How to recover data from formatted external hard drive on Mac?

Posted by Juno to Mac Data Recovery on August 18th, 2017

Format an external hard drive by mistakenly clicking “Format” option? Choose the wrong drive to format? Want to clean up space by formatting? Whether you format the external hard drive with intention or not, data stored on this drive will be erased after formatting.

Is it possible to recover data from formatted external hard drives on Mac? Definitely yes. This article will introduce how to recover data after accidentally formatting an external hard drive.

Tip for formatted external hard drive data recovery

Instead of completely deleting your files, formatting just makes the operating system unable to locate them. Your data still exists on this drive. That's why we can recover data from formatted external hard drives. But it should be noted that the data is easy to be overwritten by new data. The more data you write to the drive, the less chance you have to get those lost files back. So, you should stop using the external hard drive soon after formatting.

Best method to recover data from the formatted external hard drive

If you format the external hard drive without a copy of data backup, you can recover your data with formatted hard drive data recovery software, like iBoysoft Mac Data Recovery.

iBoysoft Mac Data Recovery is a professional Mac data recovery software that can recover data from formatted external hard drive, recover files deleted or lost from external hard drive, recover data from unmountable external hard drive, recover data from unreadable external hard drive, recover data from inaccessible external hard drive, recover data from corrupted external hard drive, etc. on macOS 10.12 and macOS 10.11/10.10/10.9/10.8/10.7.

With iBoysoft Mac Data Recovery, we can also recover data from formatted hard drive, recover data from formatted APFS hard drive, recover data from formatted USB flash drive, recover data from formatted SD card, etc.

Recover data from formatted external hard drive on Mac with iBoysoft Mac Data recovery

Step 1: Connect the formatted external hard drive to Mac and then launch iBoysoft Mac Data Recovery.

Step 2: Choose the formatted external hard drive, select "Deep scan" on the bottom-left corner and then click "Next" to search for lost files.

Recover data from formatted external hard drive on Mac

Step 3: Preview the listed searching results, choose files we want, and then click "Recover" to finish data recovery from formatted external hard drive on Mac.

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