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Recover Data After Formatting Hard Drives

This article shows you a safe and easy way to recover data after formatting. Try it to recover lost data from the formatted hard drive/SD card devices with simple steps.

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Is It Possible to Recover Data After Format

Usually, when you format a hard drive, the partition table of the hard drive is rewritten. This action will hide the files and remove them from the visible folder without damaging the original files on the disk. That means your files are still kept intact at the original place on the hard disk. And that's what makes data recovery after formatting a hard drive, partition, SD card, or another storage device possible.

Now you know it is highly likely to recover data from a hard disk (or another storage device) after formatting it. Then how can you recover files from a formatted hard disk? Depending on you, recovering data after formatting a device could be tough or easy. We heartily recommend you try an easy way, to use data recovery software.

How to Recover Data After Formatting Hard Drive

The most straightforward way to recover data after formatting a hard disk, partition, SD card, or more is to use hard drive recovery software, like EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard. This software has attracted many users by its powerful data recovery capacity and stable performance. Here are some features of EaseUS data recovery software:

  • Recover from hard drive, partition, SD card, USB flash drive, memory card, and other storage devices.
  • Supports deleted file recovery, recycle bin emptied data recovery, lost partition recovery, etc.
  • Supports to retrieve file types, like photos, videos, audio files, emails, documents, etc.
  • Available in file systems like FAT, exFAT, NTFS, NTFS5, ex2/ex3, HFS+, and ReFS.

Now download EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard to recover data after formatting a hard disk, partition, or any other storage device.

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The precondition for any successful data recovery is that the files you want to retrieve are not overwritten by new data. Once the partition or hard disk is formatted, the original files can be easily overwritten by the new files. Thus, don't put new files onto your hard disk, partition, SD card, and more after formatting it. Instead, perform data recovery immediately to maximize the chance of recovering all the data.

Note: To guarantee a high data recovery chance, install EaseUS data recovery software on another disk instead of the formatted disk. 

Step 1. Launch EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard. Choose the hard drive partition which you've accidentally formatted and click "Scan".

select a partition and click scan

Step 2. This formatted hard drive recovery software will start scanning for all the lost data and files. After scanning, you can click "Filter" to filter a specific file type to quickly find files you need. Or click Search files or folders to select data that you want to recover.

select scanned files

Step 3. Preview the scanned files. Then, select the ones that you wish to recover and click "Recover". Choose a new location to store the files and click "OK".

recover files from formatted HDD

You can also refer to this video tutorial to get a more intuitive understanding of how to use EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard to recover files after format. 

How to Protect Hard Drive Data

Many users do not make a scheduled backup, because they think that the computer hard drive is safe enough for them to store data. However, in many cases, users could have experienced data loss. Here we list the most common causes.

  • Hard drive failures like overheating, water, or fire damage
  • Accidental Deletion
  • Computer viruses and malware infections
  • An unexpected loss of power

If you have faced any of the mentioned situations, your hard drive data might get lost and will be difficult to retrieve. As a result, you can take the following tips to prevent data loss:

  1. 1. Save and backup your files regularly to multiple locations.
  2. 2. Create an image backup BEFORE the first signs of a hard drive failure.
  3. 3. Keep your anti-virus software up to date.
  4. 4. Don't open suspicious emails or attachments.
  5. 5. Don't delete files you don't know what are, especially system files.
  6. 6. Keep your computer clean and dust-free.
  7. 7. Don't keep liquids close to your laptop.

Following the seven tips above, you can prevent yourself from most hard drive data loss cases. And if you do need to recover data from a hard drive, you can still seek help from EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard.

Why Data Recovery Software Is Necessary

"Format" is one of the main ways that lead to data loss on a hard disk, partition, SD card, USB, or other conventional storage devices. There are many situations in which you have to perform "format" in order to make your devices usable again:

In situations like these, it would be greatly helpful to get the data recovery software and rescue the data on the hard disk, partition, or storage device. Besides, since data loss due to formatting, deletion, or misoperations occurs quite frequently, it's well worth equipping your computer with such a powerful tool to rescue your data at the earliest time possible.

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Updated by Cedric

Cedric Grantham is one of the senior editors of EaseUS who lives and works in Chengdu, China. He mainly writes articles about data recovery tutorials on PC and Mac and how-to tips for partition management. He always keeps an eye on new releases and likes various electronic products.

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Daisy is the Senior editor of the writing team for EaseUS. She has been working in EaseUS for over ten years, starting from a technical writer to a team leader of the content group. As a professional author for over 10 years, she writes a lot to help people overcome their tech troubles.

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