Recover Files from Formatted Hard Drive in Windows 10/8/7

Jean updated on Jul 12, 2019 to Data Recovery | How-to Articles


Here are two solutions to recover files from formatted hard drive in Windows 10/8/7. Solution 1 - recover files with formatted hard drive recovery freeware. Solution 2 - recover data with CMD. Both solutions are helpful and effective. Follow the details below, and get back formatted hard disk data.

Why It's Possible To Recover Formatted Hard Drive 

Most of us have this bad experience. You found that there are still some valuable data on the hard drive after formatting. The moment you realize that you have lost all the data, panic may set in. Don't worry, you can retrieve files after you have formatted the hard drive.

Actually, when you format a hard drive, the Operating System erases file directory of all the data on the disk. In this case, you cannot find their data. But the formatting operation does not erase the data itself on the disk. That is to say, it is possible to recover the formatted hard drive. If you accidentally format a hard drive, don't panic! You can get back lost files by following the two solutions.

If the data you are trying to recover has been overwritten already, you cannot recover it.

Solution 1. Recover Files With Hard Drive Recovery Software 

This solution can get back formatted data easily and it doesn't need any technical skill. All you need is EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard - the powerful free file recovery software. It can recover files from a formatted hard drive, USB drive, SD card or memory in three steps. And it is compatible with all the versions of Windows including 10, 8, 7, Vista and XP. What's more, this file recovery software has the following highlights:

  • Recover lost or deleted files, photos, audio, music, emails from formatted hard drive effectively.
  • Recover data recovery from recycle bin, hard drive, memory card, flash drive, digital camera, and camcorders, etc.
  • Supports to recover data after deletion, formatting, virus attack, or system crash easily.

Bring back files from formatted hard drive with EaseUS:

Step 1: Choose the partition

  • Launch EaseUS formatted data recovery software after the installation.
  • Choose the hard drive which you've accidentally formatted.
  • Click "Scan".
select the formatted hard drive and click scan

Step 2: Initiate the scan process

  • Start scanning lost data all over the hard drive.
  • Proceed with the data searching. You'll see more and more data showing up in the scan results.
scan lost data on the formatted hard drive

Step 3: Recover files to a secure location

  • After the scan, browse data in each section, especially in "Lost Partition Files". It's a highlighted feature of EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard for retrieving data from a formatted hard drive partition.
  • Select the data files you wish to recover.
  • Click "Recover". 

Instead of the original hard drive, choose a different location to save the recovered data.

select wanted data and click recover
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)

Solution 2. Restore Formatted Hard Drive Files Using CMD

If you are familiar with CMD, you can recover the formatted hard drive manually. 

Step 1: At the start, type command prompt and right-click on Command Prompt, select "Run as administrator". Click "Yes".

Step 2: Type: chkdsk D: /f  in Command Prompt and hit Enter. (Replace D: with the drive letter of the device where you lost files or data.)

retrieve files from formatted hard drive using cmd

After this process, check your hard drive again.

Bonus Tip - Back Up Files to Prevent Data Loss

If your data has been overwritten, what can you do? Your old items will be gone forever. You need to take some other actions. Backup can be one of the best ways to prevent data loss. You just need professional backup software. EaseUS Todo Backup is the one.

Download this free backup Software and you can simply select what you want to backup - your entire system, a disk, a partition, particular folders.

Step 1: Open EaseUS Todo Backup and select "File Backup".

Step 2: Select the files that you want to back up.

Step 3: Select a destination to save your backups.

Step 4: Click "Proceed" to execute your operation.

click file backup to back up files

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Frequently Asked Questions

1. Why cannot I recover 2GB data for free?

It is recommended to check the version installed is Free or Trial because they are different versions.

Trial has data preview function but cannot save any files, while the Free version enables to recover 2 GB files. The default free space is 500 MB and you may share the product on social media to get another 1.5 GB.

2. Why cannot the recovered files be opened?

A file is saved as 2 parts on the storage device: directory info (which is comprised by file name, time stamp and size info, etc.) and data content.

If the files with original file names and folder structures cannot be opened, one possible reason is the corrupted directory info. There is still a chance to recover the data content with the RAW Recovery method in our software.

3. Why isn't it suggested to recover the files back to the original drive?

The storage structure of the lost files would be altered or damaged by any changes on the drive. If you save the recovered files back to the same drive, the original data structures and data content would be corrupted or overwritten, which causes permanent data loss. So you should prepare another disk to save the files.

4. How can I check whether my data is recoverable or not before purchase?

The Free version helps you save 2GB files to better verify the recovery quality of our product before purchase.

5. How long does it take to scan the drive?

It strongly depends on the capacity of your hard drive and the performance of your computer. As reference,most drive recoveries can be completed in around 10 to 12 hours for a 1-TB healthy hard drive in general conditions.

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