“I accidentally formatted my Windows hard disk partition. How do I recover that data?”
Well, this seems highly improbable but believe it or not, it is a pretty common blunder that people make. This usually happens while upgrading to a newer Windows version. While installing Windows, one can accidentally click on the “Custom” type installation (without reading the description, obviously). This option does not keep your files, settings, and programs.
Now, in Windows 10, it is even easier to reinstall Windows or to mess it up for some. Imagine a scenario, due to some reason you want to remove all installed desktop programs while preserving your files. But instead of clicking on “Refresh your PC” option you accidentally clicked on “Reset your PC,” thereby removing all files.
Apart from these reasons, there are several other factors which might prompt the user to format the partitions willingly. Technical issues and potential threats such as a virus attacks may compel you to format your drives. Most of the times, people panic in these types of situations. To retrieve the data, people often try to go for hit and trial methods and make ill-informed decisions. This can potentially worsen the situation, and you might lose your precious data permanently. Here are the few guidelines which you should follow once you encounter a situation like this:
Performing a quick search on Microsoft’s website tells us that there is no tool to recover these lost files after a format. However, they have given a few guidelines which might help the user to get past this issue. This, however, strengthens the belief that there is some data loss after the Windows 10 update, and many users are afraid of this. Some of the quick fixes are mentioned below, so do try these:
Things to try:
If you are still unable to recover your lost data, then it might be the time to try a professional third-party tool for data recovery. One recommended tool is “Kernel for Windows Data Recovery.” It can repair, recover, and restore Windows data from corrupt partitions after severe corruption. It can even recover your lost files from hard disks and external storage devices. It comes with three scanning options, Quick Scan, Deep Scan, and File Trace. The user can choose from the three options depending upon the level of corruption. This tool is user-friendly and easy to use. The recovery settings are configurable – for example, the user can predefine the number of sectors to be read in a single attempt or predefine the number of retries on bad sectors. The preview feature lets you preview the recovered files and folders before you can save them. Another impressive feature is the File Filters. The user can define any file type (such as .jpeg, .doc, etc.) and the tool will display all the files falling in the specified pattern.
Note: If you are looking for a specific file or extension, then select “Find File” option from the menu bar. Next, you can either choose to save the selected file or Start a new search.
We have looked at a few simple ways to recover your lost data in case of an accidental Windows formatting. In such a scenario if all of these aforementioned fixes fail to recover the data, then the user is advised not to experiment with the affected drive/partition as this can cause a permanent data loss. Hence it is recommended to use a professional data recovery tool – Kernel for Windows Data Recovery. We have gone through the features of this tool in detail, and it is found to be quite efficient when recovering lost data from hard drives/partitions.