Recover Data from exFAT Drive

Jean updated on Nov 09, 2020 to Storage Media Recovery | How-to Articles

To get data back from exFAT hard drive, you can easily make it by using data recovery software, which is able to detect and read the hard drive, external hard drive, HDD, USB flash drive, SD card of the exFAT file system. EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard is such a capable exFAT data recovery tool.

About exFAT data recovery

Any type of data storage device needs formatting with a proper file system so that the operating system can read & write data on it. The most commonly used file system for HDD, SSD, USB flash drive, pen drive, or memory card nowadays, is NTFS, FAT32, and exFAT. Mac computer is uniquely using HFS+, APFS, or exFAT.

exFAT is for use on multiple operating systems than the other two forms, it's compatible with Windows OS and macOS/Mac OS X. Besides, it has greater flexibility than NTFS and FAT32, which makes more and more drives using exFAT. 

Accordingly, more people are using exFAT hard drives, the greater chance they are subject to data loss. Take one user's story for an example:

"I have an external drive that was formatted as exFAT. After a long term use, it does not show up on my system now when I plug it into the computer. When I run Disk Utility, the drive appears on my system but a message pops up with "error: Disk Utility can't repair this disk. Backup as many of your files as possible, reformat the disk, and restore your backup files. Is it the only thing that I can do now? Please tell me how do I recover data from exFAT hard drive? Is it dead or not?

Calm down. The drive seems not dead yet. Disk Utility was unable to fix the drive. However, when your hard drive appears on the computer again, it seems to be still intact with all the important data. Now the problem is that you can't open the device.

Is it possible to regain the data inside? We both clearly know that something is wrong with the exFAT drive. You should have it fixed with the help of professionals after retrieving the data.

exFAT recovery software recommendation

To get data back from the exFAT hard drive, you can easily make it by using data recovery software, which is able to detect and read the hard drive, external hard drive, HDD, USB flash drive, SD card of the exFAT file system. EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard is such a capable exFAT data recovery tool. 

EaseUS hard drive data recovery software outstrips its competitors with rich features in the following:

  • Simple three-step recovery
  • Free trial before purchase
  • 24x7 technical support
  • 30-day money-back guarantee

Download EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard and follow the guide below to recover data from your exFAT drive.

How to get data back from an exFAT drive

Don't worry if this is the first time for you to try EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard. The user-friendly design and intuitive interface won't let you down. You're allowed to easily handle the whole recovery process with only these three simple steps.

Step 1. Select and scan FAT or FAT32 partition.

Select the FAT/FAT32 drive where you lost files on EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard and click "Scan" to find the lost files and data.

select a location and click scan

Step 2. Preview found Files on FAT or FAT32 partition.

When the scanning process finishes, find and double-click to preview found files from "Deleted Files" or "Lost Files". You can also use Filter or Search to access files via file types, names or extensions.

Preview found FAT partition

Step 3. Restore found FAT or FAT32 partition data.

Choose the files you want to restore and click "Recover" to save them to a safe location on your PC or to an external storage device. Don't save the files back to FAT or FAT32 partition before making it safe for file saving again.

Recover and save found FAT partition files

Are you satisfied with the recovery result? exFAT hard drive data recovery scenarios are far from what we mentioned here, but EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard can it all for you. It's designed for retrieving data after accidental deletion, disk formatting, disk not opening, not accessible, not readable or even virus infection. It supports all file types including photos, documents, videos, audio files, and more. Never hesitate to download the comprehensive data recovery software for data rescue. It's worth your try.

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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, so 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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