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

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.

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

    05 April 2018 - 1:06 pm

    Dear Sir Madam

    I unsure which version of software to purchase. I accidently erased 2TB of AVCHD video, RAW Files and word data from my Seagate external HDD drive while using my external drive as a windows 10 repair USB disk. The Windows 10 repair programme only needed 8GB of space and I had 32GB of free space on my drive. What I did not realise is that my drive would be partitioned and files deleted. Microsoft gave no warning while I was going through the process of creating a windows 10 repair disk. There are two versions of your software 1. Ontrack® EasyRecovery™ Home for Windows & 2. Ontrack® EasyRecovery™ Professional for Windows. Which one is the best for recovering AVCHD video files from a formatted partitioned HDD EXERNAL DRIVE? I want to purchase now but don’t know what ne to go for. Any suggestions?