How to recover data from formatted hard drive?

By Juno | Posted to Data Recovery on June 7th, 2017 |

Recently, I accidentally formatted my D drive when I was trying to clean up some useless files on the computer. Some of the files stored on it are very important. I must try to get them back. Please do help me if you know how to recover data from formatted hard drive.

It happens frequently that you may be reminded to format a drive when try to open it. Have you ever clicked "Yes" to format a drive by mistake? Have you ever forgotten to copy files before formatting drive? Or have you ever recognized there are still valuable files after format?

Anyhow, after formatting drive, you will lose files stored on it. Although losing data is a big headache, it's not the end of the road for you can still get lost data back. This passage will tell you why you can recover data from formatted hard drive, and more importantly, how to recover data from formatted hard drive.

Why you can recover data from formatted hard drive?

Formatting a drive does not erase the real data on it, only the data on the address tables. The Operating System just doesn't know how to locate or read the real data, but the real data still remains on the drive. So you can still recover data after format.

Stop using the formatted hard drive immediately

But after format, you should stop using your computer, especially when the formatted drive is system disk - C Disk. That's because any further operation may write new data to the formatted drive and overwrite the original data. Once the original data has been overwritten, it's impossible to get them back. Thus, you should avoid reformatting the formatted drive, or making any further operation, and take immediate action to recover lost data.

How to recover data from formatted hard drive?

As a professional formatted hard drive data recovery software, iBoysoft Data Recovery can efficiently recover data from formatted drive, RAW hard drive partition, inaccessible hard drive, recover data deleted or lost from hard drive, recover data after quick format, etc. on Windows 10/8/7/Vista/XP and Windows Server 2019/2016/2012/2008/2003.

Formatted hard drive data recovery with iBoysoft Data Recovery

Step 1: Download & install iBoysoft Data Recovery on your computer and then launch it.

Step 2: Choose the formatted drive.

Free format recovery software to recover data from formatted hard drive

Step 3: Click "Next" to start scanning.

Tips: If the "Deep scan" option at the left-bottom corner won't be ticked automatically, please click it manually for a thorough scan.

Step 4: Preview the scanning results, choose the lost files, click "Recover" button and specify the storage location.

Step 5: Check to ensure you have recovered all lost files.

Aside from reccovering data from formatted hard drive, iBoysoft Data Recovery can also recover data from formatted external hard drive, formatted USB flash drive, formatted SD card, recover deleted files even if emptied from Recycle Bin, recover data from RAW external hard drive, RAW SD card, RAW USB flash drive, inaccessible external hard drive, corrupted or inaccessible USB flash drive, SD card, memory card, etc.


Juno is a technical expert @iBoysoft. She has over 5-year experience in data recovery/repair technology. She loves to write data recovery tips and tutorials.

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