Recover Files after Reinstalling Windows

  • Recover files after system restore or reinstalling new OS
  • Restore data when Windows file system is changed on the hard drive
  • Recover files after system is reset to factory settings using restore CD
  • Restore lost files from formatted partitions and re-partitioned hard drives

File Recovery after Reinstalling Windows

When you reinstall an operating system on a partition the information which was present earlier on that partition is lost. Formatted your drive / partition while re-installing Windows OS and ended up losing important files from the drive / partition? Your files are not gone forever and can be recovered provided you be careful and act wisely. So don't panic, at this moment avoid using the affected hard drive any further and utilize Remo Recover to restore lost files from Windows.


  • Capability to recover files after reinstalling Windows
  • Recover lost files on Windows 7, Vista, XP partitions
  • Get back lost files from hard drive that has been re-partitioned during re-installation of Windows
  • Retrieve files from disk image file created by bypassing bad sectors on a hard drive
  • Easily restore files lost due to partitioning errors
  • Ability to identify and recover up to 300 different file types based on their unique signature
  • Recover files after Windows reinstall from SATA / SCSI / IDE hard drives
  • "Save Recovery Session" option to avoid re-scanning your hard drive and resume the saving process any time
  • Two different view options to view recovered data
  • Save recovered data onto CD / DVD or to any accessible drive

Scenarios in which files are lost after re-installation of Windows

Files lost after formatting the partition – You may format the partition on which the operating system is to be installed before proceeding with re-installation. Formatting the partition results in deletion of the entire data on the partition and prepares it for fresh installation.

Files lost due after re-partitioning the hard drive – You may also re-partition the hard drive before installing Windows XP. In such a scenario, re-partitioning the hard drive might make the data on the partitions inaccessible.

How to Recover Data after Re-installing Windows?

This will be the scenerio in which you have formatted an existing partition. Read the steps given below to understand how to retrieve data.

Step 1: Disconnect the affected hard drive from your computer and connect it as a slave to another  healthy PC

Step 2: Download and install the Remo Recover (Windows) on the computer to which the affected hard drive has been connected

Step 3: Launch the software from the Start menu or by double clicking the shortcut icon

Step 4: The main screen is displayed as shown in Figure 1 select the "Recover Partitions / Drives" option from the main screen, refer Figure 2

Step 5: Select "Formatted / Reformatted Recovery" option for recovering lost files from Windows formatted partition, refer Figure 3

Step 6: All the detected logical drives gets displayed in the form of a list. Select the logical drive from which the files need to be recovered, refer Figure 4 and click "Next"

Step 7: Once you click on "Next" the software begins scanning the selected drive, refer Figure 5

Step 8: You can view the recovered files using "File Type View" / "Data View" option once the scanning process is completed, refer Figure 6

Step 9: You can use the "Save Recovery Session" option to save the scanned information, refer Figure 7

Step 10: Once you are satisfied with the recovery results you can purchase the software

How to Recover Files after Reinstalling Windows?

This will be scenerio where you have repartitioned the hard drive and then reinstalled Windows OS. Follow the tutorial below to recover lost partitions

Step 1: Disconnect the affected hard drive from your PC and connect it as a slave to another healthy computer

Step 2: Download and install the Remo Recover (Windows) on the PC to which the affected hard drive has been connected

Step 3: Launch the application using the Start Menu, or alternatively by double-clicking the shortcut on the desktop

Step 4: The main screen is displayed. From the main screen, select the "Recover Partitions / Drives" option as shown in Fig 1

Step 5:  Select "Partition Recovery" option to recover data after reinstalling Windows as shown in Fig 2

Step 6: The detected physical drives are displayed in a new window

Step 7: Select the physical drive from which lost partition needs to be recovered, and click on "Next" to start the scanning process as shown in Fig 3

Step 8:  Once the scanning process is completed the list of found partitions / drives will be displayed, as shown in Fig 4

Step 9:  Select the appropriate drives / partitions from the ones that are displayed in the drive list and click "Next" as shown in Fig 4

Step 10: You can select the appropriate file types to perform an additional search for files on the basis of their unique signatures. You can also skip this process to continue with normal deep scanning as shown in Fig 5

Step 11: Once the scanning procedure is finished, you have the option to view the recovered data using "File Type View" / "Data View" option as shown in Fig 6

Step 12: You can use the preview option to view the recovered data

Step 13: The "Save Recovery Session" option lets you save the scanned information that can be used when you resume the recovery process as shown in Fig 7

Step 14: Once you are satisfied with the recovery results you can purchase the software

Make use of Remo Recover (Mac) to recover data after reinstall on Mac

Note: Avoid installing Remo Recover software or saving any recovered files on the drive or partition, which contains deleted / lost data. This may overwrite the deleted / lost data leading to permanent loss of files

Related Information

Lost File Recovery Windows
Files that are lost on a Windows OS can be recovered. Read here detailed process on how to restore files lost after partitioning or re-partitioning the hard drive, also understand the preparation and precautions before you start the recovery process this will ensure the safety of unaffected drives / partitions.

Recover Data after Disk Boot Failure
If you are in a situation where you are getting a "Disk Boot Failure" error while starting up your system and you need to retrieve the files from that drive then you would need an highly efficient hard drive recovery tool which restores data lost / inaccessible due to disk boot failures. This software also helps in recovering data from crashed or corrupted hard drives.

Formatted Partition Data Recovery
When you format a partition all the data on that particular partition is lost. If you need to recover the data which was previously available on this partition then use Remo Recover which has an advanced recovery engine to recover data from FAT, NTFS, HFS+ and HFSX partitions which are formatted or have Windows or MAC OS X re-installed after formatting.

Undelete Files from Hard Drive
When you delete a file from hard drive it actually doesn't get deleted but it is just marked as a space which is now available to be overwritten. To undelete files that you have deleted by mistake you need to use an undelete tool that helps to recover. Remo Undelete software (Basic Edition) comes with a built-in smart scan engine to traverse on your hard drive and can recognize up to 300 different types of files.

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