Why Files Won’t Open After Data Recovery

How to Recover Data from USB Hard Drive

At times, after you recover files on your computer using a data recovery tool, you will not be able to open or access them. And in some situations, your computer cannot access the recovered files from storage devices like USB drive, WD external drives, etc. So, you might start thinking that the recovered data is lost forever. But it is not so. There are some methods using which you can open or regain access to your recovered files. If a storage device contains some recovered files, there might be chances that the information is intact, but your computer is unable to detect/recognize that storage device. Before we get into the methods of gaining access to the recovered files, let us see the reasons behind the issue, i.e., why you are unable to open or access the recovered files.

Reasons behind the issue:

Physical damages to the storage device:

If the recovered files are on a storage device like a USB drive, and if that storage device gets damaged (physically), you cannot open those files.

Bad blocks or sectors:

When there are “bad blocks” or sectors in your storage device, your computer will not be able to access the data on that device.

File contents might get over-written:

Whenever a file is deleted from your computer, only a reference to the file will be deleted. The operating system will now mark the space occupied by that file as free space. Now, when you try to save a new file, the operating system will allocate the free space to the new file. So, the already existing data will be over-written. If the sectors are overwritten with new data, there are higher chances that the original data cannot be accessed. Now, if the recovered file (which you are unable to access now) is an image or photo, let us see how to gain access to it:

Method-1: Changing the image format by using Microsoft Paint:

  • On your computer, launch the MS Paint application.
  • Next, click the File menu and then select the Open option.
  • Now, you have to choose the image or photo and click Open.
  • Select the File menu and click on the Save button.
  • Next, you have to assign a file name. From the drop-down provided for the Save as type field, choose PNG.
  • Finally, click on the Save button.
  • Your image/photo will be saved in the PNG format and it can be opened using any application.

Method-2: Changing the image format by renaming it:

  • First, right-click the image/photo and then choose the Rename option.
  • Next, delete the file format and replace it with a different format of your choice.
  • Now, press the Enter key.
  • The format of your image will be modified. Now, you will be able to access your image/file in the desired application.

We have now discussed the reasons behind the inability to open recovered files. We have also seen a couple of methods to regain access to your recovered image/photo files.