Hard Drive Partition Not Responding in Windows 10/8/7

Tracy King updated on Jul 29, 2020 to Partition Manager | How-to Articles

Hard drive partition in Windows 10 fails to respond when you tried to open it for storing new data? Unable to access your hard drive partition? Hard drive partition shows up in the computer but you just cannot open it? Relax! All your concerns about this problem can all be fixed now. You'll find easy and reliable solutions to get this problem fixed by ease now.

If you have important data saved on not responding nor not working hard drive partition, you shall try Method 1. If you need a fast and effective method, just follow Method 2.

Method 1. Manually fix hard drive partition not responding error

1 - Make not responding hard drive partition to show up in PC

If your hard drive partition cannot be detected or fail to show up in PC, your very first step is to force it to show up with CMD. Just follow below steps to do it now:

  • Open Command Prompt > Type: diskpart and hit "Enter".
  • Type: list disk in DISKPART and hit Enter;
  • Type: select disk 0 (0 is the disk number which you want to fix and repair) and hit Enter.
  • Type: clean and hit "Enter".
  • Type: create partitions primary and hit "Enter".
  • When a window pops up to ask "Do you want to format it now?", click "Cancel".
  • Type: exit and hit "Enter".

2 - Recover important data from not responding hard drive partition

If you have important data stored in the partition, it's highly recommended for you to recover all partition data first before recreating the new partition. Professional hard drive recovery software - EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard will help you simply get all important data from the not responding hard drive partition with simple steps:

Step 1: Download, active and run EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard and select location where the not responding or dead hard drive partition is, click "Scan".

Step 2: Let this software to scan and fin all data and other files on the hard drive partition in Windows 10/8/7. 

Step 3: Preview and select found files, click "Recover" to restore all found files to a safe spot in PC.

3 - Create a new partition to replace the not responding partition

Now you may directly delete the not responding partition and recreate a brand new partition to store data again:

  • Open Device Manager > Click "Disk Management".
  • Right-click hard disk partition which you've just fixed, and select "Delete Volume".
  • Click "Yes" > Right-click on it again and select New Simple Volume.
  • Click Next > Specify the size of your hard disk and click Next.
  • Rename your hard disk and click "Next".
  • Click Next > Finish. 

Now you can move your restored data from the not responding hard drive partition and save them into the newly created partition. If you prefer a simpler method, please refer to Method 2 to get your problem with not responding hard drive partition in Windows 10/8/7 solved by ease.

Method 2. Repair partition with free partition manager software

This method is majorly based on the help of professional free partition manager software - EaseUS Partition Master Free. It allows you to fix disk partition not responding issue with simple clicks. Let's see now:

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 Windows 10 is supported

1 - Check and fix internal errors in not responding hard drive partition


Step 1: Open EaseUS Partition Master on your computer. Then locate the disk, right-click the partition you want to check, and choose "Check File System".

Check Partition - Step 1

Step 2: In the Check File System window, keep the "Try to fix errors if found" option selected and click "Start".

Check Partition - Step 2

Step 3: The software will begin checking your partition file system on your disk. When it has completed, click "Finish".

Check Partition - Step 3

2 - Delete not responding partition and create a new one

Now you can directly delete the not responding partition and recreate a new one. Let's see how to delete and create a new partition now with both video and text tutorials. 

If you saved important data in the partition which you want to delete, move and save those data to another secure location in advance.

Step 1: Select partition to delete

On EaseUS Partition Master, right-click on the hard drive partition which you want to delete and select "Delete".

Select parittion to delete

Step 2: Confirm the deletion

Click "OK" to confirm that you want to delete the selected partition.

Confirm to delete partition

Step 3: Execute to delete the partition

Click the "Execute Operation" button at the top corner and keep all changes by clicking "Apply".

Complete the deleting process

Now that you've got your not responding hard drive partition repaired in Windows 10/8/7 and you can save your old partition data back into the newly created partition again.

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