How to recover lost data from formatted ReFS partition?

Posted by Juno to Data Recovery Tips on July 12th, 2017

What is ReFS?

ReFS (Resilient File System) is a new file system introduced by Microsoft with Windows Server 2012 with the intent of becoming the next generation file system after NTFS. This file system has several excellent features, such as compatibility with existing APIs and technologies, copy on write, improved reliability for on-disk structures, automatic integrity checking & data scrubbing. Compared with NTFS, ReFS can store more data and save data in a more safe way.

Data loss after formatting a ReFS partition

Even though ReFS has so many advanced features, ReFS partition users also cannot be exempted from unexpected data loss problems. Among those data loss problems, losing data from formatted ReFS partition is the most common one that users may encounter.

You may format a ReFS partition without knowing some files on it will be useful in the future, mistakenly click format when try to open a ReFS partition, or format one ReFS partition when you actually want to format another, etc.

Can you recover lost data from formatted ReFS partition?

But no matter why you format a ReFS partition, you will find all data inside it lost after the format operation. Actually, under the ReFS supported Operating Systems (namely, Windows 10/8 and Windows Server 2016/2012), format is divided into two types: Full Format and Quick Format. Lost data is recoverable after Quick Format, but is unrecoverable after Full Format as the data will been completely zero out.

Luckily, the default option is Quick Format, so as long as you haven't unchecked the Quick Format option, you are using Quick Format. Only with a ReFS data recovery freeware, you can recover lost data from formatted ReFS partition.

Tips for formatted ReFS partition data recovery

Before recovering data from formatted ReFS partition, here are several tips for you:

1. After format, avoid using the formatted ReFS partition, reformatting it or making any further operation on it.

2. To prevent data being overwritten, save the restored files on another partition instead of the original one.

3. Remember to back up important files in the future.

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