Recuva Format Drive/Card Recovery Solutions


Can recuva recover formatted drive? If you are looking for recovery from formatted drive with recuva, this page will show you how to use Recuva to recover files from formatted drive and solution when recuva failed to recover formatted drive.

Question: Does Recuva work on formatted drive?

Answer: YES, Recuva is able to recover formatted drive, formatted sd card, formatted hard drive without the wizard in the software. If you use the pop-up wizard in Recuva, it won't lead to a format recovery. You need to cancel the wizard guide in Recuva.

Steps to recover formatted drive files with Recuva

  1. Download, install Recuva and start Recuva.
  2. Cancel the Wizard if launches, and enter Advanced mode by clicking Cancel.
  3. Click Options.
  4. In the Options dialog box, click the Actions tab.
  5. Click Scan for non-deleted files, and then click OK.
  6. Run the Recuva scan as normal and it will help find formatted files in the end.

Problem: What if Recuva recovered formatted files are not opening, show gibberish symbols?

Solution: When Recuva did not help restore the formatted files, you may use the following free alternative iCare Data Recovery that can do more scan on the formatted drive to help restore the correct files.

download data recovery software

Step1. Download, and run the format data recovery software and choose 'Deep Scan Recovery' or 'RAW DRIVE RECOVERY' that both can help restore formatted files.

select recovery mode

Step2. Choose formatted drive and click NEXT to get a formatted drive scanning.

wait while scanning

Step3. You may open the left folder and check your formatted files, and then click Thumbnail to let it show your images, or you may directly select formatted files and then save them on another drive.

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Question: Recuva quick format

Answer: Recuva is able to recover quick formatted files under the two conditions:

  • There were no new file saved onto the quick formatted drive
  • You need to cancel the wizard once you start Recuva since it will lead to a quick undelete recovery other than format recovery

Question: Recuva formatted sd card

Answer: Recovering formatted sd card with Recuva needs three conditions:

Question: recuva formatted hard drive, will recuva work on formatted drive

Answer: Recuva is able to recover formatted hard drive, formatted external hard dirve, formatted usb flash drive etc. under the condition that you cancel the startup wizard that leads to a quick delete recovery, and then the software will start a deep scan recovery on formatted drive.

The Bottom Line

Do not save new files on the formatted drive or the new files would occupy the old files to get them permanently erased. If Recuva fails to restore your formatted drive, you may use format recovery tool such as iCare Recovery Pro which provides Deep Scan Recovery in the software for formatted drive recovery.

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