Undelete Files from Formatted Drive

Requirements: Mac OS X 10.5.x and above (including Leopard, Snow Leopard, Lion, Mountain Lion & Mavericks)

Hard drive is the main storage of a system from where it can process data and perform read-write operations on it. All our files and folders are saved into the hard drive. Losing data from your hard drive due to accidental formatting is a common issue. Inadvertent formatting of hard drive results in huge data loss. Many a times people accidentally or unknowingly format their hard drive and lose their important documents, photos, audio and video files etc that are stored in it. Complete formatting erases the entire hard disk's data and scans the drive for bad sectors but quick formatting just deletes the root directory along with a couple of other things. Accidental formatting of hard drive results in painful loss of files and folders.  So, it is always important to take a backup of all important files and folders to avoid such miserable situations.

Various formatting data loss scenarios:

  • Accidental formatting: When you accidentally format your hard drive, while formatting some external hard drive then, everything present on your hard drive is erased from it. In such situation stop using your hard drive immediately.
  • Reformatting: Sometimes you may need to change one file system to other file system. For example during the file system conversion from HFS+ to HFSX file system if an errors occurs it can result in corruption of the partition.
  • Improper backup of data before formatting: If the backup of data from hard drive becomes corrupted or inaccessible due to storage on corrupted media or any other reason then also you lose data after formatting. So it is always compulsory to check if the backup is proper before formatting a drive.

If you have also lost your files and want to undelete files from formatted drive there is no need to worry because in all the data loss situations discussed above the files are still present in the memory. Those files are residing as raw data which cannot be accessed manually but they can be recovered easily with the help of a recovery tool provided it is not overwritten i.e. if you have accidentally formatted your storage drive or you have lost files while re-formatting then immediately stop using that drive. Because when you use your hard drive the lost data may get overwritten. An overwritten data is permanently lost from the hard drive and cannot be recovered with any recovery tool.This is one of the most useful tool which can also be used to recover deleted files from HFS+ and HFSX partition on Mac in just a couple of seconds. Have a look over the given address to know more about HFS+ deleted file recovery: http://www.macundelete.com/hfs-deleted-file-recovery.html

Requirements: Mac OS X 10.5.x and above (including Leopard, Snow Leopard, Lion, Mountain Lion & Mavericks)

In order to retrieve deleted files from formatted drives, you need a powerful and efficient recovery tool. Mac file recovery software is the best utility to retrieve deleted files from formatted drives. It has an in-built scanning algorithm to recover files deleted from formatted hard drives and other storage devices. The scanning algorithms thoroughly scan the drive sector by sector to trace and retrieve deleted files from Mac hard drive within a couple of minutes. The software can easily recover files deleted, or lost from any storage media with the help advance built-in algorithms. It has a useful feature that helps you to find files from restored data list within few seconds using “Find-Tool”. It can also restore MOV files from MacBook Pro hard drive that is HFS+ or HFSX formatted. The software can also undelete Mac files from FireWire Drives easily. With the help of this amazing recovery app, you can recover deleted files from various versions of Mac OS including Mountain Lion, Lion, Snow Leopard, Leopard, Mavericks, etc. To recover deleted files from Mountain Lion, simply click over here: www.macundelete.com/recover-deleted-files-mountain-lion.html

Steps to recover files from formatted drive:

Step 1: Download and install the trial version of the software. Start the program by double clicking the desktop shortcut. The main window is displayed as shown in Figure a. Select “Recover Volumes / Drives” option from the main window to undelete files from formatted drive.

Mac undelete from External Hard drive - Main Screen

Figure a : Main Screen

Requirements: Mac OS X 10.5.x and above (including Leopard, Snow Leopard, Lion, Mountain Lion & Mavericks)

Step 2: When you select “Recover Volumes / Drives” option, a new window is shown. The new window gives you an option to restore format partitions or to retrieve formatted/reformatted partitions. Select “Formatted/Reformatted Recovery” option and proceed to the next step as shown in Figure b

Formatted/reformatted Recovery Selection Window

Figure b: Select Formatted/Reformatted Recovery Option

Step 3: Select the drive from which you want to retrieve files/data and click on “Next” as shown in fig c.

Volume Selection - Screenshot

Figure c: Select Volume

Step 4: The software starts scanning the selected volume and displays the recovered data as shown in Figure d

Recovered Files - Screenshot

Figure d: restored Files


For Leopard (10.5) and
Snow Leopard (10.6) Users

For Lion (10.7), Mountain Lion (10.8)
and Mavericks Users