By Stephanie / Last update December 22, 2022

Is it possible to recover the lost partition?

“The HDD shows up as a Disk Drive in Device Manager, but it doesn't show up in File Manager. It shows up as Disk 1 in Disk Management but as 465GB of unallocated space. I'm a bit afraid to do anything more since I'm not 100% comfortable with CMD Prompt stuff. Ideally, I could recover the partition and just mount it back as a normal drive. Is that possible?”

Many users would wonder whether a lost partition in Windows 10 can be recovered. When a partition gets lost, the operating system eliminates its information from the partition table. The partition table and boot sector are responsible for recognizing the partition.

First, you need to go to Disk Management to check the status of the lost partition. If you see the partition marked with “Unallocated” or seemingly healthy without a drive letter. Sometimes, partitions are displayed as “RAW”. In these situations, partition recovery is possible. Check the methods in this article to perform partition recovery in Windows 11/10/8/7 successfully.

Why is the partition deleted or lost in Windows 10?

Deleted or inaccessible partitions are not limited only to internal hard disks but all storage devices, HDD, SSD, USB, memory cards, etc. The following are the common causes of partition loss:

User error: mistaken partition deletion or incorrect Diskpart clean commands.
Corruption: the partition table may be damaged or corrupted due to users’ errors or a virus.
Loss of the volume label, drive letter, or partition name.
Bad sectors. Your computer may not recognize it and then show the partition as unallocated space due to bad sectors.
Unexpectable Power failure.
Virus attack and malware.
Repartition hard drive.
Incompatible file system.

Top 3 ways for partition recovery Windows 10

If your partition is lost or deleted in Windows 10, all the data and folders in the partition will be deleted, and there is no sign of the hard drive partition in Disk Management. There are three methods you can try to recover the lost or deleted partitions. AOMEI Partition Recovery Wizard is certainly the easiest way among them. Before you start recovering your partition, there are some tips you need to notice to get good results.

Do hard drive partition recovery as soon as possible after the partition has been deleted or lost. Because it is unrecoverable once new data overwrite your lost data.
Do not make any new operations on the hard drive.
Do not reformat the hard disk.
Do not recreate a new partition on the unallocated space.
Do not rebuild the partition table.

Method 1. Recover deleted or lost partitions via reliable partition recovery software

If the partition is deleted and lost, a professional and reliable partition recovery tool can help you a lot. AOMEI Partition Recovery Wizard, one of the specialized features of AOMEI Partition Assistant, is created to recover lost or deleted partitions including FAT, NTFS, Ext2, Ext3, Ext4 in Windows 11, 10, 8, and 7. It can restore the entire partition only within four steps. 

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Step 1. Install and open AOMEI Partition Assistant Professional. To recover lost or deleted partitions in Windows 10, you can download the demo version below.

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Step 2. Choose Partition Recovery Wizard on the left panel and select the disk including the lost partition. Click “Next”.

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Step 3. Choose a search mode. There are two kinds of search modes. It is recommended to select Fast Search the first time because it saves more time than Full Search. Then, click on “Next”.

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Step 4. The software will show the list of all lost or deleted partitions. You can select the one you want to recover.

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Step 5. After the partition recovery process completes, a message “congratulations” shows, and click “Finish” to exit. Then you can go to File Explorer to check the lost or deleted partitions. Your files in the partition will be restored as well if then haven't been covered or overwritten by new data.

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Method 2. Recover lost partitions via  CMD

If you can see the lost partition in Disk Management but marked with an asterisk, you can try to reassign a drive letter via Command Prompt to make your lost partition visible again in File Explorer. The method requires users are familiar with Command-Line.

Step 1. Press “Win + R” and type “diskmgmt.msc” in the Run window to open Disk Management to find the lost partition in Disk Management. (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. Type "diskpart" in the CMD window and press Enter.

Step 4. Type "list disk" and press Enter. You will see all disks in the computer on the list.

Step 5. Type "select disk # " and press Enter (Replace # with the number of the hard disk that contains the lost partition).

Step 6. Type "list volume" and press Enter. You will see all volumes on the disk.

Step 7. Type "select volume #" and press Enter (replace # with the number of the lost partition).

Step 8. Type "assign letter=#" and press Enter (Replace # with an available drive letter, from C to Z).

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Method 3. Recover deleted partitions via the disk management utility

If you are not familiar with Command Prompt, this method would be another good one because you can recover a lost partition in Windows 10 via the Disk Management utility.

Step 1. Right-click Windows Key on the Desktop, and select Disk Management

Step 2. Locate the storage device with the lost partition.

Step 3. Right-click on the lost partition and select “Change Drive Letter and Paths”.

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Step 4. Click “Assign the following drive letter”.

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Step 5: Click OK to proceed.

Note: If you get the alert "Invalid Partition Table" when booting computers, this indicates a corrupted partition table that is impeding proper booting. You need to make a bootable media by AOMEI Partition Assistant and then get into BIOS to change the boot order. Then right-click the corrupted partition and select "Rebuild MBR" to fix this issue.

Conclusion

Partition deletion accidentally occurs often when using computers. There are three best ways to recover lost or deleted partitions in Windows 10. Select the way you want for partition recovery. It’s recommended to try AOMEI Partition Recovery Wizard to recover partitions in Windows 10. If you take action as soon as possible, it can recover your partitions and data together. However, regular backups are always the best way to keep your data safe, and the freeware-AOMEI Backupper can help you back up partitions and files easily.

How about if you want to recover deleted files from partitions? In this case, you can restore them from available backup files, like File History or Windows System Restore. If you haven't made backups, professional data recovery software could be the best choice. You can try MyRecover to get files you want to recover from kinds of storage devices on Windows 11/10/8/7 and Windows Server.