How to Extract Folders from Formatted Hard Drive?

“I save all my work related files and folders in a separate local drive on hard drive so that it becomes easy to access. But, instead of formatting the removable drive on system, I accidentally clicked format for Local disk E that had all my important folders. Now, how can I recover folders from formatted hard drive? Can anyone suggest me proper method.”

Many times, formatting may become the biggest mess-up on hard drive as this process will erase all data from the drive. Accidental formatting of any hard drive when user lacks proper backup will fetch great loss. However sometimes formatting becomes a compulsion whenever hard drive is not working properly due to:

  • Corrupt file system that may render ‘Drive not formatted’ error
  • Most abrupt way of system shutdown or frequent power surges
  • Presence of bad media spots or logical errors on hard drive
  • Bad boot sector, corruption of Partition Table or Master Boot Record

In these instances, formatting the hard drive is a must and if there is no backup of essential files and folders from it, then it is a big disaster. However, files and folders on formatted hard drive are still intact to same memory location until and unless new data is added to that. So, in order to recover folders from formatted hard drive, all that one can do is relying upon good data recovery program.

Formatted hard drive folders recovery tool:

With the use of Yodot Hard Drive Recovery software it is very simple to retrieve folders from formatted hard disk drive on Windows PC. This software can rescue folders from formatted hard drives with SATA, ATA, IDE, SCSI, PATA, and other interfaces. Along with folders, it can retrieve deleted files from formatted local drive on Windows 7, Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 8, Windows 8.1, Windows Server 2008 and Server 2003 operating systems. It is capable of recovering documents, photos, PDFs, movies, Excel sheets, music, program files and so on. Also, this tool can extract data from external hard drive, SSD, USB flash drive, FireWire drive, flash memory cards, etc. devices that are formatted with FAT32, FAT16, NTFS, NTFS5, ReFS or ExFAT file systems.

Simple steps to restore formatted hard drive folders:

  • Connect the formatted hard drive to a Windows computer using proper USB cable
  • Download Yodot Hard Drive Recovery software on this system and install it
  • Run the utility and wait for main screen
  • Next, click on ‘Formatted / Reformatted Recovery’ option to proceed with recovery process
  • In next screen choose the drive that represents externally connected formatted hard drive
  • Further, choose the file types to recover from formatted drive or simply click on Mark All button
  • Moving next, software scans chosen drive and comes up with all restored folders and files
  • Have a brief look at recovered folders and its files
  • At last, mention a target location and save all required data by clicking on ‘Save’ option

Useful Tips:

  • Consider formatting any hard drive only after assuring proper backup
  • Be careful not to choose wrong hard drive while formatting any drive on Windows PC

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