How to recover data from formatted drive?

How to get data back if you accidentally formatted a hard drive? This article provides the best solution to recover data from formatted hard drive with unformat software - M3 Data Recovery Free.

Recover data from formatted hard drive

Step 1: Install, launch M3 Data Recovery and choose "Format Recovery" module.

Choose Format Recovery module

Step 2: M3 Data Recovery will display a list of volumes found in your hard drive. If the volume does not have a drive letter, its drive letter will be shown by "*". You should choose the volume that was formatted and click "Next>" button to start searching on this volume.

Choose partition to recover formatted data

Step 3: M3 Data Recovery will analyze every sector on the selected volume and then find the lost files.

Scan the formatted drive to find the lost files

Step 4: Select the files or directory that you want to recover and click the "Recover" button to save the data.

Recover data from formatted hard drive

Besides data recovery from formatted hard drive, M3 Data Recovery Free can also recover data lost due to partition loss, deletion, virus infection, software crash, unexpected computer shutdown and other unknown reasons.

About a formatted drive

As we know, formatting a hard drive is a process of preparing a hard disk or other storage medium for use, including setting up an empty file system and other meta data. When a hard drive is formatted, the Operating System erases all bookkeeping information on the disk, tests the disk to make sure all sectors are reliable, marks bad sectors (that is, those that are scratched), and setting up the file system meta infomation such as $MFT infomation of NTFS file system, etc. Every Hard Disk should be formatted before using. And formatting a disk involves two quite different processes known as low-level formatting and high-level formatting.

Format a drive on high-level: only write the file system structures and volume meta data(such as volume data block record) on the disk for storing programs and data.

Format a drive on low-level : it will format the hard drive surfaces and installing characteristics like sector numbers that are visible to, and used by, the disk controller hardware.

It is not necessary to format hard drive through low-level format because it will physically damage the disk and cut short the life of the hard disk. A high-level format will be sufficient for most purposes by wiping out the control structures and writing new ones. The old information is lost and the disk appears as a new one after a high-level formatting.