Data recovery from formatted external hard drive

I sotred my photos, music and movies on my external hard drive. But this morning, when I want to open my external hard drive, Windows says "The drive is not formatted, do you want to format it now?". I clicked yes, but I found my files all had gone. What's happened?

When you receive the message "The drive is not formatted, do you want to format it now?" from Windows, it indicates that your data has been lost. And you need a formatted data recovery software to recover data from formatted external hard drive.

Fortunately, we have powerful data recovery software - M3 Data Recovery. It provides one-stop format recovery solution for you to recover data from formatted hard drive, USB drive, SD card, CF card, memory card, etc.

Steps to recover files from formatted external hard drive

Step 1: Connect your external hard drive to the computer where has installed M3 Data Recovery. And don't write any new data to your external hard drive.

Step 2: Choose "Format Recovery" module.

Choose Format Recovery module

Step 3: Choose formatted external hard drive and then click "Next>" button to scan the lost data.

Scan the inaccessible drive to find the lost files

Step 4: Check your found files and then save them.

After the scan, there will be a list of lost formatted files. You can preview the lost formatted files. You can also search them by specifying file name in the searching bar.

Recover data from formatted drive

Tips: When you want to remove the external hard drive from computer, please use the safe mode to eject it from Windows to prevent data loss.