When you format the hard drive, data saved on the hard drive actually is not wiped immediately. You can't see your original photos directly on the hard drive, because they're marked as useless and the place that they occupied has been marked reusable for new data. Once you write new data in, those formatted photos will disappear forever. Therefore, when you find important data missing, stop adding new data to the same partition or disk to avoid lost data being overwritten.
Then how can I recover photos from the formatted hard drive in Windows 8? You need a photo recovery software program to help you. You're using Windows 8 on your computer, so the photo recovery software should be compatible with Windows 8. Read the system requirement carefully when you decide to download it. Recoverit data recovery is a reliable and effective photo recovery program which can help you retrieve the formatted photos back, it works perfectly with Windows 8 and allows you to recover formatted pictures from Windows 8 with ease.
Free download and install Recoverit data recovery software on your computer, launch it, and follow the nest steps to recover formatted photos.
Step 1. Select the formatted hard drive
When all the partitions on your hard drive are found and displayed, choose the one where your formatted photos were saved before and click "Start" to find those formatted but didn't be overwritten photos.
Step 2. Scan the partition
Now, Recoverit will start a deep scan on your selected drive to search for all your formatted and erased data.
Step 3. Preview and recover photos from formatted hard drive
After the scan, all recoverable files can be found and displayed in clear categories. You can preview each of the photos before recovery. Mark those you want to recover and click the "Recover" button, you can save them on your computer with one click.
If you're using the free trial version or you want to recover the data later, don't forget to save the scan result by clicking the "Save Scan" button at the left bottom. Later, you can directly recover photos from the formatted hard drive by importing the scan result without scanning again.