How to Recover Files After Format

Daisy updated on Aug 23, 2019 to Resource | How-to Articles

Summary

When your important files get lost after format, don't worry, it is possible to restore lost data with the format recovery software - EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard. With this professional software, you can easily recover files after format from hard drive partition, external hard drive, USB, SD card or other storage devices in Windows.

Recovering files after the format is a difficult task but sometimes you have to do it. If you did not back up or copy your files or partitions before the format, all the files would be lost. However, you still have chances to restore your important files. With the most popular disk recovery software - EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard, you can recover important files after format from your hard drive, external hard drive, USB flash drive, SD card or other Windows-compatible devices with high success rate and excellent data recovery quality.

How to Recover Files after Format with EaseUS Data Recovery Software

Download the 100% secure format recovery software on your computer and then follow the video below to perform file recovery after format. (If you prefer the text version, you can jump to the detailed steps directly.)

The guide below shows you how to recover files from a formatted hard drive. If you want to recover formatted files from external storage devices like external hard drive, USB or SD card, connect the device to your computer and then apply the very same way to retrieve your lost files.

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

  • 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". 

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

select wanted data and click recover

As one of the best data recovery software for Windows, EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard not only supports format recovery but also allows you to perform data recovery in other tough situations like getting back lost data after reinstalling OS, retrieving files from lost partition, and recovering files after emptying recycle bin.  In a word, it's a powerful tool well worth trying. Aren't convinced enough? Read on to see why it's necessary for you to equip your computer with this software.

Do You Need Specialized Data Recovery Services?
You may need further help for tough data loss situations like reformatting drive, RAW disk, partition loss, repartition failures and system boot error. Consult with EaseUS Data Recovery Experts for cost-efficient one-on-one manual recovery service. They could offer the following services after FREE diagnosis:
1. Unformat the drive
2. Repair the RAID, RAW disk or operating system
3. Recover lost partition (the one that cannot be recovered by software)

Don't Hesitate: Why We Need Format Recovery Software

Computer users may need to format your hard disk sometimes when you want to convert the FAT File System to NTFS File System. Through formatting the drive, you can change the File System. You may just right-click the drive and choose "Format", and then selected "Quick Format", but after clicking "OK", you may be aware that another drive was formatted. The only solution to access your important files on the drive is to do format recovery.

Drive formatting is the process where a new drive is fully prepared to store files. Formatting can be of two types:

  • Low-level formatting: it marks the surface of the disk with sector markers indicating the start of a recording block, which will set the disk to the factory condition, erasing all the previous data.
  • High-level formatting: it is also referred to as quick formatting, which usually occurs during operating system installation, or when adding a new disk.

Users may forget to back up the important data and you may remind of it just after format. If so, do not hesitate to get reliable data recovery software to recover your files. Once your formatted partition is overwritten by new content, you will lose the chance to restore your important files and will never get them back. EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard, specializing in data recovery from various data loss conditions, can recover lost files after format safely and efficiently.

 
 

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Frequently Asked Questions

1. 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.

2. 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.

3. 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.

4. 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.

5. 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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