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  1. Joined : Aug 2016
    Posts : 10
    windows 8
       10 Aug 2016 #1

    External Hard drive formatted / deleted while installing windows 10


    Hello there,
    I had windows 10 backup on my 1TB WD external hard drive. My 1TB external hard drive was also having all my important files along with pictures and videos. I was using following the step given in this video : How to Install Windows 10 from a USB Flash Drive - YouTube.
    After reboot, all my data/files/pics/videos on 1TB got deleted/formatted. When I plug in this hard drive again, it is showing only FAT 32 GB storage instead of showing 1TB. I went to manage and disk management, it is showing below info, which is showing 899.48 GB unallocated.
    Can someone please help me how to get back all my deleted/formatted data/files/ics/videos ???
    Thanks
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  2. Joined : Sep 2015
    Posts : 13
    Windows 10 64-bit Home Premium
       10 Aug 2016 #2

    Have you tried checking your primary drive for the windows.old folder? Assuming you chose either the "Keep my files" or the"Remove Everything" options instead of the "Restore Factory Settings" entry, then all of your old files should be stored there.
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  3.    11 Aug 2016 #3

    I did that once by mistake with Windows 7. Turns out when I chose to do a clean install I selected the wrong Disk/Partition and Windows erased the drive. Of course, it warned me first that the action would be one way.

    I realized a few minutes later when the Partition size that was being used was the wrong size. Lesson learned. Of course, I had backups so no loss. Same for you right? You had backups?

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  4. Joined : Oct 2013
    Penns Forrest
    Posts : 3,506
    Win_8.1-Pro, Win_10.1607-Pro, Mint_17.3
       11 Aug 2016 #4

    Try Minitool Partition Wizard Free to recover the partition(s) on the ext drive
    Tutorial: Partition Recovery
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  5. Joined : Jul 2015
    Posts : 6,842
    Windows 10 Pro
       11 Aug 2016 #5

    It appears that what happened was that when you ran the media creation tool to create the Windows 10 USB "flash drive" you selected the external hard drive and Media Creation Tool set up the install media on it - which means it gets reformatted to a 32 GB FAT32 partition. I just tried it, but did not click next. Here is my external USB hard drive connected as Disk 3:

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    Here is Media Creation Tool on the screen where I would click next to do what you apparently did to your external hard drive:

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    If I clicked next - I would expect that what the screen says would happen would be what would actually happen. H: drive - a partition on the external hard drive - "The files on your USB drive will be deleted. To keep these files, back them up now to another save location." Apparently the Media Creation Tool isn't smart enough to tell the difference between an external hard drive and a flash drive connected to the USB port.

    You can try a partition recovery program, but if the files that were erased were that important you might want to take that drive to a professional company that recovers data.
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  6. Joined : Aug 2016
    Posts : 10
    windows 8
       11 Aug 2016 #6

    I did selected remove everything and lost all data after restore factory setting.

    Arcturus Fyr said: View Post
    Have you tried checking your primary drive for the windows.old folder? Assuming you chose either the "Keep my files" or the"Remove Everything" options instead of the "Restore Factory Settings" entry, then all of your old files should be stored there.
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  7. Joined : Aug 2016
    Posts : 10
    windows 8
       11 Aug 2016 #7

    You are right, program did not realize that it was my external hard drive and it did ask me to delete/format drive. It was my mistake I selected to delete/format and lost everything. But do you HAVE ANY IDEA by chance if I can get those files in unallocated space which is showing now ??


    NavyLCDR said: View Post
    It appears that what happened was that when you ran the media creation tool to create the Windows 10 USB "flash drive" you selected the external hard drive and Media Creation Tool set up the install media on it - which means it gets reformatted to a 32 GB FAT32 partition. I just tried it, but did not click next. Here is my external USB hard drive connected as Disk 3:

    Click image for larger version. 

Name:	Capture.JPG 
Views:	2 
Size:	109.1 KB 
ID:	95454

    Here is Media Creation Tool on the screen where I would click next to do what you apparently did to your external hard drive:

    Click image for larger version. 

Name:	Capture1.JPG 
Views:	1 
Size:	34.7 KB 
ID:	95455

    If I clicked next - I would expect that what the screen says would happen would be what would actually happen. H: drive - a partition on the external hard drive - "The files on your USB drive will be deleted. To keep these files, back them up now to another save location." Apparently the Media Creation Tool isn't smart enough to tell the difference between an external hard drive and a flash drive connected to the USB port.

    You can try a partition recovery program, but if the files that were erased were that important you might want to take that drive to a professional company that recovers data.
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  8. Joined : Aug 2016
    Posts : 10
    windows 8
       11 Aug 2016 #8

    No backups, 1TB was my back ups and its all gone.


    hiphopper said: View Post
    I did that once by mistake with Windows 7. Turns out when I chose to do a clean install I selected the wrong Disk/Partition and Windows erased the drive. Of course, it warned me first that the action would be one way.

    I realized a few minutes later when the Partition size that was being used was the wrong size. Lesson learned. Of course, I had backups so no loss. Same for you right? You had backups?

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  9. Joined : Mar 2015
    Philadelphia
    Posts : 1,072
    Windows 10 Pro x64
       11 Aug 2016 #9

    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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  10. Joined : Aug 2016
    Posts : 10
    windows 8
       11 Aug 2016 #10

    What you say is for getting partition recovery for unallocated size of hard disk. But how it will work after partition ?
    Because after partition, unallocated will become new volume and will I be able to get lost files from that new volume ??


    Slartybart said: View Post
    Try Minitool Partition Wizard Free to recover the partition(s) on the ext drive
    Tutorial: Partition Recovery
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