I accidentally formatted my external WD Elements hard drive. Now all files in it are gone. Is there any software to unformat it, or any way to just recover the photos in it? Those photos are quite important for me.
As one of the most widely-used storage devices, external hard drive is a wonderful handy tool and brings us a lot of convenience. But sometimes, we may format an external hard drive to delete data inside without realizing they will be useful in the future, format an external hard drive after clicking format by mistake, or format one external hard drive when we actually want to format another.
Whatever the reason for us to do the format operation, we will lose all data on the external hard drive. At that time, if there are still useful data among those lost files, we need to unformat the external hard drive. Just contrary to format, unformat means to restore a formatted drive to its original condition. This passage will offer 2 tips for unformatting external hard drive, and a simple method to unformat external hard drive with unformat freeware - iBoysoft Data Recovery.
Tips for unformatting external hard drive
Firstly, under Windows, format is divided into Quick Format and Full Format. After Full Format on Windows XP and Quick Format on Windows 10/8/7/Vista/XP, the Operating System only rewrites the file allocation table and marks the original files as deleted but actually they are still at the drive. Under that condition, lost files are recoverable. While after Full Format on Windows 10/8/7/Vista, the original files will be zero out and become unrecoverable. Fortunately, the default option is Quick Format.
Secondly, although the lost files are recoverable after format, they can easily been overwritten by new data. Any further operation we performed on the formatted external hard drive (reformatting it, saving new files on it, etc.) will write new data to the drive. It's impossible to get lost files back once they have been overwritten. So we should take actions to recover data from formatted external hard drive as soon as possible.
Simple steps to unformat external hard drive with unformat freeware
All we need is a reliable unformat freeware - iBoysoft Data Recovery, which can help us to unformat external hard drive, unformat hard drive, unformat USB flash drive, unformat memory card and recover data from formatted external hard drive, formatted hard drive, formatted USB flash drive, formatted memory card, recover files deleted or lost from external hard drive, recover data from deleted or lost partition, etc. on Windows 10/8/7/Vista/XP and Windows Server 2016/2012/2008/2003.
Tutorial to recover data from formatted external hard drive with iBoysoft Data Recovery
Step 1: Download and install iBoysoft Data Recovery on the PC.
Step 2: Connect the formatted external hard drive to the PC and launch iBoysoft Data Recovery.
Step 3: Select the formatted external hard drive and then click "Next" to start scanning.
Step 4: Preview the listed scanning results, choose lost files and click "Recover" to get them back.
Step 5: Have a check to ensure all lost files have been successfully recovered.
Aside from recovering data from formatted external hard drive, iBoysoft Data Recovery can also recover data from RAW external hard drive, inaccessible external hard drive, corrupted external hard drive, unrecognized external hard drive, etc.
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