Full Tutorial: How to Recover Files from Toshiba External Hard Drive

Can I recover files from my Toshiba external hard drive? This post gives you a positive answer and offers you multiple options on how to recover files from Toshiba external hard drive. Keep reading!


By Ellie / Updated on April 2, 2024

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How do I recover files from my Toshiba external hard drive?


I had a Toshiba external hard drive on which I kept massive files, but I accidentally formatted it and lost all of my files. All of the files are very important to me. I’m desperate to get them back. Any assistance would be greatly appreciated. Thank you ahead of time!”

- Question from a user

Toshiba External Hard Drive

How to recover files from Toshiba external hard drive [3 situations]

It is not difficult to recover files from an external hard drive. The point is you need to choose a suitable solution according to different situations. Here in this part, let’s learn how to recover files from Toshiba external hard drive in 3 different situations.

✍Tips: But before starting, here’s one thing that you should take into account. To give yourself the best chance at recovering your files, please stop using the Toshiba external hard drive right after you lost your files. Continued use of the drive increases the chance of your files being overwritten. If new files are written to the same location where your files were once stored, your chances of recovery are severely decreased as.

Situation 1. Recover files from the formatted/corrupted Toshiba external hard drive

In the first situation, supposing that you have formatted the whole Toshiba external hard drive as well as all files stored on it, all you need to do is to use the professional data recovery freeware MyRecover to get the files back.

  • Easy-to-operate. It allows you to recover lost/deleted data from Windows within 3 easy steps.
  • All-inclusive. It applies to various data loss scenarios in Windows, including recovering data from formatted drives, corrupted partitions, after system crashes, virus attacks, etc.
  • High-speed. It recovers lost data at high speed.
  • High recovery rate. It recovers your data with a high recovery rate, even if it was permanently deleted.
  • Widely-compatible. Support NTFS, FAT32, exFAT, and ReFS in Windows 11/10/8/7 & Windows Server.
  • Comprehensive. Whatever you have lost, texts, pictures, videos, audios, emails, compressed files, etc., you could retrieve deleted/lost data in original format.

Download, install and launch MyRecover on your computer.  

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Step 1. Select the Toshiba external hard drive. Hover the mouse over the drive, and click Scan.

External Hard Drive Start Scan

Step 2. Then the scanning process will start automatically. You don’t need to wait for the process to complete if you find the files you want to recover.

External Hard Drive Scanning

Step 3. Choose the files that you want to recover. Click Recover xx files and choose a destination path to save the restored files.

Select Deleted Excel Files Click Recover

Situation 2. Retrieve files from a lost/deleted partition on Toshiba external hard drive

The second situation is when you lost/deleted a partition on Toshiba external hard drive and need to retrieve it back. The advice we give here is to use the professional partition management tool AOMEI Partition Recovery Wizard. No matter whether the partitions on your Toshiba external hard drive are lost due to accident deletion, partition table damage, bad sectors, or any other reasons, it helps you restore the partition and files stored on it easily.

Step 1. Download, install and run AOMEI Partition Assistant.

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Step 2. Click on Partition Recovery Wizard on the left panel and select and select the Toshiba external hard drive. Click Next.

Click Partition Recovery Wizard

Step 3. Select a search mode. It is recommended that you select Fast Search the first time because it saves time. Then, click on Next.

Fast Search Full Search

Step 4. AOMEI Partition Assistant will show you the list of all lost or deleted partitions from the Toshiba external hard drive. You can select the one you want to recover. And then, click on Proceed.

Select Lost Partitions

Step 5. When the partition recovery process is completed, you will be informed by the Congratulations window. Click Finish.

Click Finish

Step 6. Then go to Windows File Explorer to check whether the deleted or lost partitions on the Toshiba external hard drive were recovered.

Situation 3. Restore accidentally deleted files from Toshiba external hard drive

The third situation is that you need to recover deleted/lost files from Toshiba external hard drive.  Here you have 4 options to do Toshiba external hard drive data recovery.

Method 1. Restore accidentally deleted files from the Recycle Bin

The first method, also the easiest one is to restore accidentally deleted files from the Recycle Bin.

Step 1. Double click Recycle Bin on your desktop to open it.

Step 2. Locate the files you have just deleted. Right-click these files, then click Restore. Then your files will come back to the location where it was before being deleted.

