How to Recover PST File from Formatted Hard Drive

Roxanne updated on Jul 03, 2019 to Format Recovery | How-to Articles


Outlook application won't be able to check out emails nor access your Outlook account data when the hard drive saved your PST files got formatted. Here, EaseUS email recovery software makes it easy for you to recover PST file from the formatted hard drive.

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Overview of PST file recovery from formatted hard drive
How to recover PST file from formatted hard drive
Back up and Protect PST files from formatting

"Hi guys, I've accidentally formatted my PC with lots of PST files which were on C drive. And I REALLY need to recover them ASAP. Which PST recovery tool can I run in order to recover Outlook PST files after format?"

Overview of PST file recovery from formatted hard drive

A great number of Windows and Mac users around the world are using the Microsoft Outlook application to send and receive emails. The Outlook application usually stores your data including emails, contacts, attachment files in the PST file on a local drive.

And those PST files will be easily lost when you format your hard drive. A lot of causes may get your hard drive formatted:

  • Formatting hard drive by mistake
  • Hard drive file system error such as RAW
  • Hard drive cannot be recognized or accessed by the OS

If you do the formatting on the hard drive where you saved the PST file by accident, do you know how to restore the PST files including to recover Outlook emails, contacts or attachment files from the formatted hard drive?

The good news is that format recovery on a hard drive is possible. All you need is to stop using the formatted hard drive and find a reliable format recovery solution for help.

How to recover PST file from formatted hard drive 

If you have not found a reliable data recovery solution to retrieve PST files after formatting hard drive, take it easy. EaseUS software has released a powerful and easy-to-use file recovery software - EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard to help you recover lost Outlook PST files from a formatted hard drive in simple steps. 

Recover lost PST files with EaseUS file recovery software

With powerful hard drive recovery capacity and intuitive interface, EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard is the most ideal choice of recovering deleted, formatted or inaccessible Outlook PST files and emails.

Step 1. Select the drive partition where you used to save the Outlook PST files and then click "Scan".

select a location and click scan

Step 2. The software will start immediately for a quick and deep scan, to find as many lost files as possible. To quickly locate the PST files, you have two options.

  • Use "Filter > Email" to find your lost PST files.
  • Search with ".pst" can also help you reach the PST file.
scan lost pst files

Step 3. Select the wanted PST files from the results, and click "Recover" to get them back all at once.

recover lost pst files

Once you restore the PST file, save it back to the original hard drive where you used to save the PST. Then you can restart Outlook, sign in your account and import PST to check your received email and other data again. 

If you can't access the restored PST file or the restored PST file corrupted, relax. You can easily repair PST file with EaseUS email recovery software - Email Recovery Wizard. 

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You may need further help for tough data loss situations like format errors, RAW disk, partition loss, repartition failures and system boot error. Consult with EaseUS Data Recovery Experts to retrieve lost data in time.

EaseUS PST repair: repair corrupted pst file 

EaseUS Email Recovery Wizard with its "Recover Deleted Email / Repair PST File" option enables all Outlook users to effectively repair the corrupted PST file, restoring all relative data in your account.

Download EaseUS Email Recovery Wizard here, go through the guidelines below to repair your PST file immediately:

Step 1. Launch EaseUS Email Recovery Wizard, select "Recover Deleted Email/Repair PST File" mode and click "Next" button.

Recover Outlook PST File

Step 2. Click "Select source file" to browse and choose the corrupted PST file.

You may also click the "Search PST file" button to locate the corrupted PST file. 

Select source PST files to repair

Step 3. Navigate a secure new drive as the destination with enough space to save the new, healthy PST file and click the "Next" button to continue.

Note: Check the "Intensive Scan" option if you are not getting the desired result.

Step 4. During the process, you can also preview the recoverable Outlook items that are visible in the list.

  • Save the mail recovery results, including messages contacts and attachments in an error-free new PST file with full folder structure.

Preview deleted emails

After this, you can run Outlook with your account signed in to check out the repaired PST file, sending and receiving emails again.

Back up and Protect PST files from formatting

To take care of your Outlook data by finding a reliable PST file recovery software is apparently not enough. A more practical way to protect your Outlook PST file is to create regular backups for it.

You can manually copy the PST files every day or create an automatic backup plan for it with reliable file backup software. EaseUS Todo Backup enables you to back up Outlook automatically with a few simple clicks as listed below:


Step 1: Run Outlook backup software - EaseUS Todo Backup

Launch and run EaseUS Todo Backup and click the icon at the left top corner, then expand the left pane and select "Email Backup".

Backup email file.

Step 2: Connect to Outlook, select Outlook emails and backup destination

Enter your Outlook password and select the Outlook files and items that you want to back up.

Specify a location - hard drive or external hard drive as the destination to save the backup image.

Access email account to backup wanted email files.

You can click the "Schedule" option to set up an automatic backup plan of the PST file by day, week or even month. Save the changes.

Step 3: Start the backup process

Click "Proceed" to start backing up your email files now.

When the first full backup completes, EaseUS Todo Backup will automatically back up your Outlook PST files as the plan.


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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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