My external HDD (1TB) is corrupted and showing the below error in Windows. The disk icon shown in My Computer and in system tray.
Location is not accessible
G:\ is not accessible
The parameter is incorrect.
I have tried the PhotoRec recovery tool to get my data back (pic 3). But I have limitations on my system HDD as it cannot hold 1 TB of data. So I bought another 2TB HDD and copying to it.
In first attempt, the PhotoRec finished up to 35 percent and recovered 100 GB of data. After this 35%, the disk's icon is gone from My Computer, but the light on the HDD was illuminated. As I could not see progress, I disconnected everything and re-started again. But in this second attempt, it completed but I could get only 2 GB, which I could not understand.
Now, I need to get some advice that which software can recover the HDD with original folder structure. I revised the below softwares, most of these cost $100 per year:
- Disk Drill
- EaseUS Recovery
- Is there any software which I can purchase with a lower cost and having perpetual license (i.e., one time payment)?
- If there is no such software, which software from the above list will perfectly suite me?
- How should I know if there is a hardware issue with the disk?