"Oops! I've deleted and lost my partition by mistake!"
Such things happen a lot.
Generally, a partition is a logical separation from the whole drive that enables users to better manage their hard disks. In Windows, partitions are usually created when installing operating systems or in Disk Management. Unfortunately, sometimes the partition you created does not show up and becomes inaccessible. When your system highlights extra-unallocated space beside the original partition, it means the partition is deleted or lost. In that case, the files stored in that partition are likely to get lost.
That's when you need to recover deleted partition in Windows 10 as soon as possible.
Before starting to recover a deleted partition, we need to figure out the reasons behind it, thus avoiding such a loss in the future. Listed below are some reasonable causes of partition loss in Windows 10:
Corrupted partition table: Due to virus attacks, partition tables may get damaged or corrupted, and this could lead to partition loss.
Improper operation: Partition can get lost as a result of improper operation, e.g. Diskpart clean command.
Power surges/failure: If power surges or fluctuates when the partition is being read/write accessed, this could lead to partition loss.
Bad sectors: If any portion of the sectors on a hard drive platter can’t be read or written normally, the partition will be rendered invalid, and in some cases, could lead to partition loss.
Hard drive repartition: If you try to repartition your hard drive, all the existing partition will be erased.
Loss of driver letter, volume label, or partition name.
Hard drive changes as a result of the upgrade.
Do not execute any further operation on the hard drive.
Do not reformat the hard drive.
Avoid adding new items to the partition.
Do not rebuild the partition table.
One way to recover deleted volume in Windows 10 is by using CMD. This method is a bit complicated and requires basic computer knowledge, but it is worth a try.
Step 1. Find the deleted partition in Disk Management: Press Windows + R keys, then type diskmgmt.msc in the Run window, press OK and Disk Management will open.
Step 2. Type cmd in the search box and run it as administrator.
Step 3. Type diskpart in the open window and press Enter.
Step 4. Now execute the following commands in order:
list disk (you will see all the available disks on your screen).
select disk # (replace # with a disk with lost partitions).
select volume # (# refers to the number of the lost partition).
assign letter=# (replace # with an available drive letter).
Sometimes, you may not find the partition in File Explorer. At this time, you can go to Disk Management and check if it indicates the space consumption for the same. A letter is not assigned to the partition in Disk Management can cause the issue.
Step 1. Open Disk Managemnet by pressing Windows + R & type diskmgmt.msc in Run Window. Right-click on the partition which you want to assign the drive letter.
Step 2. Click on Change Drive Letter and Paths.
Step 3. Choose Change on the pop-up window.
Step 4. Check the box of Assign the following drive letter, choose a letter from the given list. Choose OK. After that, you can see your partition again in the File Explorer.
If you are not familiar with the command prompt and fails to undelete partition in Windows 10 by CMD, or you are not tech-savvy, don't panic, the next method is the easiest way and ensures a higher recovery rate.
This method is suitable for all users, whether you are a tech-savvy person or not. As iMyFone AnyRecover partition recovery software has an intuitive interface with clear instructions that anyone can follow, no professional assistance is needed. AnyRecover is able to restore missing data caused by partition lost, re-partition, partition being mistakenly deleted, improper cloning, etc. Whatever the reason, AnyRecover will handle it.
Support to recover a wide range of file types from your lost partition, including photos, videos, documents, archives, audio files, and more.
AnyRecover is fully compatible with Windows 10/8/8.1/7/XP, 100% safe to use.
Apart from lost/deleted partition, AnyRecover also retrieves data from SD card, USB flash drive, Pen drive, external hard disk, etc.
Easily locate the files you need with its file filter feature, and preview the files before revovery, the whole process is smooth.
Only 4 Steps to Recover Deleted Partition in Windows 10:
Step 1. Launch the software on your system and select a disk under the “I can't find my partitions” tab.
Step 2. After that, choose the partition from which you want to recover data from and click “Scan”.
Step 3. It will begin an all-round scanning process. It will take some time for scanning.
Step 4. Now preview your files and press the "Recover" button. All files will be back and saved in the location chosen.
By James Crawford , to Hard Drive Recovery
Updated on Jan 04, 2021