Fix Hard Disk Partition Not Showing in Windows 10/11

Having trouble with hard disk partitions not showing up in Windows 10/11? Let’s explore some solutions to fix this issue.

Update Hard Disk Drivers

Open Device Manager by right-clicking on the Start menu and selecting it from the list.
– Locate the hard disk drive under the “Disk drives” section.
– Right-click on the hard disk drive and select “Update driver.”
– Choose the option to search automatically for updated driver software.
– Wait for Windows to search and install any available updates for the hard disk drive.
– Restart your computer to apply the changes.
– Check if the hard disk partition is now showing in Windows 10/11.

Updating hard disk drivers can help resolve issues with disk partitions not showing up in Windows.

Assign a New Drive Letter

  • Open Disk Management by right-clicking on the Start menu and selecting Disk Management.
  • Locate the partition that is not showing a drive letter.
  • Right-click on the partition and select Change Drive Letter and Paths.
  • Click on the Add button.
  • Select a new drive letter from the drop-down menu.
  • Click OK to confirm the new drive letter.
  • Close Disk Management and check if the partition is now showing with the new drive letter.

Run Hardware and Devices Troubleshooter

To fix the issue of hard disk partition not showing in Windows 10/11, you can try running the Hardware and Devices Troubleshooter. This built-in tool can help identify and resolve any hardware-related problems that may be causing the partition not to show up. To run the troubleshooter, follow these steps:

1. Press the Windows key + I to open the Settings menu.
2. Click on Update & Security.
3. Go to Troubleshoot from the left-hand menu.
4. Scroll down and select Hardware and Devices.
5. Click on Run the troubleshooter and follow the on-screen instructions to complete the process.

Running the Hardware and Devices Troubleshooter can help diagnose and fix any underlying hardware issues that may be preventing your hard disk partition from showing up in Windows 10/11.

Unhide the Partition

If the partition is still not showing up, you can run a CHKDSK scan to check for any errors. Open Command Prompt as an administrator and type “chkdsk /f X:” (replace X with the drive letter of the hidden partition). This will fix any possible issues with the partition.

Reformat Partition to a Recognizable File System

Partition reformatting interface

To reformat a partition to a recognizable file system in Windows 10/11, you can use Disk Management tool. Right-click on the Start button and select “Disk Management.” Find the partition that is not showing up, right-click on it, and choose “Format.” Select a compatible file system like NTFS or exFAT and follow the on-screen instructions to complete the process.

If the partition still does not show up after reformatting, you may need to assign a drive letter. Right-click on the partition in Disk Management, select “Change Drive Letter and Paths,” and then click on “Add.” Choose a drive letter from the drop-down menu and click “OK.”

After assigning a drive letter, check if the partition is now visible in File Explorer. If it is still not showing up, consider running a disk check for errors using the command prompt. Open Command Prompt as an administrator and type “chkdsk /f X:” (replace X with the drive letter of the partition) and press Enter.

Check for Bad Sectors on Hard Drive

To check for bad sectors on your hard drive, you can use the built-in Windows utility called Check Disk (chkdsk). Open Command Prompt by searching for it in the Start menu and run the command chkdsk /f X: , replacing “X” with the drive letter of the partition not showing up. This will scan the disk for bad sectors and attempt to repair any issues it finds. It is important to note that this process may take some time depending on the size of your drive.

After the scan is complete, restart your computer and check if the partition is now showing up in File Explorer.

Perform Partition Recovery

Right-click on the missing partition and select “Change Drive Letter and Paths.” Click “Add” and assign a new drive letter to the partition. If this doesn’t work, you can try using a third-party software tool such as EaseUS Partition Master or MiniTool Partition Wizard to recover the partition.

If the partition still doesn’t show up, it may be corrupted or damaged. In this case, you can try using data recovery software such as Recuva or Disk Drill to retrieve your files from the missing partition.

Initialize the Hard Disk in Disk Management

First, right-click on the Start button and select “Disk Management” from the context menu.

Locate the hard disk that is not showing up in Windows 10/11.

Right-click on the disk and select “Initialize Disk.”

Choose the partition style – either MBR (Master Boot Record) or GPT (GUID Partition Table) – and click “OK.”

Once the disk is initialized, you can right-click on the unallocated space and select “New Simple Volume” to create a new partition.

Follow the on-screen instructions to set the partition size, assign a drive letter, and format the partition (usually as NTFS or exFAT).

After completing these steps, the hard disk partition should now be visible in Windows 10/11.

Convert GPT to MBR or Enable UEFI Boot Mode

To fix hard disk partition not showing in Windows 10/11, you can convert GPT to MBR or enable UEFI boot mode. First, you can convert the partition table from GPT to MBR by using Disk Management. Right-click on the Windows icon and select “Disk Management.” Locate the disk you want to convert, right-click on it, and select “Convert to MBR disk.” Follow the on-screen instructions to complete the process.

If you prefer to enable UEFI boot mode, restart your computer and access the BIOS settings by pressing a specific key (usually F2, F12, or Del) during startup. Look for the boot options and switch from Legacy to UEFI mode. Save the changes and exit the BIOS.

After converting GPT to MBR or enabling UEFI boot mode, restart your computer to see if the hard disk partition is now showing in Windows 10/11. These steps should help resolve the issue efficiently and effectively.

FAQ

How do I make a partition appear?

To make a partition appear, you can assign a drive letter to it in Disk Management. Simply locate the partition without a drive letter, choose “Change drive letter and path,” click “Add,” and the partition will then be visible in File Explorer.

Why is my partition missing?

Your partition may be missing due to reasons such as loss of drive letter, accidental deletion, partition table damage, improper partition resize, bad tracks or sectors, unexpected power failure, and virus attacks.

Why is my computer not detecting disk drive?

Your computer may not be detecting the disk drive due to various reasons such as improper connection, damaged disk, or BIOS settings issue. Try resolving the problem by restarting the computer.

Why is my disk not showing in computer management?

Your disk may not be showing in computer management because it needs to be unplugged and plugged back in, followed by selecting Action > Rescan Disks. Additionally, try shutting down your PC, turning off the external hard disk (if applicable), and then turning both back on.

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