How to Unformat Hard Drive in Windows or Mac

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 a 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. Actually the data are not really immediately erased out of the drive. They still stays somewhere, in an invisible status and this is because of the space taken by the formatted data is marked as available to reuse. When you write new data in, 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.

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As long as you protect your formatted hard drive well, it's quite easily to unformat hard drive and get the vital data back. In order to get professional and secure unformat hard drive software, Wondershare Data Recovery can help you to recover data from formatted hard drive.

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  1. Select the file type for recovery
  2. Select a file type that you are planning to recover data from formatted hard drive. If you want to recover all files, you can select "All File Type".

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  3. Select the file location for recovery
  4. After confirm the file type, you need to specify the location for scan. If it's your computer's hard drive formatted, you need to seach your whole computer. If it's an external hard drive, you need to choose "External removable Device" option. Of course, if only a partition is formatted, you can specify it by the "In a specified location." And then prepare to scan.

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  5. Begin to scan
  6. If quick scan cannot find your files, please go to "Deep Scan", it support raw file recovery.

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  7. Preview and recover
  8. The deep scan 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.

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

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