Recover Documents from an Erased Partition

In today’s life, portable hard disk benefits us a lot. We store our important documents, images, music, and various other files in a convenient way. A USB drive is highly preferred by the users because of its ample portability. In spite of the awesome features that a USB HDD offers, you may run into certain serious troubles that lead to the loss/deletion of the valuable data on the external removable hard drive.

The external HDD files get erased mainly due to the following reasons-

  • #1. Drive Format- Users end up losing complete data from the external drive due to mistaken deletion. While in an attempt to format a connected drive, users accidentally choose the external HD drive for formatting. Further, users also mistakenly delete the hard disk files
  • #2. HDD corruption- Damages occurred to the external drive storage makes the drive data inaccessible by throwing format errors. Corruption on the disk will give rise to errors that prompt the users to format the drive in order to use it further
  • #3. Virus attacks- Influence of the dreadful viruses and malware can also lead to the corruption of the external hard disk
  • #4. Improper ejection- Forceful ejection of the external HDD from the system will also lead to issues and errors in accessing the HD files
  • #5. Other reasons- Even unreliable third-party apps. disk failure, bad sectors, header corruption, file system errors, improper file system conversions, shift-delete operations, etc. make the external HDD files deleted

Can erased data from portable drive be restored?

Whenever you erase the external HDD data, it doesn't get permanently deleted from the storage space. The reference to the data stored on the disk will be deleted while the files reside in the same drive location. The space on the drive will be marked as free to save new files. So, if you start adding/saving new files to the drive, the recoverable files will be overwritten. Therefore, until the files are not overwritten by new data, it is definitely possible to recover erased external hard drive files.

Restoring erased portable HDD documents using the Recover Formatted software

Recover Formatted is the best solution to retrieve documents erased from the hard disk drive with ease. This expert-recommended application is designed with an advanced scanning algorithm to recover documents (like spreadsheets, Word files, presentations, etc.) after erasing portable hard drives without failure. It regains the drive files without affecting the original file structure or the contents.

Besides document restoration, you can also utilize this software to recover images, music, videos and other media of files in simple clicks. The tool is best suited to work with all brands of external HDD- WD, Iomega, Hitachi, Seagate, LaCie, Samsung, etc. This utility will be also appropriate to restore erased data from system drives, memory card, memory stick, SSD, iPod, USB drives, etc. If you need more help with restoring USB drives, visit this link:

The Recover Formatted software is available in a demo version which also enables you to preview the regained files from the storage drives. You can install this program on any edition of Windows and Macintosh machines. To recover data files from erased Mac volume, use this link:


How to Recover Documents after Erasing the Portable Hard Drive?

Step 1: Run the Recover Formatted software on the computer.

Step 2: Attach the portable HDD to the system and choose the Recover Partitions option.

Step 3: Browse the external HDD from where the files got erased and hit on the Scan button.

Main Window

Fig A: Main Window

Step 4: The tool proceeds to scan the selected external hard drive.

Scanning in Progress

Fig B: Scanning in Progress

Step 5: The recoverable files appear on a new window, at the end of the scanning process.

Step 6: Preview the retrieved file contents in Data View or File Type View. Then mark the documents that you want to save

List of Restored Files

Fig C: List of Restored Files


Step 7: Now save the recovered HDD data to a secure storage drive location. Click on the Save button.

Saving Recovered Data

Fig D: Save the Recovered Data

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