How can I recover my data from a hard drive which was reformatted and had Windnows 7 installed on it?

Ram October 2, 2014

I have formatted my hard disk while installing Windows 7 from CD. My data has been formatted. Please help me to recover my data. If there is any good recovery software, please tell me. My OS is windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit. I also have tried system restore from the Windows 7 disk. I have tried many softwares like mini partition tool, EaseUS recovery software, etc.

  1. Michal Smith
    October 9, 2014 at 12:11 am

    My Windows 7 operating system was not operating as usual. So, I considered reformatting the drive, but I forgot to maintain data backup. Later I had to use Remo Recover Windows tool to get back the data the software as usual turned out to be amazing.

  2. DalSan M
    October 6, 2014 at 6:29 am

    One thing to note is that if you are going to use a recovery software of any kind, recover the files to an external drive so that any recoverable information does not get over-written.

    October 3, 2014 at 8:59 pm

    Hello, I had some success in doing something similar to what you want with the following software:

    I used Partition recovery software and was able to recover most pictures and other data. Keep in mind that it is not free and also that it could take a long time. Also, there is no guarantee that it will recover what you want. Good luck.

  4. Jan F.
    October 2, 2014 at 6:07 pm

    I'm afraid I have some bad, some worse news and very small hope:

    If you did a simple format of the drive your data wasn't actually deleted. Only the filet table was removed and a new partition table was written.
    The bad news is that you installed Windows over it which means there is a high chance portions of your data was overwritten by the new installation. And overwritten data cannot be recovered.

    The worse news is that since Windows Vista formatting has changed within Windows. If you performed a full format during the installation (which should be the default behavior) the entire drive was overwritten.

    Your only (and very small) chance is an actual file recovery tool as you have already used with EaseUS recovery. Since that didn't find any files I don't think another tool will do.

    You can try a full sector by sector scan using TestDisk or Recuva but the fact that you already installed and probably used Windows on the disk means that your chances are very slim even without "zeroing".

  5. ha14
    October 2, 2014 at 5:53 pm

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