How to Recover Data from Formatted Hard Disk in Windows 10/11

Don't worry if you don't know how to recover data from formatted hard disk in Windows 10. This article will guide you to recover files and data from accidentally formatted hard drive in Windows 10 with EaseUS hard drive recovery software in 3 steps.

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How to recover files after format Windows 10/11:

Step 1. Don't write new data to the formatted hard drive.

Step 2. Download and install EaseUS data recovery software on a Windows computer.

Step 3. Launch EaseUS data recovery software and select the formatted partition to scan.

Step 4. Preview and recover files to another drive.

Accidentally Formatted Hard Drive Windows 10/11

Case 1: "I mistakenly formatted my hard drive in Windows 10. Is it possible to recover partial files as the drive is formatted?”  

Case 2: "One of my partitions was formatted after Window 10 update. That's weird. How can I recover formatted partition Windows 10?”

Accidentally formatting hard drive partition in Windows 10 is one of the top issues that may happen to most ordinary users. So what should you do if your hard drive partition gets formatted by accident in Windows 10? Can anyone solve the problems of how to recover files from formatted Windows 10 partition?

Read on, and you'll get a comprehensive guide here about what to do and how to restore lost files from formatted Windows 10 hard drive partition.

What to Do After Format Hard Drive Partition

It's vital to be clear about what you should do after formatting a hard drive by mistake. Here are two tips that will guide you through restoring all formatted data immediately in Windows 10. 

First. Stop using the formatted hard drive partition

Once you lost files on the hard drive partition after formatting, to avoid further data loss, please do remember:

  1. 1. Stop using the partition right away.
  2. 2. Don't save new files on the formatted hard drive partition.

Second. Recover files from formatted hard drive with reliable data recovery software

Since many ordinary users don't know how to recover files from formatted Windows 10 partition, it will be wise to apply a professional data recovery service or data recovery software for help.

We recommend you try EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard, who works professionally in dealing with data loss troubles like recovering files from formatted Windows 10 partition.

How to choose the right tool to help yourself out? Check the comparison table of local data recovery service .vs hard drive recovery software - EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard, and you'll see which one suits you the most:

Comparison Hard Drive Data Recovery Software Local Data Recovery Service
Suitable Users Urgent users who want to get lost files back immediately. Users who are not urgent, knowing little about data recovery.
Data Recovery Capacity Unlimited

A small amount of data for recovery.

The more data you lose, the more money you'll need to pay.

Privacy Protection Secure for protecting your own privacy Not sure

Several minutes. (3-5 mins or so.)

It depends on how much data you've saved on the device.

1 - 2 weeks
Cost For Windows users: $ 69.95 
For Mac users: $89.95 
Hundred to thousand dollars

How to Recover Data from Formatted Hard Disk in Windows 10 Free

If you prefer a free solution, EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard Free Edition can help. It allows you to restore up to 2GB of files from a formatted partition for free.

To restore unlimited files, upgrade to the pro edition and activate this software in advance. You can ask for online help whenever you need from our tech support team as a paid user.

Video tutorial about how to recover formatted hard drive:

The 3-step guide to recover Windows 10 formatted hard drive data

Note: To guarantee a high data recovery chance, install EaseUS data recovery software on another disk instead of the formatted disk. 

Step 1. Choose the formatted hard drive 

Choose the hard drive partition which you've accidentally formatted and click "Scan".

select a partition and click scan

Step 2. Select wanted files

After the scanning process, you can click "Filter" to filter a specific file type to quickly find wanted files. Then use "Other Lost Files" or "Files Lost Original Name", "Tags", etc. in the left pane to locate your files.

select files

Step 3. Recover files to a secure location

Select the data that you wish to recover and click "Recover". Choose a new location to store the files and click "OK".

recover files
Do You Need Specialized Data Recovery Services?
You may need further help for tough data loss situations like reformatting drive, RAW disk, partition loss, repartition failures, and system boot error. Consult with EaseUS Data Recovery Experts for cost-efficient one-on-one manual recovery service. They could offer the following services after FREE diagnosis:
1. Unformat the drive
2. Repair the RAID, RAW disk, or operating system
3. Recover lost partition (the one that cannot be recovered by software)

Tips to Protect Windows 10 Hard Drive Data

After following the above three steps with the help of EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard, all of your lost files will revive. However, the best way to protect your data is not to merely rely on recovery software to recover files after format or delete.

