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Formatted Hard Drive Recovery Services

Formatting a hard drive removes all files and folders, providing a clean slate for new data. This is beneficial if you need to install a new operating system or free up space on an older hard drive, but accidental formats can prevent you from accessing your most important files.

Formatted Hard Drive Recovery Services

Shutting down your hard drive immediately after an accidental format is the best way to ensure a successful recovery.

Secure Data Recovery Services handles thousands of hard drive data recovery cases per year, and we regularly receive unintentionally formatted media. Whether you have formatted an entire disk or a single partition, we can help you quickly regain access to your data. Our success rate for formatted hard drives is well over 80 percent, and by using proprietary tools, experienced engineering teams and best-in-class security controls, we deliver excellent results for our clients.

Safe Data Recovery Procedures for Formatted Hard Drives

We treat each case individually, creating an optimized plan for recovery by running media through several in-laboratory diagnostic tests. Factors that can affect our data recovery process include the size of the hard drive, the size of the requested files, the operating system, the filesystem and the type of utility that completed the format.

To avoid accidental overwrites, we make a full clone of your hard drive before using any software to access the formatted data. We work from clone drives throughout the data recovery process. Because we give each case an individualized approach, most formatted hard drives are completely recovered within several days. Secure Data Recovery Services also provides 24/7/365 emergency services with a 48-hour average turnaround.

Improving the Chances of a Successful Data Recovery

When you unintentionally format a hard drive, you do not immediately overwrite your files and folders. Your computer basically marks the space as clear, and the next time that the PC needs to write a file, it will overwrite some of the formatted information.

The chances of a successful recovery will depend on the amount of overwritten data on your disk. For the best possible results, never operate a reformatted drive if you intend to recover the missing data. Running programs, installing new operating systems or simply using your existing operating system will overwrite some data permanently. Computers constantly read and write information while operating, but shutting down your PC immediately after an accidental format can preserve your data in its original condition. Turn the drive off as quickly as possible and do not boot your drive for any reason.

Never attempt to run data recovery software on a formatted hard drive, even if you install the software on another HDD. Some data recovery programs write small files to their target disks, potentially causing overwrites, and most commercial tools are not designed specifically for formatted hard drives. Contact Secure Data Recovery Services as soon as possible to discuss your case.

Secure Data Recovery Services for Formatted Media

Security is always an important factor to consider when choosing a data recovery provider. We follow strict media and data management protocols by storing your recovered files on secure networks and closely monitoring access. Secure Data Recovery Services was the first data recovery company to earn a security certification under SSAE 16 Type II audit standards.

Additionally, we hold numerous compliance certifications for the benefit of hospitals, government offices, schools and other high-security clients. Unlike most other data recovery companies, we post proof of all of our certifications online. Visit our certifications page for more information.

Our certifications include:

  • SAS 70 Certification
  • SSAE 16 Type II Certification
  • PCI Security Certification and PCI-DSS Compliance
  • Information Systems Security Association (ISSA) Member
  • General Services Administration (GSA) Certified Contractor
  • Green Business Certification
  • Certifications from All Major Media Manufacturers

Secure Data Recovery Services also operates a Certified Class 10 ISO 4 Cleanroom, which our engineers use for hard drive repairs. While we rarely perform physical procedures on formatted media, our Cleanroom technology is an excellent example of our best-in-class data recovery technology. Contact our customer service team or visit our certifications page for more information.

Free Diagnostics and Fast Turnaround Times

We offer free diagnostics for formatted hard disk drives. Our engineers will use safe utilities to analyze your media, and we will provide a no-risk price quote, turnaround estimate and a list of recoverable files and folders within 24 hours. You have no obligation to proceed with data recovery services after receiving our evaluation report.

Secure Data Recovery Services offers:

  • Fast Turnaround Times for Formatted Devices
  • Online Case Monitoring Tools
  • Best-in-Class Security Certifications
  • 24/7/365 Data Recovery with a 48-Hour Average Turnaround
  • Services for Encrypted Hard Drives

For more information or to schedule free media diagnostics for a formatted hard drive, contact our customer service team today.

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