How to recover lost data after format?

Posted by Juno to Data Recovery Tips on April 26th, 2017

Format a partition or hard drive by accident? Found there are still valuable data on a hard drive after format? Forget to back up or copy files before format? Or accidentally format one hard drive when you actually want to format another drive?

It's quite common to get into the above format related troubles. If you want to know how to recover lost data after format, how to recover lost data from formatted partition, or how to recover files from formatted external hard drive, then this passage is written for you!

Tips for data recovery after format

In order to keep your lost data intact, there is one thing you should take care of: once a partition or hard drive is formatted, please don't make any further operation on it for that may write new data to the formatted partition. If the lost files were overwritten by new data, even you perform data recovery, you cannot open the recovered data. So what you should do is take immediate actions to recover lost data from formatted partition, external hard drive or other storage devices.

How to recover lost data after format?

Data recovery software is usually the first choice people turn to when want to solve formatted hard drive partition data loss issues. This method is very simple, efficient, safe and reliable.

The best data recovery software - iBoysoft Data Recovery is highly recommended to recover lost data from formatted partition, formatted external hard drive, formatted USB flash drive, formatted SD card, recover deleted files even if emptied from Recycle Bin, recover lost data from RAW, inaccessible, corrupted, deleted ot lost partition, etc. on Windows 10/8/7/Vista/XP and Windows Server 2019/2016/2012/2008/2003.

Tutorial to recover lost data after format with iBoysoft Data Recovery

Step 1: Download & install iBoysoft Data Recovery, and then launch it.

Step 2: Select the formatted drive which you want to recover lost data from and click "Next" to scan lost data.

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

Recover lost data after format

Step 3: Preview the scanning results, choose those you want and click "Recover" button to restore data.

Tips:To avoid data overwriting, please choose another drive instead of the original one to save the recovered data.

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

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

Why you can recover lost data after format?

First of all, you should know that format is divided into Full Format and Quick Format. After Quick Format, lost data is recoverable under Windows 10/8/7/Vista/XP. While after Full Format, lost data is only recoverable under Windows XP but is unrecoverable under Windows 10/8/7/Vista as the Operating System would erase the data completely (write zero). Fortunately, the default option is Quick Format.

So usually when you format a hard drive, you use Quick Format. It only deletes the data on the address tables, but does not delete the real data on it. Under that condition, data is invisible for common users but is still able to be found for technicians with certain methods.

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