How to Recover Your Data from a Reformatted Hard Drive

If you encounter some errors when trying to access your data, your computer may suggest you to reformat the drive. The reformat process will cause data loss. This article will tell you how to recover the data from a reformatted hard drive.

Have you ever experienced such a case that you reformat a hard drive and lastly realize that your data has gone after reformatting. Then you will feel quite frustrated and regretful. In order to prevent this kind of sinking feeling due to data loss, you should make a data backup before the reformat process. Thereby, you will be able to get back the lost data with utmost ease, like PST data recovery from backed up Outlook PST files.

Recover Data from a Reformatted Hard Drive

When You Need to Reformat a Hard Drive

Although the reformatting will cause data loss, it indeed can solve many hard drive problems. Therefore, it isn’t completely useless. Here are the most common cases where you will need to reformat the drive.

  1. When you want to create a new file system, the only way is to format the drive. It can remove the existing file system. Apparently, data loss will occur in this course.
  2. If you make something faulty when dividing your drive into several partitions, you will definitely come across errors. In this scenario, only reformatting the drive can solve this kind of errors. But this process will cause partition loss.
  3. When your drive gets damaged physically, such as spindle and circuit board failures, sometimes you may need to reformat it.
  4. In addition, when you cannot access your data on the hard drive, you will be suggested to format the hard drive. But at times, the issue may persist after formatting, so you need to reformat.

Recover Your Data from a Reformatted Hard Drive

Now that sometimes it is necessary to reformat a hard drive, you’d better prepare for subsequent data loss and future data recovery. Many think that the data after reformatting is unrecoverable. It is an old data recovery myth. The data is still recoverable as long as you follow the correct steps.

  1. First of all, when you realize the data loss, you should stop any operations. It can prevent new data from being written to the drive. It is an unquestionable truth that overwriting data is totally unrecoverable.
  2. Then it’s advisable to make an image for the source drive, namely storing a copy of the drive data to another hard drive. Also, you need to ensure there are not any changes on the data during this process.
  3. Subsequently, you need to identify whether the reformatted disk is a system disk that contains the files supporting the operating system or a data disk that carries your personal data and programs.
  4. After that, you can recur to relevant recovery products. There is lots of such software in today’s market. Hence, depending on which kind of disk, system disk or data disk, you can pick out one. Moreover, you ought to keep cautious to avoid those from unknown sources.
  5. Finally after using an experienced and reputable recovery tool, perhaps you can see some new files. You need to verify if your data has been recovered properly. If not, you can resort to data recovery service, delivering the image file to them for a second data recovery.

Author Introduction:

Shirley Zhang is a data recovery expert in DataNumen, Inc., which is the world leader in data recovery technologies, including repair corrupted SQL mdf file and outlook repair software products. For more information visit

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