How to recover files from a formatted hard drive using Ontrack EasyRecovery

11 March 2014 by Mikey Anderson

Unfortunately unintentionally formatting a hard drive by mistake is a relatively common occurrence, but it definitely less common than deleting an individual file. The results of this particular scenario can vary due to the nature of what has been done and written back to the drive.

In order to recover data from a formatted drive using Ontrack EasyRecovery, you need to:

  1. Ensure that you have Ontrack EasyRecovery installed on another drive or computer to which the formatted drive can be connected.
  2. Select the formatted media type.
  3. Select the volume if it is available in step 2 - see below

Ontrack EasyRecovery step 2

  1. I recommend starting with explore volume, just in case it is able to find your files.  However, if the software doesn’t find them, the next step would be the formatted media recovery.  Typically with a formatted drive, a deleted file scan would not be of much help.

Ontrack EasyRecovery step 3

Again, if this doesn’t find your files the next step would be to undertake an in-lab data recovery.