Recover inaccessible Drive or External Hard Drive

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The human’s digital being produces the data while interaction with computers and gadgets. Of course, he/she need a drive to save them. This data occupies with less or more important data, loss of which could be result in a mass loss. Thus, recovery of an inaccessible drive before an appropriate moment is of the essence. Let’s find the ways and treatment to overcome data loss.

Diagnosis Stage

Drive is not accessible
Warning for device drive failure in Windows 10

In this stage, the user comes to know the drive is not accessible or out of his/her control. In other words, the file explorer of the operating system fails to operate the disk. Now, what…?

A less tech-savvy user may fall into the trap of anxiety. No doubt, even a tech-savvy person may feel same during a stress of serious work. When a user clicks on the suffering drive, it immediately shows the negative message. Even you tried with various devices, operating system the moral is still same, “x:\ is not accessible.”


The main cause for this is removing the drive / USB plug while it is still busy in some process (i.e. copy-pasting or used by an application). Moreover, there is more chance of being the defect for USB 3.0 compatible drives as they suck more power than traditional USB 2.0 drives. Removing a disk from the drive while accessing may hamper the health of the device. So, always remember to unmount or use the safely remove hardware icon from taskbar to remove drive safely. Higher voltage may also disturb the drive which could be due to malfunction of the power supply.

Solution Stage

There are lots of solutions available to recover the affected drive. Making accessible using CHKDSK is one them. Because it’s easiness and available in Windows based computer. Let’s follow the below steps,

  1. Press Windows Key + R
  2. Type CMD and press OK button
  3. Type CHKDSK X: /F where X is the drive letter for affected device (i.e. g:)
Check the disk
Use of CKDSK command
  • Done…!
  • If the device is not so affected, then the above method works best. You need to but in case the drive affected utmost then you can use the recovery tools such as Recuva. Furthermore, scan and repair the drive is recommended for smooth functioning. For this,

    1. Open Windows Explorer (i.e. press Windows Key + E)
    2. Right click on drive
    3. Click on Properties
    4. Navigate to Tools tab
    5. Press Check button > Scan drive
    6. If error found, next windows will show a Repair button, you should press it. Otherwise, it will you show Close button which means no error found.

    Alternatively, you can use EaseUS Partition Master to do above all process in a single click. For this,

    1. Open EaseUS Partition Master
    2. Right Click on affected drive > Select Check Partition
    EaseUS Partition Master
    Help of EaseUS Partition Master to recover lost drive / data.
  • Verify all check boxes have in checked status then press OK button
  • Be patient until all processes done completely.
  • Hope above solution will be helpful to bring back lost data. If you have other best alternative solution than above, then please mention it in comments. We will publish it with your name. Smile 🙂

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