Consider a situation where you connect an external hard drive to your system. When you click on the drive, you are unable to access the contents. You try to check the status of the drive in Disk Utility. Here, you see an error message ‘Invalid volume header error’. You freak out because you have important files stored and no backup available!
If you are in such a situation, do not worry. This article explains how you can deal with such errors without data loss. Let us first understand the reasons for this error to occur.
Reasons for ‘Invalid volume header error’
The most common reason for this error is an abrupt removal of the external hard drive from the system during data transfer. Chances are data is still being written into the drive and removal of the drive may cause corruption. Other reasons are physical damage to the hard disk or virus attacks.
The troubleshooting process for the error ‘Invalid volume header’ involves 2 stages. First, you need to recover data from your inaccessible drive using professional recovery tools. As a second step, reformat your drive to fix the issue.
Step1: Recover data using Remo Recover Mac
About Remo Recover Mac
Remo Recover is a great tool to recover data from hard drives with error ‘Invalid volume header’. It can also be used with corrupt, inaccessible and corrupt hard drives. The guide how to recover corrupted external hard drive explains recovery from corrupted drives. It uses robust scanning algorithms to scan the drive sector by sector and retrieves data. It works on a read-only mechanism, so your original data is not altered during the recovery process.
The software works with all Mac devices such as MacBook Pro, MacBook Air, Mac Mini etc. All Mac OS versions including the latest High Sierra are supported. As for external hard drives, all major brands like Seagate, Western Digital, Buffalo etc. are supported.
In addition to recovering files from external hard drives, it can also be used with USB’s, internal hard drives and other storage devices.
How to recover data using Remo Recover?
Recovering data from your hard drives is easy with Remo Recover. To start with, download and install Remo Recover Mac on your system. Connect the hard drive to your Mac and follow the steps below:
- From the main screen, select Recover Drives
- The next screen provides 2 options ‘Formatted Recovery’ and ‘Partition Recovery’. Select Partition Recovery
- Then select your external hard drive
- The software scans your drive and lists all recovered files
- You can then view your files using Preview feature
- Save required files to the desired location
Step 2: Reformat your drive
Once you have recovered data from your drive, you are safe to continue with the troubleshooting steps to reformat your drive. The steps are explained below:
- In the Finder, choose Go > Utilities. The /Applications/ Utility folder will open
- Then launch Disk Utility
- From the left menu, select your external hard drive
- Click the Erase tab from the four options available in the main window
- Disk Utility will automatically choose a format option for you. You can also pick a format of your choice using the drop-down menu if you wish to.
- Assign a name to the drive
- Then click on Security options to choose how you’d like the drive to be formatted. It ranges from Fastest to Most Secure. Fastest will erase the drive by removing header information only. In this case, data can be easily recovered using the software. If you want higher security, consider moving the slider to the right and choose an appropriate option.
- Click on Erase and wait till the drive is ready
Reformatting using the above steps should fix the ‘Invalid volume header’ error. If it doesn’t, it probably indicates your hard disk has failed and it’s time to replace.
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