How to Recover Files after FAT32 Format?

“I connected USB drive to my Windows computer in order to move few files. As the drive in which I wanted to transfer files was having many unwanted files, I have decided to format it. However, instead of formatting the drive having unneeded files, I mistakenly formatted externally connected USB drive and lost various important files from it. Is there any possible method to retrieve files after FAT32 format? Please help.”

Many computer users may come across situations like this wherein useful data becomes futile. Some external storage devices including memory card and pen drive are by default FAT32 formatted. File Allocation Table is the simple and most used file system architecture for data exchange between computers and devices of any kind. Almost all compatible large media devices on Windows computer support FAT32 file system for easy data transfer process. However, data present on FAT32 drive is not completely safe from data disasters. One may lose useful data from FAT32 storage media due to accidental / intentional formatting too.

Scenarios leading to FAT32 drive format are:

  • If FAT32 storage drive is infected by any harmful viruses and if it shows ‘drive is not formatted’ error, user has no option other than formatting
  • System hard drive with FAT32 file system will be formatted automatically during installation or reinstallation of Windows OS
  • Any damage to storage drive like USB pen drive, memory cards, etc. with FAT32 file system will cause complete inaccessibility of files saved on it and the only way user chooses to end this issue is by formatting

In these scenarios users will lose valuable data from FAT32 drive due to formatting. But if proper backup is maintained it could save all your vital data. In case there isn’t any backup then try using some third party recovery software to get back formatted data from FAT32 storage media.

Software to recover files after FAT32 format:

Yodot Hard Drive Recovery is the excellent tool to retrieve data from formatted FAT32 storage drive with much ease. Its excellent modules can bring back files like Word documents, Excel sheets, PDFs, compressed archives, folders, movies, pictures, program files, etc. from system hard drive. Along with files, it can even rescue folders from formatted FAT32 drives with much ease. It also supports data recovery from bad partitions with NTFS, NTFS5, ReFS, ExFAT or FAT16 file systems. One can use this amazing tool to get back data from external hard drive, USB pen drive, SSD, FireWire drive and other compatible devices on desktop. In addition to this, you can also use this software on Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows Vista, Windows 8.1, Windows XP, Windows Server 2008 and 2003 operating systems.

Follow these steps to rescue files from formatted FAT32 drive:

Note: Connect external storage device formatted with FAT32 file system to your Windows computer and follow below given steps

  • Download Yodot Hard Drive Recovery software on your computer and install it
  • After running the software, click on ‘Formatted / Reformatted Recovery’ option and click next
  • Then, choose the drive that represents formatted FAT32 drive / logical drive from which files have to be recovered
  • Choose the types of file to recover from FAT32 storage media or simply click on Mark All / Skip button
  • Proceed next and software will completely scan chosen FAT32 drive
  • Once scanning completes, view restored files in two distinct view types
  • After previewing details of selected files, save it to target location on host computer drive

Important Note:

  • Do not format any FAT32 storage media until confirmation
  • Recurrently backup data from FAT32 storage drive to avoid data loss due to accidental formatting

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