Restore external HD info after use for W10 install media

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aherbozo

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Please I need help to recover my external 1T HD data lost. After I used to create a Windows 10 installation media tool, explorer shows me a unit of 32GB and used only 3.1 GB for the installation media tool.
 
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cwwozniak

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Hi and welcome to TSG. I believe that the software for creating a bootable Windows 10 installer on an eternal USB hard drive first formats the hard drive. You could try a free data recovery program like EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard Free to check the reformatted drive for recoverable files and attempt recovery.

https://www.easeus.com/datarecoverywizard/free-data-recovery-software.htm

Your 1T HDD was most likely formatted using a FAT32 configuration that only supports a maximum HDD configuration of 32GB. The bad news is that the added 3.1 GB of files may have overwritten sectors on the HDD that contained some of your files.
 
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