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

Jean updated on Feb 25, 2020 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.

It's easy to format a disk, as a result, many people complain that they have formatted their drive unintentionally. If you have a similar experience, follow the solutions below to recover the formatted hard drive.

1. Recover Files With Hard Drive Recovery Software
2. Restore Formatted Hard Drive Files Using CMD

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 the 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 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 partition which you've accidentally formatted. 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.

select files

Step 3. Recover files to a secure location.

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

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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: Launch EaseUS Todo Backup software and then choose "File Backup", "Disk/partition Backup" or "System Backup" for different backup purpose.

Step 2: Choose the system, disk partition, files or apps that you want to back up. Then select a destination where you want to store the backup file.

Step 3: Click "Proceed" to start the data backup process.

back up data with easeus todo backup

Recover Formatted Hard Drive FAQs

Can you undo a format? How to recover data from formatted hard drive? You can get all your answers here.

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

Step 1. Choose the partition.

Step 2. Select wanted files.

Step 3. Recover files to a secure location.

Can I undo a format?

Sorry, you can't. If you want to cancel the formatting, the answer is no. You can make it easy to recover all lost data and move them back to the formatted drive again. This is what people called undo a format.

Can you recover files after quick format?

Generally, after the formatting, your files are not permanently gone from your drive, so there is still a chance to recover lost data after quick format as long as you have not overwritten the original data. To recover lost data after quick format, you need a professional format recovery software to help you.

Can a wiped hard drive be recovered?

It depends on how you wipe the disk. If you only deleted files from it or formatted the hard drive, it can be recovered easily. If you have used special tools to write 0 to the disk, all data will be ruined. To prevent deleted files to be overwritten by new files, you'd better stop using the hard drive. 


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Frequently Asked Questions

1. Why choose EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard?

"EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard is the best we've seen. It's far from perfect, partly because today's advanced disk technology makes data-recovery more difficult than it was with the simpler technology of the past, but it's fast and efficient..."PCMag

"The first thing you'll notice about EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard Pro is that its interface is very clear and uncluttered, with only a small collection of self-explanatory controls. You won't find lots of extra options hidden in a system of hidden menus, either; what you see really is what you get."techradar

"Recover lost files, even after deleting a partition or formatting your drive."Macworld

2. 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.

3. 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.

4. 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.

5. 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.

6. 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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