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Undo ESD-USB | Convert 32GB ESD-USB Hard Drive/External Hard Drive to Normal

If you accidentally converted your hard drive or external hard drive into a 32GB ESD-USB drive and lost data, don't worry. This page includes solutions to undo ESD-USB drive, restore 32GB ESD-USB hard drive or external hard drive to full capacity without data loss.

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This page covers solutions on how to undo ESD-USB drive and restore your device to full capacity without losing data on Windows 10/8/7/XP/Vista.

Accidentally Converted External Hard Drive to 32GB ESD-USB, Lost data and Partition

"Does someone know how to restore my 32GB ESD-USB 1TB external hard drive to normal?

I mistakenly converted it into an ESD-USB drive while trying to create a Windows media creation tool. Now the drive only has a 32GB partition left, the rest partition and data were all gone."

Mistakenly coverted drive to esd-usb drive.

Besides the shown state of ESD-USB drive in the above picture, you may also have experienced the listed symptoms on your hard drive or external hard drive:

  1. 1. Hard drive or external hard drive shows only 32GB or 31GB in Windows Explorer
  2. 2. Partitions become unallocated on ESD-USB hard drive or external hard drive
  3. 3. Saved data get deleted or lost

Don't worry if you are having the same issue. Read on, and you'll learn how to restore lost data and undo the ESD-USB drive on your own in the following two parts.

If you lost valuable data on your hard drive or external hard drive, move to Part 1. You can apply the provided methods there to bring your lost files back immediately.
If you want to immediately convert your ESD-USB hard drive or external hard drive to normal, follow solutions in Part 2 for help.

Part 1. Restore Valuable Lost Files

When you happen to create the Windows Media Installation Tool on the wrong drive, you will lose all partitions and data with only a 32GB ESD-USB partition left. The urgent task is to bring the lost files back when your storage device turned into ESD-USB drive.

To do so, you'll need to delete the ESD-USB partition first and then apply file recovery software to scan and restore all lost files. Go through this part and learn how to bring all your lost data back as soon as possible.

1. Delete Existing ESD-USB Partition 

As you know that the existing ESD-USB partition only contains some Windows installation files, which are not what you want. As a result, deleting the existing 32GB partition won't cause an actual data loss on your drive.

Also, to prevent the restored data unopenable issue from happening, EaseUS data recovery experts suggest you delete the ESD-USB partition and use file recovery software to scan the whole hard drive.

Therefore, to guarantee the restored data available and reusable, follow the steps below to delete the existing partition:

Step 1. Connect your external hard drive to PC and open Disk Management.

Step 2. Locate and right-click on the ESD-USB 32GB partition on your device, select "Delete Volume".

Delete esd-usb partition

Step 3. Click "OK" to confirm.

2. Restore All Lost Drive Files with EaseUS File Recovery Software

A practical and secure method is to restore all lost files from the ESD-USB device with a reliable file recovery software. 

You can either search online to find such a tool or directly download EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard - Data Recovery Wizard for help.

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EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard can thoroughly scan all existing and lost files from the ESD-USB drive and restore everything on the device in only three steps.

Step 1. Select a drive and start scanning

Launch EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard and hover over the partition where you lost data. This could be an internal hard disk, external disk, USB, or SD card. Then, click "Scan".

select a location to scan

Step 2. Check and preview scanned files

Use the file format filter on the left or upper right corner to narrow the scan results until you find the files you need. Then, you can click the "Preview" button or double-click a file to preview its content, if you'd like. 

Choose files to recover

Step 3. Recover lost data to a secure location

Click the checkbox next to the file and click "Recover" to restore the lost data to a secure place. We recommend that you do not store the recovered data on the disk where you lost it earlier.

Recover lost data

Don't save the recovered files to the current hard drive or external hard drive before making it usable again.
In the next part, you will see the complete solutions of restoring ESD-USB hard drive or external hard drive to full capacity.

