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How to restore formatted files?

Nowadays, people always inquire "Is there any way I can restore files after format? Those formatted files are much important and precious to me and no backup before." Actually, those unhappy things always happen and people often trouble to seek for reliable data recovery software to restore formatted files. Fortunately, EaseUS data recovery software, specializing in data recovery and storage management software, will offer you an easy but safe solution to restore formatted files when performing format restore.

What is format?

If you do not back up files or copy your partitions before format, all the files on the formatted partition would be lost. And restoring formatted files is not an easy task to do, especially for those who know little about computer. In order to give you thorough knowledge of restoring formatted files, definition of format is critical for you to know before the instruction to restore formatted files format restore.

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Usually, hard disk format is much concerned in our life, disk format in particular. From Wikipedia, disk format is the process of preparing a hard disk or other storage medium for use, including setting up an empty file system. 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 for later uses to locate information. Besides, low-level formatting and high-level formatting are involved in formatting a disk, they are respectively:

High-level formatting: a process of writing the file system structures on the disk that lets the disk to be used for storing programs and data.

Low-level formatting: a process of formatting disk surfaces and installing characteristics like sector numbers that are visible to, and used by the disk controller hardware.

Every Hard Disk is required to be formatted before use. While it is not necessary to format your disk through low-level formatting, because it will physically damage the disk and cut short the life of the disk. A high-level formatting will suffice for most purposes by wiping out the control structures and writing new ones. The old information is lost and the disk appears as new after a high-level formatting.

What is formatted files restore?

Many computer users only hold such idea about formatted files restore that once format a disk they couldn't restore formatted files. Few people know that they could restore formatted files through unformat. Theoretically, as with regular deletion, data on a disk is not fully destroyed during a high-level format. Instead, the area on the disk containing the data is merely marked as avail (in whatever file system structure the format uses), and retains the old data until it's overwritten. If reformatted or formatted files restore is performed on the disk, some data may be overwritten. However, under some file systems (e.g., NTFS; but not FAT), the file indexes (such as $MFTs under NTFS, etc.) may not be written to the same exact locations. And if the partition size is increased, FAT file systems will overwrite more data at the beginning of that new partition.

Sometimes when you accidentally reformat the computer system or hard disk, it often shows following errors: (these errors are frequently displayed on a black screen with white text)

  • Operating System not found
  • Invalid or corrupt FAT
  • Cannot find file or program
  • Invalid command.com
  • Primary/Secondary Hard disk failure
  • Non system disk
  • Disk error

Don't worry, with right data recovery software, you can restore formatted files easily. When using unformat software for formatted files restore, EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard is your best choice. The rules following you must remember: make sure that the formatted partition is not overwritten by new content again; and stop using the disk that contains the files you want to restore; if not, the chance to restore formatted files is impossible; any data recovery software in the market is to no avail.

EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard does a favor

Are you still frustrated with format lost recovery? Do you still regret not to backup those classic files for format restore? Or worry that you cannot afford those expensive data recovery software for format restore? If so, good news comes to you now, EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard, with less pay but powerful function, will bring much benefit to you for format restore.

Considering your case, Data Recovery Wizard is the most comprehensive unformat software to restore formatted files under Windows 2000/XP/2003/Vista/2008/Windows 7/Windows 8.

Data Recovery Wizard performs format restore in following cases:

  • Unformat FAT16, FAT32, and NTFS partition from formatted hard drives via quick or complete format.
  • Restore files & folders formatted through the Windows Command Line or from DOS.
  • Restore files & folders formatted through disk manager tools, such as EaseUS Partition Master, Partition Magic.
  • Support localized and long filenames.

Data Recovery Wizard can restore data from various files types and storage media including:

Hard Drives.
Zip Disks.
Digital camera cards.
USB Drives.
Any other storage device whose drive letter is displayed in Windows "My computer".

There are three modules on Data Recovery Wizard as the picture below. Deleted File Recovery is for restoring deleted data; partition recovery for restoring formatted partition and Complete Recovery for restoring files after format, files after crashed, etc.

Data Recovery Software Main Window

The step-by-step instruction of recovering files after format is as following:

Step 1: Download and launch the software, and click "Complete Recovery" module. Select the file types you want to recover and then a list of volumes on the drives found in your system will be listed. If the volume does not have a drive letter, the volume will be listed at the hindmost and the drive letter will be instead by "*".

Select file types

Complete Recovery

Step 2: Choose the volume that was formatted and click "NEXT" to start searching on this volume. The Intelligent Searching module will scan the selected volume, collect and analyze every byte on the volume.

Restore formatted files

Step 3: After this scanning is finished, select the file or directory that you want to restore and save the data.

Through the easy and simple process mentioned above, you could restore formatted files easily; and that is what the magic EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard performs in the experience of format restore, just have a try.

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