How to Recover Files from Formatted Mac Hard Drive

Although formatting deletes data on a Mac hard drive, it is needed to create more free storage space on Mac, create new file system, or repair the Mac disk.

Irrespective of the reason, it is recommended to have a backup of your drive before formatting, as this process erases your entire Mac data.

However, if you forget to back up important data or the backup is not inaccessible, the only method to recover lost files is with the help of a Mac formatted drive recovery software.

Leverage Stellar Data Recovery Professional for Mac software to recover data from APFS, HFS+, FAT, ex-FAT, or NTFS file systems. The software supports latest macOS Ventura and works on MacBook Pro, MacBook Air, iMac, and Mac mini. This utility can save your day if you have formatted your Mac disk drive. Additionally, the software recovers emptied files from trash such as Word, Excel, Photos, Videos, Audio and more.

Steps to Recover Formatted Drive on Mac

Step 1: Download and install the *trial version of Stellar Data Recovery Professional for Mac.


*This trial version allows you to scan and preview all the recoverable files, which helps to assess the effectiveness of the Mac formatted drive recovery tool.

Step 2: Launch software, select the desired file type from the Select What To Recover screen. Click Next.

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Step 3: Select the formatted hard drive or partition from the Select Location screen.

Step 4: Toggle Deep Scan recovery option. Click Scan. (Deep scan is specially intended to recover files from formatted hard drive or volume on Mac.)

Step 5: Click OK when the scan is complete.


Step 6: You can view the files in three modes—Classic, File and, or Deleted. Preview and select the required files and folders.


Step 7: Click on Recover.

Step 8: Click Browse to specify the save location and click Save. This will start saving the recoverable files to the specified location.


This completes the Mac-formatted hard drive or volume data recovery process. You can view the recovered files from the storage location.

*To save the recovered files, you need to get the activation key of the software and unlock all its advanced features including Drive Monitor.


When it comes to Mac formatted hard drive recovery , you can trust Stellar Data Recovery Professional for Mac. Whether you’d formatted Mac volume, partition or an external hard drive, the advanced software recovers all files with original file names, dates and timestamps.

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