Retrieving Data from Accidentally Formatted Wrong Hard Drive

“I just accidentally formatted the wrong hard drive instead of the one which needs to be formatted on my laptop and lost huge data. I had many partitions on the laptop hard drive and apart from these partitions I had also connected an external hard drive to it. Confused by drive letters, I just clicked format option on a wrong hard drive instead of the one that had to be formatted. It will be very helpful if anyone can help me out to restore data from accidentally formatted wrong hard drive. Thanks in advance.”

Formatting any hard drive unintentionally is not rare; one or the other computer user becomes victim of data loss by this mistake. While working on number of storage devices, it is likely to format wrong hard drive instead of the right one either because of confusion or due to user carelessness. Both the ways, it results to loss of huge data from that formatted hard drive. So first and foremost, know the reasons that compel formatting a hard drive on Windows system as stated below:

  • Hard drive infected by dreadful malware can become unreadable and corrupt after which formatting is the only option left to restore the working of this drive
  • Incorrect way of performing tasks like repartitioning or resizing partitions, invalid registry due to wrong Windows update will fetch ‘Drive not formatted’ error on that hard drive
  • Saving data on newly purchased hard drive can gradually render corruption to that drive, which usually requires formatting
  • Also, presence of bad media spots on hard drive is likely to trigger various errors and eventually damage the hard drive

In these above situations, hard drive (internal and external) becomes inaccessible and formatting would fix the issue. Unfortunately, instead of formatting affected hard drive if users select any wrong hard drive and click on Format option then all data will be in vain. To overcome this cumbersome situation, make use of suitable hard drive data recovery program and extract formatted data.

Mistakenly formatted hard drive recovery tool:

Yodot Hard Drive Recovery is the one and only program to get back data from accidentally formatted wrong hard drive on Windows PC. This tool is capable of recovering all types of files and folders from hard drives with SATA, ATA, SCSI, PATA, IDE and other interfaces. Its scanning modules can easily bring back data from formatted system hard drive that is formatted with FAT32, FAT16, NTFS, NTFS5, ReFS or ExFAT file systems. Along with accidentally formatted hard drive, it can even rescue data from failed, unbootable, dead, corrupted or unrecognized internal / external hard drive, SSD, USB flash drive, FireWire drive, flash memory cards, etc. devices. This tool can be implemented on computers running with Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 8.1, Windows Server 2008 and Server 2003 operating systems.

Follow these steps to extract data from formatted wrong hard disk:

  • Connect your formatted hard drive to a healthy Windows system
  • Download Yodot Hard Drive Recovery software on this system by logging in as system administrator
  • After complete installation, launch the software and wait till main screen appears
  • Next, click on ‘Formatted/ Reformatted Recovery’ option to rescue erased data from formatted hard drive
  • Next screen shows all hard drives associated with system, choose the one that represents formatted hard drive
  • Proceed next and select the file types to recover or simply continue with scanning process
  • View rescued files in two view types – ‘Data view’ and ‘File Type View’
  • Have a quick look at retrieved files and use ‘Preview’ option to have detailed look
  • Finally, save recovered data to desired target location on storage drive except the same formatted hard drive

Important Note:

  • Enable frequent backup of crucial data in various storage devices to avoid accidental formatting
  • Shun the viruses on hard drive with the help of updated powerful anti-virus software

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