How to Get Back Files after Format?

“This is really frustrating, I had to install Linux operating system in one of logical drive on my computer; hence I created a separate drive where in the OS had to be installed, but accidentally ended up in formatting wrong logical drive instead of drive chosen for formatting. After completion of OS installation, when I checked hard drive, I was not able to see a single file that was saved in it; entire partition was occupied by Linux operating system. Is there any helpful technique to find my files that are erased as a result of accidental formatting logical drive on my PC hard drive? Thanks!”

It is possible to restore files after format?

Yes, read further to know how files can be recovered after format? Formatting, as we all know is similar to data deletion, except the fact that entire drive is selected and cleared out. Once drive has been formatted, entire set of files saved in it will be removed, making it a whole new volume that can be used for saving new files. Below listed are scenarios in which files are erased from partition on hard drive or portable hard drive after format:

  • Virus-Malware Threats: If your system hard drive or other removable drive is severely infected with virus or malware threats, the only option left is to format its hard drive; however formatting erases entire files saved respective drive
  • Format Error: If you are facing file system error or format error while accessing files from any partition on hard drive or external storage drive, then you need to format that drive in-order to resolve errors and reuse drive for storing data
  • Accidental Format: Accidental selection of wrong drive while creating new partitions on PC hard disk removes entire set of files and folders from any volume after format

Well, if any storage drive holding crucial files has been formatted in above instances, then don’t worry. Check for backup of files, if backup is not available then make of competent software for getting back files after format on Windows platform.

Formatted File Recovery Software

Yodot Hard Drive Recovery utility is recommended by majority of computer users to get back files from partition on hard drive or from any external storage drive after it has been formatted. Using its simple graphical interface, any user can get back files from any formatted drive in few simple steps. It can recover files from formatted partition or hard drive, laptop hard drive, external hard drive, USB drive, SSD and other storage media either intentionally or accidental formatting. This formatted file recovery software is capable of recovering various type of files including MS Office documents, photos, videos, music files, animation files, compressed files, application files, etc from any storage drive after format. Users can employ this tool to recover files from formatted hard drive in Windows 8, Windows 8.1, Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP, Windows 2003 and Windows 2008 computers.

Steps for recovering files after format on Windows computer:

  • Download and install Yodot Hard Drive Recovery application in your system with help of admin account
  • Upon completion of installation process, user can view shortcut icon on desktop
  • Run the program and from main screen of utility click on ‘Formatted / Re-Formatted Recovery’ option based on data loss issue
  • Once the option is clicked, carry on to next window to select formatted partition
  • After volume has been selected, user can initiate scanning of selected drive
  • As soon as scanning of drive gets completed, view restored list of files in ‘Data View’ or ‘File Type View’
  • Click on desired view and then preview restored media files
  • Later save selected files from recovered file list to system hard drive or any external storage drive

Notable Points:

  • Double check hard drive or external storage drive before formatting it
  • Keep backup of important files on safe external storage media before formatting any drive
  • Avoid usage of unknown tools for formatting logical drives or removable drives on computer

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