Partition Data Recovery: How to Recover Data from Deleted Partition?

This tutorial offers you effective solutions on how to recover data from deleted partition for partition data recovery.


By Penny / Updated on April 2, 2024

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Is it possible to recover data from deleted partition?


I had to reinstall Windows. However, during the reinstall process, a hard drive was accidentally deleted. Luckily, the disk was not formatted. It becomes an unallocated space in Disk Management, and I cannot see or access it in File Explorer. So is it possible for me to recover data from deleted partition? Thanks.

Here, it’s clear that we aim to recover data from deleted partition. Two points deserve your attention. First, physical damage to the storage devices or logical damage to the file system could need recovery because this damage prevents it from the host operating system (OS).

Second, in computing, data recovery is a process of salvaging inaccessible data from secondary storage media such as HDDs (hard disk drives), SSDs (solid-state drives), USB flash drives, CDs, DVDs, and other electronic devices.

How to recover data from deleted partition?

So how to recover data from deleted partition for partition data recovery? You’d better keep these two tricks in mind before reading further.

★Do not rebuild the partition table or reformat the partition.

★Do not recreate a new partition on the unallocated space.

There appear to be two distinct types of Windows data recovery tools. The former application communicates with users via command lines through a command-line interface. In contrast, there’s no need for you to enter specified command lines with the latter tool.

Way 1. Windows File Recovery

As you can see, Microsoft’s goal is in line with the definition of data recovery. Because Windows File Recovery works as a command-line program to recover lost files from your local storage devices (HDD/SDD/USB/memory card/SD card). Pay attention that this software is incompatible with versions below Windows 10.

Designed for file recovery, here comes 4 modes (Regular/Extensive/Segment/Signature) that can support different file systems (NTFS/non-NTFS/FAT/ex-FAT/ReFS). As stated earlier, you need to enter CMD in the Command Prompt windows to restore data. But recovery on cloud storage and network file share is disabled using it. 

Adjust command lines according to winfr source-drive: destination drive: [/mode] [/switches] 
The source drive (locate where the lost files before deletion) and destination drive (where to save your recovered files) are different.
 Figure out your file system with these steps. Click “This PC”, and right-click on the source drive including your lost files before losing, then click “Properties”.


Step 1. Download Windows File Recovery from the Microsoft Store by clicking “Get”, then install it on your PC.


Step 2. Enter “Windows File Recovery” in the search box. And select “Run as administrator” to run it.


Step 3. If you’ve checked your file system, you can select a suitable mode with this guideline directly.

If your files were deleted recently, choose the Regular mode. Apart from that, select the Extensive mode directly because this mode is a thorough option suitable for all file systems.    

Step 4. Adjust and resemble command lines with some common switches below.



Supported mode(s)


Filter the scan range: scans for a specific file with its file name/path/type, etc.



Recover specific extension groups.



Recovers system files.

NTFS Segment​​​​​


Recovers undeleted files, for example, from the Recycle Bin.

NTFS Segment

Step 5. Let’s take an example. If you plan to recover Word files from your deleted partition (the C drive) to the E drive, you can enter command lines like this: winfr C: E: /regular /n *.docx

Step 6. Press “y” to continue. If you want to stop, you can press the “Ctrl + C” keys.

Way 2. MyRecover

Every coin has two sides. Windows File Recovery is not user-friendly enough without a graphical user interface. Compared with command-line software, maybe you’ll be absorbed with this user-friendly software with the following exciting features.

First, deeply engaged in the field of data recovery, MyRecover is compatible with all versions of Windows (Windows 7/8/10/11). This flexibility also mirrors the types of computers (heavy desktop computers & portable laptops).  

Second, this powerful software enables you to recover data from deleted/lost partition/formatted partitions like SSD partition recovery.

Third, you can restore your files/photos/videos/audios/emails/webpages/compressed files/other files within simple clicks. Do the above features meet your needs? Please refer to the relevant steps.

Step 1. Download and install MyRecover on your computer.

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Step 2. After loading the disk, hover the mouse over the drive saved deleted files before, and click Scan.


Step 3. The software will automatically search your data with Quick Scan & Deep Scan. Then you can see your deleted files and other lost files respectively.


Step 4. Choose a new location to save your recovered files. And click “Recover x files”. After recovery, you can check it.   


Bonus tip: Effective ways to avoid data loss

How to recover data from deleted partition for partition data recovery? You can select Windows File Recovery or MyRecover as your preference. There’s no denying that the latter tool can provide you with a better user experience.

There’re a few practical tips that could prevent you from data loss.

Please think twice before emptying your Recycle Bin. Similarly, don’t press the “Shift + Delete” keys.

If you’ve found your partition was gone, stop using your PC and don’t write new data on it.

You’d better create regular backups using the Windows feature such as the Windows system image feature to make a complete PC backup or use Windows Backup and Restore to only backup your data on the C drive.

Freeware AOMEI Backupper is also a good helper for you to backup, clone, and sync your data for data migration and disk upgrade.

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.