Click Restore

Method 2. Get deleted files back from a Windows backup

The second method to recover accidentally deleted files on Toshiba external hard drive is to use the Windows built-in utility Backup and Restore. Note, you need to first have this feature enabled in order to use it.

Step 1. Input Control Panel in the Windows search bar, and start it.

Open Control Panel

Step 2. Click System and Security and then Backup and Restore (Windows 7).

System and Security

Step 3. Here you’ll see if you have this feature enabled. If you do, click Select another backup to restore files from. If you don’t, jump to the next method.

Select Another Backup to Restore Files From

Step 4. Select the backup and then click Next.

Select a Backup

Step 5. Search for your lost/deleted files by using the Browse for files or Browse for folders option.

Restore with Windows Backup

Step 6. Choose a location to save the backup, select your files and click Restore to recover them.

Method 3. Revert deleted files to an old version with File History

The third method is to use the File History feature also provided by Microsoft to recover deleted/lost files on Toshiba external hard drive. Note, you also need to turn on this feature in order to use it.

 Step 1. Go to Control Panel > System and Security > File History.

File History

Step 2. Click Restore personal files.

Restore Personal Files

Step 3. Select the files you need to recover and then click the Restore button.

Restore Deleted File

Method 4. Recover files from using Windows File Recovery

The final method is to recover deleted/lost files on Toshiba external hard drive using CMD via Windows File Recovery, provided by Microsoft as well. This is a little technical-demanding method. You need to be familiar with command lines in order to use it.

Preparation work before using Windows File Recovery:

 To use this tool, check out your File System first. Go to This PC > right-click on the drive that contains the data you want to restore before > click Properties.

Check File System SD Card

In addition, you need to use recovery mode and switches to get back your files. To decide which mode to use, refer to this table.

File system Scenarios Mode
NTFS Deleted recently Regular
NTFS Deleted for a while Extensive
NTFS Formatted disk Extensive
NTFS Corrupted disk Extensive
FAT and exFAT Any Extensive

Switches are used to filter the scanning range, thus can save the scanning time.

Switches Meaning Supported mode(s)
/n Filter the scan range: scans for a specific file with its file name/path/type, etc. All
/y: Recover specific extension groups. Signature
/k Recovers system files. NTFSSegment
/u Recovers undeleted files, for example, from the Recycle Bin. NTFSSegment

Step 1. Download and install Window File Recovery on your computer from Microsoft Store and then open it.

Install Windows File Recovery

Step 2. Open Powershell or Command Prompt (run as administrator). In the Command Prompt, enter commands in the following command format:

winfr source-drive: destination-drive: [/mode] [/switches]

For example, if you need to recover deleted pdf files from F: drive (the Toshiba external hard drive) to D: drive, then the command will be like:

winfr F: D: /regular /n *.pdf

Winfr Regular External Hard Drive Files


  • Be careful with the commands when using them to recover your erased data.
  • The tool only works with Windows 10 versions 2004 and up. To recover files from Toshiba external hard drive in Windows 7/8, you can turn to AOMEI Data Recovery.
  • Even with Windows File Recovery, you may not be able to recover all of your lost data.

Bonus tip: Back up Toshiba external hard drive to avoid data loss

Backing up critical files on Toshiba external hard drive to your computer is a better bet to avoid file loss whenever anything unexpected occurs. We propose the free professional backup and restore software AOMEI Backupper, which allows you to back up your Toshiba external hard drive in just a few simple clicks.

Step 1. Download, install and launch AOMEI Backupper for Windows on your computer. 

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Step 2. Under the Backup tab, select the Disk Backup option.

Disk Backup

Step 3. The Task Name can be set to help you distinguish backups from each other. Click Add Disk to choose the Toshiba external hard drive.

Add Disk

Step 4. Select a location for the disk image by clicking the folder-shaped button.

Select Backup Destination

Step 5. Click Start Backup to carry out disk backup and wait until the operation is complete. Click Finish to exit the interface.

Backup Finish


This post primarily explains how to recover files from Toshiba external hard drive. We’ve given you three different scenarios in which you might need to recover files. Whatever situation you’re in, you can find a relative solution here. Finally, you’re advised to backup files on your Toshiba external hard drive with AOMEI Backupper to avoid future file loss.

Ellie · Editor
Ellie, a professional and experienced writer who is good at solving iOS-related problems and writing iOS backup/transfer tips.