Recover Data after Format Error

Consider a scenario where you had to move some of the vital files and folders from your friend’s computer to your external hard drive. After copying process when you attempt to access that external hard disk from your PC. It displays an format error saying, “The disk drive is not formatted, would you like to format now”. This error message does not allow you to access those important files unless you format the drive. And as everyone knows formatting the drive results in complete deletion of the data present in the drive. But there is still hope you can recover the lost data after format error by using a data recovery software.

An external hard disk is a type of hard disk drive which is connected to a laptop / computer externally. They can be easily attached and detached from the computer. Like internal hard disk drives these drives can store huge amount of data up to 5TB. The main advantage of these kind of hard disk is that they are fast, small and portable. These are one of the best devices to take back up of your important data.

Why do we format the hard disk?

Hard drives are ought to be formatted due to several problems such as security, lack of vulnerability and storage. Other reasons why you format the hard disk are given below:

  • Your computer does not boot during startup or has a black screen on startup. You format the hard disk to wipe that problem away
  • Software problem which overall reduces the performance of the PC then you format to optimize your system
  • People format their hard disk drives when it is completely full
  • The computer is infected by severe malwares instead of removing them people format

What happens when you format a hard disk?

When an external hard disk is formatted. The OS deletes the header tables and the sectors containing that data and makes that space as "available" for reuse. What is important is that the original data is still present on that hard drive but you no longer have access to that data.

Is it possible to recover data after format?

It is definitely possible to recover your formatted data by utilizing a powerful data recovery software. Yodot Hard Drive Recovery software is a safe and a reliable software to rescue data from formatted hard disk. Apart from external hard disk the software also recovers data from formatted memory card, iPod, pen drive, thumb drive and many more removable devices.

How to use the software?

  • Eject the formatted external hard drive and plug it to a healthy desktop  or laptop
  • Download and install Yodot Hard Drive Recovery software to that PC
  • Open the software and follow the main screen procedures
  • Two options will be displayed in the main screen, choose “Formatted / Reformatted Recovery” option to recover your data from the formatted hard disk
  • The application scans and display all the logical and physical drives including your external drive
  • Select that external hard drive and click on “Next” button
  • The software scans and displays all the recoverable files in two distinct view types; “Data Type” and “File Type”
  • Switch between the two view type, to view and select the data which you want to recover
  • Preview the files and browse for the destination location to save your recovered data (Although not on the same hard disk from where you are recovering from)

Things to Remember

  • Always backup your data before formatting the hard disk
  • Stop using the external hard disk drive immediately after formatting 
  • Do not add any new data or files on the hard drive which you have formatted. This might overwrite your lost data by new data
  • After formatting avoid reformatting the drive, as this can make your recovery attempt more difficult
  • Do not create or delete a partition after the external hard drive is formatted
  • Make use of an updated antivirus program to combat deadly viruses

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