helpful. But it may not work for external hard disk since they are different."
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    #6Paragon Partition Manager

    Paragon Partition Manager
    Paragon Partition Manager is a software that allows you to manage, organise, format and control, your hard drives and the data stored in them. You can create partitions and gain more space, simplify your backups, and install operating systems in your formatted drives.



    Jeffrey Hamilton
    Written on September 22, 2017
    "When my external backup hard disk failed a couple of weeks ago I knew just who to turn to. Paragon might have been around for what feels like forever but their products work, and that's what matters and their product suite can do pretty much anything."
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    #7EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard

    EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard

    EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard is a professional data recovery software used to backup solutions, partition manager & other PC utilities. It has a partition tool that allows you to erase, format and create a partition for your hard drive or storage data system.


    Mac, Android, Windows

    Free- Varies by plan

    Patrick Walker
    Written on September 22, 2017
    "I wanted to repair my external Hard Disk and I opted for this professional software"EaseUS recovery Wizard and Partition tool" because my friend had used it and gave me a positive opinion about it.I was able to get my lost files back from my laptop easily and fast."
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    KillDIsk is a tool that allows you to wipe all data on hard disks, USB drives and floppy disks completely, And it's completely, so you won't be able to recover any data erased by KillDisk. But it also has other tools like FDISK, FORMAT utilities, or DELETE for standard erasing files.




    Bruce Santos
    Written on September 22, 2017
    "While it's not as advanced as some other permanent deletion programs, I found that KillDisk does what is needed. KillDisk lets you take another run at your deleted files and unallocated disk space to make sure your files stay deleted preventing someone from recovering them. The program scans your disk automatically and gives you a birdseye view of what's on your drive so you know exactly what you're deleting."
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    TestDisk is an open-source software which can run under almost any operating system and allows users to recover lost data and restore deleted files. The software can also recover files from hard disks and digital cameras.


    Windows, Mac


    Leo Huang
    Written on December 7, 2018
    "One of the best and easiest to use software to recover files. Befoer this came I used CMD tool and it was A N N O Y I N G"
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    #10Data Retainers

    Data Retainers

    Data Retainers is a data recovery service based in the USA that works by running a diagnostic first with a free device pick-up. Its price depends on recovery time. 


    Free- Varies by plan

    Data Retainers
    Written on December 4, 2018
    "Data Recovery Service for lost, Deleted or damaged Hard Drive, Raid, SQL, Quickbooks, Server, Mobile Phones etc We are available 24/7"
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    WinDirStat is a software that works for several different Windows versions. It is a cleanup tool that also gives you disk usage statistics so you can star on top of your PC's performance.




    Gerald Price
    Written on December 7, 2018
    "not the best of the best, but its up there somewhere since its so convenient and doest require much tech know how to operate :D"


Best What are the best resources to repair an external Hard Disk
1CCleanerSoftware 14 Free
2[TUTORIAL] How To Repair A Corrupted Hard DriveArticles 13 Free
3Dead External Hard DrivesVideos 11 Free
4[TUTORIAL] Repairing Corrupted Files using CMDVideos 8 Paid
5[TUTORIAL] USB Drive RecoveryArticles 6 Free
6Paragon Partition ManagerSoftware 4 Free
7EaseUS Data Recovery WizardSoftware 4 Free
8KillDiskSoftware 1 Free
9TestDiskSoftware 0 Free
10Data RetainersWebsites 0 Free

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