Restore Files Deleted by Viruses


Read this article and learn simple method to restore deleted, lost or inaccessible files back from your virus-infected external hard drive after you’ve deleted or formatted this drive to clean all possible viruses.

Sophia Wright

December 17, 2019

by Sophia Wright

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Free download 4Card Recovery to copy all left photos, audios, videos, files and others out from your USB hard disk that is virus-infected and has been formatted or wiped for removing existing threats inside.

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External Hard Drive Gets Virus-Infected?

"Plunged external hard drive shows 0 bytes of used space and free space for possible virus attacking"? "USB hard disk is frequently passed around friends/families and now probably virus-infected. What am I supposed to copy out all useful drive data"? "External drive only shows numerous shortcuts of crucial files and folders strangely"? Or "Have already deleted/formatted external drive for cleaning existing threats and also wipe all remained crucial drive data"? OK! When external drive is unwillingly virus-attacked, in order to avoid any risk of losing drive data or spreading virus to other computer components/devices, you are supposed to do something carefully: scan entire computer deeply with antivirus tool, this USB drive also included, to delete all found viruses completely and then, download external hard drive data recovery software to find your remained useful drive data back.     

How to Restore Files back from Virus-Infected external Drive?

As we all know, virus is really dangerous and also can hide your drive files, damage crucial drive data and also corrupt drive or computer system, etc. But, that doesn’t mean that you’ll lose both of your drive and inner stored data once your drive is infected by virus. With right operations, you also can avoid lose drive data and also save this physical drive. So, just remove all possible drive viruses with the help of antivirus software and rescue your desired drive files, images, videos, audios and more with the help of virus-infected drive data recovery software like 4Card Recovery.
Here are simple steps for you to rescue your files back from this virus-attacked drive:

Step 1:

Plunge your USB hard disk to computer and also download the 4Card Recovery there. Open its main screen to choose a needed data recovery mode latter.

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Select recovery options in the main interface

Step 2:

Find the drive letter of this connected external drive and scan it deeply.

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Select card to search photos off card

Step 3:
Preview all found files and mark all your wanted ones out.

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Wait while scanning lost photos, sometimes it takes about 20 minutes to scan a 32G card.

Tips: if it takes more than 2 hours to scan a 32GB card, you may stop the scanning and wait to see
what's already found. Since the card may contains bad blocks that takes longer time than usual.

Step 4:
Make sure all your selected drive data is restored to a different computer device.

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Preview lost photos and save found files. It would generate a folder to contain your lost data.
Please do not save the photo to the card where you lost them. Save them to your PC drive!

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Useful Tips to Avoid Drive Data Loss:

* Avoid downloading or transferring new stuffs to this virus-infected drive before successful data recovery.
* Avid moving all restored drive data to the original external hard drive after data recovery process.
* Avoid using one external drive on many known or unknown computers or laptops in the future.
* Avoid saving all crucial drive data on only one external drive from now on.

Back up Drive Data & Format Drive at Last

In case that any possible virus or threat is still stayed on your external hard drive, after data recovery process, just back up all your drive data on another devices or medias and format the original drive to clean everything completely.

Safe Measures to Avoid Such Drive Data Loss Problems:

Learn valuable lessons and do some safe measures to avoid such virus-infected drive data loss problems:
* Scan your USB flash drive regularly. Also remember to scan it before you use it on your computer.
* Choose and download efficient antivirus tool to protect your computer and inserted storage devices.
* Prepare drive data backups well on several drives or online all the time.
* Never use external drive on some unknown or unsure computers or other machines.


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