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How to recover files from formatted hard drives?

What is format?

Format is the process of repairing a storage medium, usually a disk, for reading and writing. 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 use it.

Files can be recovered after partition format

Formatting a partition only erases the address table, not the data itself. Do not be panic if you accidentally format a partition containing useful data. A computer specialist should be able to recover most, if not all, of the information on the partition.

Format commands

The Format commands are typically used to prepare a new logical drives 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.

Partition Format

How to recover files from formatted drives?

EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard Free Edition provides Complete Recovery module, which will search the formatted partition and unformat files from it. The following steps illustrate how to recover files by the Complete Recovery module.

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1. Download it, install and run EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard Free Edition.

EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard Free Edition

2. Run "Complete Recovery" module, select the file types you want to recover and then you'll find all existing partitions on your hard disks, select the one you want to recover data from and click "Next".

Complete Recovery module

Tips: If the volume does not have a drive letter, then the volume will be listed at the hindmost and the drive letter, it will be displayed as "*".

3. The Intelligent Search will scan the selected volume, collect and analyze every byte, then present all lost files it finds.

Intelligent Searching

4. Select the files and click "File Preview" to preview.

Preview files

Tips: If you want to wipe the data on a partition completely to protect your privacy, please refer to How to delete and wipe partition?

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