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How to Recover Lost Photos, Videos from Formatted Hard Drive

Mar. 02, 2015 01:06 pm / Updated by Jerry Cook to Data Recovery
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Formatting hard disk drive for both internal hard drive and external hard drive helps us solve a lot of problems. If your hard drive is virus attacked, format hard drive is the easiest way to help you out. Or if you want to use your Windows external hard drive on Mac, you could just format the hard drive and change file system to HFS.

Note: FAT, NTFS are Windows file systems.HFS is the file system for Mac OS X.

Before formatting your hard drive, do backup data in your hard drive. However, many people are in such a hurry and just forgot to backup hard drive before format and therefore lost all data on hard drive. In this case the best solution is to seek help from a data recovery tool that could recover formatted hard drive.

Solution for Restoring Formatted Hard Drive

Data Recovery Professional is a recommended tool. This program allows to recover data from formatted hard disk drive, USB Flash Drive, memory card, memory stick, SD card, CF card, MP3, MP4, etc. It supports four file systems (FAT12, FAT16, FAT32, and NTFS). Below is the tutorial to use this tool.

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Make sure you choose another hard drive to install this data recovery software, not the one formatted. Run Data Recovery Professional on your PC. Select the types of files you are to restore and choose your hard drive to scan lost files. Then click "Scan" to start scanning.

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After scanning, all files will be displayed by file types. You can preview photos, music, documents, etc. stored on our hard drive before you recover data from formatted hard disk drive.

recover files from formatted hard drive

Select files you want to recover, choose a path to save recovered files and click "Recover" button on the bottom of the interface. You could selectively recover data on your drive or disk. Recover files from formatted external hard drive requires the same steps.

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Using this tool you can recover photos from formatted hard drive on Windows, and you can also utilize Data Recovery for Mac to recover data from formatted hard drive on Mac OS X including Mac OS X 10.9, 10.8, 10.7, 10.6 and earlier versions.

Function of Different Format Types of Hard Drive

Hard drives come with 3 types of file systems: FAT32, NTFS and HFS+. To help you decide which file system you should choose for your PC or Mac we summarized the function of different types of HD in the table below.

FAT32
(File Allocation Table)
NTFS
(Windows NT File System)
HFS+ (Hierarchical File System, aka Mac OS Extended)
Natively read/write FAT32 on Windows and Mac OS X. Natively read/write NTFS on Windows. Read-only NTFS on Mac OS X. Native NTFS support can be enabled in Snow Leopard and above but has proven instable. Natively read/write HFS+ on Mac OS X. Required for Time Machine
Maximum file size: 4GB Maximum file size: 16 TB Maximum file size: 8EB
Maximum volume size: 2TB Maximum volume size: 256TB Maximum volume size: 8EB

After knowing functions of each file format, you might know how to choose the right file system for your PC or Mac. And don't ever be afraid of losing data after the format process. Data recovery from formatted external hard disk can be very easy as long as you have the right tool Data Recovery Professional for Windows or Data Recovery for Mac to help.

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