How to Unformat Hard Drive on Windows and Mac

How to Unformat Hard Drive on Windows or Mac

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Dec 03, 2020 • Filed to: Answer Hard Drive Problems • Proven solutions


What Should I do First after Formatting a hard drive?

Formatted your hard drive by mistake, and didn't back up the crucial data stored on it? The good news is that you still have the chance to unformat a hard drive. Remember, the faster you unformat hard drive, the more chance you'll have to recover your data. Also, after formatting the hard drive, you should keep the following things in your mind:

When the hard drive is formatted, you can't find any data on it. The data are not immediately erased out of the drive. They still stay somewhere, in an invisible status and this is because the space taken by the formatted data is marked as available to reuse. When you write new data, it will occupy the space for reuse. Then the formatted data is really and permanently cleared, and you can't get it back in any way. Thus, well protecting the formatted hard drive is extremely important, which can determine if you can unformat hard drive or not.

Unformat Hard Drive Recovery Program

As long as you protect your formatted hard drive well, it's quite easy to unformat hard drive and get the vital data back. To get professional and secure unformat hard drive software, Recoverit can help you to recover data from the formatted hard drive.

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Select the recovery scenario for recovery

Select a recovery scenario that you are planning to recover data from the formatted hard drive. If your formatted hard drive is an external device, you should choose "External Devices Recovery". If your formatted hard drive is an internal drive on Windows or Mac, you need to select "Deleted Files Recovery" to recover all files.

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Select the formatted hard drive location for recovery

After selecting the recovery scenario, you need to specify the location for the scan. If it's your computer's hard drive formatted, you need to search your whole computer. If it is an external device, you should select your formatted hard drive location.

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Begin to scan

If a quick scan cannot find your files, please go to "All-Around Recovery", it supports raw file recovery.

Preview and recover

The "All-Around Recovery" will take you a bit long time, and you can have a cup of coffee during the time. After the scan, all the recoverable data are found out and listed in categories. You can check them one by one and select those you need to recover.

Note: please don't save it on the source hard drive to avoid data overwriting.

Video Tutorial on How to Format an External Hard Drive


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