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How Can You Recover Deleted NTFS Partition and Partition Data?


Summary: As is well known, the partition is a part of a hard drive in the computer. However, when using a computer to cope with some things in work and life, partition loss is a common situation. Today in this post, we will show you how to recover deleted NTFS partition.

Partition Loss Issue

In this day and age, the computer is playing an important role in our daily life. Usually, you get used to storing many kinds of work documents and personal files to the disk partition of the computer. Besides, NTFS is widely used due to its better overall performance, thus, you create an NTFS partition for data storage.

However, after using a computer for a period of time, a bad situation - NTFS partition loss accidentally appears although you take good care of the computer. Then you are very annoying. Generally speaking, partition loss refers to a state that you are unable to see a certain hard disk partition in the operating system. When opening Windows Disk Management, if you can not see the NTFS partition and find it displays an unallocated mark in the location where the NTFS partition is originally in, at this time, we can ensure your NTFS partition has been lost.

After partition loss issue appears, you will be wondering about: why is your NTFS partition missing? Is it possible to get partition data back? How can I recover NTFS partition? Here we will show you the answers in detail as follows.

Why Is NTFS Partition Lost

Before beginning NTFS partition recovery, we will show you the reasons. While using a computer, it is possible that some accidents happen to you, which will lead to partition loss. Let’s look at the following situations to learn more:

1. Corrupted partition table: The partition table is easy damaged or corrupted due to improper operation, virus attack, and more, which can lead to partition loss.
2. Mistaken deletion: when managing hard drive, you probably delete an NTFS partition that you need, or clean a wrong disk with diskpart, or only want to delete a partition but clean the entire disk. All these accidental deletions will cause partition loss.
3. Power failure: if power outage suddenly happens, your NTFS partition is easy to get missing.
4. Bad sectors: your partition will be damaged due to bad sectors, and your disk may be not recognized by Windows.
tip Tip:

The above reasons are the main causes of partition loss. Here disk unknown not initialized issue is a very common case of partition loss, and click this post - Solved-Disk Unknown Not Initialized Issue on External Hard Drive to learn more.

How to Recover Deleted NTFS Partition

Is Partition Recovery Possible

Once the NTFS partition gets missing, all the partition data are lost, which probably brings immeasurable loss to you. So, is it possible to get back lost or deleted NTFS partition, as well as the data saved on the partition? After partition deletion, the location of the partition shows unallocated. Actually, partition data still exist and can be recovered with the help of a professional data recovery program as long as no new data overwrite this location.

note Note:

Before recovering deleted NTFS partition, please pay attention to not doing any operation to your disk or partition, especially create a new partition on the unallocated space. Otherwise, the possibility of partition data recovery is slim.

The Best Partition Recovery Software

use Use MiniTool Partition Wizard

As a matter of fact, partition loss issue is asked by many users. You must ask: how can I recover deleted files from hard disk? The answer is to use a piece of professional partition recovery software. If you are also encountering such a circumstance, when searching it online, you will find many forums are discussing it. Let’s look at a true example:

"I did make a bad mistake. In windows 7 boot window, I didn't realize I have a system reserved partition, so I used an app to merge that drive into another and I haven’t known that an HDD partition can’t be merged to an SDD partition; After merging, I restarted the system and faced windows crashing so I again installed windows ( didn't realize the lost partition ) when I return to there is lost partition how can I recover it with my files. "

--from sevenforums

When experiencing partition loss, the urgent affair should be to recover deleted NTFS partition and partition data. How can I restore a deleted partition? Is there any professional software to do this work? Which one is the best partition recovery software? When searching such a tool online, some of you may choose to use [email protected] Partition Recovery or Testdisk Data Recovery.

But in the above forum, one user suggests using MiniTool Partition Wizard. As well, here we also strongly recommend MiniTool Partition Wizard since this NTFS partition recovery software has earned a great reputation from users all over the world. Besides, as a dedicated partition manager, it has more powerful functions than the two tools mentioned above. And it can be used to deal with many issues, for example, extend partition, rebuild MBR, migrate OS, copy disk, convert disk between MBR and GPT, manage dynamic disk and more. Moreover, its "Partition Recovery" enables you to recover data from deleted NTFS partition effectively.


  • MiniTool Partition Wizard Free Edition can only be used to scan lost or deleted partitions, but not to recover those partitions since "Partition Recovery" is a paid function.
  • You can free download NTFS partition recovery software free edition to check whether your deleted NTFS partition is scanned. If so, then just upgrade to its Professional Edition or a more advanced edition to perform the recovery operation.

Now please follow the guidance below and try to recover deleted files from deleted NTFS partition.

Step 1: After installing MiniTool Partition Wizard Professional Edition, please launch this partition software to its main interface. Here you can see your disk partition becomes "unallocated". Please right-click on the target hard drive to select "Partition Recovery" to recover files from unallocated space. Or select this feature from "Check Disk" menu.

recover deleted ntfs partition

Step 2: In this interface, three scanning ranges are listed:

  • Full Disk: it enables you to scan the entire disk to find deleted or lost partitions.
  • Unallocated Space: this option only helps to scan free space to quick find needed partitions.
  • Specified Range: this mode allows you to enter the starting LBA and Ending LBA directly to perform this scan.

