Recover Files from Reformatted FAT 32 Partition

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Software to Recover Data from Reformatted FAT 32 Partition

Do you want to restore lost data reformatted FAT32 partition from your system hard drive on Windows operating system? Then you can use best partition recovery software, to get back all your data from reformatted FAT32 partition. Moreover, this software can also recover files from formatted or reformatted FAT16 and ExFAT partitions of Windows hard drive. In fact, Reformatting is the process of deleting data from the hard disk and converting the file system  to store new files. Therefore, reformatting the drive results in data loss if backup is not available.

Partitions are sections on hard drives, which works like hard drives. Basically, there are two types of partitions, one is a primary partition and another is extended partition. Generally, the operating system is installed on a primary partition and all other data is stored on extended partitions. Extended partition consists of two or more logical drives. When you format a new hard drive, you will observe that the free space is less than the original space. Actually, this space is used by the file system to make hard drive functional. File system manages and organizes data stored on the hard drive. File system contains information about the location of data and the available free space. FAT (File Allocation Table) and NTFS (New Technology File System) are the two major types of windows file system. While formatting partitions, you can choose either FAT or NTFS file system based on your Operating system. Sometimes, if you accidentally format the partition then there may be chances of data loss from the partitions.

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Chief reasons that leads to data loss after re-formatting FAT32 partition are mentioned below:

  •  Upgrading your file system: Windows OS supports different type of file systems i.e. FAT and NTFS. If you're using FAT32 file system and want to convert to the latest NTFS file system then you need to reformat the drive. Even if you want to convert FAT32 to FAT16 file system then also it is necessary to reformat the drive. You might have converted either FAT32 to NTFS or FAT32 to FAT16 without taking backup leading to data loss.
  • Conversion of dynamic disk to basic disk: It is possible to convert a basic disk to dynamic disk without any risk of losing data. But, if you want to convert dynamic disk back to basic disk then you need to reformat the drive. If you forgot to take a backup of an entire partition before converting it back to basic disk then you may end up in data loss
  • While re-installing Operating System: Reinstallation of Operating System needs to reformat the drive. You may need to reinstall the OS due to many reasons like to get rid of viruses, increase the system performance etc. In such case, if you reinstall the Operating System without taking backup of your essential data then you may lose all data as it  deletes each and every file from the hard drive by reformatting it.

As the reformatting process does not permanently deletes the files from the drive until the old files are overwritten by new files, it is better to stop the usage of hard drive to increase the chances of recovery. This is mainly because usage of hard drive results in the creation of temporary files resulting in overwriting of  old files that in turn leads to permanent data loss.

Reformatted data recovery is possible because the data after reformat is not permanently removed from the hard drive. Instead, the file system entry is rewritten to store new files and all the old files remain on the hard drive until that storage space is overwritten by new data. In order to access that data, you need this partition recovery software. If you have reformatted your Windows Vista OS based computer then you can restore partitions on Windows Vista using recovery software. 

Best partition recovery software is the PC partition recovery utility, which recovers deleted and lost data from partitions. If your partition gets corrupted or inaccessible then also you can completely recover your corrupted partition from hard drive. This software provides signature search feature, which locates and can also recover HDD files lost after using diskpart.exe on Win XP, Windows Vista and Windows 7. SATA, SCSI and IDE are the different types of hard drives supported by this software. This utility is able to restore data after re-installing the OS on Western Caviar hard drive, Seagate, Hitachi, Samsung, Sony hard drives etc. This software has an ability to find and recover files based their unique signature and arrange them based on their file name, file size, file type and file extension. FAT16, FAT32, NTFS, NTFS5, ExtFAT, NTFS, NTFS5 are the file systems, which are supported by this software. This software is simple, easy and safe to use. You can download the demo version of the software and evaluate the recovery results. This software can also retrieve files from erased NTFS partition after MBR corruption in an easy way.

Follow the steps to restore reformatted FAT32 Partition data:

  1. Download and install the demo version of this partition recovery software and launch it properly to retrieve data from deleted partition. After successful launching select “Recover Partition / Drive” from the main Windows screen.
  2. Partition recovery software - Main screen

  3. Then click on “Partition Recovery” from the next Window.
  4. Partition recovery software - Next screen

  5. After that select the physical drive which contains the deleted FAT partition data and click on “Next” to start the scanning process.
  6. Partition recovery software - Hard Drive Selection screen

  7. After the scanning process is over, you can view all the data of the deleted partition data recovered by the software along with their original folder hierarchy.
  8. Partition recovery software - Next screen

Few useful tips to prevent partition deleted in the future:

  • Use UPS to avoid data corruption due to sudden power failure.
  • It is better to use powerful and updated antivirus software, which is able to scan your hard drive and remove viruses and affected files.
  • Check all the hardware resources to avoid hardware malfunction.
  • Backup all of your valuable partition data on regular basis.