Aug 072013
 

In this digital world, everything comes in digits. Photos, music, movies, documents… no matter what type of files they are, as a computer user nowadays, you are surely slowly accumulating data on your computer. Maybe there is a folder contains over 300 digital photos on your desktop, or there could be a movie collection of over 100 high-definition movie sitting on your computer. Either way the computer space has been taken up. And if something happen to your computer, the data you stored on your PC might just vanish for good. In order to avoid this kind of incident, an external hard drive is a must. So before buying an external hard drive, what should you know about it?

Reasons for Buying an External HD

1. For freeing the space of your computer
Let’s say you are a hardcore media consumer (and you do not have plans on quitting your download habits soon), and you are building your own music library with lossless music, which takes up a lot of space, thus slows down your computer. And of course you wouldn’t want your efforts go in vain when the hard drive or your computer crashes. So you need extra and more secured space for all your media files.
2. For securing the important data
It is never a good choice to keep your important data in just one place. Everything could happen, hardware crashes, virus attack, accidentally deletion or format, and cost your data. It is crucial that we back up data regularly and keep the backup files in a different physical location, so you will have an alternative when something goes wrong.

Types of External Hard Drive

So when you decided to buy an external hard drive, there are generally two types to choose from. Should I buy a portable hard drive or an external hard drive? Well, the differences between these two lie in the following subjects:
1. Function: External hard drive are designed for data storage, whereas portable hard drive data carriage. So external hard drives are usually treated as a part of the computer, simply add more space to a PC’s storage, and it needs power source to run. While the portable ones are usually easy to carry around, and could transfer files from one computer to another easily.
2. Size: External hard drive is larger than portable hard drive, both in its size and capacity. Portable hard drive is usually smaller, for it is meant to be carried around. A portable unit could be as small and thin as a smartphone.
3. Price: For its bigger capacity, external drives are usually more expensive than portable drives. An external drive may have bigger space for data storage than a computer’s internal storage. While few portable drives could have that much capacity.

Speed of External Hard Drive

There are speed differences between various drives. Generally speaking, external hard drive could be divided into two categories, by their ports and types.
1. Port: When it comes to the speed of hard drive (the time it takes to read and write files), the port of the drive is what we have to consider. Nowadays the drives in the market are either using USB 2.0 or USB 3.0. From the tendency of its development, what we can conclude is that USB 3.0 would increase its popularity. It is much faster than USB 2.0, it is just a matter of time that 3.0 takes over.
2. Type: Besides from the port difference, hard drives could also be divided into solid-state drives and hard disk drives. SSD is extremely faster, safer than HDD. The downsides of SSD are that it has a life-span, which might just stop working without any sign, and, it is much more expensive than HDD. If you have a lot of documents and files to be stored, I think a HDD is suggested.

Regular Back Up External Hard Drive

Don’t ever think that data loss couldn’t happen to you if you have an external hard drive. Buying one to back up your files is a good idea, but it will be useless if you don’t actually back up you data with it. In case you forget, set up some kind of automatic backup, and set the time for back up at the end of the day or when you won’t be using the computer for the process of backing up will drastically slow down your computer. I suggest backing up the files every time you have new information added in, as long as you remember to do so.

Above is just a way of preventing the data loss, if it indeed happened to you, please try Card Data Recovery to recover the photos, videos, music, documents and other files from you external hard drive.

 

Jan 072012
 

Western Digital Corporation is one of the largest manufacturers of hard drive in the world. It specialized in both internal hard drive and external hard drives. The popular external hard drives these days including WD Elements Portable, WD Elements Portable SE, My Passport Essential and My Passport Essential SE. some of them have the function of backup automatically, but some are not. If you lost data unexpectedly, and do not have a backup, you need WD hard disk drive data recovery software to help you restore them.

The commonest scenario about losing data in WD hard disk

  1. Deleted important files while connect it to PC,
  2. Mistakenly formatted WD passport essential without backup,
  3. Eject or powerful off WD drive improperly to cause corruption of it,
  4. Error message like “the disk in drive is not formatted, do you want to format it now?” occurs,
  5. Partition lost from WD passport essential or some partition errors.

Why the lost data can be recovered?

When you deleted files from WD hard drive or accidently formatted it, the data in it is not deleted permanently. Unlike computer that you can find deleted files in recycle bin or trash bin, WD hard drive will bypass them. However, the data is still in the drive, only not visible and accessible. And their space can be available for other files. If they are not overwritten by other new data, you can still restore files on WD hard disk drive.

How to recover WD hard drive data?

If you can’t get your data in your backup or format the WD hard drive, a third party WD disk recovery program is necessary, here you can try Card Data Recovery. It has two versions: Card Data Recovery for Windows and Card Data Recovery for Mac. They are dedicated to service windows and Mac users. The following tutorial tells you how to recover data with them.

Step1. Download WD data recovery software. Connect the WD hard drive to PC with USB, usually with USB 3.0, which helps spending up transformation very much.
Step2.
When WD hard drive is detected by the PC and appears as a drive letter, launch the software, click “scan” to scan deleted files in the hard drive, and you can see all lost data listed in the task list with file signature.
Step3.
Click “Recover” to retrieve the lost data or you can preview them before recovery.

 

Nov 172011
 

WD My Passport Essential becomes more and more popular for business men and general PC users for its mini size, huge data storage capability as well as fashionable appearance. If you don’t want to take your PC by your side, WD My passport is a good choice for you can easily take with it anywhere on the go. Sometimes, you may find your documents in WD Passport Essential are mistakenly deleted or the device is out of your control and you can’t access to it. Fortunately, there are ways to recover data from WD passport essential. The article below analyzes reasons of losing data in it and tips about how to recover data from it.

The commonest scenario about losing data in WD My Passport Essential:
1. Deleted important files while connect it to PC,
2. Mistakenly formatted WD passport essential without backup,
3.  Eject or powerful off WD drive improperly to cause corruption of it,
4. Error message like “the disk in drive is not formatted, do you want to format it now?” occurs,
5. Partition lost from WD passport essential or some partition errors.

Why the lost data can be recovered?
When you deleted files from WD hard drive or accidently formatted it, the data in it is not deleted permanently. Unlike computer that you can find deleted files in recycle bin or trash bin, WD hard drive will bypass them. However, the data is still in the drive, only not visible and accessible. And their space can be available for other files. If they are not overwritten by other new data, you can still get them back.

How to recover WD my passport essential data?
If you can’t get your data in your backup or format the WD my passport essential, a third party WD data recovery program is necessary, here you can try Card Data Recovery. It has two versions: Card Data Recovery for Windows and Card Data Recovery for Mac. They are dedicated to service windows and Mac users. The following tutorial tells you how to recover data with them.
Step1.
Download WD my passport essential data recovery software. Connect the WD passport essential to PC with USB, usually with USB 3.0, which helps spending up transformation very much.
Step2. When WD hard drive is detected by the PC and appears as a drive letter, launch western digital my passport data recovery software, click “scan” to scan deleted files in the hard drive, and you can see all lost data listed in the task list with file signature.
Step3. Click “Recover” to retrieve the lost data or you can preview them before recovery.