Mistakenly Format Seagate HFS+ External Hard Drive

"How do I recover data after mistakenly formatting Seagate HFS+ external hard drive? I formatted my Seagate external hard drive after plugging it to my iMac. This is the first time that I use Apple computer, so I am not familiar with Mac OS. I tried to plug this Seagate external hard drive to my Windows PC, and it seems that there is no problem with the external hard drive except that all data was lost. Can anybody tell me the solution for mistakenly formatted Seagate HFS+ external hard drive data recovery?"

For the person who has never used any Apple products, it is common that you may feel fresh when using Mac. Although Mac OS is different from Windows OS, there is some common point. For instance, data will be deleted immediately when you format any device on your computer whether it is Windows PC or Mac. If you format your Seagate HFS+ external hard drive for Mac by mistake, you should remember to stop using the external HDD, especially please remember to stop writing new data to the external.

Data Recovery from Formatted Seagate HFS+ External HDD

Before writing new data to the formatted HFS+ external hard drive, it is quite possible to recover all lost files by making using of a data recovery tool like iCare Data Recovery. This software is able to search every file on your Seagate external hard drive when you format it by mistake. It is a data recovery program that is compatible with Windows OS like Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8, 10, etc, so you need to plug the formatted Seagate external hard drive to a Windows PC to perform data recovery by using iCare Data Recovery. You can follow the steps below to recover data after formatting Seagate external hard drive for Mac:

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Step1. Download and install iCare Data Recovery on computer. Run the software and choose a proper scan mode.

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Step2. Select the formatted Seagate HFS+ external HDD as aim disk and then wait the software to scan it for lost files.

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Step3. You can preview and recover the files you need.

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Format Seagate HFS+ Portable Hard Drive by Mistake

One possible situation is that you may format Seagate external hard drive which has HFS+ file system by mistake when plugging it to Mac OS. When you formatted an external device on Mac OS, the system will erase the disk immediately and marks the disk space as empty for new data storage. In this situation, as long as there is no new data being written to the formatted device, you can rely on iCare Data Recovery to restore all lost files from this formatted Seagate external hard drive HFS+ disk. Usually, iCare Data Recovery supports all types of external hard drive recovery when you format it by accident.

Format Seagate Portable HFS+ Disk due to Virus Infection

It is quite terrible when a portable hard drive is infected with virus because it may corrupt the files stored on the disk. If your Seagate HFS+ external hard drive is attacked by virus due to this or that kind of reason, you can run anti-virus software to check and erase virus. And you can even format the external hard drive. However, before running antivirus software or format the Seagate external HDD, you had better perform data recovery first of all. If you run antivirus software before data recovery, the software might detect some files stored on the portable HDD as virus and delete them permanently. Therefore, it is highly recommended to use iCare Data Recovery to recover lost files if your Seagate HFS+ portable HDD is infected with virus and becomes not accessible.

Format Seagate External HDD since HFS+ Changes to RAW Format Error

RAW format error has never stopped disturbing computer users no matter they use Windows OS or Mac OS. Once a storage media turns to RAW file system, it becomes impossible to open the media unless you can format it. When a Seagate external hard drive converts to RAW file system from HFS+, you are unable to open the disk or read any data whether you connect it to a Windows PC or Mac computer. In order to open the Seagate external hard drive which converts its file system from HFS+ to RAW, will you format the disk to repair the error? If you do not format the Seagate portable from RAW to HFS+, you can make use of iCare Data Recovery to recover almost all lost data. If you mistakenly format the Seagate external HDD from RAW to HFS+ or other file system like FAT or NTFS, you can also use iCare Data Recovery to recover lost files, but you should make sure that the previous inaccessible data is not overwritten by new added data. In order to avoid overwriting the previous data, the most important point is not to write new files to the Seagate external hard drive after formatting.

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