How to Restore Half Formatted Drive?

“My system was lagging day-by-day and was not quickly responding to the commands. So I thought of formatting only Local Drive C to resolve all issues. I placed all my important stuff in Local drive D without opting for any external hard drive and triggered formatting process. The process took very long time without showing whether the drive was really formatting or something else occurred. I waited for around 2 hours and impatiently tried to stop this process in between by clicking cancel button. Since it didn’t stop I switched off the power button. When I restarted the computer, it showed nothing. I tried to restart again and again but it didn’t even show BIOS setup and now I am worried about all my data saved on this drive that has stopped working. Can anyone help me out to get back all my important data from half formatted drive that is not showing up anything?”

Disasters like this may encounter when user is not completely knowledgeable about how to conduct format on a hard drive. Usually hard drive formatting is preferred when system is taking lot of time to respond, to boot hard drive, to load operating system or when system hangs frequently. All these issues occur mainly due to following reasons:

  • Presence of malware that may eventually corrupt boot sector, MBR, file system or other logical components of a hard drive
  • Formation of bad media spots on hard drive
  • Registry corruption due to invalid, empty and corrupt file entries
  • Incorrect OS reinstallation or Windows update

In these instances, one would prefer to format complete drive or only C drive, which carries OS, system related files and other instructions that make computer to perform requested tasks to resolve all above mentioned issues.

Software to restore half formatted drive data:

Obviously, while formatting any storage drive, one will backup important data from it. But, while formatting a section of complete drive i.e. partition, if the process is dismissed at half then chances of losing data from other partitions are more as this could lead to entire drive corruption. In such instance, make use of Yodot Hard Drive Recovery software to get back data from half formatted drive that is damaged. This utility can get back all data from formatted, unbootable, dead or failed hard drives within simple mouse clicks. It has ability to retrieve documents, folders, images, videos, archived files, PDFs and other file formats from storage drives with FAT32, FAT16, ExFAT, NTFS, NTFS5 and RefS file systems. One can easily make use of this utility to bring back formatted data from pen drive, SSD, memory cards, external hard drive, FireWire drive on Windows PC. This software can be employed on Windows computers running with Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP, Windows 8.1, Windows Server 2008 and Sever 2003 operating systems.

Simple steps to restore half formatted drive data:

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

  • Connect your half formatted hard drive which is not working to a Windows computer using proper USB cable
  • Download the software on this system and install it
  • Run the utility and wait for main screen to appear
  • Next, click on ‘Formatted / Reformatted Recovery’ option to proceed with recovery process
  • In next screen choose the drive that represents half formatted drive externally connected to system
  • Further, choose file types to retrieve from chosen drive or simply click on Mark All button
  • Tool scans chosen drive and comes up with all recovered files
  • Have a brief look at recovered files in ‘Data View’ and ‘File Type View’ mode
  • At last, mention a destination location and save all required data by clicking on ‘Save’ option

Precautionary Measures:

  • Do not terminate formatting process at half as it may freeze entire system and cause data loss
  • Before formatting any drive check for secure back up of necessary data from it

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