Recover Unallocated Partitions on Windows 10 or 11 (2023)

In this article, you will learn 5 methods and how to recover unallocated partition on Windows 10 or 11 first. It's suggested to recover your data first if you don't want to lose any data loss.


By Lora / Updated on April 2, 2024

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How do I get unallocated space back on Windows 10?

“I partitioned my existing 500g drive and tried to copy the C drive to it and go with that. I used a tool to clone the drive and it deleted the partition. The partition becomes an unallocated space. How do I get unallocated space back on Windows 10? Is there any way to recover the lost files?” – Reddit

Recover Unallocated Partition Windows 10

Have you ever run into a situation where a hard drive suddenly becomes unallocated? You may be at a loss for words, especially with important data on it.  Take a deep breath and calm down! It's possible to recover unallocated partition on Windows 10. The same goes for Windows 11. Please continue reading to learn more.

What does unallocated partition mean?

In general, a hard drive is divided into several partitions and has their own file system, drive letter, etc. You can then use it to store any data you want, such as the operating system, personal data, etc.

Instead, the unallocated space, sometimes called free space, does not partition and has any attribute. So you cannot write data to it. Also, it may be on a currently used disk.  In this case, the data on it may become inaccessible.

In view of this, if your disk suddenly becomes unallocated, please stop using this disk and don't create a new partition on it before recovering data from unallocated drive. Otherwise, your data may be deleted forever.

Why is the disk suddenly unallocated?

You may want to recover unallocated partition with data on it right now. But only if you know the precise reasons, you can fix this issue and get your data back quickly. Also, it's meaningful to avoid the same scenario in the future.

Lost or deleted partition. If a partition is deleted, lost, or corrupted due to kinds of reasons, the space of the partition will become unallocated in Disk Management.
 Unexpected power error. If your computer has some unexpected power issues when writing data to the hard drive, some data will be corrupted and partitions become unallocated space.
 Hardware failure. If there are some problems with the hard drive, the partitions could be lost and become unallocated.
 Virus attack. Some viruses can target the partitions of your hard drive and result in unallocated partitions.
 File system errors. If your disk has file system, such as incompatible issue, Windows will not recognize it and show up as unallocated partition.

How to recover unallocated partition with data on it?

In fact, there are many ways to fix unallocated partition, but some of them carry the risk of data loss. So we suggests you to data recovery software and fix this issue or directly use partition recovery software to get the entire partition and data on it back.

Way 1: Recover unallocated partition using AOMEI Partition Assistant (Easiest)

AOMEI Partition Assistant is a professional partition recovery software for Windows 10 or 11, which is able to scan your disk for deleted or lost partition and recover them quickly. You will use the Partition Recovery Wizard feature embeded two recovery modes, namely Fast Search and Full Search.

Fast Search: It's the recommended search mode and able to recover unallocated partition quickly. 
 Full Search: It will search every sector of your disk and therefore take much more time. Select it if you don't find the unallocated partition using Fast Search.

You could download AOMEI Partition Assistant Professional to recover unallocated partitions in Windows computers.

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Step 1. Open AOMEI Partition Assistant. Then, select “Partition Recovery Wizard” on the left panel and the disk including unallocated partitions.


Step 2. Select Fast Scan as your search method and click “Next”. It is able to locate unallocated partition quickly.  


Step 3. All the lost or deleted partitions will be listed in the following window. Select the unallocated partition and click “Proceed” to recover unallocated partition with data on it.


Way 2: Recover data from unallocated drive using MyRecover

MyRecover is a comprehensive Windows data recovery software that specializes in different data loss scenarios, such as virus infections, partition loss, power outages, etc.

Powerful Data Recovery Software
  • Have a high success rate, up to 95%, and fast speed.
  • Recover 200+ file formats: recover deleted Word documents, PPT, Excel, 3FR, MP3, MP4, JPG, PNG,etc.
  • Filter files through types, date modified, and size fromunallocated space and locate them quickly. You can also preview them before recovering data from unallocated drive.
  • Support Windows 7, 8, 10, 11, etc and servers.

Step 1. Open Windows data recovery software - MyRecover. Hover the mouse over the drive and click Scan to scan.


Step 2. Filter your needed data and locate them quickly through Name, Type, Date modified, or Path.

  • Name: Type the file name or file extension of your desired files in the search box.
  • Type: Select the file types among images, videos, documents, mails, webpage, compressed files, etc.
  • Date modified: Set the date (today, yesterday, last 7/30 days, and so on) according to your situation.
  • Size: Filter the file size (<128KB, 128KB~1MB, 1MB~ 512MB, etc) based on your needs.


Step 3. Go to the Deleted Files/Recycle Bin/Other Missing Files folder and select the data on unallocated partition. Then click “Recover x files” to begin the unallocated partition data recovery process.


How to fix unallocated partition on Windows 10 or 11

After recovering data from unallocated drive, you can fix this issue with confidence. There are several methods below.

Way 1: Create a new partition in Disk Management

Creating a new partition is the easiest way to fix unallocated partition on Windows 10 or 11. Be sure your data is recovered and follow the steps below.

Step 1. Right-click the Start menu and select "Disk Management".

Step 2. Right-click the unallocated partition and select “New Simple Volume”. 


Step 3. Follow the New Simple Volume Wizard to specify volume size, drive letter, and format options, and click Finish to confirm you want to create a new partition with unallocated space.

Way 2: Deleted unallocated partition manually

Sometimes, if your disk suddenly becomes unallocated, you need to manually delete the partition. One of the common ways is to use cmd.

Step 1. Type “cmd” in the search bar and select “Run as administrator”. Then, in the command prompt window, input"diskpart" and press Enter to open it.

Step 2. Input the following commands and press Enter after each one.

  • list disk
  • select disk 1
  • list partition
  • select partition 1
  • delete partition override


Way 3: Repair disk using chkdsk command 

File system error or damaged disk can also cause unallocated partition on Windows 10 or 11. You can try chkdsk command to scan its file system and metadata for logical or physical error and fix them.

Step 1. Run cmd as administrator.

Step 2. In the command prompt window, type chkdsk #: /r or chkdsk D: /f /r and press Enter. Replace # with the drive letter of your unallocated space.

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Wrap it up

Directly fixing unallocated partition may cause irreversible data loss, so we recommend you recover  data from it first. Here are two feasible ways to make it, namely using partition recovery software like AOMEI Partition Assistant or data recovery software - MyRecover. And then, you can fix unallocated partition with confidence. 

Of course, the most important to avoid partitions and data loss is to make regular backups. Windows backup freeware-AOMEI Backupper is a rare excellent tool to back up, restore, and clone your disks and partitions.

Lora · Editor
Lora is an editor of AOMEI Technology. She is also a tester and editor of AOMEI Data Recovery Tools. -- "Keep testing, write the most useful tutorials for helping people recover the lost data for Windows and phones" is the most meaningful thing for her. Dedicated to creating helpful tutorials, she hopes her tutorial can assist users to effortlessly solve data loss problems on their personal computers and mobile phones.