can I reformat External HD and still recover same amount of data?

Disk Drill for Mac and Windows – Help Center Forums Data Recovery in Mac OS can I reformat External HD and still recover same amount of data?

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    kmaguire457
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    I was trying to reformat another external HD and had my personal one plugged in at the same time and somehow when reformatting that I also reformatted mine. The result of which was my 200Gb DVD collection I had transferred over being deleted or formatted over. Anyways this external that I am currently deep scanning needs to be formatted back to FAT32 so I can play the movies on it but it is still stuck on an HFS+ format I believe, even though my Mac won’t recognize it since I’ve formatted it. So to make a long story short can I format this external HD back to FAT32 and then have disk drill resume or restart its deep scan and then restore the same amount of data I would have before.
    thanks for any help I was so relieved this software was able to recover these files in the first place happy I got it 🙂

    #4862

    kmaguire457
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    also heres a pic of disk utility showing my External as it is now if that helps
    http://i1266.photobucket.com/albums/jj538/cogitoergodoleo88/Picture3.png

    #4863

    mynameisJR
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    Please, do not touch or do anything to your disk during scanning or anywhere during data recovery, this may ruin even the data that is still recoverable.

    #4864

    kmaguire457
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    ok thanks for that info. I wasn’t sure if I can still recover files while its scanning and transfer them to my desktop and then transfer them to another external thats already working? or if I should wait for the deep scan to be complete, also I noticed its 50% done and it has like 15 more hours to go but its recovered over a 100 movies and 200GB of data which I’m pretty sure is all I had in there so is it done and just still searching every nook and cranny?

    #4865

    mynameisJR
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    It’s up to you whether you want to wait till the end of the Deep Scan, the main point is not to change anything on the scanned disk before you recover everything recoverable.

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