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

Updated by Cedric on Apr 21, 2021
Written by Tracy King on Jan 04, 2017

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 video tutorial below to easily fix the file system to resolve hard drive partition not showing or responding issues. 

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. 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.

The "Deleted Files", "Files Lost Original Name" or "Tags" can help you locate the lost files. You can also click "Filter" to quickly find a specific type of file. Then, you can preview the file by double-clicking it.

select wanted files

Step 3. Finally, select the items you want to retrieve and click "Recover".

Choose a secure location (a healthy physical drive on your PC or another external storage device) and 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. 

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".

Step 2. Adjust the partition size, file system (Choose the file system based on your need), label, etc. for the new partition and click "OK" to continue. 

Step 3. Click on the "Execute Operation" button and create a new partition by clicking "Apply".

Watch the following video tutotial and learn how to create a partition in NTFS, FAT, or EXT file system.

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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Updated by Cedric

Cedric Grantham is one of the senior editors of EaseUS who lives and works in Chengdu, China. He mainly writes articles about data recovery tutorials on PC and Mac and how-to tips for partition management. He always keeps an eye on new releases and likes various electronic products.

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Written by Tracy King

Tracy joined in EaseUS in 2013 and has been working with EaseUS content team for over 7 years. Being enthusiastic in computing and technology, she writes tech how-to articles and share technical solutions about Windows & Mac data recovery, file/system backup and recovery, partition management and iOS/Android data recovery.

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