Windows 10 installation deleted everything on my USB drive


  1. BSS
    Posts : 1
    Windows
       #1

    Windows 10 installation deleted everything on my USB drive


    I have directed the installation of windows 10 to my USB after which everything I previously had on it got deleted, does anyone no what's the cause of the problem and maybe how to solve it
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  2. Posts : 34,863
    Win 10 Pro (1903) (2nd PC is 21H2)
       #2

    If you've chosen to overwrite what was on your USB, it would appear you're the cause...?
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  3. Posts : 17,246
    Windows 11 Pro
       #3

    When you ran the Media Creation Tool, you didn't read and heed the warning:

    Windows 10 installation deleted everything on my USB drive-capture.jpg

    It did exactly what the warning stated.
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  4. Posts : 668
    Win 10 pro
       #4

    Yes, sadly you seems to have done a big mistake, you should immediately stop using the drive and maybe you'll be able to recover something ...
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  5. Posts : 8,614
    Mac OS Catalina
       #5

    BSS said:
    I have directed the installation of windows 10 to my USB after which everything I previously had on it got deleted, does anyone no what's the cause of the problem and maybe how to solve it
    If you attempted to install something to a USB drive/stick, of course it will delete anything on that storage device.
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  6. Posts : 12
    Windows 10
       #6

    Looks like someone should've taken their USB stick out of the slot when it was installing or reinstalling the system.
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  7. Posts : 19,207
    W11+W11 Developer Insider + Linux
       #7

    BSS said:
    I have directed the installation of windows 10 to my USB after which everything I previously had on it got deleted, does anyone no what's the cause of the problem and maybe how to solve it
    In order to make it bootable, it has to be formatted, all programs for making bootable USB do that.
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