Have you accidentally deleted some work documents  to an external hard drive or a USB stick and you’re desperate because you do not know how to recover them? If you’re a little luck, you may be able to solve the problem with Wise Data Recovery.

Wise Data Recovery is a free program for Windows that allows you to recover deleted files from hard drives, external drives and USB drives in an easy and fast way (assuming that the space previously occupied by the deleted files have not been rewritten). Supports Office documents, photos, videos and many other file types. Let’s see how to recover deleted files from external hard drive using it.

Recover files

If you want to discover how to recover deleted files from external hard drive, the first step you need to take is to connect to the Internet site of Wise Data Recovery and click the Download now button before and then on Download Now to download the program on your PC.

When the download is complete open, double clicking on it, the file you just downloaded (example cbsidlm-cbsi134-Wise_Data_Recovery-BP-75715872.exe) and in the window that opens, click on the first Yes and then click Next step, Decline twice in a row (to avoid the installation of additional promotional software) and install now. In the window that opens, click Next, accept the terms of use of the program by putting a check mark next to I accept the agreement and complete the installation by clicking Next on the first four consecutive times and then on Install and Finish.

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To recover deleted files from external hard disk with Wise Data Recovery, start the application by double-clicking its icon on the Windows desktop and click the Yes button.

In the window that opens, select the drive on the external hard disk to retrieve files using the drop down menu located in the upper left and click on the Scan button to start scanning the drive.

At the end of the procedure (the duration depends on the size of the disk), put the check mark next to the names of files to be restored and click Recover on the green button located at the bottom right. Next, select the folder to export the objects and click OK to complete the operation.


The only recoverable files are those covered by the green dot placed next to their name. If a document is deleted and does not appear in the list of files found by Wise Data Recovery, it means it can not be restored.

If you want a “second opinion” on the recoverable files from your external hard drive and try to maintain their recovery with another program, install Recuva.

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