How to Recover Files from Wiped Hard Drive?

“My computer hard drive was troubling me since many days. It was infected with malicious viruses and other external threats; so it used to take long time to load a single page. To get rid of viruses and increase the access speed, I decided to wipe the hard drive using “Quick Format” option. After wiping the hard drive, I realized that I have not taken backup of important files. It had huge collection of photos, videos, music files and other applications. Can anyone recommend me the ways that help me to get back files from wiped hard drive?”

Wiping hard drive is a good idea if it is riddled with viruses or you want to completely clean your hard drive and add new files. But there are few users who commit above mistake without taking any precautionary measures. However, you might not be aware of the fact that when a hard drive has been wiped, the files that were present on the drive before wiping may be recoverable. But the ability to restore the files depends on whether the hard drive was cleared using a simple format i.e. using “Quick Format” option, where only the new file system is created or using a “Full Format”, where every bit of the data was overwritten to clear the drive. If the hard drive is wiped using full format option, then data is usually not retrievable. When you perform simple formatting i.e. “Quick Format”, then erased files are recoverable as this operation does not overwrite the files and keep them intact.

Why users prefer wiping hard drive?

Many users wipe computer hard drive if they want to sell or donate their computer. But in some cases, users choose to wipe the hard drive in case accessing speed of the file is reduced due to overloading or if it is infected with malware or spyware. However, before commencing any operation, it is necessary to backup those files which you feel are very important for further use. If you forget to backup important files, then it is suggested to use virtuous hard drive recovery software.

Note: It is not possible to recover files if you use third party recovery tool to wipe data from hard drive. Therefore use the recovery application only if you have not used third party tool to clear hard drive data.

Best utility to restore lost data from wiped hard disk:

Yodot Hard Drive Recovery is the ultimate retrieval tool for wiped hard drive as it can easily extract all data from it. The tool is enriched with powerful recovery strategy that exclusively scans the hard drive for lost or erased data within in simple steps. This hard drive data recovery program can help to bring back Office files, personal folders, program files, etc. on SATA, ATA, SCSI, PATA, IDE interfaced hard drives. Additionally, the program can get back files from external hard drives, USB pen drives, FireWire drives, memory cards, iPods and other storage devices on Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP, Windows 2003 and 2008 OS based computers/laptops.

Steps to retrieve wiped hard drive data:

  • Connect the hard drive from which data is wiped out to another Windows computer
  • Then download Yodot Hard drive Recovery program on to that system
  • After successful installation, run the utility and wait for the main screen
  • In the main window, click for Partition Recovery option and proceed
  • Now, from the list of drives present on the screen, select the one that is representing wiped hard drive
  • By clicking next, software performs a rigorous scan on that drive within few seconds. Next, a list of all recovered files will be displayed under two view types, Data view and File type view
  • Select required files, specify target location and save the restored files on host system drive

Useful Points:

  • Before using any third party recovery tool to wipe hard drive, make sure that you backup important files into an external hard drive
  • Always use “Quick format” option to wipe hard drive so that if you feel you have lost any file due to formatting, you can restore it using recovery software

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