How to Recover GPT Partition Data Effectively and Simply

There are 4 methods to help you figure out how to recover GPT partition data, whatever the GPT partition is labeled as protective, raw, or is deleted.


By Bryce / Updated on April 2, 2024

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What is a GPT partition?

GPT is a new type of disk mode, which is short for GUID Partition Table. Compared with our commonly utilized MBR disk, GPT is steadier and has a more grounded self-amendment capacity.

MBR can only recognize space around 2TB, but GPT is more than 2TB. Apart from that, the quantity of GPT partitions is not restricted as well, it allows users to create up to 128 partitions on a GPT disk in Windows.

GPT partition data get lost in different cases

No matter how careful you are, you can't avoid data loss on GPT partition,  and the following are some scenarios of GPT partition data loss.

▪ Users permanently deleted the GPT partition.
▪ GPT partition is formatted
▪ Virus/malware attack on GPT partition table.
▪ While switching the GPT partition to MBR, operation failure may lead to GPT partition data loss.
▪ The GPT partition is labeled as protective and you can't access it.

How to recover GPT partition data without backup

This part mentions how to recover data from GPT protective partition, deleted partition, etc. Keep reading and choose the methods that you need.

Case 1. Recover GPT partition data when it is labeled as protective

Actually, the GPT-protected partition is the problem between the operating system and the hard disk partition, that is they are not compatible and the Windows operating system cannot detect your hard drive and its partitions properly. If you want to access the data, you can convert the GPT partition style to MBR which is fully compatible with all operating systems, and then you can access the data.

Now, I will recommend a safe converter to you, AOMEI Partition Assistant Professional. This tool supports Windows 11/10/8.1/8/7/Vista/XP.  It is also safe and will not cause data loss during the conversion. You can download a demo version to have a try.

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Step 1. Install and launch this tool, and then find the disk that holds GPT Protective Partition and right-click it to select Convert to MBR Disk.

AOMEI Partition Assistant Professional

Step 2. Click OK to continue when the new windows pop up.

AOMEI Partition Assistant Professional

Step 3. In the main interface, click Apply > Proceed to complete the operation.

AOMEI Partition Assistant Professional

You can access the data after the operation is complete.

Case 2. Recover GPT partition data after you delete files or format the partition

If you want to restore data from the GPT partition after deleting/formatting/damaging, you can use another AOMEI product, MyRecover. This software supports Windows 11/10/8/7/Windows Server and combines two scanning modes, which can automatically detect and then restore all the lost and deleted data on the GPT partition.

★Shining Highlights
Recover data integrity: It is able to restore the filename, path, and format of the original file.
Easy-to-use: Users can recover GPT partition data easily because of its graphical interface.
Widely use: It can recover data from SSD, HDD, memory card, and so forth, and also supports NTFS, FAT32, exFAT, and ReFS in Windows.
Multiple types of recovery: It can recover kinds of files, like PPT, Word, Excel, Photos, Videos, Zip files and etc.

Step 1. Download and install this MyRecover.

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Step 2. Find the GPT partition where your data are lost/deleted. Hover the mouse over the drive and click Scan to scan.


Step 3.  After Quick Scan&Deep Scan, the lost/deleted files will appear.


Step 4. Select a storage path to store the recovered files, and click on the Recover X files button to start recovery.


Case 3. Recover GPT partition data after deleting the GPT partition

If you delete the GPT partition and want to restore the data on it,  refer to how to recover deleted GPT partition and its data with AOMEI Partition Assistant Professional. 

Step 1. Download and install  AOMEI Partition Assistant Professional. Launch it > select Partition Recovery Wizard on the left > Locate the disk that includes the lost/deleted GPT partition > Click Next.

Recover Partition

Step 2.  Choose a search mode, I suggest selecting Fast Search because it can save time. Then, click on Next.

Recover Partition

Step 3. It will show you all deleted/lost partitions. You can select the one that you want to recover and then click on Proceed.

Recover Partition

Step 5.  When the process is completed, the Congratulations window will pop up. Click Finish. Then you can go to File Explorer to check the deleted partitions and data.

Recover Partition

How to recover GPT partition data with backup

If you have backed up your data to a safe place before you lose your GPT partition data, you can retrieve them from backup easily. 

Methods 1. Recover GPT partition data from File History

File History is a useful built-in feature of Windows, and it is used to create automatic local backups of user data. By the way, you must enable it before you lose data.

Step 1. Launch the Control Panel, and click the System and Security.

File History

Step 2. Click File History and tap Restore your files with File History.


Step 3. Find and right-click the Restore personal files on the left list.

File History

Step 4. The deleted file will appear on your interface and then click the Restore.

File History

Method 2. Recover GPT partition data from Backup and Restore

Backup and Restore of Windows is another excellent backup tool, which can be used to backup systems or data. If you backup your data by using it, you can follow the steps below to recover them. 

Step 1. Launch the Windows menu and choose Control Panel > Click System and Security > Backup and Restore (Windows 7).

Backup and Restore

Step 2. Click on the Restore my files button on this page.

Backup and Restore

Wrapping up

This article talks about how to recover GPT partition data with and without backup, you can choose the method depending on the specific situation.

In order to prevent the loss of GPT partitions and files, you can use AOMEI Backupper, a high-end backup tool. It allows you to set a time to automatically backup your data, which greatly saves your energy.

Bryce · Editor
Bryce is an editor of AOMEI Technology, he covers backup & restore, hard disk & partitions management, cloud files transfer, website & database backup and so on for AOMEI. He enjoys helping people find solutions to their problems. He loves traveling, Sleeping, reserching and so on. He enjoys helping people find solutions to their problems. He loves traveling, Sleeping, reserching and so on. He would like to spend all time on reaserching computer problems. He is a very cute boy.