After finishing up a video for the Geeek H700 DIY Computer case, I wanted to get working on another review for a bit and magically I find one of my drives missing. Of course, I freaked out because I have data on that drive, perhaps also review data and I had my Western Digital MyBook 4TB earlier fall off of the shelf and lost all 4TB, most of which was review material. I had to send my drive to DataMechanix to restore the data, it wasn’t cheap but they were able to retrieve about 70% of my data, not bad.
Lost data, it happens unfortunately but you can many times retrieve your data, either by yourself or with the help of a professional data recovery expert like DataMechanix. It is a bit of a plug for them, they got me out of a tight spot, so I am behind on some reviews now, but at least not all is lost. OK, back to my predicament if that one wasn’t enough.
After finding my partition lost, I nervously went out in search of software to recover this partition, and there are tons of options but I remember EaseUS mentioned many times, so I though to try it. 2 things different about this review is that they did not approach me to review it, and the software is free, at least the version I tried. This is not a sponsored or paid post, this is me appreciating good software and recommending, but please read on.
So that picture above is my “This PC” section in file manager, looks normal right? Well if you notice there is a C, D, F, G, H and I drive. The C drive is a 512GB Western Digital Black NVMe PCIE SSD, D drive is a Patriot Ignite 480GB, F Drive is a HyperX 3K 240GB, G is a 500GB Samsung 850 EVO and the other 2 are thumb drives. Didn’t you see what was missing…. my E drive is gone.
At first I thought the drive had died, in a panic I shut down my PC and checked all the cables,… all was good. I then booted into my BIOS and saw the drive. After booting back into Windows 10, I right clicked on the start button and clicked “Disk Management” and there she was.
Disk 2 is my Western Digital 500GB Blue drive, it’s been a great drive so far but somehow it had become “Unallocated” which means my only options would have been “New Simple Volume…”, “Properties” and “Help”.
I was about to click “New Simple Volume…” to have an empty lonely drive in need of data to get stuffed with but then it hit me, “I CAN RECOVER IT” and then I searched.
The search really was for only about 5 minutes, I found many solutions, but “FREE” stood out the most, and yeah it was EaseUS.
I entered the site and fumbled around a bit till I found their comparison chart, I wanted to see if it was free, then you have to pay to actually get your data back.
I checked the comparison between the paid and the free version, while the paid version does have some nice stuff, I didn’t need all that right now. I clicked on the blue download button, downloaded and installed. Simple Next, Next and Finish installation.
When you start it, you have basic options, “Partition Recovery” and “Data Recovery”. I won’t go into “Data Recovery” because I wanted to recover a partition. Data Recovery would have been handy if you had lost your partition like I did, but decided to reformat and maybe had written some data to the drive. Reformating equates to erasing the data, then writing data on to that drive, makes recovery a little more difficult because you can potentially overwrite that data.
After clicking “Partition Recovery”, I am greeted with this simple interface, so far everything is simple with this software, I like it.
After reviewing each option, I find that Disk 3 is my drive. It was pretty easy though, after clicking each to see what it showed, Disk 3 showed the dreaded “Unallocated”. Mind you, if it’s a new drive, Unallocated is fine, but this drive had some Data on it. So after selecting it, I clicked “Next”.
You have a few options, but I wanted to tackle that Unallocated space, so I selected “Search Unallocated Space” and clicked “Next”.
The 2 options here are “Fast” and “Complete”, I didn’t want to be lazy about it, so I chose “Complete” and clicked “Next”.
When I came to this menu, I selected the WD Blue drive, since it was “Undeleted” but “Proceed” was still grayed out,… turns out I needed to wait a little while. Notice that white bar just above “Please click Proceed to start recovery.”, that’s a progress bar (I didn’t know that yet). The other 2 things that showed up, System Reserved and Boot are also part of the drive, but I don’t care about those personally since it was not a boot drive anymore.
I found out after frantically clicking for a minute a green bar appear on that white line, so now I waited. It took about 40 minutes or so. If you have a mechanical drive, I can only imagine how long you have to wait but it beats having to recreate all that data. Please note, if this was an actual review, I would test all of this and give you a more thorough review, this is just a “THANK YOU SO MUCH” type of review.
So when its done, many other labels showed up for that drive, Lost, Boot, System Reserved and EFISectors from the many wipe and reloads I do on a regular basis, but again I was only focusing on the drive itself. Now that Proceed is selectable, I clicked on it.
3 progress bars quickly popped up then disappeared and I was left with this “1 operation has been executed successfully” message, and then to click OK.
After clicking OK, another progress bar appears for a split second and then EaseUS Parition Recovery tells you “EaseUS Partition Recovery has successfully undeleted the lost partitions. You may browse the recovered partitions with Windows Explorer now.” and then click “Quit”.
Nothing additional popped up. So like the message read, I opened up Windows Explorer.
Bamn, no tricks, no ransoming your data for quick cash, it’s right there. My WD BLUE drive is right there. One other thing I liked, it did not need to save the Data elsewhere, it kept everything local, that way you don’t have to rush to move around data like other pieces of recovery software I have tested in the past.
All files intact and all, it’s all there. It wasn’t quick, but it was super simple.
I want to mention, this was the 2nd time I did this. The first time, the partition was lost and I could not find it and I searched and all, ran through everything today and was thrilled. I was so happy and confident in the software though, I purposely deleted the partition and ran through the entire process again so that I could take screenshots and provide you with all this information. Stupid,.. maybe but it shows how confidant I was in this software.
EaseUS made my day today, and earned themselves a customer, I mean maybe not today, but one day. If you guys want to take a look at their offerings, check them out here: https://www.easeus.com/. This is not a link to the Partition Recovery, but it is included there along with all their other recovery software, free and paid versions.
$40 to recover a lost partition is dirt cheap, Free software that actually does 100% of what it says it does is priceless.
I have used other pieces of software like this, of which I will not name because they do not deserve the call out, that once scanned shows all your files but holds them all ransom until you actually buy the software. The sites don’t list that they will not recover your software, keep you like a fat kid outside of a closed candy store (I really wanted that candy), window shopping and lusting after the treat, but EaseUS does it right. They give it to you and trust that you will not only come back and maybe buy it, but refer it and them to your friends, that’s smart.
Again, EaseUS has no idea I wrote this article, I never contacted them and they never contacted me to write this article, it came out of a need and satisfaction with their software.
I 100% recommend this piece of software, and I give it an Editor’s Choice.
In case you are interested, I am linking below the Amazon links to each drive and the link to the Partition Manager.
I have spent many years in the PC boutique name space as Product Development Engineer for Alienware and later Dell through Alienware’s acquisition and finally Velocity Micro. During these years I spent my time developing new configurations, products and technologies with companies such as AMD, Asus, Intel, Microsoft, NVIDIA and more. The Arts, Gaming, New & Old technologies drive my interests and passion. Now as my day job, I am an IT Manager but doing reviews on my time and my dime.