"Strangely, my drive said it needed formatting! I had no choice but to format it and wiped all data on it. Is there any chance for me to recover files from formatted hard drive?"
Sure you CAN! In fact, those wiped files are not immediately gone forever and on the contrary, they still exist on the formatted hard drive although the space they occupied is marked as reusable. But note that they'll disappear completely once there's new data written in. Therefore, to ensure 100% success of formatted hard drive recovery, you must find trustworthy HDD recovery software to retrieve data from formatted hard drive.
As far as I'm concerned, Hard Drive Data Recovery is the best software to recover data from formatted hard drive. It enables you to recover pst files, zip files, photos, videos, audios and other 550+ types of files from both local hard disk and removable media, like Toshiba hard drive, USB drive, CF card, floppy drive, flash drive, etc.
Powerful as HDD recovery software is, it's also simple to use. In the following I'm to show you how to perform hard drive data recovery after formatting within 3 steps.
First of all, download the software to PC and launch it after installation.
Select file types that you want to retrieve from formatted hard drive and click "Next" to choose the hard drive after formatting.
Click "Scan" to start recovering formatted hard drive. After scanning, it will list all wiped photos, videos, music, documents, etc. from the formatted hard drive by category. Then select your desired files and click "Recover" to proceed.
In addition, HDD recovery software not only recovers files after formatting a hard drive but also allows you to retrieve lost files due to accidental deletion, corrupted and damaged hard disk. Most importantly, you can recover 500MB hard drive data totally for free! Come and give HDD recovery software a free trial!