External Hard Drive Formatted While Installing Windows 10

I accidentally formatted the external hard drive when installing Windows, and then I installed Windows. Then I discovered that my external hard drive's partitions have been removed. What steps do I need to take to retrieve the formatted data from these destroyed partitions?

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Dany· Answered on Mar 09, 2023

This problem occurs may because of Windows 10 installation bugs, and there are only 32 GB of storage space showing on your external hard drive. You may efficiently prevent data loss by knowing what to do after removing partitions on your Windows hard disk or external storage devices. Here are some recommendations about what you should do:

1. Once a partition has been lost or removed from a hard disk or portable storage device, you should stop utilizing it right once. On the device, don't store any data or make a new partition.

2. CMD commands can be used by certain users to restore lost partitions or data. The commands "list disk" and "select disk #", "list volume" "select volume #," and "assign letter = #" may only be used to restore a lost or deleted drive letter, causing a vanished partition to reappear.

You can try to use a professional data recovery tool to recover lost partitions. We will recommend EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard to you! And we will show you how to recover data from deleted partitions after formatting the external hard drive:

1. Open the EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard, choose the "Lost Partition" option, then press "Scan" to look through all of the lost data. If there are a lot of missing partitions, you can count them by their size.

2. You may pick a file category for expedient filtering because there will be several scanned files, such as Pictures, Videos, Documents, Audio, and Others. You may also use the search box in the top right corner if you know the file name.

3. You can examine the file before recovery to make sure it has the information you want. To recover all the files you require, select them all and click "Recover."

Use EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard to recover deleted or lost files easily and quickly.

Tutorials on how to recover lost, deleted, or formatted data from HDD, SSD, USB, SD card, or other storage media on Windows and Mac.

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