Restore Data from Formatted HFS+ Partitions

Accidentally formatted wrong HFS+ partition and want to restore data from it?

A problem that strikes everyone i.e. both the experts and novice alike is erasing a complete HFS+ volume of your Mac hard drive by simply clicking on “Format” option and then regretting it. Consider the time and effort it takes to create spreadsheets, documents, presentations, database files etc. then think about how it would cost your business to lose this important information by short but frightening nightmare i.e. “Format” option. Only one simple click can erase the entire HFS+ volume that has as much as 10 to 20GB of information on it. Days, months or even years of work could vanish in the blink of an eye.

Generally, format option is used to make the empty hard drive ready to use. Format option is also used for other  several reasons like to increase the system performance, to reinstall the Operating System, to install multiple Operating Systems and to get rid of viruses. But, if you use it incorrectly, disaster could strike. You have 500GB hard disk in your Mac computer with 2 volumes. One volume is formatted with the HFS+ file system and another with NTFS. Now, you just want to install Windows 7 on the second volume i.e. NTFS formatted partition. After installing Windows 7 Operating System, you again turned on your Mac. When you turn on your Mac computer, it is showing entire Mac hard disk as NTFS formatted and the HFS+ partition that had essential data is gone!!! This is mainly because you selected the wrong partition to install Windows 7 Operating System. When you select any partition to install another Operating System, it first formats that volume and then installs the OS. Formatting the partition deletes each and every file from that specific volume resulting in data loss.

First, you need to search for a backup copy of essential data. Having extra copies of lost data is less painful than having to recreate the entire data again. What if you don’t have a backup of entire data?? Don’t Worry!!! Still there are chances of recovering lost data from accidentally formatted HFSX volume. The degree of success you have in recovering all your files depends upon what you have done with the volume since you formatted it by mistake. Formatting a volume prepares it to store new data by doing a couple of things. First, it tells the partition to make sure it is reliable then it creates a directory structure by deleting only boot area, allocation table and root directory information.  Physically, the data remain undisturbed in the same location on your hard drive.

HFS Partition Recovery Software can easily recover data from HFS partition of Mac hard drive after accidental formatting. It can also retrieve files like audio files, video files, images, documents, presentations, spreadsheets etc. from Mac partitions. If your HFSX volume gets corrupted due to volume header corruption, virus attack, power failures, abrupt system shutdown etc. then use this software. It can easily restore corrupt HFSX volume data on Mac Lion, Mac Leopard and Mac Snow Leopard. This software has designed with powerful scanning engines which thoroughly scan your entire hard drive to find missing or lost volume and then recovers data from that specific volume.

It also supports data recovery from different models of Mac computers. For instance, if you have lost some essential files from an HFS volume on your MacBook then you can use this software. It can recover lost data from HFS volume on MacBook, MacBook Pro, MacBook Air, Mac Mini, iMac etc with utmost ease. It also supports HFS+ file system along with FAT16 and FAT32 volumes. If you have accidentally erased HFS+ partition then this software helps you to undelete files from deleted Mac HFS+ partition in less span of time. You just need to download the free demo version of this software to estimate the recovery results. The free demo version allows you to view the recovered files so that you can judge the trustworthiness of this software. And using this tool, you can even recover HFS partition table data on Mac.

Simple steps to recover HFS+data from the formatted HFS+ volume on Mac Lion

Step 1: Download and install the HFS Partition Recovery Software on another healthy drive instead of installing it on the same drive to restore HFS volume data. Now, connect your formatted drive to the computer where the software is installed. After launching the software, select “Recover Drives/Volumes” option from the main screen.

HFS Partition Recovery - Main Screen

Step 2: Now, you need to select “Formatted/Reformatted Recovery” option from the next screen to recover data from the formatted HFS+ volume on Mac Lion. After selecting the relevant option, select Mac Hard drive from where you have formatted the HFS+ volume and click on “Next” to proceed.

HFS Partition Recovery - Next Screen

Step 3: After successfully completing the data recovery process, you can view the files recovered from the HFS+ volume on Mac OS X Lion by using “Preview” option.

Recover HFS volume - Preview Screen

Simple Tips:

  • Before formatting any volume, make sure that the partition does not contain any essential files on it.
  • Always take a backup of essential files before reinstalling or installing new Operating System on the same drive.
  • Avoid turning off the system abruptly as it may corrupt your and also avoid virus attacks by using an effective antivirus program

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