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How Do I Recover Files from Formatted Hard Drive?

Updated on Aug 07, 2018 by Jean to File Recovery


If you accidentally formatted your hard drive and lost all important data in it. Data Recovery Wizard can recover files from formatted drive and partition in Windows

Video guide: how to recover formatted hard drive?

About hard drive format

The Format commands are typically run to prepare a new logical drive for use after Fdisked hard drive - enabling the installation of an operating system, application programs & eventual user data. The format command has been around for a long time, formerly they were stand-alone DOS 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 (that is, those that are scratched), and creates internal address tables that it later uses 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, retrieve formatted data is realistic. If you accidentally reformat a disk that contains useful files, do not be panic, a data recovery company can help you recover most of the information on the disk. And you can also try programs that enable you to recover the 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 complete the recovery job with a few simple clicks. You can download the software and follow the below guide to recover your lost data.

Step 1. Launch EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard and select the disk where you lost your data and click "Scan" button. 

Tip: If you cannot boot the computer, please use data recovery bootable disk or connect the hard drive to another computer as a slave to recover lost data.

Recover data from formatted hard drive - choose to scan the specific disk

Step 2. The software will quickly run a quick scan on the selected disk to find all your target files. And then run a deep scan to find more lost data.

Scan the selected disk to recover files from formatted hard drive

Step 3. After a scan, you can filter what you need from the scanning results according to the file type. Then, click "Recover" button to get them back once. 

Preview and recover files from formatted hard drive

Caution: Save the recovered data to another partition or drive instead of the formatted one, for it may result in overwriting data and permanent data loss!

For more information about formatting drives, please see: How do I format a hard drive?