How to Restore D Drive in Windows 10?

How to restore D drive in Windows 10? This tutorial offers you four feasible solutions to recover missing D drive in Windows 10.


By Penny / Updated on December 16, 2022

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My D drive is completely missing from my computer and I cannot find it. It’s not on my computer and when I clean the disk, it doesn’t show there either. Does anyone know what’s wrong with my computer? Could you help me get the missing D drive back?

The operating system update process, accidental deletion, and hard drive problems could cause the D drive missing Windows 10. If users cannot see the D drive with File Explorer, they’ll deem this drive was gone. But it is only a part of the story. Please read on how to get D drive back on computer.

How to get D drive back on computers?

How to restore D drive in Windows 10? There’re four feasible solutions. The first three conventional solutions are intimately connected to the Windows feature, and the final solution is inextricably linked to professional partition recovery software. Please note some tips associated with each method, maybe you will be more inclined to the fourth solution.

Way 1. Rescan disks to restore the missing D drive

Let’s start with the easiest way. You can restore the D drive within two steps if your D drive is not missing from your computer.

Step 1. Press Windows + R” and type “diskmgmt.msc” in the window, then click “OK” to open Disk Management.

Step 2. Click “Action” > “Rescan Disks”. Check if the D drive is available after re-scanning all the disks.


If you fail to restore the D drive using the first method, you can try out other ways to tackle your issue.

Way 2. Windows system restore point to restore D drive

First introduced in Windows Me (Millennium Edition), System Restore has been included in later Windows OS, excluding Windows Server. Encountered with system malfunctions, this feature enables users to revert their computers’ state (system files, installed applications, Windows Registry, and system settings) to a previous time point.

Meanwhile, personal files such as documents, music, pictures, and videos will be not affected. But for Windows 10, you need to enable system restore Windows 10 first, then create system restore points manually. Let’s show how to restore D drive in Windows 10.

Step 1. Press “Windows” and type “Create a restore point” in the search bar, then click “Open”.


Step 2. Click System Restore > “Next”.


Step 3. Select your needed restore point from the list, and click “Scan for affected programs” to re-confirm all the deleted drives and programs. Then “Close” this window.


Step 4. Click “Next”. Then confirm your selected restore point again and click “Finish”.


Step 5. Restore your PC from your desired restore point by clicking the “Yes” button. Then your computer will be rebooted.

Step 6. Your system will be restored to the selected restore point after the process. Then you can “Close” it.

Way 3. Windows system image to restore lost D drive

Windows system image is a part of the Windows Backup and Restore. This feature enables you to make a complete PC backup, which is distinct from the Windows Backup and Restore. Naturally, the recovery steps also differ depending on the backup content, please double-check it. File recovery can offer you more details about creating a system image if you need it.

System image refers to backup and restoring the system to the same computer. If you want to restore a system image to a different PC, you could try AOMEI Backupper.   
After the system crashes, you could restore the system to the dead PC using a system image backup of the working PC. Then the dead computer will run again. 

Step 1. Press “Windows”, and type “Settings” in the search bar. Then open it.

Step 2. Click “Update & Security” > “Recovery” > “Restart now”. Your computer will shut down and boot to a blue screen.


Step 3. Click “Troubleshoot” > “Advanced options” > “System Image Recovery” > “Windows 10”.


Step 4. Choose the “Use the latest available system image” option on the Re-image your computer page, then click the “Next” button.


Step 5. Click “Format and repartition disks” > “Exclude disks” to exclude some partitions or other attached storage. Then click the “Next” button.


Step 6. Click “Finish”. After restoring system drives, click Settings > Update & Security > Windows Update > Check for Updates to check whether the D drive is recovered or not.

How to restore D drive in Windows 10 easily and quickly?

If these three solutions do not work for you, you could try the trustable partition recovery software to get your missing D drive back. Here, AOMEI Partition Assistant Professional is the most recommended partition recovery software for you because it has enjoyed a great reputation among users.

If you have not executed any written operations after partition deletion/loss, you can recover the deleted/lost data. Everyone is allowed to recover the deleted/lost partitions in Windows 11/10/8/7. Besides NTFS partition recoveryFAT partition recovery, and Ext2/Ext3/Ext4 partition recovery are also supported.

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Step 1. Install and launch AOMEI Partition Assistant Professional on your PC. Click “Partition Recovery Wizard” on the left panel, then select your needed disk and click the “Next” button.  


Step 2. You’re supposed to select “Fast Search” to find your missing D drive quickly. Then click “Next”.


Step 3. After searching, you can see all the partitions on the hard disk. Select your missing D drive and click “Proceed” to begin the recovery process.


Step 4. After the recovery process, you’ll see a “Congratulations” message. At the moment, you can click “Finish” to exit. You can use Windows File Explorer or go to Disk Management to confirm whether your D drive is retrieved or not.

Wrapping up

How to restore D drive in Windows 10? If you’re not sure the D drive is missing or not, you can rescan your disks to confirm. If not, Windows system restoring point and system image seem as efficient ways to recover your missing D drive. However, if there are no accessible backups for you, why not try out AOMEI Partition Assistant Professional?  

For your data security, making regular backups could be the best way to prevent data loss.  You can try Windows built-in features or another easy freeware-AOMEI Backupper to create backups of disk, partitions, and files. 

Penny · Editor
Penny works as an editor at AOMEI Technology, while she's a tester and editor for AOMEI Data Recovery Tools. She enjoys helping users with data recovery issues on Windows and iPhones using simple and practical solutions. Outside of work, she has a strong affection for pets, particularly giant pandas.