[2020] How to Reformat a Computer & Recover Data from It

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I recently downloaded a gaming software on my PC. Unfortunately, it came along with a raft of virus that completely shattered the system, I was able to format my computer, but it’s still slow, and some apps won't open, someone suggested reformatting the computer. Is it OK to do that? Can anyone here give me a lead on how to reformat a computer?

It’s not uncommon to have your computer attacked by virus or malware, especially downloading a file or software. Sadly, this often causes several damages ranging from corrupting data to complete system crash. Most of the time, the solution is formatting the system, while that usually resolves the issue and returns your computer to normal, there are times when you may notice that your PC hasn't completely returned to normal after all. In this post, we'll be providing a step-by-step solution on how to reformat a computer in such circumstances.

Formatting Your Computer Should Be Your Last Resort

While reformatting your computer would obviously be the first solution that comes to mind after a virus attack or similar problems with your computer even after initially formatting it, that shouldn't be your first option, you might want to ask why, well, because reformatting your computer will wipe off the contents of the hard drive, completely. It’s essential to take measures that ensure you don't permanently lose files or necessary information after reformatting. So before looking at “How to reformat a computer”, You should first check out the following tips:

1What You Should Do First Before Formatting A Computer

The first thing you should do is to back up your files before you reformat, obviously to avoid entirely losing your data.

Next, copy out all notes and internet pages you may need to revisit because once the reformatting is done, all your notes, web history will be wiped off completely.

Also, remember you'll have to reinstall all programs once you format the hard drive, so you should keep all the CD's as you'll need to reinstall them.

Don't forget to also write down the brand and information for every hardware on your computer. You'll need them after reformatting.

2Reformat Your Computer in 5 Simple Steps

If you've carefully followed the above tips, then you should be ready to format your PC without any permanent file loss. So yep, here's how to reformat a computer using these five simple steps below:

Step 1. Backup your hard drive; reformatting your computer will cause you to lose all of your information hence why you should back up your files on the external storage.

Step 2. You'll have to be sure of the method of restoration provided by the manufacturer. If you received some installation CDs with your computer, then you can use this.

Step 3. Insert the operating system disk into your CD/DVD drive, select the option to reinstall a new copy of the operating system. Note: If the CD doesn't run by itself, double click "my computer" and then right-click on the drive with the OS disk. Click "Auto-Run".

Step 4. Wait for the CD to proceed automatically, do not interrupt the process. Accept the default settings that the installation disk requests.

Step 5. Finally, wait for the installation to complete, a new desktop will appear which entails that your PC has been reformatted.

How to Recover Data after Formatting a PC

We've stated above how to reformat a computer, what if you've formatted it without backing up your files? Of course, you'll want to recover the lost files. One great way you can restore your files effectively is by using a professional data recovery software, of which the best out there is iMyFone AnyRecover.


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Features of iMyFone AnyRecover:        

AnyRecover is a data recovery software that can help you not just recover files from a formatted PC, but also deleted or corrupted files.

It restores all types of data from any situation. You're sure to get your files back even after formatting your PC.

It allows you to preview scanned files before recovering them.

It’s very efficient, has a very high recovery rate and recovers your files originally, no alterations.

It is available in both Windows and Mac version.

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How to Recover Lost Data after Formatting a Computer with AnyRecover

Step 1. Launch AnyRecover and select "All-Round Recovery" mode.

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Step 2. Next, choose a location where you want to recover data from, then hit “Next”.

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Step 3. Choose the type of file you want to restore and select the "Scan" button to start the process.

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Step 4. AnyRecover will scan and find the missing data if you still can't find your files, you should use the "Deep Scan" method, it scans every part of your system.

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Step 5. When the scanning is complete, you can preview the files then hit "Recover", and it’s done, all data recovered.

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Note: Do not save the recovered files on the same location where they were initially lost.


That's its guys, by now, you should know how to reformat a computer quickly and how to recover formatted files using iMyFone AnyRecover data recovery tool. If you find this post helpful or you have any suggestions or questions on this, don't forget to hit the comment box or contact us.

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By  Alva Doris , to Hard Drive Recovery

Posted on Oct 11, 2019  ( Updated: Jun 02, 2020 )

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