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How to Unformat A Hard Drive on Windows or Mac

1What should I do first after formatting a hard drive?

Formatted your hard drive by mistake, and didn't back up the crucial data stored on it? The good news is that you still have the chance to unformat the hard drive. Remember, the faster you unformat the hard drive, the more chance you'll have to recover your data. Also, after formatting the hard drive, you should keep the following things in your mind:

>> Don't partition the hard drive
>> Don't write any data into it
>> Don't install the Operating System or any program on it
>> Don't format it again
>> Don't try any untrusted unformat software to it

In other words, don't easily try to do any thing to the hard drive, and that's very important. When the hard drive is formatted, you can't find any data on it. That's true, but only to your eyes. Actually the data are not really immediately erased out of the drive. They still stays somewhere, in an invisible status. That's because the space taken by the formatted data is marked as available to reuse. When you write new data in, it will occupy the space for reuse. Then the formatted data is really and permanently cleared, and you can't get it back in any way. Thus, well protecting the formatted hard drive is extremely important, which can determine if you can unformat the hard drive or not.

2How to unformat a hard drive?

As long as you protect your formatted hard drive well, it's quite easily to unformat your hard drive and get the vital data back. In order to get professional and secure hard drive unformat software, you need to read the guide and identify the website carefully. Here we humbly recommend you Wondershare Data Recovery, or  Wondershare data recovery for mac if you are using Mac OS X. Both of them are 100% guaranteed safe, and very easy to operate, especially great for beginners.

You can try the free trial version below to scan your formatted hard drive and check the lost data before you pay for it. Don't download and install it on the hard drive where you lost your data, or the data will be overwritten. 

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Choose the right version, download and install it on your computer. Then launch it. Next, let's try the unformat hard drive program in Windows together.

Step1 Choose a recovery mode

When launch the program, there are two recovery modes for your choice, the Wizard and the Standard Mode. Both of them act the same.

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The Wizard: This recovery mode is quite friendly to beginners, for there is only two simple questions for users to check the answers. Then the program will do all the left.

The Standard Mode: It's good for experienced computer users. It provides different recovery options for users to choose from.

Step2 Select the file type for recovery

 Let's take the Wizard to proceed, and you are here to choose a file type that you are planning to recover from the hard drive. If you want to recover all files, you can select "All files".

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Step3 Select the file location for recovery

After confirm the file type, you need to specify the location for scan. If it's your computer's hard drive formatted, you need to seach your whole computer. If it's an external hard drive, you need to choose "External removable devices" to unformat your external hard drive. Of course, if only a partition is formatted, you can specify it by the "In a specified location." And then prepare to scan.

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Step4 Begin to scan

Before to scan, please check the box before "Enable Deep Scan", which will help to unformat the hard drive more safely. Then hit on the "Start".

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Step5 Preview and recover

The deep scan will take you a bit long time, and you can have a cup of coffee during the time. After the scan, all the recoverable data are found out and listed in categories. You can check them one by one and select those you need to recover.

What you should keep in mind is that: Do not save the recovered data on the same hard drive where you formatted them, for safety condiseration. if you find that some important files are missing, you can use the raw file recovery to scan again to find them.

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During the scanning, you can puase or stop it when you need to go out or do something else, and continue it later. When stopping the scanning, you can save the scanned result and import it next time to continue. But don't save it on the source hard drive to avoid data overwriting.

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