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How to Unformat NTFS Drive?

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Jan 27, 2024 • Filed to: Answer Hard Drive Problems • Proven solutions

What Should I Do First after Formatting an NTFS hard drive?

Formatted your NTFS 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 an NTFS drive. Remember, the faster you unformat the 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 NTFS hard drive is formatted, you can't find any data. The data is not immediately erased from 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 the hard drive or not.

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Three Steps to Recover the Formatted NTFS Hard Disk

Step 1 Select the wiped NTFS Hard Disk

Select the format in which you are planning to recover data.

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Step 2 Scan the erased NTFS Hard Disk

After selecting the HHD, you need to scan the formatted NTFS HHD. 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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If a quick scan cannot find your files, please go to "Deep Scan", which supports raw file recovery.

The "Deep Scan" will take you a bit long time, and you can have a cup of coffee during that 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.

Step 3 Preview and Recover your NTFS hard drive.

Once you finished scanning the whole NTFS disk, click preview files to confirm whether it is your desired files or not. And then click on the Recover button to proceed.

scan ntfs hard drive

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