Comprehensive Guide: How to Recover Files from Partition

On this page, you will get to know how to recover files from partition. You can get useful guidelines whether your partition is displayed properly or not.


By Zoey / Updated on April 2, 2024

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Can I recover data from partitioned hard drive?

Hi all, first time posting here. I was hoping you guys could help me out with this problem. My friend has a laptop with a Toshiba hard drive which is split 50/50, on the second partition he doesn't have anything, he deleted it through disk management and the whole disk became a GPT protected partition which for some reason shows it has 2Tb. Is there any way to access these files? Some free edited data recovery software can still see the lost partition but can't recover anything useful.

There are many requests for help in various forums similar to this case: How to recover files from partition? It is possible that they deleted files from the partition by mistake, or that the partition was attacked or corrupted. If you are in the same situation, I am sorry to hear about this. But you can read on to get 5 different solutions to different situations.

How to recover files from partition: 5 ways here

How to recover deleted files from partition? It depends on if your partition can display normally. Don’t worry, we provide different solutions to them and you can perform partition files recovery even if your partition is deleted.

Part 1. Your partition still exists

If your partition can display in File Explorer on your PC properly, you can refer to the following 3 effective methods.

Way 1. Recover files from Backup and Restore

Backup and Restore is a Windows built-in tool. If you enabled it on your PC, then you can use it to help you to recover hard disk partition data easily. If you did not enable it in advance, this method is not suitable for you and you can consider the latter ways instead.

1. Open Control Panel > click System and Security > Backup and Restore (Windows 7).

System And Security

2. Choose Select another backup to restore files from.

Select Another Backup To Restore Files From

3. Select the backup and press Next.

Select A Backup

4. Click Browse for files or Browse for folders to find your los files.

Restore With Windows Backup

5. After choosing a location for your files, choose Restore to begin the recovery task.

Way 2. Recover files from Windows File Recovery

If your PC is based on Windows 10 version 2004 or later versions, you can use another tool from Microsoft - Windows File Recovery. But it is a command-line tool so you may feel it is difficult to use.

First, you need to learn the basic command line syntax: winfr source-drive: destination-drive: [/mode] [/switches].


Then you need to check your file system in Properties from This PC. Then select the correct mode according to the table as follow.

Check File System

Wfr Mode

1. Go to the Microsoft Store to Get and install Windows File Recovery on your PC.

Microsoft Store Get

2. Locate it in the Windows menu, and Run as administrator.

Windows File Recovery Run As Administrator

3. Enter the proper command line, for example, input winfr D: E: /extensive /n *paper* and click Y to continue.

Winfr Extensive Filename

Way 3. Recover files using MyRecover

If you want an easy partition recovery software, here comes the best one - MyRecover. You can recover your partition files with a few clicks in it.

AOMEI Data Recovery is a professional data recovery tool for Windows operating systems, including Windows 11/10/8/7 and Windows Server 2022, 2019, 2016, 2012, etc. It provides a clear graphical user interface so the operating steps are quite simple.

Compared with other recovery methods, MyRecover has many advantages like:

Support to recover data from SD card, hard drive, desktop, etc.
Support most main file systems like NTFS, FAT32, exFAT, and ReFS in Windows systems.
Support 200+ types of data including pictures, videos, audios, PPT, PDF, Excel, Doc, etc.
Recover data at a high speed and recovery rate.

Now, click this Download Software button and recover files following the steps below:

Download SoftwareWin 11/10/8/7/Server
Secure Download

1. Launch MyRecover on your PC. Hover the mouse over the drive saved deleted files before, and click Scan to scan.

Select Partition To Scan

2. After Quick Scan/Deep Scan automatically, you can see your deleted files and other missing files in the partition.

Scan Lost Data

3. After checking the scanning result. You can choose a new location to store your recovered files. Then click on the Recover X files button to recover partition files easily.

Recover Lost Data

Part 2. Your partition is lost

However, if your partition is lost and cannot display properly in File Explorer on your PC, please refer to the following 2 ways to recover files from a deleted partition.

Way 1. Use Disk Management utility

How to recover files from deleted partition? In Disk Management, you can see your lost partition with an asterisk, which means it has been occupied by another drive. You can reassign a drive letter here to make your partition visible on PC again.

1. Tap the Windows and R keys, then input diskmgmt.msc to run Disk Management.

2. Find the storage device with the lost partition. Right-click on the lost partition and click Change Drive Letter and Paths.

Change Drive Letter Paths

2. Choose Assign the following drive letter and select a letter for it. Then click OK.

Assign Drive Letter

After the above, your partition and files will reappear on your PC properly. If your partition displays but files do not, please refer to ways in Part 1.

Way 2. Use Command Prompt

Another way to let partition visible is to use Command Prompt. Here is the guideline and you can refer to it:

1. Locate Command Prompt in the Windows menu, and Run as administrator.

Run As Administrator

2. Input diskpart and tap Enter > Input list disk > Input select disk X (X refers to the letter of your lost partition) > Input list volume. Then find the volume that does not have a letter, and input select volume Y. (Replace Y with the real number of it)

3. Input assign letter = Z. Replace Z with a letter different from all the letters of existing volumes.

Cmd Recover Lost Parittion

Then you can see your partition and files. If your partition is recovered without files in it, please refer to ways in Part 1.

Final thoughts

You may learn some ways to recover files from partition after looking through the post. Among all the solutions, the best one is to utilize a professional data recovery tool like MyRecover. If your partition is also lost, please refer to the efficient steps to make it visible first.

Zoey · Editor
Zoey works as an English editor of AOMEI Technology. She provides tech information about backup and restore, mobile data transfer, and so on for AOMEI. She hopes that her articles will be greatly helpful for users. She is fond of music, film, and photography.