How Do I Recover Fdisked Drives

Jean updated on Nov 08, 2018 to Storage Media Recovery | How-to Articles


Data Recovery Wizard is a powerful Data Recovery software that can recover data from fdisked drives. It can automatically run partition recovery and easily recover files!

What Is A Partition

To divide memory or mass storage into isolated sections. In DOS systems, you can partition a disk, and each partition will behave like a separate disk drive. Partitioning is particularly useful if you run more than one operating system. For example, you might reserve one partition for Windows and another for UNIX.

Also, partitioning on DOS and Windows machines can improve disk efficiency because the FAT/NTFS system used by these operating systems automatically assigns cluster size based on the disk size: the larger the disk, the larger the cluster. Unfortunately, large clusters can result in wasted disk space, called slack space. There is an entire sector of the software industry devoted to building utilities that let you partition your hard disk, such as Fdisk, Partition Magic, EaseUS Partition Master.


The Fdisk commands are typically run to prepare a new hard disk for use - enabling the division of hard drive and the installation of an operating system, application programs & eventual user data. The Fdisk command has been around for a long time; formerly they were stand-alone DOS programs before being integrated into Windows.


Where previously the computer would boot and be usable, systems that have been Fdisked often report the following errors: (these errors are frequently displayed on a black screen with white text)

  • No boot device
  • Operating System not found
  • Primary Hard Disk not found. Press F1 to Continue
  • Master Boot Record Not Found
  • Invalid or corrupt FAT
  • Invalid partition table entries
  • Invalid sector
  • Cannot find file or program
  • Invalid
  • Primary/Secondary Hard disk failure
  • Non-system disk
  • Disk error

How to Recover Files from a Fdisked Drive

Tips: If you cannot boot the computer, please use data recovery bootable disk or connect the hard drive to another computer as a slave to recover lost data.

Step 1. Select the partition to start finding data.

  • Launch EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard.
  • Please select a partition where you lose your data and start to scan, like C drive, D drive or E drive. Just the very one that you want to find lost partition data.
select the wanted partition

Step 2. Scan your partition to find lost data.

  • After you click the "Scan" button, the software will scan the data on the partition.
  • It lists all searched files that are simply deleted or all of the files exist on the partition.
scan the lost partition to find desired data

Step 3. Preview and recover lost partition data.

  • EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard allows you to preview specific recoverable files.
  • After the preview or file filtering, you can target lost files and press the "Recover" button to get everything back.
recover data from lost partition

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Frequently Asked Questions

1. Why cannot I recover 2GB data for free?

It is recommended to check the version installed is Free or Trial because they are different versions.

Trial has data preview function but cannot save any files, while the Free version enables to recover 2 GB files. The default free space is 500 MB and you may share the product on social media to get another 1.5 GB.

2. Why cannot the recovered files be opened?

A file is saved as 2 parts on the storage device: directory info (which is comprised by file name, time stamp and size info, etc.) and data content.

If the files with original file names and folder structures cannot be opened, one possible reason is the corrupted directory info. There is still a chance to recover the data content with the RAW Recovery method in our software.

3. Why isn't it suggested to recover the files back to the original drive?

The storage structure of the lost files would be altered or damaged by any changes on the drive. If you save the recovered files back to the same drive, the original data structures and data content would be corrupted or overwritten, which causes permanent data loss. So you should prepare another disk to save the files.

4. How can I check whether my data is recoverable or not before purchase?

The Free version helps you save 2GB files to better verify the recovery quality of our product before purchase.

5. How long does it take to scan the drive?

It strongly depends on the capacity of your hard drive and the performance of your computer. As reference,most drive recoveries can be completed in around 10 to 12 hours for a 1-TB healthy hard drive in general conditions.

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