Recovering Photos after Reformat

“Hi, I have lost beautiful photo files after reformatting a partition on my system drive. All I did is I reformatted the partition thinking I possess backup of all files present in it. But unfortunately, I had backup of all files except few necessary photos. Can anyone suggest me how to get pictures back after reformat on Windows PC? Please help.”

Reformat is a process of changing the file system of a storage drive to newer version, for instance from FAT32 to NTFS. This process removes all registry entries of files present in the storage device and creates new file system. The files on a reformatted storage drive become anonymous by losing index pointer values during reformat process and thus OS fails to identify the files. So, users think that photos and other files get deleted after reformat / format process. There are few possibilities in which photos can get erased due to reformatting and formatting process, such as:

  • Reformatting any drive that is corrupt due to file system corruption, will give no chance to backup necessary files before reformatting / formatting
  • Accidentally reformatting wrong drive instead of the one that has to be formatted will erase all files from that reformatted drive
  • While installing operating system, one might forcefully reformat / format the storage hard drive of computer and lose valuable photos from it
  • Reformatting storage device on digital gadgets like cameras that says drive/ card not formatted error

In these above instances when photos get erased from any storage drive after reformat process; the only thing to do is stop using that drive for further data storage. Very next, make use of efficient photo retrieval tool to get back deleted picture files.

Ultimate tool to retrieve photos after reformatting:

For any storage drive that undergone reformatting, Yodot Photo Recovery is the best utility to bring back deleted images from it. This tool is made of in-built read-only recovery modules that easily and safely restore deleted as well as lost photos in clicks. It can recover JPEG, TIFF, GIF, IMG, PNG, FFF, PSD and other image file types with extreme ease. In addition to this, software can also retrieve videos, music and RAW images of various file types from vivid storage devices formatted with NTFS, FAT16, FAT32, NTFS5, ReFS and ExFAT file systems. It can excellently restore photos from Micro SD card, CF, SDHC, SDXC, MMC and other flash memory cards, external hard drive, USB pen drive, SSD and other devices. One can use this tool on Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows Vista, Windows XP, Windows Server 2008 and 2003 operating systems to perform photo recovery.

Simple steps to regain pictures after reformat:

  • Download the software on a Windows system where photos are lost
  • Install and run the software according to given instructions
  • From main screen click on “Deleted Photo Recovery” to retrieve back deleted photos
  • Next, select the partition / drive that was reformatted and from which pictures have to be recovered
  • Further, select the file types that you wish to restore from reformatted drive, else click on Skip button
  • By clicking next, software starts to scan reformatted drive to extract deleted images and other media files
  • When scanning completes, recovered pictures will get listed under Data View / File Type View
  • Toggle between these view types and Preview selected images
  • Finally, click on Save button to store selected picture files in new destination location

Make note of these points:

  • Do not reformat devices without backing up all necessary files from it
  • To avoid unexpected data loss always hold backup copies of files that are necessarily needed