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How Do I Recover Files from Formatted Hard Drive?

Updated on Aug 20, 2018 by Jean to File Recovery

Summary

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: 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: Initialize 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". 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