How to Recover Files from Accidentally Formatted Mac Hard Drive?

Is it possible to recover data from accidentally formatted Mac hard drive? Of course Yes! Formatting Mac just wipes the file system entries and not your important files saved on its HDD. So, you can restore lost data from accidentally formatted disk on Mac, if you act quickly. And, here is how to recover data from formatted hard drive on Mac easily…

Accidentally Formatted Mac Hard Drive…Recovering Formatted Data

Accidentally formatting a Mac hard drive is one of the terrific data loss scenarios a Mac user may come across. This is a common mistake you commit since you will be having no other option rather than formatting the disk. For instance,

  • You have to format the drive at times Mac OS doesn't recognize the hard drive and shows a pop-up message that the “The disk you inserted is not readable by the computer; along with 3 options Initialize, Ignore and Eject
  • Mac hard drive shows an error message that states “The drive is not formatted, do you want to format it?” when it is corrupted, infected by the virus, having incompatible file system etc.

Not just these sorts of high and dry reasons, you might also end up in formatting a Mac hard drive accidentally at instances like selecting the wrong drive during formatting, repartitioning, upgrading Mac OS X etc.

Thus, there are numerous causes for a Mac user to accidentally format the Mac hard drive and become a victim of data loss due to unintentional formatting. However, Mac hard drive formatting doesn't erase your files, only the file system of the disk is replaced with an empty file system. So, the lost data still present on the drive, and you can recover data from formatted hard drive on Mac before they overwritten by new data.

Recover Data from Accidentally Formatted Mac Hard Drive:

Once data is protected from overwriting, it can be recovered with ease employing Remo Recover data recovery software. This best volume recovery software for Mac is specifically designed for Mac users with robust algorithms that can ingeniously execute in-depth scanning of the drive in order to retrieve formatted Mac hard disk data. This application can restore several types of files that sum up to 300 different types like text files, video files, audio files, application, etc. With Remo Recover, retrieval of lost data after accidental formatting can be done in a few simple steps as it comes with problem free and detailed GUI.

This Mac data recovery software supports data recovery from formatted external hard drive, HDD, USB drive, flash drive and more.


How to Recover Data from Accidentally Formatted Mac Hard Drive?

Step 1: Connect the formatted Mac hard drive to a working Mac machine if it is a removable storage drive. Launch Remo Recover recovery tool and click on Recover Volumes/Drives button.

Recover Data from Accidentally Formatted Mac Hard Drive - Main Window

Figure 1: Main Window

Step 2: Next, click on Formatted/Reformatted Recovery button.

Accidentally Formatted Data Recovery from Mac Hard Drive - Select Formatted /Re-Formatted Recovery

Figure 2: Select Formatted /Re-Formatted Recovery

Step 3: Select the formatted Mac hard drive from the list of shown drives. If you wish you can mention specific file types to recover from the drive.

Restore Data from Mac Hard Drive after Accidental Formatting - Select Drive

Figure 3: Select Drive

Step 4: Once the formatted hard drive recovery process gets completed, the list of recoverable files from formatted Mac drive will be displayed.

Formatted Mac Hard Drive Data Recovery - List Recovered Data

Figure 4: List Recovered Data

Step 5: Preview and save recovered files from formatted Mac hard drive to a safe location.


  • Don’t install the data recovery program on your formatted Mac drive
  • Don’t install recovered files onto the same formatted Mac hard drive
  • Stop using the formatted drive until recovering the data from it


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