How to Recover Raw and Metadata from Quick Formatted Hard Drive

My parents said their information was lost. I believe they unintentionally formatted their storage disk when attempting to format a flash drive for their camera after closer scrutiny. I'm confident I can recover the RAW data (they have not written anything to the wiped drive). But is it also possible to recover the metadata in order to keep the filenames and locations intact?

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Dany· Answered on Mar 02, 2023

The best option for recovering formatted data is EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard. You can use it to recover deleted files from formatted devices with incorrect or RAW data, a faulty file system, or both. The formatted device is thoroughly scanned, and all files are listed and available for perusal in the scanning result window.

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Let's look at how to format a disk quickly and recover files from it on your own:

Step 1. Start the EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard. Click "Scan" after selecting the hard drive partition that you unintentionally formatted.

Step 2. The software to recover files and data from a formatted hard drive will begin searching for missing information. After scanning, you may use the "Filter" button to rapidly discover the files you need by filtering by a specific file type. To choose the data you want to recover, click Search files or folders.

Step 3. See the files that were scanned. Click "Recover" after choosing the items you want to restore. Click "OK" after deciding where to put the files.

Some of you might have modified the device file system when doing a fast format. And if you'd like to return it to the original format, you can use the following advice:

Step 1. Attach the external device that has been formatted to your computer.

Step 2. Click the formatted drive in Windows File Explorer and choose "Format" from the context menu.

Step 3. Click "Start" to restore the file system to its original format.

The recommended file system for the storage device is typically FAT32/exFAT for external complex drive devices and NTFS for Windows hard drive partitions. After that, you can use the device again and save the restored data to your storage device.

Use EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard to recover deleted or lost files easily and quickly.

Tutorials on how to recover lost, deleted, or formatted data from HDD, SSD, USB, SD card, or other storage media on Windows and Mac.