How to unformat hard drive, unformat external hard drive, unformat USB flash drive with unformat freeware?

Posted by Juno to Data Recovery on June 2nd, 2017

I have accidentally formatted my USB flash drive and want to know if there is any software I can use to recover the lost files. Any help would be appreciated.

Have you ever formatted your hard drive, external hard drive or USB flash drive by mistake like the above? If you are annoyed by data loss after format and want to get lost data back, you have come to the right place. This passage will mainly focus on how to get lost data back with unformat freeware.

Tips for unformatting hard drive, external hard drive or USB flash drive

After format, the files keeps at the original place but can be easily overwritten by new data. Making any further operation on the formatted storage device, like reformatting it, saving new files on it, storing the recovered files on it, will input new data to it. Once the lost data has been overwritten, you will lose the chance to get them back. So what you should do is stop using the formatted storage device and perform data recovery as soon as possible.

Download unformat freeware to recover data from formatted drives

To get lost data back after format, you need an unformat freeware - iBoysoft Data Recovery. iBoysoft Data Recovery is a complete unformat freeware that can unformat hard drive, external hard drive, USB flash drive and in Windows 10/8/7/Vista/XP and Windows Server 2019/2016/2012/2008/2003.

Step-by-step tutorial to unformat data from formatted drive with iBoysoft Data Recovery

Step 1: Download and install iBoysoft Data Recovery on the PC.

Step 2: Launch iBoysoft Data Recovery and choose the formatted drive.

If your formatted storage device is USB flash drive, external hard drive or other external storage device, you should firstly connect it to the PC and then launch iBoysoft Data Recovery & choose the formatted drive.

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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 lost files and click "Recover" to get them back.

Step 5: Have a check to ensure all needed data have been recovered.

Aside from recovering data from formatted drives, iBoysoft Data Recovery can also recover data from RAW partition, recover data from inaccessible hard drive, or recover data from corrupted hard drive, external hard drive, USB flash drive, SD card, memory card, etc.

Why you can unformat hard drive, unformat external hard drive, unformat USB flash drive?

Under Windows, format is divided into two types: quick format and full format. If you perform quick format in Windows 10/8/7/Vista/XP or full format in Windows XP, the lost data is recoverable. While after full format, the Operating System would erase the data completely. Fortunately, the default option is quick format.

When you perform quick format in Windows 10/8/7/Vista/XP or full format in Windows XP, the Operating System deletes the entries to data, makes the data invisible and prepares the space as available for new data. The data remains intact at the original place, only becomes invisible for common users but still could be found for technicians with certain methods.

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