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How I Recovered Data From External Hard Disk

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With the flexibility to attach more than one hard drive, it is becoming increasingly simple for people to save their data and to back it up as well. But even that has its share of troubles. You generally find that despite all attempts made by you to make things simple, at times certain things make the matter go worse. For example, while changing the permission settings on my hard disk that is attached to my computer, I accidentally erased its file permission. And then wondered how to perform hard drive recovery for all my vital data.


After the blunder, I realized that the security tab was lost in properties, and I got the

access to the HDD is denied

Not knowing what to do, I sought help from my friend, who searched the net for some help and advised me to the follow some steps. Here is what I did:


  • Rebooted in Safe Mode and logged in as the Administrator.

  • Clicked Start, and chose Search.

  • In the search box that opened typed: cmd

  • After this, I pressed Ctrl+Shift+Enter

  • After this, I clicked "Run as Administrator".

  • I followed this by typing the following two commands, each followed by pressing the Enter key:


takeown /f drive:\ /a /r /d Y

cacls drive:\ /e /t /c /g everyone:F


where drive:\ refers to the drive letter of the external hard disk drive.

This works in performing drive recovery in most of the cases, but not in my case. Needless to say, I had little option but to opt for formatting my hard disk drive. Considering that the data stored in external hard disk was non-retrievable, I decided that I might just follow it. I almost lost all of my staff in the external hard drive, but my cousin told me that formatting need not mean loss of all my data. It just means the hard disk is reset, and though some of the data may be overwritten, chances are high that most of it is still recoverable using a reliable third-party hard drive data recovery tool.

Stellar Phoenix Windows Data Recovery, by Stellar Information Systems Ltd, is a GUI-based recovery tool for recovering hard disk data. With various other dedicated applications for different operating systems, the company has established itself well in the hdd recovery arena. Not only that, the company has customized software for various functions (like password recovery, corrupt file repair, and data backup) and applications (like iPod and Digital Camera). All the tools provided by Stellar have detailed help manual and graphical user interface.

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