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How to recover data from a formatted drive

If you have accidentally deleted all of the data from your hard drive and wish to recover this data, it isn't as hard as you might think.
Published: Aug 13, 2007
Author: Stellar Information Systems Ltd
Related OS: Windows
If you accidentally formatted your hard drive and all your data is gone, it is not a problem!! You can still recover your data with the help of our software.

I will guide you to recover all of your data using our Data Recovery Software from your formatted drive. Download the Stellar Phoenix Windows Data Recovery program from the below mentioned link:

http://www.stellarinfo.com/partition-recovery.htm

After you have downloaded and installed our program, the program window will look like this -

All your attached drives will be listed in the left side pane and important tool kits in the right side pane.

Now, in order to recover your data please proceed as mentioned below:

Data recovery is salvaging the data from damaged, failed, corrupted or inaccessible primary storage media. The storage media is susceptible to damage due to various reasons such as a simple voltage fluctuation or a virus attack. This is precisely where a tool like Stellar Phoenix comes handy to recover your lost data.

Stellar Phoenix Windows Data Recovery v3.0, an advanced recovery software is designed for safe and non-destructive data recovery from hard disk or any removable media. It has an intuitive and simple graphical user interface, which makes the software outstanding.

The software's fully automated wizard will walk you through the simple steps:

Evaluate - Phoenix identifies the device, locates all partition on the inaccessible drive and list them.

Analyze - It examines the remains of file structure (boot sector, FAT copies or MFT and root directory) and the data area of the inaccessible drive and works the best path out to recover your files and directories.

Recover - All recoverable files and folders are presented in a tree structure. You can select your data files and directories and move the data to a safe location.

To recover formatted data :

    *Double click on the Physical Disk (from which data is to be recovered) in the left panel of the program.
    *A new window will pop-up with three different options. Click on 'Search Logical Drive' option.

This will open the window for two search options as below -

You can select the required action mentioned in the window:

Standard Scan - Scan performed in most cases, which quickly and efficiently search the selected drive/image file for lost files.

Advance Scan - This method takes more time to scan but has greater chance to discover lost data. It scans each cluster of the logical drive and also scans the entire unused cluster for known file types. In case of formatted drive, previous file system can be selected for scanning.

After selecting the appropriate action, Stellar Phoenix Windows Data Recovery starts scanning for data and generates a directory tree on the left panel as shown below,

The program will start searching lost drives and each lost drive discovered will be added to the tree structure under physical disk as shown below.

Finally, double click on the newly discovered standard drive that will appear under physical disk section which will give three scanning options as below -

After the scanning process is completed, the complete directory tree structure will be shown as below with all the folders on left side pane and all the subfolders listed in right side pane.

After scanning of the drive, lost file(s) can be recovered. There are two recovery options:

(a) Recover all lost file(s)
(b) Recover selected file(s)

To Recover All Lost Files

Click Recover All icon on the Toolbar or Files -> Recover All, following window will popup.

Here, you have to specify - destination, file creation and recovery options and click OK.

To Recover Selected File(s)

    *Select the file(s) by clicking the checkbox next to them.
    *Click Recover Selected icon on the Toolbar or Files -> Recover Selected, following window pops up.

You can also enable Recover Selected option by right clicking the file or folder.

Here, you need to specify recovery destination option and file creation option. After choosing the options, click OK.

The recovered file(s) will be saved in the specified folder.

Note: Do not download software & save recovered file on the drive that contains lost data this may cause disk overwrite and permanent data loss!


About Stellar Information Systems Ltd

Stellar Information Systems Limited is an ISO 9001-2000 certified company specializing in data recovery and data protection services and solutions. The company was established in 1993 by a group of technocrat professionals and has since expanded to new offices and labs in Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Chandigarh, Chennai, Delhi, Gurgaon, Hyderabad, Kolkata, Mumbai, Noida, Pune and Vashi.. With over a decade of experience in this field, Stellar has established itself as a market leader with a proven track record. Stellar has over 1,00,000 satisfied customers across 137 countries.

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