Having an integral plan to fully protect your data from loss in all kinds of disasters is also essential and necessary.  Refer to the tips below, and you'll know what to do for protecting Windows 10 data:

1. Back up Windows 10 regularly

  1. Note: Having a backup of essential files and data on Windows 10 frequently will effectively save you from sudden data loss, system crash, or other problems. 

You can either use Windows 10 File History or backup software for help. Here, you can try EaseUS Todo Backup, which enables users to selectively back up files, a whole hard drive partition, and even the current running system within only 3 simple steps:

Step 1. To back up an entire hard disk or simply its several partitions, the best backup plan is "Disk/Partition". Choose this backup mode and let's begin.

choose disk/partition backup mode

Step 2. On the popup window, choose the hard drive or partition(s) you're going to back up. A check symbol appears after you clicked the mouse.

choose the hard disk/partition you want to back up

Step 3. Click the "Browse..." button in the "Destination" area to choose a backup location. Here, you can choose any location that is available to you, such as the local hard disk, folders, Network drive, NAS device or Cloud storage, including GoogleDrive, DropBox and OneDrive. You can explore all the connected drive by clicking the icon in front of each directory.

choose a backup location

Step 4. Now edit your disk backup image by adding a "Plan name" and "Description" to it.

Do not forget the advanced backup plans in " Backup options", where you can compress the backup image, encrypt the backup for privacy protection and even enable a sector by sector backup.

choose disk/partition advanced backup options

At the same time, you can turn on the "Schedule" in order to create a hard disk/partition backup on a regular basis like daily, weekly, monthly or upon an event according to the schedule set on your own. 

set a disk/partition backup schedule

And the "Image-reserve strategy" lets you manage the increasingly growing backup images economically, you can preserve the backups in a setup time or quantity.

set a disk/partition backup image-reserve strategy

Step 5. Not all the customizable hard disk/partition backup solutions are necessary but try to make full use of the necessary ones. Finally, click "Proceed" to start at once.

For safety, disconnect the physical storage device you used as a backup drive after the backup process is over.

NOTICE: Don't save your backups at the source drive or disk. Save them to another disk or external hard drive instead.

2. Use a professional virus cleaner software

Run the virus cleaner software to clean up the existing virus and malware to protect your data and computer.

3. Choose an efficient data recovery tool - EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard 

Stop using the source device once you lost files due to deleting, formatting, or other reasons. Apply EaseUS data recovery software to solve the data loss troubles, such as to recover lost partition. EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard is one of the best Windows 10 data recovery software that can recover lost files from Windows 10 hard drive and recover formatted and inaccessible data. It can recover all types of lost files from any hard drive or storage device.

FAQs About How to Recover Files After Format Windows 10

Here are some related questions about how to recover files from formatted hard disk in Windows 10. Continue to read in-depth.

Is it possible to recover data from damaged hard disk?

EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard can recover files under a wide range of complex situations, including damaged hard disk. Moreover, it can recover data from a dead hard drive that won't boot. You can create a bootable drive for running on the damaged or dead hard drive and recovering data.

Step 1. Download EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard WinPE Edition on your computer.

Step 2. Select the hard drive you want to recover. Click the Scan button.

Step 3. Preview files and click Recover for recovering data.

How do I recover files from a formatted hard drive Windows 10?

Windows 10 formatted recovery steps.

Step 1. Download and run EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard on your Windows 10 PC. Select the formatted hard drive to scan.

Step 2. Select the file types you want to recover.

Step 3. Preview and recover lost files.

How can I recover files from a formatted hard drive for free?

To recover deleted files or recover files from a formatted hard drive for free, you can use the free version of EaseUS hard drive recovery software. It enables you to recover formatted hard drive for free in a different file system, such as FAT(FAT12/FAT16/FAT32), exFAT, NTFS, NTFS5, ext2, ext3, HFS+, and ReFS.

It allows you to recover lost data on laptop, PC, hard drive, external disk, SSD, USB drive, memory card, and so on.

What is the best hard drive recovery software?

If you lost data and want to recover deleted files, try the 15 best hard drive recovery software:

  • EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard
  • Stellar Data Recovery
  • Disk Drill
  • Recuva
  • Recover My Files
  • Acronis Revive
  • R-Studio
  • Data Rescue
  • OnTrack EasyRecovery
  • Wise Data Recovery Software
  • More...

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