Please select a scanning range for the specified disk and click "Next" to continue.

scanning range

Step 3: Now you need to choose a scanning method for the scanning range you have set in the above step to recover deleted NTFS partition. Two scanning methods are here:

  • Quick Scan: this scanning method is suitable to restore your partitions if your partitions are continuous. That is to say, when finding a lost/deleted partition, this software will jump to the end of this partition to scan other partitions.
  • Full Scan: this mode is designed to scan every sector of the scanning range you have chosen when Quick Scan fails to work.

san method

Step 4: After finishing the scan, you can see all deleted NTFS partitions and existing partitions are listed in the pop-up interface. Please check all needed partitions (both existing and lost) and then click "Finish" to go back to MiniTool Partition Wizard main interface.

partition recovery

tip Tip: Here by double clicking the searched partition (take the first partition as an example), you are allowed to explore the partition content to check whether this partition is the one you want to do NTFS partition recovery.

explore extent

Step 5: Then in the main interface, you can preview all your deleted NTFS partitions are displayed. Please hit "Apply" button to make this NTFS partition recovery effective.


Now with the help of MiniTool Partition Wizard, you can easily recover NTFS partition as well as partition data. But after finishing this recovery, you must be wondering that why all recovered partitions can’t be seen in Windows Explorer. Actually, it is because all the recovered partitions don’t have a drive letter. Please assign a letter for them.

Select a recovered partition, and then click "Change Drive Letter" feature in the left pane. Then in the pop-up window, select a new letter from drive letter list. Finally, click "Apply" to execute this operation.

assign drive letter

After finishing all these steps, you can access your partition data. If you are interested in MiniTool Partition Wizard and think it is useful to solve your issue, please share it and let other persons deal with their issues effectively.


about Adopt MiniTool Power Data Recovery

In addition, there is another data recovery software which is called MiniTool Power Data Recovery. If Partition Wizard fails to help you to recover deleted NTFS partitions, please try this one. This professional data recovery software is also popular with many users in the world and it is suitable to only recover data from deleted NTFS partition, not to retrieve the deleted partition. With its five recovery modules, you are able to handle different data loss issues.

Let’s learn something about these five modules:

Undelete Recovery: recover deleted files from a local disk or an external hard drive.
Digital Media Recovery: recover lost photos, MP3/4 files and video files from flash drives, digital cameras, memory sticks and more.
CD/DVD Recovery: retrieve data from formatted or erased discs.
Lost Partition Recovery: restore data from lost partitions because of accidental deletion or OS reinstallation.
Damaged Partition Recovery: retrieve data from formatted, RAW, and damaged partitions.

After learning the main function of each recovery mode, now you know "Lost Partition Recovery" is an appropriate option to recover files from deleted NTFS partition.


Before NTFS partition data recovery, please download MiniTool Power Data Recovery Free Edition to have a free try. This edition offers 1GB data recovery service in total, so if you need to recover more data, please purchase an advanced edition.

How do you recover deleted files? Follow the guidance now.

Step 1: After launching MiniTool Power Data Recovery, please click "Lost Partition Recovery" to begin to recover deleted files from deleted NTFS partition.

lost partition recovery

Step 2: Then all the hard disks in your computer will be listed here. Select the hard drive which contains deleted partitions and then click "Full Scan" button in the lower right side. The scanning time is different based on disk capacity and data amount, please wait patiently.

select disk

Step 3: After finishing a scan, all your lost partitions will be found. Please unfold each folder in the partitions, check all needed files and click "Save" button to store these files to a safe location. Here "Find", "Filter" and "Type" are three options which are useful to quick find needed files.

Tip: We suggest that you had better not save files to the original location to avoid data overwriting.


With MiniTool Power Data Recovery, it is easy to recover NTFS partition data. If you like this software, please share it with your friends.


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Make a Backup to Avoid Data Loss

However, partition loss is very common since nobody can ensure no mistake happens during managing your disk. Besides, it is troublesome and time-consuming to do data recovery although the professional software can get lost partition and data back to a certain degree. So, in order to avoid data loss, it is necessary to do something. In our opinion, the best choice is to make a backup. Here we recommend you to copy disk with MiniTool Partition Wizard, which can backup not only your system but also the data on the entire disk. For more information, please read this post - Best Free Backup Software for Windows 10/8/7/XP.

Bottom Line

In this post, we introduce you what partition loss is, the main causes of partition loss, how to recover deleted NTFS partition as well as files on the drive and make a backup to avoid data loss. By using MiniTool Partition Wizard "Partition Recovery" and MiniTool Power Data Recovery "Lost Partition Recovery" features, the lost partition and partition data can be restored effectively. If you are now experiencing a sudden partition loss issue, please try MiniTool Partition Wizard or MiniTool Power Data Recovery. If you have any question during using our software, you can leave us comments in the text below or email via [email protected]. Some suggestions are also appreciated.