Did a quick format on the wrong 2TB external hard drive and now I have lost all my documents and movies. Is there a way to undo quick format and get all data back?
The answer is YES.
Don't touch the drive after quick format
The first thing you must do is stop using the formatted drive immediately and don't write any new data to the formatted drive where you are planning on recovering data from it, otherwise, you will overwrite the lost data so that the lost data cannot be recovered properly.
Generally speaking, a quick format doesn't really format the entire drive, your files are not permanently gone from your drive after a quick format, so there is still a chance to undo quick format and get data back as long as you have not overwritten the original data.
To undo quick format and get data back, you need a professional undo quick format freeware to help you get all data back. There are many data recovery software utilities in the market, but M3 Data Recovery is the best undo quick format freeware.
Undo quick format freeware
M3 Data Recovery is a professional undo quick format freeware which can get data back after quick format on hard drive, external hard drive, USB drive, flash drive, CF card, memory card, memory stick, USB stick, SD card, pen drive, etc. in Windows XP/Vista/7/8/10 and Windows Server 2012/2008/2003.
Tutorial to undo quick format and get data back with M3 Data Recovery
Step 1: Download and install M3 Data Recovery on your computer.
Step 2: Run M3 Data Recovery and choose "Data Recovery" module.
Step 3: Select the quickly formatted partition and click Next to scan the data from formatted partition.
Step 4: The lost data will be found in several minutes, select the files you expect and click Recover to save them.
Important thing: Please don't save the recovered files to the quickly formatted partition where you are recovering data from it, otherwise, the lost data will be overwritten so that they cannot be recovered properly.
Besides to undo quick format and get data back, M3 Data Recovery can also recover data from RAW partition, recover data from inaccessible partition, recover deleted files even if emptied from Recycle Bin, recover deleted or lost partition, recover data from failed/corrupted/inaccessible Bitlocker encrypted partition etc.
What happens during a quick format?
When you quick format a partition, the operating system would reset the FAT or MFT on the partition so that the FAT or MFT is now blank. It also marks all sectors as available so that new data can be wrote.
Does quick format permanently erase my files?
The quick format operation is often used as a way of deleting the entire contents of the partition. However, there is a big difference between deleting and erasing. A quick format only resets the FAT or MFT, it does not erase the contents of the partition. The files are still on the partition so that they can be recovered by data recovery software.