Last updated on 27/02/2017
This article guides you to restore data from different hard drive / volumes on Windows Vista, XP, 7, 8 and 10 after formatting or reformatting by mistake.
There are 3 kinds of way to format a hard disk drive on computer running Windows operating system, namely:
1. Format in Windows Explorer by opening "My Computer" (Open "This PC" on Windows 8 / 8.1 / 10)
2. Open "Disk Management" to format a volume
3. Run diskpart to format disk partition
Windows OS is available in different editions from Windows XP to today’s Windows 10. For a formatted disk recovery on different Windows, the only solution is to use a format recovery tool. However, you have different choices when selecting software for hard disk recovery after format on any Windows:
1. Free format recovery software
2. Format recovery shareware
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C drive is a different partition on Windows PC because operating system is usually installed on this drive. C drive usually gets formatted due to system reinstalling. In this situation, it is better to use a reliable format recovery program even it needs to pay for C drive format recovery.
Here, we recommend two data recovery tools for recovering files from formatting C drive:
It is completely free, which is usually used to recover deleted files after emptying recycle bin, wiping or erasing hard disk.
It allows you to free download and search files from formatted C drive.
Both of the software recommended here supports NTFS, FAT32 and exFAT partition of all brands of hard drive including Seagate, WD, Samsung, Hitachi, Kingston, etc.
How to restore a formatted hard disk by using CMD? I saw this question in many places. However, when I tested it on my computer, I found that it is only able to open command prompt to format a hard disk partition, but it cannot recover files from formatted hard disk.
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