Extract Quick Formatted USB Drive

“Since few months I have been using USB drive as a backup device on my Windows system. Today, while accessing my USB drive, I awkwardly formatted it using 'Quick Format' option instead of performing some other operation. Now the device is empty without any file. Is it possible to recover files from USB drive after quick format? Someone suggest me with useful solution please!!!”

Well, it is possible to retrieve files from quick formatted USB drive if you have gone through above situation. Usually Quick formatting is done to erase all data present on USB drive. But some user perform it to change the type of file system in Windows hard drive to get better security of their files. There are two ways to format a USB drive and other storage drives namely full format and quick format. But still many users prefer quick format as it is very easier and much faster. Quick format just erases all files by deleting its entries from file directory without rewriting erased storage space by 0's. And it doesn't scan bad sector, this is the reason why quick format takes lesser time to format the drive. Apart from USB drive, quick format is also performed on other storage medias like external and internal hard drive, SD card, XD card and many more to extract files from it.

Few scenarios where user opt for quick formatting:

  • In order to free up memory space in USB drive, user will quick format USB drive
  • While re-installing or upgrading OS your Windows system, user may accidentally quick format the drive
  • If USB drive is corrupted due to severe virus attack can make user to opt for quick formatting

In above mentioned circumstances, quick formatting of USB drive result in data loss. However, don't be annoyed about erased USB drive data, you can easily restore data from quick formatted USB drive using prominent data recovery tool.

Quick formatted USB drive recovery software:

Yodot Hard Drive Recovery is the most advanced utility to rescue quick formatted USB drive data on Windows operating system. It also supports data recovery from quick formatted partition with FAT16, FAT32, NTFS, NTFS5 and ReFS file systems. It has latest build-in data recovery algorithm, which restores deleted and missing data from Windows hard drive and other storage drives. Along with USB drive, it can recover data from Quick formatted NTFS drive, memory card, external hard drives, FireWire drives, SSD drives and other storage devices. It can extract data from system hard drives having ATA, IDE, PATA, SATA, SCSI and other interfaces. This app has ability to recover more than 300 unique file formats, whether it is pictures, audios, videos, docs, PPT files, etc. This tool is suitable for Windows 10, Windows 8, Windows 8.1, Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows Server 2003 and 2008 OS based computers.

Procedure for recovering files after quick format:

  • Download and install Yodot Hard Drive Recovery software to Windows system
  • Now connect quick formatted USB drive to healthy computer
  • Run installed program and follow given on-screen guidelines
  • You will get two options on main screen as ‘Partition Recovery’ and ‘Formatted/Reformatted Recovery’
  • Select 'Formatted / Reformatted Recovery' option to recover data from Quick Formatted USB drive
  • Now this tool will display every drives present in your system
  • In that, select quick formatted USB drive from where data has to be restored
  • Allow it to scan the selected drive and view recovered data from 'Data View' or 'File Type View' options
  • Finally, specify desired location to save retrieved data on Windows HDD, but not on the same formatted USB drive to avoid overwriting


  • Check for vital files and copy them to any other safe and accessible location before performing quick format
  • Use upgraded anti-virus to protect your quick formatted hard drive or storage device

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