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When Extended Partition Gets Lost, Take This Solution

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    What should I do when extended partition gets lost? We believe a lot of users have asked this question since they know nothing or little about restoring lost partitions. Next, let’s see what partition recovery is and how to recover lost partitions in a fast way.

    Simply speaking, to recover a partition is to rebuild corresponding partition information in partition table. After suffering mistaken operation, virus attack, or other logical errors, a certain partition may be invisible in Windows Explorer and become unallocated in Disk Management. At this time we say it gets lost. But as a matter of fact, before new partitions is created in the unallocated space, lost/deleted partition is still here since deleting a partition just modifies partition information recorded in partition table. Therefore, after extended partition gets lost, what we should do is fix or rebuild the corresponding information in partition table.

    For experienced users, they can rebuild partition information manually. But for common people, they had better resort to third party software since the former requires professional knowledge and complex operations. And a mistaken operation may make existing partitions lost. There is free partition recovery software which helps recover lost or deleted partitions automatically, and users only need to do some clicks. Here, MiniTool Partition Wizard Free is recommended. If your extended partition or primary partition gets lost too, try taking this way. For detailed steps, please see the example below.

    How to Recover Lost Partition with MiniTool Partition Wizard

    After running the free partition recovery software, we need to click “Launch Application” module to get the main interface below:

    minitool partition wizard main interface

    Then, select the disk which is suffering partition loss and choose “Partition Recovery” from the left action panel to get the window below:

    recover lost partition choose scanning range

    Now choose a range to scan and click “Next>”. If we haven’t done any operation after partition loss, we can choose “Unallocated Space” to scan, which can save much time. Next, choose a scanning method from 2 and click “Next>”. After scanning, both existing partitions and lost partitions will be listed:

    recover lost partition check needed partitions

    At this time we need to check all needed partitions (both existing and lost) and click “Finish” to go back to the main interface:

    recover lost partition apply changes

    Now we can preview the recovered partition, but it does not have a drive letter. That is to say it will be invisible in Windows Explorer, too. Therefore, please select the partition and choose “Change Drive Letter” to allocate it with a drive letter. At last, click “Apply” button to apply all changes. After application, lost partitions are recovered.

    When your extended partition or primary partition also gets lost, recover it by using the free partition recovery software MiniTool Partition Wizard. For tutorial help, please see Partition Recovery.