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How Do I Recover Files from Formatted Hard Drive?

Updated on Jan 15, 2019 by Jean to File Recovery


If you accidentally formatted your hard drive and lost the important data on it, there is a way to get the files back. Data Recovery Wizard can recover files from a formatted drive or partition in Windows.

Video guide: how to recover formatted hard drive?

About hard drive formatting

Format commands are typically run to prepare a new logical drive for use - enabling the installation of an operating system, programs, and user data. The format command has been around for a long time, formerly there were stand-alone DOS format programs before being integrated into Windows.

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, and creates internal address tables that will be used later to locate information. You must format a disk before you can use it.

Why is formatted hard drive recovery possible?

Formatting a disk does not erase the data on the disk, only the data on the address tables. So, retrieving data from a formatted drive is a realistic pursuit. If you accidentally reformat a disk that contains important files, there’s no need to panic. Data recovery companies can help you recover most of the information on the disk, but they are usually expensive. You may also use data recovery programs that enable you to recover data on a formatted hard drive yourself.

How to recover files from a formatted hard drive?

EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard is your best choice. It allows you to conduct recovery with just a few simple clicks. You can download the software and follow the guide below to recover your lost data.

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

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

  • 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". 
select wanted data and click recover