Part 2. Undo ESD-USB, Restore Hard Drive/External Hard Drive to Full Capacity 

IMPORTANT: If you directly jump to this part, please delete the existing ESD-USB partition on your device first by using Disk Management.

After following Part 1, the ESD-USB partition is no longer on your hard drive or external hard drive. The device now should be an unallocated drive.

Therefore, you can create a new partition on the device to undo ESD-USB. By doing so, you will be able to restore your HDD or external hard drive to full capacity:

Step 1. Enter Disk Management and right-click on the unallocated space, select "New Simple Volume". 

Create New Partition on target drive.

Step 2. Enter the New Simple Volume Wizard, click "Next" to continue.

Step 3. Set the new partition size, file system - NTFS, and partition label on your hard drive or external hard drive.

Create new partition on esd-usb drive.

Step 4. When you finish all the settings, click "Finish" to complete the process.

Finish creating partition.

Note: If you need to create more than one partitions on your hard drive, remember that you need to allocate the unused space properly and repeat the process once again.

After this, you can reuse your hard drive or external hard drive to store relevant data and files again.

However, this is not the end yet. Besides, knowing the ways of protecting your data and preventing hard drive or external hard drive from being converted to ESD-USB mistakenly. In the next part, some reliable tips will assist you in resolving this issue with ease.

Part 3. Bonus Tips to Protect HDD/External Hard Drive with Data

Knowing the ways of protecting your data and external or internal hard drive will be highly helpful, especially in the prevention of data loss.

Here are some reliable tips for you to apply and take action to protect your valuable files and storage device immediately:

1. Create Data Backup and Save to Anther Device or Cloud Drive

It's always a good habit of creating a full backup of your valuable files, data to another hard drive or external storage device. When data get lost on your device, you can always bring them back from the backup.

A time-saving and effective method is to apply reliable file backup software for help. EaseUS Todo Backup can back up files, hard disk partition, and even Windows OS to another hard drive, external storage device, or even cloud drive for you in 3 simple steps.

Step 1. Click "Select backup contents" to initiate a backup.

create file backup step1

Step 2. There are four data backup categories, File, Disk, OS, and Mail, click File.

create file backup step2

Step 3. Local and network files will be displayed on the left side. You may extend the directory to choose which files to back up.

File backup

Step 4. Select the location where you want to store the backup by following the on-screen instructions.

File backup step4

Click "Options" to encrypt the backup with a password in "Backup Options," and to setup a backup schedule and choose to initiate a backup at a certain event in "Backup Scheme." There are a variety of other customization options available for the backup process.

Backup options

Step 5. You may save the backup to a local disk, EaseUS' online service, or a NAS.

file backup step4

Step 6. EaseUS Todo Backup enables customers to back up data to a third-party cloud drive and its own cloud drive.

If you want to back up data to a third-party cloud drive, choose Local Drive, scroll down to add Cloud Device, add your account, and then log in.

Backup to cloud
You can also save backups to EaseUS's cloud storage service. Sign up for an EaseUS Account and log in after clicking EaseUS Cloud.

backup to easeus cloud

Step 7. To begin backup, click "Backup Now" Once the backup process has been finished, it will be shown as a card on the panel's left side. To further manage a backup job, right-click it.

File backup step7

2. Run Antivirus Software to Clear Virus, Malware, etc. Regularly

You should also apply antivirus software for help. With reliable antivirus software, you can clear and remove the existing or hibernating virus, malware, etc., from your hard drive or external storage devices. 
Turning on Microsoft Defender is relatively not enough and here is a list of reliable antivirus software for you to try:

  • Norton Security 360/Norton Antivirus Plus
  • McAfee
  • AVG
  • Avira
  • Avast
  • Malwarebytes
  • Kaspersky Anti-Virus

No matter which software you decide to use, once you finish the installation, run the software immediately. It will thoroughly scan your computer, external storage devices, and remove all potential virus. 

