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How to Unformat Hard Drive to Retrieve Lost Files

2013-10-05 14:24:49 / Updated by Jerry Cook to Hard Disk
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I think everyone has had that destructing feeling when you realize you've just made a very big mistake. Inadvertently reformatting your hard drive is one of those things you could do to trigger that kind of a feeling: After you reformatted the hard drive of your computer, you suddenly realize that you didn't create backups. You may lose all your data on your computer due to the split-second mistake. There is still solution there. Read on to find out.

Formatting a computer hard drive is not as serious as some people would assume. Formatting a hard drive does not erase everything on the drive. It only removes the files from the computers'File Allocation Tables (FAT), and makes the space is available to use. Until the computer uses that space, the files are still intact and can be easily recovered. However, you need to utilize a third-party application to unformat hard drive to retrieve lost files. Unformat Hard Drive software is one of the best utilities to recover data from formatted hard drive. Within several minutes, you can retrieve your lost photos, videos, music, documents from your formatted hard drive. Unformat Hard Drive Mac is also available for Mac users.

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If you have lost important data due to a hard drive being formatted, or maybe just want to see how to unformat hard drive. Keep reading to learn how to unformat hard drive step by step as below:

Note: Before starting, you need to know: never write to the hard drive to avoid data loss. Because when you write to a hard drive, the system drivers randomly write data to the disk. The lost data may be overwritten. This means do not boot from the drive.

Part 1. How to Unformat Hard Drive in Windows 8, 7, XP or Vista?

Step 1: Select the Recovery Mode

Install and run this data recovery software. To recover formatted files on your Hard Drive, you need to choose "Raw Recovery", which supports the recovery of almost all lost files. Select the hard drive you formatted before and click "Scan".

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Step 2: Preview and Select Files

Raw Recovery mode will takes you several minutes to get the scanning results. After that, all the recoverable files are displayed by file type and format. You can effectively select the files you need to recover by previewing the photos and audios. Click "Recover".

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Step 3: Save the Files You Unformatted

Specify a location to save your recovered files. You are suggested to save them on an external hard drive instead of the hard drive you formatted before.

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Part 2: How to Unformat Hard Drive on Mac OS X?

If your want to unformat hard drive on Mac, you need to turn to Mac Unformat Hard Drive. Here are short steps.

Step 1: Select "Lost File Recovery" and the volume which you have formatted. Then select the file types your lost files belong to. And click "Scan".

Step 2: Select the files you need to recover after previewing.

Step 3: Specify a location to save the recovered files. Please don't save them on the same partition you need to unformat.

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