External Hard Drive Partition now “unallocated” space

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I created a 32GB partition on my 1TB Western Digital External HDD.

The partition was created without a problem. Both the 32GB partition and the remaining partition were fully functional. I then used Windows 8’s “Create a Recovery Drive” and pointed it towards the 32GB partition. It said it was going to delete the contents of the “drive,” I clicked ok as it was pointing to the partition I had created for that purpose.

In the process, the larger partition dropped off and is now listed as unallocated space. I ran EaseUS Partition Master and it did not find the deleted partition and did it’s complete search. It took just over 11 hours. When it was finished, the 32GB partition was listed twice, once as FAT and once as NTFS and then there were about 10 other partitons listed, of which about 4 were close to 1TB. My question is, which one do I chose?

Is this the best way to go about it? There was no overwriting or anything like that, the partition dropped off in a matter of seconds.


In Windows 8 when you choose to “Create a Recovery Drive”, the wizard formats the whole drive and then sets it up to be a recovery drive/partiton for your Windows 8 machine. It is also recommend not to store any other data on this “Recovery Drive”, this is just for recovering your machine and that is it.

You can use EaseUS to recover a partition, and you should be able to tell by the size of the partition and name which one you want to recover. However if you do recover the formatted partition you will break the recover drive.

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