How to recover data from formatted partition and hard drive?

Posted by Juno to Format Recovery on April 24th, 2017

Many of us have ever been reminded to format a disk when try to open it. Without formatting, you can't access the data. However, formatting the hard drive will result in data loss.

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It happens frequently that you may click "Format disk" by accident, forget to back up files before format, accidently formatting one partition or hard drive when you actually want to format another, etc. After performing format operation, you find that you have lost your precious data. In order to help you with the above data loss after formatting partition or hard drive problem, this passage will explain what is format, and more importantly, introduce how to recover data from formatted partition and hard drive.

What is format?

Format refers to an initialization operation performed to a disk to make it available for data storage. 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, and creates internal address tables that later used to locate information.

The most important point is that after format all files in the partition will be cleaned.

But there is no need to get panic for that formatting a partition only erases the address table, doesn't erase the data itself. Therefore, data can be recovered from formatted partition and hard drive at most of the time.

Format is divided into two types: Quick Format and Full Format. You should pay attention to that lost data is able to be recovered after Full Format in Windows XP and Quick Format in Windows Vista/7/8/10/XP, but cannot be recovered after Full Format in Windows Vista/7/8/10 as Windows would erase the data completely (write zero). Fortunately, the default option is Quick Format.

How to recover data from formatted partition and hard drive?

The typical way to recover data from formatted partition and hard drive would be use one of the formatted drive data recovery software available on the market.

iBoysoft Data Recovery is highly recommended to recover data from formatted partition, recover data from formatted hard drive, recover data from RAW, corrupted, inaccessible external hard drive, USB flash drive, memory card, recover data after quick format, recover data from deleted or lost partition, etc. in Windows 10/8/7/Vista/XP and Windows Server 2016/2012/2008/2003.

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Tutorial to recover data from formatted partition with iBoysoft Data Recovery

Step 1: Install iBoysoft Data Recovery and then launch it.

Step 3: Select the formatted partition where you lost data and click "Next" to search for lost files on the formatted oartition.

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Step 3: Preview & Recover

You can preview the search results before recovering. Then select the lost files, click "Recover" button and specify the location where you want to save them.

Step 4: Check to ensure you have recovered all lost data.

Besides to formatted drive data recovery, iBoysoft Data Recovery can also recover data from RAW hard drive partition, inaccessible hard drive, corrupted hard drive, recover data deleted or lost from hard drive, etc.

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