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

Tracy King updated on Oct 14, 2020 to Partition Manager | How-to Articles

Fix No Partitions on Hard Drive by Checking and Repairing File System
3 Ways to Delete and Create a Partition to Fix Hard Drive Partition Not Responding Without Data Loss
FAQs About No Partitions on Hard Drive

Hard drive partition in Windows 10 fails to respond when you tried to open it for storing new data? Can't access partition on hard drive, or one of the hard disk partition is not opening? Hard drive partition shows up on the computer, but you just cannot open it? Relax! All your concerns about the hard drive not responding, not showing, or not opening problems can all be fixed now. You'll find easy and reliable solutions to no partitions on hard drive.

Method 1. Fix No Partitions on Hard Drive by Checking and Repairing File System

Can't access partition on hard drive or the local disk not responding problem is probably due to a file system corruption or bad sectors that cause reading and writing issues. In this case, you can try to use a free partition manager - EaseUS Partition Master Free to check and repair the damaged file system.

This free disk management tool provides one-stop features for partition management, such as resize/move partition to solve low disk space issue, merge partitions, clone disk, create/delete/format partition, wipe data, and disk/partition conversion, which are totally free.

Now, follow the steps below to easily fix the file system to resolve hard drive partition not showing or responding issues. 

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 Windows 10 is supported


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

Method 2. 3 Ways to Delete and Create a Partition to Fix Hard Drive Partition Not Responding 

If file system repair doesn’t work and you still can't access partition on hard drive, you can delete the problematic partition and create a new drive drive. But before you delete or format the not opening partition, you should export and back up the file on it in advance. Thus, you can solve the problem without losing any data. 

How to Recover Data from Not Responding Hard Drive Partition 

To restore files from the not responding or opening partition, use EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard to help you do it effortlessly. Only three steps along with a few clicks, you can scan your not responding hard drive and export the files intact. 

EaseUS data recovery software is world-renowned in recovering data from a corrupted hard drive. It's also capable of formatted recovery, RAW recovery, lost partition recovery, OS crash recovery, virus attack recovery, and more. 

Step 1. Launch EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard on your computer. Select the hard drive which becomes inaccessible on your PC. Click "Scan" to let this program scan and find your hard drive data.

select a location and click scan

Step 2. After the scan, you can preview and check found files on the scanning result window. Click "Filter" to quickly find a specific type of file. You can preview the file by double-clicking it.

select wanted files

Step 3. Finally, select the items you want to get back and click "Recover". Choose a secure location (second hard drive partition on your PC or another external storage device). And then click "OK" to start recovering all lost data from your inaccessible hard drive.

recover data from inaccessible drive

After data recovery, you can move to the next step to delete and create a partition to troubleshoot.

1. Delete and Create Partition with Free Partition Management Tool 

You can still use EaseUS free partition management software to delete and create a partition.  Install and open EaseUS Partition Master, find the not responding hard drive, right-click it, and choose the Delete option to delete the partition.

Then, you can create a new partition with the freed space. You can use EaseUS Partition Master to extend C drive to solve the running of space problem. 

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 Windows 10 is supported


Step 1: Launch EaseUS Partition Master

On the main window, right-click on the unallocated space on your hard drive or external storage device and select "Create".

Create partition on unallocated space

Step 2: Adjust the new partition size, file system, label, etc.

Set the size, partition label, drive letter, file system, etc. for the new partition and click "OK" to continue.

Set up new partition

Step 3: Confirm to create a new partition

Click on the "Execute Operation" button and confirm to create a new partition by clicking "Apply".

Confirm and keep all changes

2. Delete and Create Partition Using CMD

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 the 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".

3 . Delete and Create a New Partition with Disk Management

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 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.

FAQs About No Partitions on Hard Drive

We will show you more relevant guides on how to fix hard drive partition not responding or not showing problems.

How do I fix a missing hard drive partition?

For different cause, you can fix hard disk not showing problem with several approaches:

  • Unhide the hidden partition in Windows 10
  • Create partitions and assign a drive letter
  • Reformat partition to fix no partitions on hard drive
  • Update device drivers using the device manager

Is partitioning hard drive necessary?

Partitioning a hard drive is to divide a whole hard disk into several independent drive partitions. Partitioning a hard drive can help you better organize your data. And you can flexibly manage your hard disk when you need to backup and restore files. Saving files on different partitions and reduce the risk of data loss.

Besides, If you plan to run different operating systems on your computer, having separate drive partitions is inevitable. It is because every operating system demands an independent partition for its own. In addition, you should use different drive partitions to store files for different operating systems.

What do no partitions mean?

For a new disk that never used before, there might be only unallocated space. So, you can see any partition. To fix no partitions on hard drive, you can try to create partitions and assign drive letters to fix the problem.

How can I see all partitions on my hard drive?

You can check your hard disk partitions in Disk Management on your computer. Right-click the Start button, choose Disk Management. Then, you can see all the partitions on your hard drive. Or you can open File Explorer to see existed partitions. 

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Will the "Migrate OS" feature transfer the Windows system files only or the whole C drive?

To ensure that the migrated system will boot normally, the Migrate OS feature will transfer all the files in the system and the boot partitions. Generally, the boot partition is the C drive so the transfer will include all the files in C.

Does EaseUS Partition Master license apply to multiple computers?

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What is the difference between EaseUS Partition Master Trial version and the Free version?

Free is for home users only, with most basic functions available such as partition resize and clone. While trial can help you understand how this product works and test what a full license can do on a business or server OS machine.

Will it cause any data loss after resizing the partition in EaseUS Partition Master?

Generally, it will not cause any data loss or boot issue by resizing a partition. However, in order to protect your data, we suggest that you backup the partition before resizing, in case of any unexpected situations such as power outages, computer hardware failures, etc. You can use EaseUS Todo Backup to backup the partition and its trial version is fully functioned for 30 days.

What should I prepare before resizing the partition?

On the partition that is going to be operated, there might be some files being occupied by other programs. To ensure a successful operation, we suggest that you close all the unnecessary software before resizing that partition. Otherwise, EaseUS Partition Master will detect the partition being locked by the other software and require a reboot to resize the partition under boot mode.

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