[2 Ways] Data Recovery After Formatting in Windows 10/8/7

When you are formatting a disk on Windows 10 PC, the data in the disk will be erased, including the one you still need. Thus, you may need this guide to help you do data recovery after formatting disk in Windows 10.


By Demi / Updated on April 2, 2024

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No matter whether the drive on your Windows PC is formatted accidentally or purposely to change file systems, run into issues, and so on, it must be disappointing for you to find that some of your needed files were resident on the drive.

Since the data in the formatted drive is inaccessible, you have to try any possible way to get data recovered. Luckily, this guide provides you with two workable ways to help you perform data recovery after formatting in Windows 10/8/7.

Can you perform data recovery after formatting hard disk?

You may get desperate when you find the drive is formatted together with the important data erased. But actually, you can recover data after formatting, as well as most simple deletion like factory settings, just makes the files and data inaccessible on your hard drive by your operating system. The files and data are still here and they can be retrieved as long as they are not overwritten.

Therefore, if you format a drive in which needed files and data are saved, you should stop using the drive immediately to avoid the system overwriting and recover lost data as soon as possible. The two methods below are nice tries for you to recover data from formatted hard disk.

Way 1. Achieve data recovery after formatting in Windows 10 within three steps

You can make use of reliable data recovery software to achieve data recovery after formatting a drive in Windows 10/8/7. Here MyRecover is highly recommended. Within three simple steps, you can finish recovering all data from the formatted drive or any other deleted files on your computer.

What can MyRecover provide you:
✔ Scan formatted drive deeply and quickly. AOMEI Data recovery for Windows is equipped with the newest scanning algorithm, making it deeply and quickly to scan your formatted drive and filter all lost data for you.
✔ Recover more than 200 types of data. It supports recovering more than 200 types of data, which includes but is not limited to texts, pictures, videos, audio, compressed files, etc.
✔ Three-step operation. Without complicated operations, you can be free to recover files from the formatted drive in Windows 10 within three steps.

Click the icon below to free download MyRecover, and the followings are the three steps about how to achieve data recovery in a formatted hard drive in Windows 10/8/7 for free.

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Step 1. Run MyRecover on your computer > Hover the mouse over the drive saved deleted files before, and click Scan to scan.

Select Partition To Scan

Step 2. Wait for the scan process to finish. During the process, you can click the folders in the Scanned files list to browse and choose the wanted files you’d like to recover.

Scan Lost Data

Step 3. Make sure you have selected all needed data to recover > Click Recover x files to get the lost files back > Finally, choose a destination to save the selected files.

Recover Lost Data

When the process is complete, go to the exact folder to check the recovered files from the formatted drive.

Besides disk formatting, MyRecover also supports recovering lost/deleted data due to system crashes, virus attacks, and so on. You can also rely on it to recover data from flash drive, SSD, USB, etc.

Way 2. Recover data from formatted hard disk in Windows 10 using CMD

If you wonder how to recover data from formatted hard disk without software, you can give Windows Command a shot to get files back from the formatted drive.

Please keep in mind that while this method can recover data from formatted hard drives, it does need a more hands-on approach. The steps below are how to recover data from formatted hard disk in Windows 10/8/7 using CMD.

Step 1. Type in cmd in the Search bar next to the Start menu > Click Run as administrator to continue.

Run As Administrator

Step 2. Input the command ATTRIB -H -R -S /S /D X:*.* > Replace the X with the letter of your hard drive.

Execution Commands

Now, you can get the data recovered from the formatted hard drive. Close the window of CMD, and have a check in your hard drive on computer.

Bonus: Backup Windows files before formatting to avoid data loss

Now, you have experienced data loss on your Windows computer, and hope you can succeed in data recovery from formatted disk with the methods offered above. It is suggested to regularly backup files in Windows to avoid unexpected data loss.

You can try the free file backup software from AOMEI family called AOMEI Backupper to help protect your data from accidental deletion or others that cause data corruption.

Three steps to backup Windows files with AOMEI Backupper
Step 1. Choose File Backup in the main interface of AOMEI Backupper.

File Backup

Step 2. Choose the files or folders which you want to backup by clicking Add Folder/Add File.

Add Folders Files

Step 3. Choose a backup destination as you like. External hard drive, NAS network location, or other locations as long as it can be detected by Windows. Finally, click Start Backup in the bottom right corner to start the process.

Start Backup

Besides backing up Windows files, you can also do partition hard drives to save files for different purposes, preventing data from losing in the entire hard drive on your computer to some degree. Here you can try AOMEI Partition Assistant, an easy-to-use partition manager.


That’s all for the two ways to perform data recovery after formatting disk in Windows 10 with MyRecover or an inbuilt tool. Besides, please keep in mind to schedule regular file backup your Windows PC. If this guide is useful, please share it with others in need.

Demi · Editor
Demi is an editor of FoneTool group as well as a good advisor in the area of iOS-related issues. She does well in finding solutions to people's problems. She enjoys traveling, gardening, and watching movies. She spends most of her free time with her pet and family.