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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 will search the formatted partition and unformat files from it. The following steps illustrate how to recover files from formatted drives.

Step 1. Launch EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard and select the file types you want to recover. Then click "Next" button to move to the next step.

Select the file types you want to recover from formatted drives

Step 2. Select the disk where you lost your data and click "Scan" button, the software will quickly scan the selected disk to find all your target files. If you lost your partition, select "Lost Disk Drives" and "Scan" to continue the recovery process.

Scan the selected disk to recover files from formatted drives

Step 3. After scan, you can preview all the listed recoverable files one by one and select out those you want. Then, click "Recover" button to get them back once. Here you should save all the recovered files on another disk to avoid data overwriting.

Preview and recover files from formatted drives

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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