How to recover data from partially formatted drive?

Posted by Katrina to Data Recovery on February 11th, 2017

Mistaking it for another USB drive, I right clicked my WD external hard drive and went ahead with formatting. Within around five seconds after the formatting began, I cancelled the process and removed the USB connection. When I re-inserted the hard disk afterwards, only to see that drive was not assigned any letter by PC, and it asked to be formatted if I try to open. This external hard drive is important for me which has stored my backup files. How to recover data from partially formatted drive?

Just like what mentioned above, we are easy to accidentally choose the wrong hard drive to format and mistakenly click "Format" option that is next to "Safely Remove" option when we attempt to extract external drive. Though we cancel the formatting process as soon as we realize the wrong operation, the Mac computer is still asking us to format the hard drive and the hard drive becomes inaccessible. Because the interrupted formatted process will rewrite the original file system and damage the directory structure on the hard drive.

Since data stored on the hard drive is so important to us, it's highly suggested to stop using the partially formatted drive immediately, especially reformatting the hard drive. Because any operation will write new data in the hard drive and overwrite the original files, which will cause irreparable data loss problems. When meeting partially formatted drive, we should recover data from partially formatted drive as soon as possible.

How to recover data from partially formatted drive?

iBoysoft Data Recovery is a free data recovery software that can effectively recover data from partially formatted drive, recovers data from formatted drive, recover data after quick format, recover data from not formatted drive. It supports to recover data from hard drive, external hard drive, USB flash drive, SD card, memory card, etc. in Windows XP/Vista/7/8/10 and Windows Server 2019/2016/2012/2008/2003.

Besides, iBoysoft Data Recovery can also recover deleted files, recover data from RAW drive, recover data from corrupted drive, recover data from inaccessible drive, recover data from unreadable drive, etc.

Tutorial: recover data from partially formatted drive with iBoysoft Data Recovery

Step 1: Free download, install and launch iBoysoft Data Recovery on our PC.

Step 2: Click "Find More Partition" on the top right corner.

Recover data from partially formatted drive with iBoysoft Data Recovery

Step 3: Choose the hard drive which or whose partition has been partially formatted and click "Next".

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: Select the partition which has good recovery status and click "Next".

Step 5: Choose the files we want to recover from the scanning results and click "Recover" button to recover the selected files.

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