How to Retrieve Data After Factory Resetting Windows 8?

“Hi, my Windows 8 system had too many bad sectors on its hard drive and it was taking lot of time to respond during each activity. So my cousin suggested me to factory reset the PC by taking backup. I clearly remember that I saved backup data from my Windows 8 system in an external storage drive. After completing the restore process, I looked for backup files from removable storage drive and found none. The drive was completely empty, as my brother formatted it to save some important data without knowing that I had saved the backup files in it. Can I get back erased data from factory restored Windows 8 system drive? Please help.”

Windows 8 OS, along with its launch, introduced smart feature to easily reset computer settings to default factory settings with the option, ‘Remove everything and reinstall Windows’ or just ‘Refresh your PC without affecting your files’. The first option in Settings will wipe off all data on Windows 8 PC / laptop and restores the settings to the point of its purchase by running installation disk. So before continuing with the process of factory reset, users should backup essential data from Windows 8 hard drive. If you proceed with second option, it doesn’t assure to resolve all issues as the process doesn’t touch any of the user files.

Necessity to factory reset Windows 8:

There are few reasons that might compel users to factory restore Windows 8 computer by removing everything and reinstalling OS, such as:

  • While selling it to buyers or giving away old machine to family member or a friend
  • To clean reinstall Windows 8 OS for better performance
  • To free up space on hard drive
  • To get rid of any complex errors with Windows 8 hard drive

As said before, one should posses’ backup of vital data from system drive before restoring settings to its defaults. If backup is out of reach or if any interruption occurs while refreshing settings of Windows 8 system, data gets completely unavailable from user access. In such an instance, rolling over to good data recovery program is the right way to recover files after factory reset Windows 8.

Windows 8 data recovery after factory reset:

To get rid of data loss due to factory resetting Windows 8 with the absence of backup, try using Yodot Hard Drive Recovery software. This software is capable of retrieving file types like doc, ppt, pdf, zip, rar, dbs, xls, png, jpeg, mp3, mp4, mpeg, tiff, exe, dll, flv, img, pst, ost, and many more from a restored Windwos 8 hard drive. It even helps to create disk image of entire hard drive with severe bad sectors in order to extract data from that image file by skipping bad sector. Apart from files, this program can achieve successful recovery of deleted, lost or corrupted partitions with NTFS, NTFS5, FAT32, Fat16 and ExFAT file systems by scanning the drive sector by sector. Apart from recovering data after Windows 8 reset, it also has ability to bring back all files from Windows 10, Windows 8.1, Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP, Windows Server 2008 and 2003 OS based computers in various data disasters.

Very important Note!!!

Do not use your Windows 8 PC, laptop or Tablet after factory reset if you want to achieve complete recovery of deleted data.

Steps to get back data after Windows 8 factory reset:

  • Connect the hard drive from Windows 8 system to another Windows computer
  • Download Yodot Hard Drive Recovery software on this host computer by logging in as system administrator
  • After complete installation of software, launch it and wait till main screen appears
  • Next, click on ‘Partition Recovery’ option to rescue data wiped off Windows 8 hard drive after factory reset
  • Clicking next, program displays list of drives that are associated with host computer
  • Choose the drive that represents restored Windows 8 hard disk drive
  • Further, add or select the file types to be recovered from selected drive or just skip this step to select all file types by default
  • Scanning process ends by showing regained files in two different view types – ‘Data view’ and ‘File Type View’
  • Have a quick look at recovered files
  • Finally, save required data from recovery session after purchasing product key in host computer drive not to the same Windows 8 hard drive from which files were recovered

Vital tips:

  • Do not install the software on same Windows 8 hard drive that was restored
  • Take measures to save backup of all files in secure location before resetting Windows 8

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