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Unformat External HDD Windows 7

"I mistakenly formatted a 500GB Samsung external hard disk when I plugged it to my PC which runs Windows 7 Operating System. The external contains some important excel files, so I am wondering if I can unformat the external on Windows 7 and recover excel files."

"I accidentally formatted my external hard drive instead of the hard disk partition on Windows 7. I plugged the external hard drive to my PC because I want to move data from hard disk partition to it. After moving all data, I mistakenly formatted the external hard drive when I attempted to format the hard disk partition. Now, I lose everything on the external. Is there is way to recover the lost files off a formatted external hard drive on Windows 7?"

Data Recovery off Formatted External on Windows 7

When formatting an external hard drive, data is not erased permanently. Therefore, you can use read-only data recovery software to restore files lost due t formatting. The data recovery software is compatible with almost all Windows Operating System, so you can use it on Windows 7 to unformat external hard drive. This software can work on all brands of external hard drive to restore files such as pictures, videos, music, office files, emails, etc.
Pay Attention: You had better not write even a single file to the formatted external hard drive before getting back everything you need. Therefore, after formatting your external, the first thing you should do is to stop using the external.

Steps to Unformat External Hard Drive under Windows 7

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Step1. Plug the external hard drive to your Windows 7 PC properly. Download and install the data recovery software. Run the software and choose a recovery module.

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Step2.  Choose the external hard drive as aim disk so that the software can scan it for lost files. When the software is scanning, you just need to wait patiently.

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Step3. You are allowed to preview pictures and similar types of files after scanning. Then, you can select the files you need and recover them (Tip: please do not save the recovered files to the original external hard drive).

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Situations to Format External Hard Drive

Many people have the doubt if it is possible to recover data after formatting by mistake, but mistake formatting is not the only reason for external hard drive data loss. You may format your external hard drive in different situations, in which you can always rely on the data recovery software to restore lost files. Below are the possible but not all situations that you may format an external hard disk:

1. Formatting external hard drive by accident

When connecting an external hard drive to PC, Windows system will recognize it as a removable disk. You may accidentally format the external HDD on Windows when you attempt to format another partition. In this situation, you can use the data recovery software to perform formatted external hard drive data recovery. As long as you have not written any new data to the external, you have a good chance to restore almost all lost data.

2. Format external because Windows 7 says not formatted error

Have you received the message that you need to format disk drive before you can use it on your external hard drive? Probably, system can still recognize your external hard drive when you plug it in, but it does not allow you to access any file on the external. Instead, it asks you to format the disk drive before you can use it. When receiving the error message, it is highly recommended not to format the external. Instead, you should run the data recovery software to restore data off the unformatted external hard drive first of all.

Data Recovery after Quick Format or Complete Format

There are two options when you format an external hard drive on Windows 7. You can quick format an external, which only erases the data from the drive. You can also perform complete format on the external hard drive, which can erase data and check if the external contains bad sectors. No matter you perform a quick format or complete format on your external hard drive, you can employ the data recovery software to restore lost files after formatting. The read-only data recovery software enables you to restore all types of files after formatting external hard drive on Windows 7 due to mistake or other reason.

Supported Portable Hard Drive Brands

There are various brands of external hard drive online. The read-only data recovery software can be compatible with all brands of portable hard drive and enables you get back what you need. Some popular portable hard drive brands include: Seagate, Western Digital, Hitachi, Samsung, Toshiba, Transcend, Sony, Patriot, Maxtor and more. This software allows you to recover data off those brands of external hard drive with any capacity.

You may also mistakenly formatted SD card on your PC, in which situation you can also use the data recovery software to unformat SD card and get back lost files.

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