Data Recovery from Formatted External Hard Drive on Mac OS

Formatting an external hard drive could prove to be a troublesome situation for most of the users who saved some valuable data on such a drive. By formatting, a user may lose all the precious data instantly from the external hard drive. Sometimes you have to format your external hard disk due to several reasons like virus attack, installation/reinstallation of the operating system, file system corruption, and so on.

Here are detailed reasons that are responsible for data loss from external hard drive-

  • Accidental Formatting: Formatting any hard drive is an easy way to erase all the data. By formatting any drive we can easily reset that drive and make that drive as fresh as a new one. But when you mistakenly format the HDD, all the files and folders get erased immediately
  • Improper Ejection: Corruption of the external storage occurs when the HD drive is forcibly removed from the Mac machine. If you eject the HDD drive whilst transferring files will lead to corruption of the disk file system. Any kind of damages to the external hard drive will lead to inaccessibility to the drive files
  • Virus Attack: Viruses, malware, and other malicious threats can give rise to disk errors that prompt you to format the disk to use it further

The finest way to unformat External HDD data on Mac OS

Recover Formatted is the award-winning software that safely retrieves files from formatted, reformatted, corrupted, and inaccessible HD drives. This tool works on a read-only mode on a Mac system that ensures no modifications to the original files. The program suits both HFS and HFS+ disk file systems. Wid the aid of this utility you can also recover data from formatted USB drive, system drive volumes, SSD, memory cards, iPods, memory sticks, etc. When the tool finishes the scan on the USB hard drive it displays on the recoverable files in a preview window.

You can install this app on any edition of Macintosh OS based machine (High Sierra, Sierra, El Capitan, Yosemite, Mavericks, Snow Leopard, Leopard, Mountain Lion, Lion, etc. Recover Formatted program is also available on a trial basis. Furthermore, there is a separate version of this tool built for the Windows system. that lets you recover files after formatting Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 10, etc.

Steps to Recover Data from Formatted Mac

Step 1: Install the Recover Formatted software on your Mac machine.

Step 2: Connect the formatted external hard disk for scanning.

Step 3: To continue with the file recovery, click on the Scan button.

Main Window

Fig A: Main Window

Step 4: The tool starts to unformat the hard disk data by applying a deep scan.

Scanning in Progress

Fig B: Scanning in Progress

Step 5: When the scan on the drive is complete, you can view the recovered data under Data View and File Type View panes.

List of Restored Files

Fig C: List of Restored Files

Step 6: You can preview any of the files in the list and mark them for saving.

Preview Recovered Data

Fig D: Preview Recovered Files

Step 7: The regained files can be saved to any desired storage drive location.

Saving Recovered Data

Fig E: Save the Recovered Data

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