Restore Formatted External Hard Drive

Recovery from External Mac Hard Drive

I connected my external hard drive to the Mac Machine in order to copy some files. But the moment I connected it to the Mac computer, it displayed an error message like “This drive is not formatted. Do you want to format it now?" As I was in hurry, I did not notice it clearly and gave command to format the drive. After formatting all the files from my external hard drive got washed off. Those files are very important and I don’t have its backup as well. Can anyone suggest me the way to unformat external hard drive mac and get back files from my external Mac hard drive?

Is this situations sound similar? Have you committed same mistake that has been explained above? If you are reading this article then you might have faced same situation and proly now wondering how to recover external hard drive on mac or if it is possible at all!!! But do not upset and keep your worries aside!!!! Formatted files can be easily recovered if you know the proper method and the suitable way for your problem is unformat external hard drive software. Therefore as soon as you have realized that the files are gone due to formatting, stop doing anything to the external hard drive and download any good recovery software.

How data gets lost due to Formatting?

  • Intentional formatting: When your external hard drive takes long time to open a file when connected to Mac, you may prefer to format it to get it back to the normal state. Before commencing format operation, it is necessary to backup data. But if you format it without backing up the required data then you may lose your precious files.
  • Accidental Formatting: When Mac hard drive is loaded with unwanted files, you may prefer to format it in order to add new files. But while formatting if you accidentally select external hard drive, then you will lose files present in it.
  • Conversion of file system: In order to get better features, some Mac users prefer to change the file system of external hard drive. If the files present in it are not so important then it does not matter. But if the files resided in external hard drive are of vital importance, then you may face huge data loss.

Are those files lost After Formatting?

Although, external hard drive formatting results in data loss, it doesn't mean that the files are gone permanently. Still you have a chance to retrieve files from formatted external hard drive and to achieve this recovery operation you just have to download and install Remo Recover application on your Mac Computer. This toolkit is designed with advanced data recovery techniques which make it highly proficient in performing formatted hard drive recovery with folder structure on both Windows as well as on Mac machines, as it is designed for both Windows and Mac users. It rescues data from variety of external hard drive brands like Seagate, Toshiba, Western Digital, Lacie, Transcend, etc. To carry out the recovery process, you just have to Plug in external hard drive to the Mac system and follow the instructions given by this software. It will search the files and then displays it for you. You can select the files that you want to recover and ignore rest of them. You may even preview the files to know whether you have selected right one to recover.

Exclusive features with Remo Recover!

There are many features which makes Remo Recover the most preferred utility for formatted external drive recovery. Below highlighted are few of them:

  • Easily recovers data from formatted USB drive, flash drive and other removable storage drive on Mac machines
  • Compatible with all the versions of Mac OS such as Lion, Leopard, Snow Leopard, Mountain Lion etc. and can also perform hard drive recovery on Macbook versions
  • Supports data recovery from formatted HFSX, HFS+, FAT and ExFAT hard disk Volumes
  • It provides a option i.e "Save Recovery Session" which can be utilized to avoid rescanning of the formatted external hard drive



Easy steps to rescue formatted external hard drive Mac:

Step 1: Download and Install the trial version of the software on your Mac machine. Connect external hard disk to computer and launch the software. You will see the main window with three options as illustrated in figure 1. Click on "Recover Volumes/Drives".

Formatted External Hard Drive Recovery on Mac - Main Window

Figure 1: Main Window

Step 2: On next window, select "Formatted /Re-Formatted Recovery" option as illustrated in figure 2.

Formatted External Hard Drive Recovery Mac - Select Formatted /Re-Formatted Recovery

Figure 2: Select Formatted /Re-Formatted Recovery

Step 3: After selecting recovery option, on the next screen you have to select the external hard disk as illustrated in figure 3.

Formatted External Hard Drive Recovery Mac - Select External HDD

Figure 3: Select External HDD

Step 4: Once the recovery process gets over, the list of recovered data from hard drive, will be displayed as illustrated in figure 4.

Formatted External Hard Drive Recovery Mac - List Recovered Data

Figure 4: List Recovered Data

Step 5: Use Save Recovery Session option for saving recovery process to avoid re-scanning of the hard drive.

Formatted External Hard Drive Recovery Mac - Save Recovery Session

Figure 5: Save Recovery Session


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