How to recover accidentally formatted hard drive?

Formatting a hard drive is done for the first time to make it usable and separate it into several partitions for storing system files and user files, where in it creates internal address table to store the address of the data that is stored on the drive. Formatting or reformatting a hard drive may be essential in the following situations –

  • Adding more than one operating systems to the hard disk, you may need to format the drive
  • While upgrading the operating system to a latest version
  • To remove virus affected files / folders
  • When the file system is damaged or corrupt
  • To speed up the PC / laptop
  • When hard drive is having bad sectors or system errors
  • You may sometimes accidentally format d: drive instead of f: drive

Formatting, reformatting or repartitioning of the hard disk drive will erase the address table present on the drive and makes the data inaccessible, though it is still present on the drive. It is recommended that you have a backup of your data before formatting the drive, except in the case of viruses where in you will not be able to take proper backup. However, in some cases like file system corruption or system crash can make a hard drive inaccessible. Thus, you will be left with no choice but to format or reformat the drive to make it functional again at the cost of your data. Although, the data gets inaccessible, you can still recover data from hard drive using formatted partition recovery software.

Using this software, you can recover data from accidentally formatted hard drive effectively. Recovery of photos, office files, email archives, audio and video files is possible if the formatted drive, memory card, USB drive, iPod etc. is not used to ensure that the data or files present on it did not get overwritten.

PST file restoration without losing emails

One of the most innovative features of Microsoft Outlook at its inception was the use of a special database type file to store both e-mail messages and customizations. This same system would now be considered quite simplistic when compared to a mySQL database however the basic premise of the Outlook file known as a PST remains viable. Unfortunately the drawback to many versions of Microsoft Outlook using the PST file is the size limitation of that database. It was set at the 2 GB capacity. And upon being overloaded the inbox would become corrupted and cease to receive messages. There are, as a consequence many good programs for PST repair made available. Microsoft offers one as part of Outlook support.

However the Microsoft Outlook PST repair tool is extremely flawed in that it tends to quickly crop down the size of the PST file to the 2 GB limit. This results in a certain percentage of files being permanently deleted. As with any file loss scenario it is always wise is to use an Outlook backup program so that your messages are available for instant recovery. But barring the good fortune of having recently backed up your Outlook PST file just prior to a system crash you will need a program designed to repair a 2GB PST file.