How to Recover Data from Formatted Partition?

Formatted Disk Partition

Hard disk drive can be divided into several partitions for separating different data according to the requirements and needs. The hard disk is generally formatted before it is used for the first time. Formatting can be low-level formatting, in which the disk surface is formatted, and characteristics like sector numbers are installed and high-level formatting which is a process of writing the file system structures on the disk, which can be used for storing the data. You can format the partition by right-clicking on the particular partition and selecting the “Format” option. If you click on that, you will get the "Quick format" as an option and if you click "Start", it will format the partition. You can also perform format using "format" command, which is a Microsoft DOS command.

Other reasons for formatting the hard disk partitions-

  • You might format the partition when you want to change the file system on Windows (say, from FAT file system to NTFS file system), to install a new operating system or to erase all unwanted data from the partition
  • Even virus or malware attack leads to corruption of the partition table that in turn makes the drive data inaccessible. In this scenario, you will be forced to format the drive storage partition
  • At other times, you might accidentally format the wrong partition
  • Drive format could be necessary when your system is running slow
  • Formation of bad sectors, drive errors, partitioning errors, damages to the disk file system, etc.

Can I recover partition data after formatting the drive?

Formatting only erases the internal addresses of data by removing the references to the files but the actual data still resides on the same partition. Carrying out format operation on the HD partition is not a big matter unless you have backed up all valuable files from it. Though Windows operating system provides the Disk Management utility to format the partition, there is no such option available for you to unformat the partition data. Therefore, if you want to unerase formatted HDD then you have to use third-party utility software like Recover Formatted tool.

Restoring Partition data with Recover Formatted software

Recover Formatted is the best-suited utility to unerase formatted data from the HD partitions. This program works efficiently with all disk file systems- FAT16, FAT32, exFAT, NTFS, NTFS5, and exFAT (on Windows systems). The Macintosh version of the tool helps to unerase formatted Mac volumes formatted with HFS and HFS+ file systems.

This professional partition recovery software in-built algorithms that deep scans the formatted partitions and extracts all types of files from it. The tool supports the retrieval of more than 300+ file types. When the tool finishes scan on the formatted partitions, it returns the recovery results in a preview window (in Data View and File Type panes). Moreover, the retrieved files will be displayed on the basis of filename, size, modified date, and creation date. Here you can easily identify the vital files for restoration. This program also helps to unerase formatted USB flash drive and other removable storage drives.

Additional useful features

  • Recover Formatted tool is capable to recover formatted memory card from various brand manufactures
  • Use this amazing recovery app to restore that formatted thumb drive.
  • The software can also unerase formatted SD cards used in the digital camera, camcorders, smartphones, etc.


Simple steps to recover files from formatted partition

Step 1: Run the Recover Formatted software on your system.

Step 2: Select Recover Partitions option on the main screen.

Step 3: Browse the formatted partition for scanning. Click on the Scan button.

Main Window

Fig A: Main Window

Step 4: The progress of the scanning process will be displayed on a new window.

Scanning in Progress

Fig B: Scanning in Progress

Step 5: The recovery results will be displayed as shown in Figure C.

List of Restored Files

Fig C: List of Restored Files

Step 6: Preview the retrieved files with a right-click. Then mark the retrieved files for saving.

Preview Recovered Data

Fig D: Preview Recovered Files

Step 7: Mention the destination drive location to save the restored partition data.

Saving Recovered Data

Fig E: Save the Recovered Data

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