How to Retrieve Files from Formatted Computer?

“Recently after migrating from Windows 7 to Windows 8 OS version, there were some issues due to which I had to format whole computer. So I blankly formatted the system drive without checking for complete data backup. The recent backup that I had stored on my external drive is also unavailable. How to get back formatted data from my computer? Please help.”

Formatting is the most frequent action that users perform to get rid of viruses or other issues with storage devices like external drive, pen drive, memory card, etc. But formatting entire system will remove entire program files and user data from hard drive. As mentioned in the above situation, user may format computer and lose data unevenly. So, let us see what are other occasions wherein users perform complete formatting on Windows computer?

  • While reinstalling OS and other driver software on computer, the process may force you to format the drive to accomplish installation task
  • Formatting is required when computer is affected by harmful viruses and frequently hangs while working on it
  • System is formatted when hard drive gets corrupted and format errors keep appearing while trying to access data from it
  • Formatting hard drive is a must when computer freezes and stops responding at any instant due to errors during reformatting, repartitioning of hard drive, etc

So, before formatting computer hard drive, please make sure that all crucial files and folders are copied onto another storage device. But, most of the times user don’t have a chance to backup data before formatting the computer or forgot to take data backup, which causes loss of entire hard drive data.

How to rescue data after formatting the system?

When system is completely formatted, then remove hard drive from computer before updating or installing any software on it and without making delay use good formatted data recovery tool to retrieve formatted data from computer. Yodot Hard Drive Recovery is one such excellent retrieval tool that can easily bring back files after formatting computer. This outstanding recovery application can restore program files, Office files, personal folders, media files and other data from FAT16, FAT32, ExFAT, NTFS and NTFS5 partitions on computer hard drive. The software can also regain data from USB drives, memory cards, iPods, FireWire drives and removable hard disks after formatting on Windows OS based computers. You can utilize formatted data recovery tool on Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 2003 and Windows 2008 operating system based computers.

Follow these steps in order to perform formatted computer data recovery:

  • Remove your computer hard drive that is formatted and connect it to a healthy Windows PC
  • Download Yodot Hard Drive Recovery and install it on that Windows system
  • Follow the provided instructions and run the utility
  • Next window provides two options i.e. “Partition Recovery” or “Formatted / Reformatted Recovery”
  • Click for “Formatted/ Reformatted Recovery” option and proceed next
  • Further, select the drive that represents formatted hard drive that is externally connected on host computer
  • Next, select required file types that you wish to recover or by default all file types will be selected
  • By clicking on next, the tool scans the drive and provides a list of recovered files
  • Make use of Data view / File Type view options to browse for selected files  from retrieved data list
  • After making your selection, target destination location on host Windows system and save those files

Preventive Tips:

  • When system shows format errors / symptoms of getting corrupt, backup data immediately and then proceed to format
  • Before performing actions like reformatting, OS reinstallation, repartitioning, etc. backup all data onto safe external storage device

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