Video Recovery: How to Recover Formatted Video Files

Free video recovery software can recover formatted or deleted videos from any device. No matter your videos are on a hard drive, memory card, or an SD card, you can always get things done with EaseUS freeware. Download this free file recovery software and bring back lost videos.

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Quick and brief steps to recover video files:

Step 1. Launch the EaseUS video recovery program on your PC.

Step 2. Locate the drive that is to be scanned for deleted/lost videos and click the "Scan" button. 

Step 3. Preview and recover video files. 

More detailed guides... 

What Is Formatting

Formatting is a process of preparing a data storage device such as a hard disk drive, SSD, USB flash drive, or SD card for initial use.

Generally, your device will be formatted in the following three situations.

What to Do When Lost Video Files

Case: "Formatted my Canon SD card because I cannot access it. The bad news is all my videos and pictures are gone. Is there any possibility to restore my Canon videos and pictures? Really need help."

Almost everyone had a bad experience of losing precious videos, photos, and files due to unexpected disasters. Accidental deletion, formatting, misoperation, system crash are the main causes. But, what can you do if you lost data? 

Data loss is very common in daily. Everyone could encounter a data loss situation. The easiest to get out of this situation is to recover your lost files. After formatting an SD card or other devices, the device will show as empty and all data will become invisible. But the files are not gone unless you add new items to it. That is to say, if you didn't add any new items to your device after you format it, your files will remain intact. And you can get the files back.

Important
Make sure that no application writes to the drive or partition since every new file (even a small one) may overwrite the deleted file.
Do not open or close files and applications on the problem partition, as many applications create temporary files which may overwrite and corrupt your formatted files.

Here are two ways to get back formatted videos. Follow the details below:

Method 1. Retrieve Videos with Free Video Recovery Software 

If you don't have much computer or CMD knowledge, the best choice is using a free tool. EaseUS free file recovery software is absolutely the first program you should try. This easy-to-use software can bring back lost data in three simple steps. No matter you emptied the recycle bin, formatted the SD card, or deleted files, you can always restore the data with ease. Know more details:

  • Supported file types: AVI, MOV, MP4, M4V, 3GP, 3G2, WMV, MKV, ASF, FLV, SWF, MPG, RM/RMVB, MPEG, etc. (More than 1000)
  • Supported devices: USB, SSD, PC/laptop, CF/SD card, digital camera, hard drive, etc.
  • Supported file system: FAT(FAT12,FAT16,FAT32), exFAT, NTFS, ext2/ext3, HFS+, ReFS.
  • Supported OS: Windows 10/8.1/8/7/Vista/XP, Windows server 2003 -2019.

Step 1. Run EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard and select the location or device where you deleted videos. Click "Scan" to scan and find the missing videos.

select a location and click scan

Step 2. After the scan, choose "Videos" in the "Filter" drop-down menu. Double click on found videos and preview them on the popped up window. 

scan for deleted data

Step 3. Select the video files that you want to restore. Click "Recover" to save found videos to another secure location on your PC or external storage device rather than the original place.

Restore lost videos
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)

Method 2. Video Recovery Using CMD After Formatting

If you are familiar with CMD, you can recover the deleted files via chkdsk. (Here, we take SD card recovery as an example.)

Step 1: Connect your SD card to your computer via a card reader. Check the drive letter of your SD card via Computer or Disk Management.

Step 2: Type cmd in the search box on the start menu, right-click it and run as administrator.

Step 3: Type the following command - chkdsk F: /f in the command prompt and hit "Enter" to run it. If the command prompt tells you the volume is in use, you can type Y and press "Enter".

Note: Replace F: with the drive letter of the device where you lost files or data.

restore videos using cmd

Extra Tips for Data Protection (Bonus)

If you have added new data to the device, what can you do? Your old items will be overwritten and your files will be gone. What's worse, recovery is impossible. You need to take some other actions. Backup can be one of the best ways to prevent data loss. You just need free backup software. EaseUS Todo Backup is the one.

With the help of it, you can simply select what you want to backup - your entire system, a disk, a partition, particular folders. 

To back up files with this free Windows backup and recovery software, you just need to download it and follow the details below:

Step 1. Open EaseUS Todo Backup and select "File" as the backup mode.

You may have a large amount of vital data to be protected as time goes on, such as documents, pictures, music, and videos, etc. It is always a good habit to have a backup on a regular basis. File Backup is one of the best choices for you to get over unexpected data loss.

click file backup to back up files

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

select the file type to back up

Step 3. Select a destination to save your backup of the selected files.

You'd better create the backup file in some other storage media or in some other drive. If not, there may be a risk of the backup file getting corrupted or destroyed.

select the destination to save your backups

Advanced backup settings are useful when you want to create a flexible and automatic backup plan. 

information about advanced settings

The schedule is to create an automatic backup plan.

what is schedule backup

Backup options are to edit the advanced parameters. 

backup options

The Image-reserve strategy is to reserve the limited image as per image retention rule.

image-reserve strategy

Advanced backup settings are for reference only but not a prerequisite for backup.

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

To restore the backups, you just need to follow this guide:

How to restore images with EaseUS Todo Backup

Video Recovery FAQs

Let's take a look at the three topics that users are most concerned about video recovery.

1. How do I recover a deleted video?

For video recovery, EaseUS data recovery software can help you with simple steps:

Step 1. Run EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard, select the location and click "Scan".

Step 2. Choose "Videos" in the "Filter". Preview found videos. 

Step 3. Click "Recover" to restore video files. 

2. What is the best video recovery app?

EaseUS free video recovery software has great abilities to recover lost, deleted, and formatted video files. You can download the video recovery software for free on Windows 10/8/7. You can use this video recovery program to restore lost video files from HDD, SSD, USB flash drive, pen drive, external hard drive, and more.

3. Can I get back deleted videos on my phone?

You can restore your deleted or lost video from iPhone and Android devices with professional video recovery software. EaseUS MobiSaver Free helps recover contacts, messages, photos, videos, notes, and other content on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch. 
EaseUS MobiSaver for Android Free enables you to recover all lost files, messages, contacts, photos, music, and videos easily. 

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