This question is not a "Google" question. It's for people who are experienced in data loss recovery. Among the many programs I have used in the past for data recovery, I have found EASEUS Data Recovery Wizard Professional to be most successful. I have had high success rates in recovering data from many HDDs. Now I myself have a question... I have an external HDD (WD MyBook) that fell from a height of about 7 inches. The computer(s) will recognize it but say it's not initialized which means the boot records are fine. There are no grinding or any kind of noises at boot-up so the needle and platter seem to be ok. I started a complete recovery in EASEUS, but it's been 2 hours and it only found 54 files so far. (I know there are hundreds). Usually, on formatted drives, the number of "total files found" add up pretty quickly on this software and it is able to scan a 1TB drive in about 5 - 6 hours. This is the first time that I'm seeing such a slow reading of the drive. (Which makes me wonder again if it's physically damaged). My question is, since it's know that the best method of recovery is to start the recovery process as soon as possible, for any usage of the drive will reduce the success rate of recovery. But I'm thinking that if I just allow Windows to initialize the disk and format it with a quick format, that the only thing I'm ruining is the table, which EASEUS doesn't care about since it analyzes the disk by sectors. What I think would speed up the recovery process and what I'm asking your advice on is if I should initialize the disk and give it a quick format and then run EASEUS. I would normally never do this but like I said... 2 hours and 54 files.... I don't have a month to wait and EASEUS is pretty good at recovering formatted disks too. What do you think?