How to Unformat USB Flash Drive?

Written by Lucy John on April 18, 2023

Have you ever encountered a situation, where you formatted USB drive accidentally and lost all your essential data preserved in it? If yes then no need to get depress, this is a most common problem which every removable storage device user come across at some point or the other.

Accidental and intentional formatting:

In some scenarios while using USB drive on system, users may opt for format option unintentionally instead of some other listed option in the menu. Later blame themselves for being a victim of erasing complete valuable data saved in USB drive. However, in few instances users will knowingly format USB drive such as while changing file system, to clear harmful viruses and other corruption issues in USB drive. In case user creates backup of USB drive data, before formatting the drive then it will be appreciable. Otherwise, it becomes unbearable disaster!!

Formatting error:

Sometimes people often get error like “Drive not formatted. Do you want to format now” on system soon after connecting USB drive. This error tells the user that the connected USB drive should be formatted, before you can use it. In such situations without any other choice users may select ‘Yes’ option to ride over that error message and later wonder about losing data present on it.

If you have performed formatting on your USB drive due to above mentioned reasons, then do not panic. Formatting USB drive only removes the file entries in the registry, not the actual contents. Therefore, one can restore data from formatted USB drive before that memory space is overwritten by new data using any data recovery tool. One of the recommended software to unformat USB drive is Yodot Hard Drive Recovery.

Yodot Hard Drive Recovery - Free Tool to Unformat USB Drive:

HDD recovery tool is powerful and efficient data recovery software to unformat USB drive on Windows system. It can also recover erased or missing data from corrupted or damaged USB flash drive. You can get back documents, compressed files, media files and many more from the formatted USB drive in few clicks. Its simple instructions and attractive graphical user interface helps to recover data under any critical situations. This tool supports recovery of data from various file systems such as FAT16, FAT32, NTFS and exFAT. Yodot easily supports data recovery from various hard drive models like Kingston Datatraveler USB write protected, Seagate Backup Plus is not recognized, WD My Passport Ultra accidentally erased / formatted and much more. Including USB drive, the program can rescue data from system hard drives, portable hard drives, memory card devices. It can operate on all the latest Windows OS including Windows 10, Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP, Windows Server 2008 and Windows 2003.

Steps to unformat USB drive:

Basic instructions:

  • Keep your USB drive away from storing any new data after formatting it, in order to avoid data mishap
  • It is good to backup your essential files and folders on more then one storage device
  • Do not use USB drive on unsecure or unauthentic device or systems

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