Step One: Download a copy of iCare Data Recovery
Notice: install it on a non data lost partition. It is recommended you install it on an external drive or USB drive. Or you may install it on a non data lost PC and search the lost files from external hard disk drives to prevent data overwritten. (Install it on usb drive throught this PC, you may just use it on this PC.)
Step Two: Run it from desktop icon
Step One: Select “Format Recovery” which is on the very left right corner to recover lost files from formatted drive as an example.
Step Two: Select the partition which was formatted and then click “Recover” to search. And a box showing scanning devices will turn up.
Step Three: When scanning device finished, there would be a partition which is formatted, be free to click “Show Files” which would list your lost files from your formatted hard drive.
Step Four: After clicking “show files”, there will be a list of lost files, you can check whether it is your lost files by "File Preview" or the "Thumbnail" which is offered to preview lost images, office files so far. (as to files not previewed, once iCare Data Recovery locates it and list it in Deleted and Lost Files list, it proves that the file can be restored.) Here is a screenshot that presents files that are listed under the "Thumbnail".
Click "Save Files" to save found files.
Notice: It is highly recommended that you not to save the restored file to system partition. (usually desktop file and folders are stored on system partition) You may choose some other drive or even some external drive to save lost files.
Which recovery module shall I select?
"Partition Recovery": Recovering files when partition lost or deleted with following symptoms:
"Deleted Recovery": Recovering files with the following symptoms.
"Deep Scan Recovery": the most powerful recovery module that searches every byte
"Format Recovery": Recoveirng files related with format problems
For any unstated data loss rescue, we recommend you to use "Deep Scan Recovery" to search lost files.