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How Do I Recover Hard Disk Partition with Ease?


Summary: Partitions disappear? Don't know what to do? Hard drive partition recovery is not that difficult as long as you have MiniTool Partition Wizard at hand. This post tells how to recover HHD partition.

About Hard Drive Partition

What is a partition? A partition can be regarded as a part of a hard disk drive. In windows, when you open Disk Management, you can see there are several disks listed there, and each one is divided into several segments - partitions. In fact, the hard drive is not physically divided, it is logically divided for better management.

How does a partition appear?

When we connect a new drive, usually first of all Windows will ask us to initialize it to GPT disk or MBR disk. After that, we need to do hard drive partitioning so as to make it ready for data storage. By right clicking the unallocated space, we can create new partitions by following "New Simple Volume Wizard". A partition comes with the following attributes: drive letter, label, file system, capacity, used space, unused space, status, etc. With these properties, we can classify and store kinds of files to the appointed partitions, making data management efficient.

Partition Loss Happens Often

Although hard disk partitions make data management easier, we have to pay attention to the followings that may lead to partition loss:

  • Human errors: when doing hard disk management, we may accidentally delete a necessary partition or carry out diskpart clean on the wrong drive that contains important files, leading to partition loss.
  • Power Surges: while a partition is being read accessed or write accessed, power surges or power fluctuations may lead to corruption in the partition, making the partition disappeared.
  • Virus Infection: Virus intrusion or malware infection may bring corruption in the partition header, hence the infected partition may disappear.
  • Hardware Issue: One or more hardware issues may cause corruption in a partition or make it disappear, even if it is healthy. Besides, if there are a large number of bad sectors, or bad RAM, a hard drive may no longer display partitions or the operating system fails to read it.
  • Windows update: In the latter half of 2016, Windows Anniversary Update leads to numbers of partition loss.

Nevertheless, if a partition is lost by accident, can we recover hard disk partition? Actually, with powerful partition recovery tools, this issue can be solved easily.

How Do You Recover Hard Disk Partition

Although we are unable to prevent some of the issues listed in the former part that can lead to partition loss from happening, there should be a way for us to carry out hard drive partition recovery if partition loss occurs. Then what's the best solution? We can certainly resort to a professional hard disk recovery tool, like MiniTool Partition Wizard for help.

MiniTool Partition Wizard is full-featured hard disk management software that has earned great reputation all over the world. After years of development, it now assembles plenty of useful features like Extend Partition, Align Partition, Migrate OS to SSD/HD, Copy Disk, Rebuild MBR, Change Cluster Size, Change File System, Convert MBR to GPT, Convert Dynamic Disk to Basic Disk, Change Partition Label, Change Partition Serial Number, etc. To recover hard disk partition, MiniTool Partition Wizard puts forward a powerful feature called "Partition Recovery", which enables to recover lost partitions caused by wrong deletion, mistaken diskpart clean, virus attack, power outage, etc.


Partition Recovery of the Free Edition cannot save the searched partitions. To save the lost partitions, we need to upgrade to the Pro Edition. However, we can download the Free Edition to scan for lost partitions before we purchase.

Recover Hard Disk Partition Using Hard Disk Recovery Tool

Here is a video showing how to use MiniTool Partition Wizard to do hard drive partition recovery.

Also, we provide illustrated guidance:

Step 1. After installing and registering MiniTool Partition Wizard, launch it to get the main interface. Here we first of all select the hard drive that suffers from partition loss and then we choose "Partition Recovery" from the action panel.

partition recovery

Step 2. Now we need to select a scanning range: to scan the full disk, the unallocated space only, or to scan the specified sectors? Here we choose the first option and then click "Next" to continue.

set scanning range

Step 3. Here we need to choose a scanning method and then click "Next" to go on.

  • Quick Scan: restore lost/deleted partitions if they are continuous. When MiniTool Partition Wizard finds a lost/deleted partition, it will jump to the end of the partition to continue scanning other lost/deleted partitions.
  • Full Scan: scan every sector of the specified scanning range. If Quick Scan cannot find lost partition(s), try this scanning method instead.

choose scanning method

Step 4. In the next page, MiniTool Partition Wizard will list all partitions it has found when the scanning is finished. To make out whether these partitions contain the files we need, double click to explore partition. We can unfold the tree structure and open the folders to view the files.

scanning result

explore partition

Step 5. After we confirm these are the right partitions we are looking for, we should close the Partition Explorer and check ALL NEEDED partitions (including the existing and lost ones) because partitions unchecked will be deleted. Then we can hit "Finish".

check partition

Step 6. Now we have come back to the main interface. Here we can preview that the selected disk contains the partitions we just checked. At this time, we can click "Apply" on the tool bar to start recovering hard disk partition. Then the lost partition will be recovered soon.

