Retrieve Missing Partition from External Hard Drive

Losing partitions on external hard drive is a recurring situation wherein users lose vital data saved on those partitions. Partition is a part of logical memory space on hard drive acting as a separate drive at times. As it is well known that partitioning the hard drive into different logical parts will enhance the performance of hard drive as well as increases data read / write speed on it. And user can hoard various data in each partition with ease. However, while performing data activities on external hard drive, partition may be lost or erased unintentionally which causes severe data loss disaster.

Consider one scenario for the same. Assume that you wanted to repartition your system hard drive so you copied all partitions from system drive and saved it on external hard drive. After performing repartitioning of the system drive, you connected the external drive to transfer back all the partitions. But before performing this, you scanned the external drive for presence of any malicious virus on it. Later, found that one partition on the external drive was marked as 0 bytes data. Apart from this scenario, there are other scenarios in which partitions on removable drive goes missing:

  • Erasing a partition by accidental pressing of shift and del keys
  • Unintentionally selecting a partition with necessary files instead of unwanted partition and clicking on Delete option
  • Using unauthorized third party applications like defragmentation tool, partition / repartitioning tool, antivirus software, etc. on external drive
  • Unnecessary format or reformat of portable hard drive, accidentally picking up wrong partition for formatting will erase partition data completely
  • Other factors like partition corruption due to damaged header, partition table corruption, damaged file system of partition and others can all lead to inaccessibility of partitions on external hard disk

Users may lose external hard disk partitions by encountering different instances as mentioned above. Losing important partitions from external hard drive or system hard disk is a painful situation. But, such circumstances can be avoided to great extend by being careful while accessing partition data on external drives. Nevertheless, many users still wonder how to recover lost partition on external hard drive?

Lost partition recovery from Portable Hard Disk:

Recovery of lost partition from removable drive is very simple with the use of Yodot Hard Drive Recovery software. This utility is build with effective recovery techniques that will accurately scan the portable drive for lost partitions with ease. Its skillful strategies can even get back lost data from Mcafee encrypted hdd, inaccessible hdd, corrupted hdd along with missing hard drive. Additionally, the tool can also bring back partitions on hard drives formatted with FAT32, FAT16, NTFS, NTFS5 and ExFAT file systems on Windows 10, Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP, Windows 2003 and 2008 computers.

Procedural steps to retrieve lost partition on external hard drive:

  • Connect your external hard drive to a healthy Windows computer
  • Then download Yodot Hard Drive Recovery software and complete the installation process
  • Now, launch the tool and wait for the main screen to get displayed
  • Main window presents two options, i.e. “Partition Recovery” and “Formatted / Reformatted Recovery”
  • Click on Partition Recovery option and proceed next
  • Now, software displays a list of all logical and physical drives present on the system
  • Choose the drive that represents externally connected hard disk from which partition was lost and click next
  • If required you can also select required file types that are to be recovered in Select File Type window or just click on Skip
  • Then, the tool scans the selected drive for lost partition files in few seconds and flaunts the results
  • Select required file types from the list of restored files in Data View / File Type view and examine its details
  • Then save the files in desired destination location on host system drive by clicking on Save

Keep note of these precautionary measures:

  • Always keep multiple backup of external hard drive partitions data
  • Deletion, format and other tasks on external hard drive should be performed after proper confirmation
  • Never interrupt data transfer process from portable drive by disconnecting it abruptly

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