3. Encrypt and Lock Hard Drive/External Hard Drive with Password

Another way to keep your device and data safe is to encrypt or lock your hard drive, external hard drive with a password.

If you are a Windows 10/8/7 user, you can enable BitLocker on your device with the below steps:

Step 1. Open Control Panel and click "BitLocker Drive Encryption".

Step 2. Locate and expand the drive or external hard drive that you want to lock, and select "Turn on BitLocker". 

Lock and protect hard drive.

Step 3. Set a password to lock the selected hard drive or external hard drive and click "Next" to continue. 

Turn on BitLocker on storage device.

Step 4. Select a way to save your password to your Microsoft account, to a USB drive, to a file or print the recovery key and click "Next" to confirm.

Step 5. Choose how much you of your drive to encrypt and click "Next" to continue - 

  • Encrypt used disk space only (faster and best for new PCs and drives)
  • Encrypt entire drive (slower but best for PCs and drives already in use).

Set lock mode on storage device.

Step 6. Choose which encryption mode to use and click "Next" to continue -

  • New encryption mode (best for fixed drives on this device)
  • Compatible mode (best for drives that can be moved from this device).

Choose encryption mode for devices.

Step 7. Click "Start encrypting" and wait for the process to finish.

Set password and lock hard drive.

Besides, some reliable programs can lock and encrypt your drive with a password. By doing so, no one can directly access your data, hard drive, or external hard drive without a password.

When you need to access and use your files on the locked hard drive or external hard drive, here is how to unlock the device: 
1. Keep your hard drive or external hard drive connected to your PC.
2. Double-click on your drive and enter the password which you've set for the BitLocker encryption.
3. After this, you can open your device and use the data securely again.

The Bottom Line

On this page, we've provided you with complete solutions in Part 1 and Part 2. By using data recovery software first and create new partitions next, you can revert the ESD-USB drive to normal without data loss.

By applying the provided tips in Part 3, you will also gain a complete plan to protect your data from being overwritten or prevent storage devices from being converted to ESD-USB by mistake.   

Undo ESD-USB Hard Drive FAQs

Here are 4 additional questions about undoing ESD-USB hard drive. Check here for the answers.

1. How can I recover my data from ESD-USB?

Using a data recovery application, such as EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard, is the best way to retrieve data from an ESD USB. What you can do is:

  • Insert the ESD-USB stick into the computer's port. 
  • Install and launch EaseUS USB data recovery software on your PC.
  • Select the ESD-USB and click Scan.
  • Choose the target data and files and click "Recover" to restore them.

2. Is it possible to recover files after formatting?

Yes, files can be recovered after formatting. All previous data will be deleted when you format a storage device. For the majority of users, wiping data after formatting results in all data being permanently lost. The old data, however, truly stays on the drive until it is replaced by new data. You still have a chance to recover files after formatting if you didn't add any new files or directories to the formatted hard drive.

3. How can I recover files from a corrupted USB for free?

To recover files from a faulty USB, use free drive recovery software. To easily recover images, movies, documents, and other things from a USB drive try the free EaseUS data recovery program.

4. Can I install Windows 10 from ESD file?

Yes. To completely install Windows 10, get the ESD file and make your own bootable ISO files. Users may only get the bits for build 10041 through Windows Update, despite Microsoft's pledge to provide ISO files for every new version of Windows 10.

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Dany is an editor of EaseUS who lives and works in Chengdu, China. She focuses on writing articles about data recovery on Mac devices and PCs. She is devoted to improving her writing skills and enriching her professional knowledge. Dany also enjoys reading detective novels in her spare time.

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Tracy joined in EaseUS in 2013 and has been working with EaseUS content team for over 10 years. Being enthusiastic in computing and technology, she writes tech how-to articles and share technical solutions to resolve Windows & Mac data recovery, data backup, partition management, data transfer, Windows update issues, etc.

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