External Hard drive formatted / deleted while installing windows 10

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  1. Posts : 10
    windows 8
    Thread Starter
       #11

    Right, but I have two query,
    1) Should I try to recover data/files,pics from unallocated size of HARD DISK which is showing now ???? OR
    2) Create a partition from that unallocated size of HARD DISK and then recover data/files ?
    3) Does it work after partition to recover data because new partition will be empty/formated ?

    Thanks

    DeaconFrost said:
    For future reference, backup drives usually aren't connected 24x7 and are most definitely not connected when doing any major to the system.

    As for your data, you skipped the answer in post #4 on how to get it back.
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  2. DeaconFrost's Avatar
    Posts : 1,366
    Windows 10 Pro x64
       #12

    You would want to do as little to the drive as possible. If you create a new partition on top of the data you want to recover, you make it much more difficult to get your files back. Leave the drive unplugged until you get the software installed and read through the instructions. Then, when you are ready, plug it in and start the steps. You may not be able to get anything back that was over-written by the 32 GB partition.

    *Also, as another tip, always label your partitions and drives. If that drive had been labelled BACKUP, you would have noticed when the Media Creation Tool prompted you to format BACKUP.
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  3. Posts : 10
    windows 8
    Thread Starter
       #13

    You mean,
    First do partition and then use recovery tool to recover data ?
    OR
    Recover data first using recovery tool and then do partition with simple volume ?

    DeaconFrost said:
    You would want to do as little to the drive as possible. If you create a new partition on top of the data you want to recover, you make it much more difficult to get your files back. Leave the drive unplugged until you get the software installed and read through the instructions. Then, when you are ready, plug it in and start the steps. You may not be able to get anything back that was over-written by the 32 GB partition.

    *Also, as another tip, always label your partitions and drives. If that drive had been labelled BACKUP, you would have noticed when the Media Creation Tool prompted you to format BACKUP.
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  4. Posts : 1,521
    Windows 10 Pro (32-bit) 16299.15
       #14

    It seems to be a problem with the Anniversary Update
    Have a look here:
    Windows 10 Anniversary update problems, not recognizing external hdd

    If it's the same problem then the advice seems to be: do NOT try to recover the data. It's most likely still there and the issue is that the Anniversary edition of Windows 10 isn't reading it properly.

    More links:
    http://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/w...1-f1872b7b4ba1
    https://www.reddit.com/r/Windows10/c...nked/?sort=new
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  5. DeaconFrost's Avatar
    Posts : 1,366
    Windows 10 Pro x64
       #15

    Forget partitioning. The more you do to the drive, the more likely it is you WON'T get your data back. I'm assuming you've never used a recovery tool before, so leave the drive exactly as it is. Install the recovery software and then connect the drive to your computer and follow the steps.
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  6. Posts : 1,521
    Windows 10 Pro (32-bit) 16299.15
       #16

    DeaconFrost said:
    Forget partitioning. The more you do to the drive, the more likely it is you WON'T get your data back. I'm assuming you've never used a recovery tool before, so leave the drive exactly as it is. Install the recovery software and then connect the drive to your computer and follow the steps.
    I wouldn't even do that.

    If it's the same as the other thread then the cure seems to be to rollback to the previous version. In that scenario there's nothing wrong on the drive itself that needs recovering - the issue seemed to be Windows Anniversary Update itself.

    It would be interesting to see if the recovery software reads the drive but I wouldn't let it make changes.
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  7. Posts : 10
    windows 8
    Thread Starter
       #17

    I was not able to install windows 10 and still my laptop has windows 8 working. My windows 10 backup is also gone.
    When I plug in External hard drive, its recognizing but only showing FAT 32GB and 1TB.
    Other part which is 899 GB is showing unallocated through disk managment.


    DavidY said:
    I wouldn't even do that.

    If it's the same as the other thread then the cure seems to be to rollback to the previous version. In that scenario there's nothing wrong on the drive itself that needs recovering - the issue seemed to be Windows Anniversary Update itself.

    It would be interesting to see if the recovery software reads the drive but I wouldn't let it make changes.
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  8. Posts : 10
    windows 8
    Thread Starter
       #18

    you think doing recovery with multiple tools can damage hard drive ???
    I am thinking of using multiple recovery tool if single recovery is not able to recover all data.


    DeaconFrost said:
    Forget partitioning. The more you do to the drive, the more likely it is you WON'T get your data back. I'm assuming you've never used a recovery tool before, so leave the drive exactly as it is. Install the recovery software and then connect the drive to your computer and follow the steps.
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  9. Posts : 1,521
    Windows 10 Pro (32-bit) 16299.15
       #19

    sam1964 said:
    I was not able to install windows 10 and still my laptop has windows 8 working. My windows 10 backup is also gone.
    My apologies - I didn't work out that you were still on Windows 8.
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  10. Slartybart's Avatar
    Posts : 3,502
    Win_8.1-Pro, Win_10.1607-Pro, Mint_17.3
       #20

    Sam,

    Don't over think this ... tenforum members have a breadth and depth of knowledge that you can use or not use at your discretion.

    Minitool Partition Wizard (PW) is a two step process

    1) analyze - running a feature with different options
    ie Quick scan or Full scan

    2) fix - pressing the Apply button
    This is the point where you want to be cautious

    If you launch PW and post a screen shot of what the first Quick scan reports, members can advise you further.

    Here's the screen from the tutorial:

    External Hard drive formatted / deleted while installing windows 10-partition-recovery-3.jpg

    Here's how you can grab a screen shot that shows the issue and attach it to a new post.
    Screenshots and Files - Upload and Post in Ten Forums - Windows 10 Forums
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