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    “While attempting to organize partitions on the hard drive, it was accidently formatted” – is a common issue among beginners and even advanced users. When a drive with valuable data turns inaccessible, probably the first thought is how to recover data from a formatted hard drive, especially, when all the ways to recover formatted hard drive does not seem to be working, which is a severe situation.

    Rather than running into a state of despair, the first thought is to detect the nature of data loss. A number of ways are available to analyze whether the drive is recoverable or the data existing on it has been erased. To recover the formatted hard disk all you need is time and the right tools.  Let’s look at how:

    Step #1: Examine the Hard Drive Condition

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    First, make sure that all the tool required for connecting the hard drive to another computer are available. A ‘USB drive enclosure or sled’ or a ‘SATA\ IDE to USB cable’ connector can be used to mount the drive into and thereafter connect it to the computer. Alternatively, you can try connecting the hard drive to internal slot, in case you use a desktop; however, external drives are considered faster and efficient.

    Next, ensure that the hard disk is in good condition and is not damaged in any form. No pins should be broken or bent, and there is nothing that specifies physical injury in the hard drive. If no physical damage persists, you can proceed further with the data recovery procedure. In such cases, you have to look around for a proficient tool with the capability to recover files from a formatted hard drive.

    Step #2: Take Time to Search for Efficient Data Recovery Software

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    Since the hard drive exists in good condition, it is ready to undergo recovery process. Before initiating the recovery procedure with a software, for instance, Stellar Data Recovery Professional (WDR-Pro) and Stellar Mac Data Recovery (MDR), ensure that the antivirus and the antimalware applications are up-to-date. Once the recovery procedure begins, the drive must not show any signs of distress or behave abnormally due to bugs and viruses.

    Once the drive is connected to an active system, download and install the proficient WDR-Pro and MDR data recovery software to perform data retrieval operation.

    • Stellar Data Recovery Professional – Developed by Stellar Data Recovery, Stellar Data Recovery Professional offers smooth data recovery from Windows system without interruption. It provides a 3-step recovery process for data recovery that are Select, Scan, and Recover. You need to select the partition or volume, scan it that shows the preview of the recoverable files, and finally recover the data. Once recovered, you can save the data anywhere on your system or the FTP server. It ensures quick, easy, and successful recovery of data and partitions lost or inaccessible due to corrupt or damaged hard disk partitions in your Windows system. You can get the software from here.
    • Stellar Mac Data Recovery – It is one of the best mac data recovery tool to recover data from the formatted hard disk of your Mac system. It also recovers all data from corrupt or damaged storage media. It also facilitates Raw Recovery and data recovery from unmounted OS X volumes. It also supports Time Machine Backup hard drive recovery and data recovery from encrypted file systems. All these features make Stellar Mac Data Recovery one of the best alternatives for recovering data from Mac machines. Click here to know about this mac data recovery software.

    Apart from the above stated formatted media recovery applications; there is another alternate as well that helps recover data from formatted storage media. If you do not want to get into the web of recovery tools, then you can burn a bootable CD or external drive using a suitable application. This enables you to boot the Operating System that is not the primary drive.

    It is a good practice to not to write or touch the hard drive or avoid writing any new content to it. All the above-mentioned tools retrieve data from formatted hard drives, particularly when it is not overwritten. Overwriting hard drive prevents data from being recovered as the data is lost permanently. The more you write to the hard disk, the more likely it is to overwrite data that needs to be recovered.

    Step #3: Move to Data Recovery Services

    If none of the above steps works, then the next step is to resort to professional data recovery services. Here, Stellar Data Recovery is a name to reckon with defined by 23+ years of industry expertise in Data Recovery, Data Migration, and data Erasure.

    With a proven track record, the company possesses a large database of satisfied clients.  The team of certified professionals can efficiently recover data from formatted hard drive with their expert knowledge and years of expertise.

    Irrespective of the level of damage to your hard drive, it easily retrieves all your impacted data. All you have to do is call at the toll-free number where the representative would address your issue, and also assist you with the end-to-end process.

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    Jyoti Prakash linkdin

    Problem solver and Data recovery specialist. Usually share informative articles on data recovery, database corruption and ways to recover lost data.

    15 comments

    1. Hi,
      I have deleted the c partition & reinstalled the os(win7-32bit).. But I have kept some of my important files in c drive.. I have to recover my pervious data please suggest which is the good software version to get recover the data..
      And mainly I need to get the data in previous directory wise..

      1. Hello Vinay,

        We suggest using Stellar Windows Data Recovery- Professional version software. It is advised to perform search for lost volume scan from the Stellar software.

        Our software works on the preview basis. That means the files will be recovered in the same manner as you were able to see them in the preview window after the scanning is complete.

        We understand the importance of your data and our free trial versions of the applications enable you to confirm the possibility of recovery, even before you purchase the application.

    2. hello sir,
      my lenovo laptop has formatted when I am trying to change my operating system. I have not reinstelled OS now. I used external (from pendrive)linux os to view my laptop condition. there is only one partition with 1 TB free space. How can I recover my entire data?

      1. Hello Yuwaraj,

        We recommend you to try the demo version of Stellar Windows Data Recovery Professional from the below-mentioned link:

        Download Link

        After installing the software, kindly perform the scan with ‘Can’t Find Drive’ option. This option will search the lost volume, you can perform the scan on the listed volume to check the possibility of recovery.

        Once you are satisfied with the results shown by the software then you may purchase it to save the recovered data.

    3. Hello Sir Manish,

      I would just like to ask what happen to my files inside my Formatted External Drive. Unfortunately, I don’t have any backup of my files.
      What happened was, I accidentally formatted my hard drive. I use a EasUS Recovery Software to get my files back. However, During its deep scanning phase, I just selected my files on the recovery software while the deep scanning is still on going, meaning, I recover my files without finishing the deep scanning. I recovered my files but almost all were corrupted. One more thing, I saved the corrupted recovered files in the same drive where I formatted it. Then, I conducted re-scanning of the drive without removing the corrupted recovered files in it and this time I finished the whole deep scanning which lasted for 6hrs. I tried to recover one document from my files. It is still corrupted. Does my files already overwritten Sir Manish? Please help! I am getting hopeless right now. 🙁 I will be hoping your immediate response if you don’t mind. Thank you very much!

      1. Hello Mohamadsaid,

        Thank you for contacting Stellar Data Recovery.

        Please let us know whether you are using Windows or Mac system so that we can assist you accordingly

      1. Hello Henry,

        In case your file is encrypted or have any software malfunction, our recovery experts will analyze your file and inform you how much data we can be recovered.

    4. My 1 TB Seagate external hard drive is unable to recover the data from various data recovery software. Please suggest, can data recovery be possible with the help of services?

      1. Hello Duke

        It seems that hard drive has some physical errors. Even many times using multiple data recovery software leads to permanent deletion of data (due to overwriting). We suggest to please send your hard drive to our lab. We will let you know after examining the HDD.

    5. Hi,

      You have very nicely written this article; it helped me to examine my external hard drive condition and recover data from it. Thanks for sharing such useful information!!

      1. Hi,

        First of all, check whether your system detects your hard drive or not. Just go to disk management and check if the drive listed there. If you find your drive listed in disk management system, then download the data recovery software and recover your data.

    6. Hi, my friend accidently formatted her external hard drive and now she wants her data back which was stored on that hard drive. Does the above professional data recovery software will be able to recover data from the formatted hard drive.

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