Data Recovery after Format and Reinstall

“My computer tech formatted the hard drive and reinstalled OS assuming that the data was already backed up. I lost all the data present on the hard drive. Is there any way using which lost data can be recovered? I am more interested in the outlook data that was saved on my system. I can't afford to lose the emails. Has anyone ever had any success recovering data after formatting and reinstalling OS? If so what programs did you use?”

Well, we all know that the process of reinstalling operating system includes formatting drive due to which all the data present on the drive gets deleted or lost. Even after format and reinstall, if you still feel the lost data as important the data can be recovered until either MFT entry for the file or the file data is overwritten. Sometimes, recovery of data after reinstall is difficult as the installation process can itself write significant amount of data onto the disk. But, with the help of SFWare Partition Recovery Tool data recovery after format and reinstall is very much possible.

Things to know about SFWare Partition Recovery Program

The first and foremost thing to be known before doing data recovery after format and reinstall using SFWare Partition Recovery Software is to where can the software be installed? Well, the utility can be installed on any of the latest versions of Windows as well as Mac operating systems. Supported versions are something like this…

Windows OS: Windows 10, Window 8, Window 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP, Windows Server 2008 and Windows Server 2003

Mac OS: Mac OS X 10.5 (Leopard), Mac OS X 10.6 (Snow Leopard), Mac OS X 10.7 (Lion), Mac OS X 10.8 (Mountain Lion), Mac OS X 10.9 (Mavericks), etc.

Further, whatever may be the file system (FAT16, FAT32, NTFS, NTFS5, exFAT, HFS and HFS+) and interfaces (SATA, SCSI, IDE) the drive was having before format and reinstall, SFWare Partition Recovery Wizard can no doubt help in recovering data. What’s more, retrieved data can be organized according to their name, size, type and date of creation.

Useful Features of SFWare Partition Recovery Software

  • Supports retrieving files from accidentally formatted, deleted, corrupted partitions/volumes with ease
  • Helpful in recovering data from the hard drives after re-partitioning / re-formatting
  • Data from non bootable hard drives can be retrieved easily
  • All the recovered files can be previewed using “Preview” button
  • Recovers data from partitions even after Windows 10 upgrade
  • Recover images, movies, videos, audio, music files, texts, pdf, ppt, excel files and many other data stored on drive

Main Reasons for Reinstalling Operating System

There might be plenty of issues because of which people consider OS reinstallation and thereby jump into data loss issues…

  • Windows registry corruption is one of the main reasons due to which users need to re-install the OS. Basically, the registry stores all the configuration settings and options of the OS, therefore if any of the registry file is corrupt or erased then while booting, the operating system will crash
  • Virus infection makes the system to freeze frequently that may generate bad sectors in the hard disk and in many cases leads to OS corruption. At such times users may go with OS reinstallation
  • The performance of the system gradually decreases over the time because of some issues. So in order to improve system speed and overall performance, re-installation has to be done

Data Recovery Steps after Format and Reinstall

  • Download, Install and Run SFWare Partition Recovery Tool
  • Select “Recover Drives” option from first screen
  • A second screen with "Partition Recovery" and "Formatted/Reformatted Recovery" options will be displayed. Select the appropriate option and click on “Next
  • Software performs a scan and show you the list of storage drives from which it can recover data. Select the formatted drive and click on “Next” button
  • Application starts recovery process to retrieve data and after completion of the process, you will get a list of recovered data
  • Preview and save the restored data

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