Formatted Drive Recovery Software

Requirements: Microsoft Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP, Windows 2003 and Windows 2008

Requirements: Mac OS X 10.5.X and above (including Leopard, Snow Leopard, Lion, Mountain Lion and Mavericks)


Hard drive formatting is generally done in 3 different steps i.e. low level formatting, creating partitions and high level formatting. Low level formatting is generally done at factory that creates physical structure on the hard disk. Partitioning the hard disk divides thehard disk into logical chunks that are called as partitions. High level formatting creates the logical structure i.e. file system on the different partitions of hard drive. File system logically manages the hard drive data. The Operating System uses file system to locate data on disk. Because, data is generally stored in sectors and those sectors and tracks are labeled and the location of all the data stored in sectors are stored in a log called as file system. The process of labeling each sector and track is itself known as logical formatting or high level formatting. Seagate hard drive file recovery software helps to retrieve Seagate hard disk files that are lost due to system crash, accidental formatting of the hard drive in just few minutes.

Windows hard disk can be formatted with FAT and NTFS file systems. FAT is a commonly used logical format by hard drive and other storage devices like flash USB drives, memory cards etc. Generally, when the hard drive is formatted with FAT file system, it creates 4 areas on the hard disk.

  1. Boot Sector: It contains boot program that executes when you start the system

  2. File Allocation Table: It records status of each and every sector and store location of each file stored on these sectors

  3. Root Folder: This is the master folder or directory that holds the all information about other folders on the hard disk

  4. Data Area: It is the main storage area where the program files and data are actually stored on the disk

If you are formatting the HDD then make sure that any data that is important to you has been already backed up. Because, formatting the HDD erases all stored data. The most common data loss scenarios due to formatting are explained below

Common data loss scenarios:

Accidental format of HDD: Generally, when installing second Operating System on the same hard drive, a particular partition needs to be formatted. During installation of Operating System, list of different partitions created on the HDD are displayed to format and install OS on it. If you have accidentally selected the partition to format that contains essential data then all the data stored on that specific partition gets deleted and new Operating System is installed on that partition resulting in loss of data

Operating System crash due to registry file corruption: Registry file is a central hierarchical database which stores information necessary to configure the system for multiple users, hardware devices, user settings, network settings and applications. When you change or alter the configuration settings of your system, it is automatically written to registry files. Protecting i.e. taking backup of registry file by creating restore point is very important because, this file includes locations that have applications and other services that start automatically when system starts. In most of the cases, malware is automatically installed and configured and it may execute when your system starts. Sometimes, these malwares and viruses would not allow to boot the system resulting in Operating System crash that in turn results in data loss. Generally, Operating System crash issue can be solved by formatting and re-installing the OS but this may results in loss of data

Data loss due to virus attack: When the system gets infected by viruses, antivirus program is used to remove such viruses from the system. Sometimes, antivirus programs fail to remove these viruses. In such cases, the only way to get rid of harmful viruses is to format the entire hard drive. But, formatting the hard drive results in deletion of data

The best solution to these problems is to take backup of significant data. You can get back SATA disk, SCSI and IDE hard drives by using HDD recovery tool in just couple of minutes. If you have accidentally formatted the hard drive then stop using it to retrieve lost data from formatted HDDs using hard drive recovery software. Hard drive recovery software is capable of recovering files that are lost from accidentally formatted or reformatted hard drives. You can recover photos from hard drive and also other files with the rigorous scanning mechanism of the software. This software can perform data recovery from Iomega external hard drive that has been corrupted due to virus attack and MBR corruption. The software retrieves various types of files from FAT16, FAT32, NTFS, NTFS 5 and ExFAT partitions. You can also restore Mac disk that has been accidentally formatted or reformatted using Mac version of HDD recovery software. You can also make use of this software to perform USB flash drive data recovery, which has been lost due to accidental format or reformat. Use this link to know more about USB flash drive data recovery http://www.recoverdrive.net/external-usb.html.

Requirements: Microsoft Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP, Windows 2003 and Windows 2008

Requirements: Mac OS X 10.5.X and above (including Leopard, Snow Leopard, Lion, Mountain Lion and Mavericks)

Steps to retrieve lost data from accidentally formatted hard drive

Step 1: Downloadhard disk recovery software and install it to restore data from hard drive

Step 2: Once the software is launched, main screen is displayed that contains 3 different options like Recover Files, Recover Photos and Recover Partitions/Drives. Select Recover Partitions/Drives option as shown in Figure 1

Recover Drive after Format - Main Screen

Figure 1: Main window

Step 3. Select Formatted/Reformatted Recovery option from the next screen to as shown in Figure 2

Formatted Drive Recovery - screen to restore formatted or reformatted drive

Figure 2: Restore lost data from formatted drive by clicking on Formatted/Reformatted Recovery Option

Requirements: Microsoft Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP, Windows 2003 and Windows 2008

Requirements: Mac OS X 10.5.X and above (including Leopard, Snow Leopard, Lion, Mountain Lion and Mavericks)

Step 4: Now, select the hard drive and click on Next button to retrieve lost data from thehard disk that you have formatted as shown in Figure 3

Recover data from formatted drive - Hard drive selection screen

Figure 3: Select the logical drive

Step 5: Recovered data can be viewed as shown in Figure 4

Restore formatted drive - Preview screen

Figure 4: View recovered data

Requirements: Microsoft Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP, Windows 2003 and Windows 2008

Requirements: Mac OS X 10.5.X and above (including Leopard, Snow Leopard, Lion, Mountain Lion and Mavericks)

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