How to Recover Mac Lost Files after Formatting the Hard Drive

Format Storage Drive – this is not something exceptional to anyone who has a Mac, a personal computer, or any other digital device. Why format a storage drive? The reason may be just to clean up the drive, or occasionally, the computer just tells you to do so. Whatever the reason may be, Disk Utility application which is built in OS X can render to the storage drive formatting process.

There are about six steps to complete the formatting process of your storage drive for Mac.

Number One

The first step in formatting a storage drive is to open the Disk Utility. To accomplish this, you are required to perform the following means: (a) Go to Applications where you’ll find Utilities, and (b) Open the Disk Utility application. After opening it, you will find a list of drives in the left part of the window. Click on the specific drive you want to format. On the right part of your window, you will find four tabs, namely: First Aid, Erase, RAID, and Restore. Click on the Erase tab among the four.

Number Two

After successfully performing the first step, the second step is to select your desired format. In all cases, Disk Utility has its default format, the Mac OS Extended (Journaled), which always selects for the drive format. To alter and prefer another type of format, you must click on the Formatting options where other options are viewed on a drop-down selection. The following are the other options or format you can select from:

(a) Mac OS Extended (Journaled, Encrypted). This is an appropriate format for sensitive or confidential drives that requires a high level of security. This format requires a password which can be an advantage if you frequently misplace or pass around your laptop, and you don’t want anyone else to have access to the contents of the drive. The same thing is applicable to external drives and USB keys.

(b) Mac OS Extended (Case-Sensitive, Journaled). By default, OS X deals with files that contain texts in lower-case and upper-case in the same level where [e.g] Wordfile.docx and wordfile.docx are treated as one file. If you are not comfortable with this setting, you can have this case-sensitive format where [e.g] Wordfile.docx and wordfile.docx are treated as separate files in the drive.

(c) Mac OS Extended (Case-Sensitive, Journaled, Encrypted). This format has features of the case-sensitive format from Mac OS Extended (Case-Sensitive, Journaled) and the encrypted or password-locked feature of Mac OS Extended (Journaled, Encrypted).

(d) MS DOS (FAT) – This format is an advantage when you opt to share drives with people and you want them to access the files you have in your drive.

(e) ExFAT – This format has similar features with MS DOS (FAT); however this is only utilized for both internal and external flash drives.

Number Three

The third step is to name your drive. After choosing the drive format you want to utilize, you should name your drive. Name the drive that would clearly reflect what its purpose or the type files you are about to store.

Number Four

The fourth step is to select a security option. At the bottom part of the main window, click the Security Options. It will show you a range from Fastest to Most Secure. In the Fastest Security Option, you can attain to remove the header information of the erased drive; however the underlying files will remain intact though it will be hidden. With this, you can easily retrieve your files using a data recovery tool which is a process that’s not actually necessary. If you’re in a fresh install of OS X, it is best to move the slider to the right until it says, “This option writes a single pass of zeros over the entire disk,” and this usually overwrites the entire drive. If you wish for a higher level of security, continue to move the slider to the right until it’s prior to or on Most Secure where it will overwrite the drive three or seven times respectively. You should wait until it is available to be used again.

Number Five

The fifth step is to finally format the drive. The moment we are all waiting for. To do this, click the Erase button. Formatting a drive may require an extensive amount of time. It will take longer when your drive is large or when you chose the Most Secure Option. There is a progress window or bar that will show how much progress has undergone and how long it will take to end the formatting.

Number Six

The last step is to add files to your newly formatted drive. After the entire process, you can take pleasure in putting the new files into your formatted drive now.

Final Thought

Formatting actually helps in the process via we are using our Mac, but if our files are lost due to wrongly formatting, then we may need to find ways to recover files after formatting Mac hard drive. Feel free to read more support articles on our official website uFlysoft studio or visit this video tape below.