I have mistakenly formatted a partition so how can I recover my data on it? Yesterday I formatted the partition D: while I was to formatted E:. I lost all data on the partition while formatting. So is it possible to restore the data? Seriously please help me.
Asked by Shree Kumar S in YAHOO. Answers
We all know that all our files in computers are saved in hard drives. And a typical hard drive is partitioned into at least two different sections. So you can run two operating systems (such as Windows XP and Windows 7) in your hard drive, although most hard drives are divided to create different file systems within the drive itself. Generally, hard drive partitions will be formatted using either the FAT or NTFS file system.
However, when partitioning a hard drive or restoring system, one of partition is formatted by mistakes, which means all your files will be wiped out! Well, if you haven’t forgotten to make backup for all your data, you are luck! But wait, I have no backup! What can I do? Is it possible to recover data from formatted partition? Don’t worry! The answer is— Yes! You can recover formatted partition by yourself! Here’s how to retrieve the lost data.
What’ll happen to my partition after I format it?
Formatting your partition does not make your data on it really erased. It only deletes the information about your files on the address table. And all your data are still there. They’re just invisible or inaccessible. This means that the files are considered to have been erased permanently on the partition can still be recovered. However, just take note that once you save new files in the formatted partition, theses files will be written over the files you want to recover.
There are ways to recover data from formatted partition.
Recovering data from formatted partition is easy to do with partition recovery software. There are numbers of partition recovery tool available like Tenorshare Data Recovery Professional. These partition recovery program can recover data after deeply scanning your hard drive to look for lost data from the formatted partition and locate data found on it. You can download it from http://www.any-data-recovery.com/product/datarecoveryprofessional.htm
Within a few clicks, you can recover formatted partition with partition recovery software.
Part I. Backup partition table
You had better get into the habit of keeping a backup copy of the FAT every time when you repartition a hard disk. Keeping a backup copy before recovering is also suggested.
Step1. Select “‘Partition Recovery”. Choose a hard disk and click “Backup Partition Table”.
Step2. Select a safe location to save the backup file.
Part II. Restore partition table
If you have kept a backup copy of the FAT, you only need to recover the backup file and then you can see target hard disk will appear in My Computer again.
Step1. Select “Partition Recovery”. Choose a hard disk and click “Restore Partition Table”.
Step2. Select the backup file you have made .Click “Open file” to start recovering.
Step3. Click “OK” to complete recovery.
Step4.Click “Restart” to restart your PC or Select “Restart Later” to continue your operation.
Part III. Recover partition table
If you didn’t keep a backup copy of partition table, you can use Tenorshare Data Recovery Standard to scan the entire disk to determine the partition layout on the hard disk and recreate the partition table.
Step1. Select “Partition Recovery”. Choose a hard disk and click “Recover Partition Table”.
Step2. The partition file will list in the taskbar automatically. Click “Recover”.
Step3. Click “OK” to identify recovery or “Cancel” to exit operation.
Step4. Click “Restart” to restart your PC or Select “Restart Later” to start other operation.
And you also can take your hard drive to a recovery office where supply data recovery service. But let’s hope not because it will cost you a lot of money (usually cost you $1000) and whether they can recover data is not guarantee.