“How do I recover a deleted partition in Windows 7?”
Hard drives, storage devices widely used, are usually divided into several partitions to store and transfer various types of data out of different use.
But sometimes, partitions will get lost.
Hi, I accidentally deleted a partition in Windows 7 using the disk management tools. That partition is full of works and photos from the last 2 years. Is there any way I can recover the data?
- Question from Tom’s Guide
The data becomes unavailable/inaccessible as well when the partition is lost or missing, which is pretty upsetting. But rest assured, with the assistance of expert partition recovery software, partition recovery may still be possible.
This article will surely be useful if you don’t know how to recover a lost partition, or how to restore deleted partition.
And now, before we get into the methods to recover missing partition Windows 7, let's go through some of the most typical causes of missing partitions to help you find out what's wrong with your data.
Common factors of missing partition in Windows 7
How does a partition get lost? Some factors are to blame for it.
Accidental deletion. Users may accidentally click “Delete” in Disk Management or misuse the “Clean” Command Prompt.
Drive letter loss. After reinstallation, drive letter change, etc., the drive letter can get lost, and then the data is inaccessible.
Hard drive repartition. If you repartitioned the hard drive, no existing partitions are left.
System reinstallation. Reinstalling your system will also wipe all the partitions if you don’t choose to keep the previous partitions. You could try AOMEI Data Recovery for Windows to restore data after reinstallation.
Corrupted partition table. Partition tables can get corrupted due to viruses, errors, etc., which will lead to inaccessible partition. Then you have to recover corrupted partition table.
Bad sectors. Bad sectors caused by physical damage or logical damage can lead to partition loss, because partitions may not be recognized.
If your partitions are lost because of repartition/bad sectors, then your partition and the data in it are gone to a large degree.
Now, for the missing partition after deletion and drive letter loss, 2 practicable means are ready for you in the following section.
How to recover missing partition Windows 7?
How to restore lost partition in Windows 7? Is it possible to get the lost partition back?
Of course, yes, as long as no more write-in operations are done to the hard drive after partition loss. With no data written in, the partition and its data are not overwritten and can get recovered successfully.
Case 1. Recover missing partition after drive letter loss
Drive letter/volume label loss can lead to a missing partition. At this time, CMD can help you reassign a letter to it, then the missing partition will be visible.
- Users who are not familiar with CMD are prone to misuse commands and get things worse, so use this method with care.
Step 1. Run Command Prompt as administrator.
Step 2. Input “diskpart” in the interface > press Enter.
Step 3. Input “list disk” to view all the disks on your computer.
Step 4. Input “select disk X” to select the drive which contains the lost partition. “X” refers to the number of the drive on your PC.
Step 5. Then input “list volume” to see all the existing volumes on the drive.
Step 6. Locate the volume which doesn’t have a volume letter, input “select volume Y”. Please replace the “Y” with the real number of the volume.
Step 7. Then input “assign letter = Z”. Use a letter different from all the letters of the existing volumes.
Case 2. Recover missing partition Windows 7 after deleting
How to undelete partition in windows 7 easier? If the partition got deleted somehow, and then the partition is gone, then you could try a professional partition recovery tool – AOMEI Partition Assistant to recover missing partition Windows 7.
It scans the hard drive with an advanced scanning algorithm and quickly locates the lost partitions. As a compatible software, it supports partition recovery in Windows 11/10/8/7/Vista/XP, which can perfectly help Windows 7 users.
To restore deleted partition, download the AOMEI Partition Assistant Pro version, please. Enjoy a free trial in the Pro demo.
- After partition loss, please minimize the use of the hard drive which has lost partitions.
Step 1. Click “Partition Recovery Wizard” in the side toolbar > select the disk that contains the missing partition > click “Next”.
Step 2. Select a search mode. Try “Fast Search” first to save your time, if it doesn’t work, try “Full Search”.
Step 3. Then all the scanned lost partitions will be listed. Select the lost partition you need > “Proceed”.
Then you will receive a congratulation notice and successfully recover missing partition Windows 7.
In the daily use of computers, emergencies occur. Human error, unexpected shutdown, bad sectors, viruses, etc., bunches of factors can cause partition loss sometimes. In order to avoid more missing partitions in the future, some suggestions are ready for you.
- Keep your computer/laptop fully charged. Power shortage may lead to a sudden shutdown.
- Do not visit fishy or dangerous websites.
- Use antivirus software to protect your computer.
- Keep the hard drives away from a wet, dusty, oily environment.
- Avoid shaking the hard drives.
- Do not interrupt the process when repartitioning.
With this tutorial, you could recover missing partition Windows 7 effortlessly and securely with the help of AOMEI Partition Assistant.
To recover lost or deleted data from hard disks in Windows 7, let AOMEI Data Recovery for Windows to be your helping hand.