How to Recover Data from Erased External Hard Drive on Mac?

Christina updated on 2021/6/19 to Mac Data Recovery

When talking about the erase option of Disk Utility on Mac, it means formatting a drive. Like formatting a drive on Windows, you can format the drive with a new file system and assign a new drive letter. After formatting an external hard drive, the drive will be empty and you can reuse it like a new drive. However, if you format an external hard drive in Disk Utility, it will also remove all the files from the drive.

external hard drive is erased by Disk Utility

Is it possible to unerase the external hard drive on Mac? Yes, indeed. If the external hard drive is erased by Disk Utility, it will rebuild the file system and damage the old file system. Then you cannot access the data existing on the external hard drive before you formatted it. But the data on the drive will not be wiped permanently from the erased hard drive. With professional Mac data recovery software, you can easily extract the lost data from the external hard drive that is erased by Disk Utility.


Data recovery software for the erased hard drive on Mac

What’s the best data recovery software for the erased hard drive? We recommend Donemax Data Recovery for Mac to you. The software can recover lost data from erased or formatted external hard drives. Also, it can recover lost files from the external hard drive in other cases, like deleting files, file system crash, partition deleted/lost, drive become inaccessible, and so on.

The software can deeply scan the external hard drive and unerase it directly. Mostly, the lost files could be found and recovered with the original folder structures. Also, the software can recover lost data by type if the file system was erased and damaged badly. It can recover lost photos, videos, documents, audio files, or other files on your external hard drive.

As an effective data recovery application, Donemax Data Recovery for Mac can work well with the latest macOS Big Sur and the old versions, ranges from Mac OS X 10.9 ~ macOS 10.15. You can use it to recover lost data from an internal/external hard drive, SSD, USB flash drive, memory card, or other devices on your Mac machine.

At last, you will find the software is very simple. With intuitive interfaces and interactions, any user can easily handle the software to recover lost files. The software use wizard-style interfaces and guide you to recover data step by step. You can just follow it to do the data recovery simply.


Recover data from the erased external hard drive

To recover data easily from the erased external hard drive, here we will show you how to use the software to recover data step by step. You can just follow the instructions and tips as follows.

Step 1. Choose the erased external hard drive.

First, please check and connect the external hard drive to your Mac computer. Run the software and you will find all the connected drives on the Mac. Please check and choose the erased external hard drive in the device list.

external hard drive is erased by Disk Utility

Step 2. Scan the external hard drive.

After selecting the erased external hard drive, please click the Scan button to continue. The software will then automatically scan the erased external hard drive. It will take some time to finish the scan process.

external hard drive is erased by Disk Utility

Step 3. Recover data from the external hard drive.

Once the scan is finished, all the found files will be listed in the software. You can check and preview files to find the wanted files. Then you can recover the selected files to another drive directly..

external hard drive is erased by Disk Utility

Tips:

1. After erasing the external hard drive, please don’t do further changes or add new data to the erased drive. Otherwise, the lost data will be overwritten and damaged.

2. To avoid data loss in the future, we suggest you back up your data regularly and save it in different places, like external drives, network places, or the cloud.

If you lost data from the external hard drive or other devices, please download Donemax Data Recovery for Mac to recover the lost data immediately. The faster you take action, the better chance you can have to recover the deleted/lost files.


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