Mac External Hard Drive HFS+ Data Recovery after Format

"Can I recover Mac external hard drive data after format? I wrongly formatted my external hard drive that has HFS+ file system when I plugged it to my Mac computer to write some data. I bought this external hard drive several months ago when I bought my new iMac because I want to use this external to transfer and backup some data. Today, all data on this external HDD were deleted after formatting. What can I do to recover all files from a formatted external hard drive HFS+ file system for Mac?"

When you format an external HDD on Mac OS, system will erase everything on the external immediately without giving you any chance to restoring the lost data. Many people believe that all data has been erased permanently, so some of them will continue to write new data to the formatted external hard drive without knowing that every single file they write might decrease the chance of data recovery. Therefore, please stop adding any file to the formatted external hard drive if you still hope to get back lost data.

Mac External HDD HFS+ Disk Format Recovery

Do you want to perform data recovery from external hard drive HFS+ file system on Mac but many data recovery program are not compatible with Mac OS? You can use iCare Data Recovery to recover data no matter the files got lost from your external hard drive by human mistake or external HDD crash. This software works on Windows OS to restoring files like images, videos, music and more. It also supports HFS+ file system recovery after reformat, delete or when you format the partition since HFS+ file system converts to RAW format. If you are not clear how to get back lost files from Mac external HDD HFS+ disk, you can refer t the steps below:

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Step1. Download and install iCare Data Recovery on computer. Then, you can launch the software and select a proper scan mode.

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Step2. Choose the formatted external hard drive and then wait the software to scan it to search lost files.

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Step3. You can preview found files after scanning and then save the lost files to another place.

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By following the steps above, you only need to spend a short time to recover Mac external HDD HFS+ disk data after format. iCare Data Recovery supports HFS+ file system recovery when you format any brand of external hard drive on Mac such as Seagate, WD, LaCie, etc.

Format External HFS+ HDD on Mac

For whatever reason, you might format an external hard drive on Mac sometimes. Usually, after formatting HFS+ external hard drive, Mac OS can still recognize the disk normally but there is nothing on the disk. It seems like that all data has been erased permanently due to formatting, but the truth is that all data still remain intact on the disk. What you should do is to avoid writing new data and then use iCare Data Recovery to perform external HFS+ hard drive format recovery. iCare Data Recovery is a Windows-based data recovery program, so you need to plug the external HFS+ disk to a Windows PC for data recovery after format.

Data Recovery after Format HFS+ File System to FAT32

So far as I know, only Mac OS can recognize HFS+ file system. You might use an external hard drive which has HFS+ file system on Mac as backup drive, but when you plug the HFS+ hard drive to a Windows PC, you may realize that Windows OS does not support HFS+ file system. In order to get the external hard drive work normally on Windows PC, you may format the external HDD from HFS+ file system to FAT32 or NTFS. However, the problem is that you forget to backup data before formatting it. What should you do if important data got lost after formatting your external hard drive from HFS+ file system to FAT32 or NTFS? If you meet the similar problem, you can use iCare Data Recovery on Windows PC to get back lost data from the formatted external hard drive.

Portable HDD HFS+ Disk Recovery after Format due to Other Reasons

External hard drive is attacked by virus? Or portable hard drive says RAW file system requires formatting? When you face such kind of problem, you may doubt whether you should format the external HDD. Probably, you can make the portable hard drive work normally after formatting it, but you are unable to get back lost data on the portable HDD. If you want to recover data, iCare Data Recovery provides Deep Scan Recovery option with which you can deep scan the RAW portable HDD and search lost files. If you want to convert the portable hard drive from RAW to HFS+, you can format it on Mac OS after data recovery.

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