By Stephanie / Last update March 14, 2022

"I appreciate the help with this issue. I am using Windows 10, with three partitions in it, C, D, and E. Everything was working fine till last night but today morning when I turn on my HP laptop E partition is not available. Don't know what happen to my laptop. I am not tech-savvy so unable to identify the issue, but I want my partition back. Is there any easy way to recover hard drive partitions? Thank you for any input".

Lost or deleted partitions can be caused by a variety of causes, including accidental deletion, sudden power failure, virus assault, faulty sectors, data corruption, and so on. Partition-related concerns are always annoying to face, but they aren't as difficult to resolve as they appear.

Top four hard drive partition recovery software

Are you having trouble deciding which partition recovery software to use for Windows 7, 8, or 10? Simply use the best partition recovery software available, such as the four must-try options discussed in this article. You should be able to recover your partition and data in no time if you have reliable partition data recovery software, regardless of how seriously damaged the partition is. All you have to do now is choose the one that best suits your needs and budget.

Top 1. AOMEI Partition Recovery Wizard

AOMEI Partition Recovery Wizard, a built-in feature in AOMEI Partition Assistant Professional, is created to recover deleted, lost or damaged partitions in internal and external hard drives easily for Windows 10, 8, 7, and Vista. It supports quick scan the hard drive and deep-search all sectors on a disk to find out all the lost or deleted partitions.

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AOMEI Partition Assistant has earned lots of reputation among Windows users as a powerful partition manager with various partition recovery capabilities.

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Pros:

  • Most partition management features are free.
  • Concise user interface.
  • Easy to use.
  • MBR and GPT converter.
  • Able to recover lost partitions from different situations.
  • Various utilities in one software.

Cons:

  • Limited features with a free version.
  • Currently only supports Windows system.

Steps for recover lost partitions by AOMEI Partition Assistant Professional

Step 1. Select Partition Recovery Wizard on the left panel. Then select a disk that you want to recover. Click “Next”.

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Step 2. Select Fast Search. It is recommended that you select this option the first time for time-saving.

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Step 3. Select the lost partition and click “Proceed”. Then wait for the recovery process completed.

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Top 2. Test Disk

Test Disk is a popular open-source hard drive partition recovery software that rivals or even outperforms several commercial solutions. It is a free software and data recovery program that aids in the recovery of data from non-bootable partitions. It prepares non-booting partitions for data recovery by converting them to bootable partitions.

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You could recover lost files, multimedia, and other data from a hard drive. Test Disk is available for free download for DOS, Windows, Linux, and Mac.

Pros:

  • Quick installation.
  • Easy to use.
  • Free download with the full version.
  • Open-source license.

Cons:

  • Require command lines knowledge.
  • Without data preview feature.

Steps to perform hard drive partition recovery via Test Disk

Step 1. Install and launch Test Disk on your computer. Once it is launched, press Enter.

Step 2. Select “Create” and press the Enter.

Step 3. Use the arrow keys to select the disk that you want to scan in the list of hard disks and hit Enter. Select the partition table type (Intel) and press Enter.

Step 4. select “Analyze” and press Enter. And then use the Quick Search option to scan the drive.

Step 5. press the "C" button to copy the files/folders on the list of lost/deleted files. Press "Y" to start the copying process.

Top 3: Recoverit

With Recoverit Data Recovery, you don't need any technical knowledge to recover data from deleted partitions in a hard drive. This software is extremely useful for recovering data from deleted, lost, inaccessible, or RAW disks. It can recover audio, videos, and documents, among other file kinds, from a lost partition.

Pros:

  • Easy to use.
  • Restore lost or raw partition.
  • Preview before recovery.

Cons:

  • Limited features with a free version.

Step 1. Select the deleted partition disk detected on the computer, and then click on "Start".

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Step 2. The software will scan the files from the lost partition automatically in minutes. You can preview and select the files and then click "Recover".

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Top 4. MiniTool Partition Recovery

MiniTool Partition Recovery allows you to recover partitions that have been deleted due to accidental deletion, Windows updates, virus attacks, partition table corruption, and more. It can also aid in the recovery of lost partitions and the data stored on them from other storage devices.

If you pay a high price for the most expensive edition, MiniTool can be the most capable partition recovery program. It features both a quick and a deep search to conduct partition recovery, just like other partition recovery software.

Pros:

  • Easy to use.
  • Recovers both files and partitions
  • Comes with a bootable media builder
  • Convert and recover raw partitions.

Cons:

  • Upgrade the version for advanced features.
  • A limited number of supported file systems.

How to recover data from a lost partition via MiniTool?

Step 1. Run MiniTool Power Data Recovery. Under the Logical Drives section, select the lost partition and click “Scan”.

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Step 2. Wait until the scanning process completes. Check the result to find the recovered files. Select the files and click “Save” to store.

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Further reading: How to recover lost or deleted partition without software?

The lost or deleted partition is invisible in Windows File Explorer but Disk Management, at the same time, the partition is marked with an asterisk. You can follow the detailed steps below to assign a drive letter to the partition via Command Prompt.

Step 1. Press “Win + R” and type “diskmgmt.msc” in the Run window to open Disk Management to find the lost partition. (If a partition is deleted, the volume will be marked as Unallocated. Remember the partition size.)

Step 2. Press “Win + R” and type “CMD” to Run CMD as administrator

Step 3. Input the following command in turn and then hit enter at each command.

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list disk

select disk # (Replace # with the number of the hard disk that contains the lost partition).

list volume

select volume # (replace # with the number of the lost partition).

assign letter=# (Replace # with an available drive letter, from C to Z).

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Conclusion

Here are the top four hard drive partition recovery software to use. You can choose one of them according to your needs and budget. AOMEI Partition Recovery Wizard is highly recommended to recover the lost or deleted partition due to its high efficiency.

In addition, backing up vital data regularly is the best way to prevent partitions and data from being lost. You can back up your personal files in an external hard drive or a reliable backing up tool-AOMEI Backupper to keep your data safe.