Undo Quick Format – Recover Files after Quick Format

Updated to File Recovery Tips by Nancy on Feb 5, 2024 | Approved by Jennifer Allen

The accidentally quick format will get all data from the hard drive lost and you can’t see them anywhere on the hard drive. Is it possible to recover files after quick format? This is the question that many people are asking over the internet.

Part 1. Recovering Data from Quick Format Drive

The answer to whether is it possible to resume data from quick formatted hard disk is YES. The quick format though get all files lost in a few minutes, these files are just cut from being accessed physically. They’re still there on the hard drive, but invisible. You can’t manually restore them as you do for files in recycle bin. The only way to get files back after the fast format is by making use of format recovery software. Only with the file recovery technology, you’re able to recover files lost in quick format

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How to Recover Files after Quick Format on Windows/Mac

  1. Connect the Disk to your PC
  2. If the quick formatted disk is an external hard drive, you should connect it with your computer before getting down to the quick format recovery process. After connecting it with your computer, make sure it is recognized by your computer as an external hard drive.

  3. Install Undo Quick Format Data Recovery Software
  4. Click the DOWNLOAD button to get the free trial version of iBeesoft Data Recovery software. It will scan the fast formatted hard drive, displaying all the recoverable files, letting you know which files you can retrieve after quick format. This software has a separate version for Windows PC and Mac. Get the right version for your computer according to the computer operating system.

  5. Select the Hard Disk to Scan
  6. Launch the formatted hard drive data recovery software. From the first window, click the "Scan" button beside the hard drive which was quick formatted. It means you have asked the software to scan the quick formatted hard drive.

  7. Preview the Recoverable Files
  8. Wait patiently for the scanning process to finish. The more files there are in the quick formatted hard drive, the longer it takes for the scanning process. When it is finished, you can see all found recoverable files. They’re put into the corresponding directory. Click to open the directory and check the details for the found files on the right side.

  9. Recover Data from Quick Formatted Hard Drive
  10. All the found files can be recovered. You can select the wanted ones and click "Recover". Select a new destination on your computer to save the recovered files. Please don’t save the recovered files to the quick formatted hard drive to avoid data overwriting issues.

Part 2. What’s Quick Format

Quick format is a quick way to fix the problem on your hard drive, especially changing the file system of the hard drive. Generally, quick format is a way to remove all data on the hard drive, empty the hard drive and get full storage available.

What is the difference between Quick Format and Full Format?

Part 3. Frequently Asked Questions for Quick Format

Q: How to restore data from a hard drive that says it needs to format?

Before formatting the hard drive, you should retrieve the files from the disk and make a backup. After that, you can format the hard drive without any data loss.

1. If you can get full access to the hard drive which needs formatting, then just copy and paste the files from the hard drive to a new folder on your computer or another hard drive.

2. If you can’t access the hard drive before formatting it, try iBeesoft Data Recovery to get the data.

  1. Install and launch the undo quick format toll on your computer.
  2. Click "go to setting" to filter file types.
  3. Click the "Scan" button beside the hard drive which will be formatted.
  4. View recoverable files.
  5. Choose them all or selectively and click "Recover".
  6. Target a destination on your computer to save the recovered files.
  7. Format the hard drive freely.

Q: Does quick format erase data?

For sure, quick format erase data from a hard drive. However, quick format just remove the access to the erased data and the files are recoverable by iBeesoft Data Recovery.

Q: How do I undo a quick format?

There is no cancel option after a quick format. The only way to undo a quick format is to recover the removed files and format the hard drive to its original file system. Here are the steps.

  1. Get the iBeesoft formatted drive recovery tool on your computer.
  2. Launch it and click the "Scan" button beside the quick formatted hard drive.
  3. Preview all the found files in the quick formatted hard drive.
  4. Select them and click "Recover" to save the erased data.
  5. Right-click on the disk in File Explorer on your computer > select "Format" > select the original file system for the hard drive and click "Format".

That’s how to undo a quick format. It gets your data back as well as the file system as the original one.

Q: How to restore quick formatted drive free

There is a freeware to recover data from formatted hard drive free. However, the recoverable file size is limited. The maximum file size allowed to recover is offered by iBeesoft Free Data Recovery. Up to 2GB of files can be retrieved for free. Here are the steps.

  1. Download and install free data recovery software on your PC. it’s only available for Windows PC currently.
  2. Launch the freeware and click "Scan" to scan the quick formatted hard drive.
  3. Wait for the scanning process to finish.
  4. Check the erased files from disk.
  5. Select them and click "Recover" to save them on your computer.

Q: Is it possible to recover 100% of my formatted data?

If you keep the formatted hard drive unused after formatting and try to find data as soon as possible, then it’s very likely to get most of the formatted data back. However, recovering 100% of formatted data is impossible. Some files found maybe get corrupted.

Q: How to recover data from formatted SSD?

No matter it is an SSD hard drive or any other type of hard drive, you can always depend on iBeesoft Data Recovery to recover data. Here is how to retrieve files from formatted SSD with the data recovery software.

  1. Get and install the unformat SSD application on your PC.
  2. After then, launch it and click "go to setting" to cancel unwanted file types.
  3. Click the "Scan" button beside the SSD hard drive in the drive list.
  4. Wait for the scanning process to finish. After then, preview the files and pick the needed ones.
  5. Click "Recover" to retrieve data from formatted SSD.