How to unformat external hard drive with unformat freeware?

Posted by Juno to Data Recovery Tips on July 25th, 2017

I accidentally formatted my external WD Elements hard drive. Now all files in it are gone. Is there any software to unformat it, or any way to just recover the photos in it? Those photos are quite important for me.

Sometimes, you may format an external hard drive to delete data inside without realizing they will be useful in the future, format an external hard drive after clicking format by mistake, or format one external hard drive when you actually want to format another.

Whatever the reason for you to do the format operation, you will lose all data on the external hard drive. At that time, if there are still useful data among those lost files, you need to unformat the external hard drive. This passage will offer a simple method to unformat external hard drive with unformat freeware- iBoysoft Data Recovery.

Simple steps to unformat external hard drive with unformat freeware

All you need is a reliable unformat freeware - iBoysoft Data Recovery, which can help you to unformat external hard drive, hard drive, USB flash drive, memory card and other storage devices on Windows 10/8/7/Vista/XP and Windows Server 2019/2016/2012/2008/2003.

Tutorial to recover lost data from formatted external hard drive with iBoysoft Data Recovery

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

Step 2: Connect the formatted external hard drive to the PC and launch iBoysoft Data Recovery.

Step 3: Select the formatted external hard drive and then 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.

Unformat external hard drive

Step 4: Preview the listed scanning results, choose lost files and click "Recover" to get them back.

Step 5: Have a check to ensure all lost files have been successfully recovered.

Aside from recovering data from formatted external hard drive, iBoysoft Data Recovery can also recover lost data from RAW external hard drive, inaccessible external hard drive, corrupted external hard drive, unrecognized external hard drive, etc.

Why can you unformat an external hard drive?

Under Windows, format is divided into Quick Format and Full Format. After Full Format on Windows XP and Quick Format on Windows 10/8/7/Vista/XP, the Operating System only rewrites the file allocation table and marks the original files as deleted but actually they are still at the drive.

Under that condition, lost files are recoverable. While after Full Format on Windows 10/8/7/Vista, the original files will be zero out and become unrecoverable. Fortunately, the default option is Quick Format.

Tips before unformatting an external hard drive

Although the lost files are recoverable after format, they can easily been overwritten by new data. Any further operation you performed on the formatted external hard drive (reformatting it, saving new files on it, etc.) will write new data to the drive. It's impossible to get lost files back once they have been overwritten. So we should take actions to recover lost data from formatted external hard drive as soon as possible.

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