How Do I Recover Files from Formatted Hard Drive?

Recover files from formatted hard drive

"My cousin mistakenly formatted my D drive which contains a lot of important files. I felt hopeless and got stuck in my mind for having no idea of how to recover files from formatted hard drive. Any way to get back my lost data??"

Overview of format

The Format commands are typically run to prepare a new logical drives for use after Fdisked hard drive - enabling the installation of an operating system, application programs & eventual user data. The format command has been around for a long time, formerly they were stand alone DOS programs before being integrated into Windows.

When you format a disk, the operating system erases all bookkeeping information on the disk, tests the disk to make sure all sectors are reliable, marks bad sectors (that is, those that are scratched), and creates internal address tables that it later uses to locate information. You must format a disk before you can use it.

Recover files from formatted hard drive is realistic

Formatting a disk does not erase the data on the disk, only the data on the address tables. So, retrieve formatted data is realistic. If you accidentally reformat a disk that contains useful files, do not be panic, a data recovery company can help you recover most of the information on the disk. And you can also try programs that enable you to recover the formatted hard drive yourself.

How to recover files from formatted drives by yourself

EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard is your best choice. It allows you to complete the recovery job with a few simple clicks. You can download the software and follow the below guide to recover your lost data.

Step 1. Launch EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard and select the file types you want to recover. Then click "Next" button to move to the next step.

Tip: If you cannot boot the computer, please use data recovery bootable disk or connect the hard drive to another computer as slave to recover lost data.

Choose the file types you want to recover from formatted hard drive

Step 2. Select the disk where you lost your data and click "Scan" button, the software will quickly scan the selected disk to find all your target files. If you lost your partition, select "Lost Disk Drives" and "Scan" to continue the recovery process.

Scan the selected disk to recover files from formatted hard drive

Step 3. After scan, you can preview all the listed recoverable files one by one and select out those you want. Then, click "Recover" button to get them back once. Here you should save all the recovered files on another disk to avoid data overwriting.

Preview and recover files from formatted hard drive

Caution: Save the recovered data on another partition or drive instead of the formatted one, for it may result in overwriting data and permanent data loss!

For more information of formatting drives, please see: How do I format a hard drive?

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