Recover Data from exFAT Drive

exFAT is a file system for flash drive, which can be recognized by Windows and Mac OS. Therefore, it is a good choice to format your flash drive into exFAT file system if you need to use it on both Windows and Mac computer. exFAT file system provides advanced and convenient solution for data storage and transferring, but you meet the same data loss problem on flash drive that has exFAT file system:

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Free Recover Files from exFAT Drive

iCare Data Recovery Free is a free data recovery tool, which allows you to recover any data from exFAT file system on Windows operating system. Therefore, you can connect your flash drive that has exFAT file system to a Windows computer to perform file recovery by following steps below:

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Step1. Free download and install the software on computer. Launch the software and select a proper scan mode.

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Step2. Choose the exFAT drive where data got lost and then wait the software to scan.

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Step3. Preview files after scanning and then save lost files to another place.

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What is exFAT File System?

Well, exFAT is short for Extended File Allocation Table File System. exFAT is a file system specially designed for flash drives by Microsoft. exFAT file system is compatible with Mac operating system and Windows operating system, so people consider exFAT flash drive as a good storage for data transferring between Mac computer and Windows PC when there is no network.
exFAT drive has following advantages compared to FAT file system or NTFS file system:

  • exFAT drive provides a feasible solution for data storage when FAT file system has limitation
  • exFAT drive is recognized by Mac computer and Windows PC, so you do not need to convert the exFAT file system to another file system when you need to use it on both Windows and Mac computer

Data Recovery after Formatting exFAT to HFS+ on Mac

HFS+ is a default file system for Mac computer. Sometimes, you may format an exFAT drive to HFS+ file system without backup any data. If you want to convert exFAT to HTFS+ file system for Mac OS, you can either format the disk drive on Mac or rely on third-party converter to convert the exFAT to HFS+ file system. You had better make a copy for all important files stored on the exFAT flash drive before converting it to HFS+ file system.

exFAT Drive Is Corrupted on PC

Usually, an exFAT flash drive is accessible whether you connect it to Windows or Mac computer. If the flash drive is corrupted, you probably fail to access any data on this drive. Even worse, the exFAT file system converts to RAW format. In this situation, you should avoid format the flash drive from RAW to exFAT or any other file system if you do not want to lose any data.

How to Convert exFAT to NTFS or FAT32?

1. You can connect the flash drive to Windows computer and then open Disk Management. Then, you can right click the exFAT flash drive and select Format option to format it from exFAT to NTFS or FAT32 file system.

2. You can also use some professional tool to convert exFAT to NTFS or FAT32 without losing any data.

Pay attention: Although many converters claim that they are able to convert among different file systems without losing any data, you had better backup important data in case of unexpected data loss.

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