[Fixed] How to Recover NTFS Partition without Losing Data?

Accidentally deleted or lost NTFS partitions? This article provides efficient ways to recover NTFS partitions without losing data for Windows 11/10/8/7.


By Lora / Updated on April 2, 2024

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How do I restore a partition without losing data?


I lost the D-partition in My Computer. I opened My Computer, but couldn't find it and I don't know where it is or how to return it. I went to Disk Management and found it available as free space. So I tried to make it NTFS, but I had to format the drive and I don't want to, since it will erase my data. Does anyone know how I can restore my partition without losing my data?

Nowadays, the computer is closely bound up with daily life and business. There are a great number of files saved in storage devices. But data or partitions may get lost by accidental deletion or other unknown reasons. It’s a disaster if you lose all data and there is no backup file to use. Getting through the methods in this article to recover deleted or lost NTFS partitions without losing data.  

Is it possible to recover a deleted NTFS partition?

Yes, it is possible to recover a deleted NTFS partition. When an NTFS partition is deleted, the data is still stored in the hard drive. The chances of success vary depending on how long the NTFS partition was lost or deleted and what storage devices were used. In some cases, the entire partition could be recovered with the help of professional partition recovery software.

You need to act quickly if you want to recover accidentally deleted partitions and data in them. You’d better stop using the drive to avoid data being overwritten by new ones, which will reduce the chances of partition recovery.

How to recover NTFS partition without losing data

To recover the NTFS partition without losing data, the simplest method is to use a reputable partition recovery tool. When you found the partition was lost, you need to go to Disk Management to check the status of the partitions.

The partition would be marked as “Unallocated” if deleted, or it seems normal without a volume name or drive letter. Get the following two easy ways to perform NTFS partition Recovery successfully.

Method 1. Professional partition recovery software

Some articles may suggest users use the DiskPart command line, but it's easy to wrongly input commands. Using professional partition recovery software could be the best way to avoid this situation. AOMEI Partition Assistant Professional stands out among partition recovery tools due to its easy-to-use interface, simple operation, and powerful entire partition recovery.

AOMEI Partition Recovery Wizard, as a built-in feature in AOMEI Partition Assistant, aims to recover deleted or lost partitions as well as internal data in Windows 11/10/8/7. There are two kinds of searching modes to choose from for finding lost or deleted partitions. Except for NTFS partitions, AOMEI Partition Recovery Wizard could recover deleted ext3/ext4 partitions.

Please download AOMEI Partition Assistant Professional Demo for trial to recover the lost or deleted NTFS partitions with simple four steps.

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Step 1. Launch AOMEI Partition Assistant Professional and select “Partition Recovery Wizard” in the left panel of the main interface. Click the drive which includes the lost or deleted NTFS partition, and click “Next”.


Step 2. Choose a kind of searching mode. It’s recommended to select “Fast Search” for the first time with the fast speed.


Step 3. The software will display all the deleted or lost partitions on the drive. Choose the lost partition you want to recover and click “Proceed”.


Step 4. Partition recovery will complete in seconds. Click “OK” to exit the “Congratulations” page.

You could go to Windows File Explorer to check the deleted or lost NTFS partition is recovered. If the data has not been overwritten, the data in the partition will come back together.

Method 2. Assign a drive letter via Disk Management

If you could see the lost partition in Disk Management but it is marked with an asterisk, which means it lacks a drive letter. You could reassign a drive letter via Disk Management utility to make it visible in File Explorer again.

Step 1. Right-click This PC and select “Manage” and then choose “Disk Management”.

Step 2. Locate the partition without a drive letter.

Step 3. Right-click on the lost partition and select “Change Drive Letter and Paths”.


Step 4. Click “Assign the following drive letter”. And then click OK to proceed.


How to recover data from NTFS partitions?

Losing important data from NTFS partitions can be a tough experience.  Fortunately, it is possible to recover data from NTFS partitions.  If you permanently deleted files from NTFS partitions by accident, the best way to restore the deleted data is to use a professional data recovery tool.  Here recommends MyRecover to help you retrieve data from Windows NTFS partitions. 

With MyRecover, you could easily restore deleted or lost files due to accidental deletion, system crash, and disk formatting. It supports Windows 7/8/10/11 and Windows Server. Users could get the lost data back within three simple steps.

★Key features of MyRecover:
Recover more than 200 types of data. 
Keep the file names, directories, and formats of deleted files. 
Scan the partitions at a fast speed and recover data with a high success rate.
Support Windows OS 11/10/8/7 SP1 and Server.

Step 1. Download MyRecover.

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Step 2. Launch the program. Hover the mouse over the drive saved deleted files before, and click Scan.


Step 3.  During the scanning process, you could directly recover the files when detected.


Step 4. Select the data you need and then click "Recover files" to save the recovered data. You'd better save it in a different partition from the scanned one. 


How to repair a damaged partition without losing data

If your partition is visible but inaccessible, you can try repairing it instead. In many cases, formatting is the preferred method. However, formatting will erase all of the data on the partition. Instead, you could use AOMEI Partition Assistant to rebuild MBR and Check the disk for bad sectors.

Rebuild MBR

Step 1. Run AOMEI Partition Assistant, right-click the hard disk containing the corrupted partition, and select “Rebuild MBR”.


Step 2. Select the type of MBR for your current operating system and click “OK”.


Step 3. Then click “Apply” to perform the “Rebuild MBR” process.


Check Partitions for bad sectors

Step 1. Right-click the partition you want to check and select “Advanced”> “Check Partition”.


Step 2. There are three options you could choose from. Tick one according to your needs and click “OK”. Then wait for the process to complete.


Bonus tip: How to prevent partition damage

With AOMEI Partition Assistant Professional, you don't have to go through the hassle of recovering an NTFS partition again. But you need to keep the following tips in mind to avoid partition loss and prepare yourself in case it happens again.

  • Use anti-virus software in daily life to protect your computer from virus attacks.
  • Think twice before you want to make operations in Disk Management or delete some files.
  • Close your computers properly by right-clicking “Start” > “Shut down”.
  • Make regular backups with freeware-AOMEI Backupper to protect your system, partitions, and data from damage and corruption.
Lora · Editor
Lora is an editor of AOMEI Technology. She is also a tester and editor of AOMEI Data Recovery Tools. -- "Keep testing, write the most useful tutorials for helping people recover the lost data for Windows and phones" is the most meaningful thing for her. Dedicated to creating helpful tutorials, she hopes her tutorial can assist users to effortlessly solve data loss problems on their personal computers and mobile phones.