Free unformat software to recover data from formatted drive

Posted by Admin to Data Recovery on June 3rd, 2014

I was trying to reformat an external hard drive but I ended up formatting my secondary internal hard drive by mistake. Is there a way to unformat hard drive and recover data from formatted drive?

The simple answer for this question is "Yes".

Simply, formatting a partition, it only wipes its partition table, then the partition will be shown as empty and the files looks like has been gone. However, the data is still there, formatting just unlinks all the files in the file system and marks their entries as writable space so that new data can be written.

If you formatted a partition by mistake and want to get data back, the best way is keeping the formatted partition alone and don't write any new data to it. Then find a unformat freeware to recover data from formatted partition.

In Windows Vista/7/8/10, if you Full Format a partition, Windows would erase the data completely after full format so that the lost data cannot be recovered. Fortunately, the default format option is Quick Format.

Unformat freeware

M3 Data Recovery is a unformat freeware which can unformat hard drive and then recover data from formatted hard drive, USB flash drive, memory card, SD card, external hard drive, recover deleted files even if emptied from Recycle Bin, recover data from deleted or lost partition, recover data from RAW drive, etc.

Step-by-step tutorial to unformat hard drive and recover data from formatted drive

Step 1: Download and install M3 Data Recovery Free on your computer.

Step 2: Run M3 Data Recovery Free and choose "Data Recovery" module.

Unformat freeware - M3 Data Recovery Free

Step 3: Select the formatted drive which you want to unformat data from.

Recover data from formatted drive - M3 Data Recovery Free

Click Next to scan the lost data from formatted drive.

Step 4: Select the files you expect in the formatted drive and then click Recover to save them.

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