By Stephanie / Last update March 14, 2022

Why do you need a partition recovery tool?

“I screwed up and deleted some partitions from a virtual server that I need data from. Are there useful partition recovery tools?”

A partition is usually referred to as disk partitioning. A hard disk is divided into more than one part, and one of the parts is called a partition. The information in these partitions can be managed individually by your operating system.

A partition recovery tool is a kind of computer program for recovering lost or deleted partitions from hard disk drives. Partitions are created individually in hard drives for the independent storage of documents.

The disk management gets easier by partitions creation, and data can be backed up in case of system corruption or virus attacks. However, if the partition you made unexpectedly failed to access or is mistakenly deleted, what do you do? A reliable partition recovery tool can help rescue the lost or deleted partition and data.

Tips: avoid further data loss
▸Do not make any new operation on the hard drive.
▸Do not add any new file to the hard drive.
▸Do not rebuild the partition table of the hard disk.

Top 1: AOMEI Partition Recovery Wizard

AOMEI Partition Recovery Wizard, a built-in feature of AOMEI Partition Assistant Professional, is created to aid users getting lost or deleted partitions back in Windows 10, 8, 7, Vista, and XP. It is a professional recovery program and becomes one of the market-leading partition recovery products.

✿✿AOMEI Partition Assistant Professional

A versatile partition manager to help you can easily manage your hard disk partitions.
✪ Disk Management features: create partitions, delete partitions, format partitions, change drive letter, shrink partition, extend partition, etc.
✪ Converter & Wizard: convert MBR and GPT without deleting partitions, move partition, clone partition, merge partition, format large hard drive (over 32GB) to FAT32, allocate free space from one partition to another, etc.

You can download AOMEI Partition Assistant Professional demo first and follow the easy steps to recover lost or deleted partitions below.

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Steps to recover partitions via AOMEI Partition Recovery Wizard

Step 1: Install and open AOMEI Partition Assistant Professional. select Partition Recovery Wizard on the left panel of the main interface. Then select a disk that you want to recover. Click on “Next”.

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Step 2: Select a search method. It is recommended that you select Fast search the first time because it is faster than Full Search.

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Step 3: After the search ends, all the lost partitions will be displayed. Select the lost partition and click on “Proceed”.

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Step 4: A “congratulations” message comes and then click “Finish” to exit. You can go to Windows File Explorer to check whether the lost or deleted partitions are recovered.

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Top 2: Test Disk

Test Disk is a tool for data recovery that lets you recover data from unbootable partitions. The non-booting partitions are transformed into bootable partitions and ready for data recovery.

It's a free and open-source data recovery tool and you can get lost documents, multimedia, and other partition files. For your DOS, Windows, Linux, and Mac, you can download TestDisk free of charge. In addition, Test Disk requires command lines knowledge.

Step 1: Download and launch TestDisk on your computer. Once it is launched, press Enter.

Step 2: Select Create option and press the Enter.

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Step 3: After you see the list of hard disks, use the arrow keys to select the disk that you want to scan and hit Enter.

Step 4: Select the partition table type(Intel) and press Enter.

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Step 5: select Analyze and press Enter. And then use the Quick Search option to scan the drive.

Step 6: press the "C" button to copy the files/folders on the list of lost/deleted files.

Step 7: Press "Y" to start the copying process.

Top 3: Recoverit

Recoverit is a home and corporate partition recovery tool with a clean, minimal user interface, simple file previews, and a large number of users to evaluate it to support their efficiency.

This software is quite beneficial if you want to recover data from the deleted, lost, corrupted, and RAW partitions. It is possible to get back numerous file types, such as audio, videos, and documents, for a partition lost.

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

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Step 2: The tool will start scanning the lost partition automatically in minutes. It supports preview recovered files after scanning, and you can select the files and then click “Recover”.

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Bonus Tip: How to recover lost partition via Command Prompt in Windows 10

If you can see the lost partition in Disk Management marked with an asterisk but invisible in Windows File Explorer, you can try to reassign a drive letter via Command Prompt to make your lost partition visible again.

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 each time.

diskpart

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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Common causes of partition loss

Partition loss occurs often due to various reasons. Find out the common causes of partition loss can help you to avoid it in the future. A partition of your computer's hard drive or external hard drive gets deleted because of:

  • Users’ errors: accidental deletion, improper operation
  • Corrupted partition table: the partition table may be corrupted or damaged due to improper operations or virus attacks.
  • Bad tracks or sectors: if there are bad sectors or tracks on the partition, the partition will become inaccessible. 
  • Resizing hard drive: miss operation or sudden interruption may cause partition loss.
  • Operating system or file system corruption: when the operating system or file system corrupts, the partition may disappear unconsciously.
  • Virus infection: viruses and malware can infect the hard drive, resulting in partition loss.
  • Power failure: unexpected system shutdown may cause computer malfunction and hard drive errors.

Conclusion

These are the 3 best partition recovery tools to use. You can choose among them according to your own needs. Any of these tools will be a reliable one once you confirm which features you need to recover your lost or deleted partitions. We highly recommend AOMEI Partition Recovery Wizard to enable partition recovery most easily. It contributes to efficient and quick work.

Besides, backing up your vital data in other storage devices or a reliable backup software-AOMEI Backupper is always the best way to keep your data safe.