Drive Formatting and its Relation to Data Recovery

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Disk formatting is basically the preparation of a data storage device such as a hard disk drive, SSD, floppy disk or USB flash drive for use. It adds a file system to the device, in some cases multiple. This is usually done after partitioning the device if it was completely blank/wiped prior to use. For example, the user could format a USB stick with the exFAT file system. This particular file system can be recognised by both Windows and MAC operating systems.

In the case of some operating systems, these procedures can be repeated at any time or even combined on certain devices. Generally this is so the new device can be recognised on multiple machines (iMac or PC) however reformatting a drive does have the major pitfall to a user in the context of wiping the data present on that particular at that current time, so it is best to be completely aware of this before attempting to format a device.

One of the most common recoveries we perform here at R3 Data Recovery Ltd when it comes to SD cards especially is accidental formatting.

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