apply change

recovery succeed


Please note that the partitions recovered by MiniTool Partition Wizard do not have drive letters. Hence, they are not showing in Windows. To access these partitions, we need to assign drive letters to them by doing these: first of all, select the target partition and choose "Change Drive Letter", then choose a drive letter and hit "OK", finally click "Apply" to confirm.

change drive letter

What if Partition Recovery Is Impossible

While most of the time MiniTool Partition Wizard is able to recover lost/deleted partitions, sometimes it cannot help. This happens especially when one of the following situations appears: disk shows "dynamic disk invalid", disk shows "disk unknown not initialized", disk shows "bad disk", partition disappears after reinstalling the operating system, etc. Hence, we lose some partitions that we attach great importance to. At this time, we should try our best to find a way for hard drive data recovery.

There are many ways for HDD data recovery, and we recommend using MiniTool Power Data Recovery to have a try. How does Power Data Recovery recover hard disk partition data? Actually, it possesses five data recovery modules to cope with different data loss situations, and they are Undelete Recovery, Lost Partition Recovery, Damaged Partition Recovery, Digital Media Recovery and CD/DVD recovery. Among the five situations, Lost Partition Recovery enables to scan the hard drives attached to the computer and search for data from lost partitions and deleted partitions.


Before we buy MiniTool Power Data Recovery, we can download the free edition which is able to scan for lost data and recover 1GB data to have a try. Please note we should install it to another hard drive so that the target disk is not affected.

Step 1. After installing MiniTool Power Data Recovery to a safe location, launch it to the main interface and select "Lost Partition Recovery".

lost partition recovery

Step 2. Then we can select the hard disk that encounters partition loss and hit "Full Scan". Wait until the scanning is finished.

Tip: if the target disk is not showing up in the list, check whether it is connected properly and then click "Refresh" button. Also, we can click "Settings" to choose the file systems and file types before we start Full Scan.

scan disk

Step 3. When Power Data Recovery has finished the scanning, it lists at most 10 partitions each time for us to check. Click "OK" on the prompt message to start checking data on each drive. However, if these partitions do not contain the files we need, we can click "Back" to choose other partitions for a check.

list 10 partitions

Like shown below, we can unfold the tree structure and select the files we need. Besides, we can make use of the "Filter" feature to quickly focus on the type of files we need.

check files

Step 5. After checking, click "Save" button and choose a safe location to store all checked data. We are recommended to select another hard drive or an external hard drive to be the target location. Then hit "OK" and Power Data Recovery can do the rest for us.

choose save location


We may encounter the following Window if we have selected more than 1GB data to recovery. This is a limit of MiniTool Power Data Recovery free edition. To save unlimited data, we can purchase a personal license.

free edition limit

Some Tips on Using Hard Drives

Now we have gone through the way to recover lost/deleted partition by using MiniTool Partition Wizard, and the way to recover data from missing partitions if MiniTool Partition Wizard does not help. However, to prevent partition loss from happening, we must pay attention to the following aspects when using disks:

  • We must handle hard disk with care, for it is likely to get damaged due to human errors or other reasons. Run antivirus software regularly to keep hard drive stay away from virus.
  • Upgrade hard disk in time. A hard drive has years of life span and should be replaced in time before it is going to fail. A clear signal is that it runs noisily, for normal disk has little noise.
  • Remove external hard drive safely. Never force to remove an external hard drive. Click the Safely Remove Hardware icon in the notification area, then click your device. Wait until the message which reads "Safe to Remove Hardware" appears before you confirm ejecting. If the message reads "This device is currently in use", you need to check whether a file in that drive is still being used.
  • Avoid abnormal computer shut-off, for it causes hard disk damage.
  • Back up hard drive data regularly because we never know when an accident can happen. It is never too late to form the habit of backup for some data is priceless.

To wrap up, hard drive partitions are created for us to manage data in a better way, but partition loss can happen without notice. Hence, to recover hard disk partition is very important to get out of the chaos. In general, we can make use of "Partition Recovery" feature of MiniTool Partition Wizard to recover HDD partition. However, if the situations are more complex than Partition Wizard can deal with, we can turn to MiniTool Power Data Recovery Free Edition to take our chance. Hopefully, they are helpful.

Nevertheless, in the daily use of hard disks, we should pay more attention and take good care of them so as to avoid partition loss and data loss. Right now if you are troubled by such kind of issue, try the solutions mentioned in this post. If you have nice suggestions towards this issue, welcome to leave us comments so that we can make an update. Should you have any questions towards using MiniTool software, please feel free to contact [email protected]. Thanks in advance!