How to Recover Data from Formatted NTFS Partition?

Lost data after Formatting NTFS Partition

Initially, partitions on the hard disk drive are formatted with a file system to manage the data as well as to carry out read/write operations on the partitions. Earlier FAT was used to be the default file system on Windows OS. But since after the release of NTFS (New Technology File System), all major Windows versions are using it. In the meanwhile, while accessing NTFS hard drive you might come across situations where you mistakenly format it.

How to Recover NTFS Partition after Formatting?

Well, upon formatting the NTFS partition, the files are not immediately removed They reside in the same storage space unless it is overwritten by some new files. Therefore, still, you can get back data from NTFS drive by utilizing a robust drive recovery application- Recover Formatted.

Recover Formatted software- the best NTFS partition recovery software

This eminent formatted data recovery tool has an interactive user interface using which the user can perform data recovery from NTFS partition on Windows OS without having any technical knowledge. With the help of this formatted data recovery tool, you can get back documents like Word files, PowerPoint presentations, excel sheets, emails, ZIP archives, PDF files, project files, photos, videos, songs, and a lot more.

Common causes for formatting NTFS partition on Windows system are-

  • Inadvertent Formatting of NTFS partition: Wrongly selecting the NTFS partition instead of other drive partition leads to data loss. Let us say, when you want to format D:/ drive on the hard disk, you may accidentally select and format E:/ drive. Entire files or folders stored on E:/ will be lost in this case
  • Reinstallation of Windows OS: Sometimes, NTFS partition on the hard drive is unintentionally formatted during the re-installation of the OS or installation of the dual operating system on the same hard drive. You may select the drive containing important data for formatting rather than the required partition to install OS and lose data.
  • Errors during the re-partitioning hard drive: You repartition the hard drive to resize its partitions to create a new partition, delete, expand or reduce the existing partition size. But any errors encountered during the repartitioning process could format the existing NTFS partition
  • Corruption of NTFS partition: Most of the time, NTFS partition gets corrupted due to dreadful virus or malware attacks, bad sectors on the hard drive, reformatting errors, partitioning errors, hard drive crash, etc. After the corruption, NTFS partition and its data remain inaccessible. In such a case, you need to format NTFS partition to overcome data inaccessibility and to prepare it for storing new data.

Formatted NTFS partitions are not permanently deleted

Formatting operation makes the files invisible at the system interface, but will not be permanently wiped off the hard drive. It is because formatting only deals with the deletion of file entries in the partition table. Only the reference of the data on the disk will be removed but the data remains untouched until it's overwritten by new files. Therefore, to successfully retrieve data from NTFS drives, you need to avoid using the NTFS drive for saving or adding new files. Once the drive is overwritten, it is never possible to retrieve the file data back.

Outstanding features of the Recover Formatted software

  • Well-suited to work with NTFS, NTFS5, FAT16, FAT32, and exFAT file systems
  • Extracts NTFS drive data without affecting the original file contents
  • It also serves useful in fetching data from drives after reformatting, corruption, deletion, and other data loss instances
  • Facilitates you to restore formatted MicroSD card, MiniSD card, SD card, XD card, CF card, MMC card, SDHC card with the utmost ease
  • Offers a simple and secure mechanism to regain drive data
  • It also provides an option to preview the restore file items for a preview
  • It can be installed on any edition of Windows laptops or desktops.
  • The tool is also compatible with external HDD, SSD, USB flash drive, memory cards, etc.
  • You can use this powerful tool to restore data from NAS drive formatted due to accidental formatting, improper usage of NAS drive, etc.

Simple steps to recover data from formatted NTFS partition:

Step 1: Start the Recover Formatted program on your system. Choose Recover Partitions option given on the main screen.

Step 2: Now browse the NTFS partition for scanning.

Step 3: Hit on the Scan button to initiate the scan process.

Main Window

Fig A: Main Window

Step 4: The program deep scans NTFS partitions.

Scanning in Progress

Fig B: Scanning in Progress

Step 5: Data retrieved from the NTFS drive will be displayed in Data View and File Type View panes.

List of Restored Files

Fig C: List of Restored Files

Step 6: Preview the regained data with a right-click.

Preview Recovered Data

Fig D: Preview Recovered Files

Step 7: Mention the drive location for saving the retrieved NTFS data and hit on the Save button.

Saving Recovered Data

Fig E: Save the Recovered Data

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