How to Restore Hidden Partition on Windows XP?

I upgraded my current Windows operating system to Windows XP to get enhanced features. The process was successful and my system was running fine with new operating system. Today when I started working on my system, a window popped up with some message and I pressed ‘Ok’ without going through it properly. After selecting ‘Ok’, my desktop froze completely so I forcefully turned off my computer. After that when I try to open my hidden partition on hard drive, I am getting an error message and unable to access it. I have saved many precious files and folders in it. Is there any solution to recover hidden partition from Windows XP OS?

Hidden partition can be very beneficial for saving confidential and essential files for many users in order to avoid unauthorized access on those files. If your system is shared with others, then you may need to hide partition containing your precious files. Sometimes, hidden partition also causes trouble; let's discuss some scenarios that cause loss of files in hidden partition on Windows XP:

  • Malware attack on hard drive running with Windows XP OS may corrupt all partitions including hidden partition and make it inaccessible
  • Unintentionally hitting on wrong option at the time of creating new partition can cause missing of any partition
  • Few users may unknowingly click on ‘Delete Partition’ instead of ‘Extended Partition’ that result in deletion of partition along with saved files
  • Antivirus application installed in Windows XP might delete files from hidden partition during scanning process without notifying user

The best method to deal with these kinds of scenarios is maintaining proper backup. Unfortunately, few users do not take backup of any files and lose valuable data present in hidden partition. In such condition, one can easily restore hidden partition files using eminent partition recovery software.

Windows XP hidden partition recovery software:

Yodot Hard Drive Recovery is outstanding program to recover hidden partition on Windows XP system. Addition to hidden partition recovery, it can also extract data from active partition, damaged NTFS partition, corrupted partition and many more. This application can expressly rescue data from memory cards, FireWire drives, USB flash drives, SSD and other external storage devices after formatting on Windows XP desktop. It also supports data recovery from formatted partition with FAT16, FAT32, NTFS, NTFS5 and ReFS file systems. Apart from Windows XP, this tool is compatible on Windows 8, Windows 8.1, Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows Server 2003 and 2008 OS based computers.

Procedure to retrieve hidden partition on Windows XP:

  • Download and install Yodot Hard Drive Recovery tool on your Windows computer
  • Now launch the tool and you will get two options on main screen as ‘Partition Recovery’ and ‘Formatted/Reformatted Recovery’
  • In that select 'Partition Recovery' option and continue next
  • Now select the drive in which hidden partition is to be restored and initiate scanning process
  • After the completion of scanning process, you can view restored files from hidden partition in 'Data View' or 'File Type View'
  • Finally save those rescued files in desired destination location, but not in same drive

Useful Tips:

  • Take backup of vital data before hiding a partition on Windows XP
  • Don’t use unsecure third party tools to partition or resize partitions on hard drive
  • Avoid hiding any partition on Windows XP unless it is very required

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