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:
- Ensure that you have Ontrack EasyRecovery installed on another drive or computer to which the formatted drive can be connected.
- Select the formatted media type.
- Select the volume if it is available in step 2 – see below
- 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.
Again, if this doesn’t find your files the next step would be to undertake an in-lab data recovery.
Mikey has been with Ontrack for 6 years and is the Partner Program Manager, based out of the Epsom, UK office. He is a regular contributor to the Ontrack blog, usually writing about how different types of data storage technologies work. Outside of work you’ll find him either with a guitar in his hands or learning about rocket science.