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Fixed: Hard Drives Missing After Windows 10 Update

Updated on Aug 11, 2019 by Brithny to Partition Manager

Are your hard drives missing after Windows update? This post will show you two ways to deal with this 'partition disappears in Windows 10 Anniversary Update' problem and some related information.

Can't See My Hard Drives After Windows 10 Update

"A friend of mine installed Windows 10 yesterday. Now one of his hard drives doesn't show up. What should he do to get the drive to show up without having to format it or doing something that will lose the data on it as he has a lot of important files on that drive before installing Windows 10 on his primary HDD."

If you've recently upgraded to Windows 10, and you couldn't find the hard drive option on This PC (Windows 10 OS) window, you're not alone. Some of you might not even see your hard drives in Device Manager. No need to worry too much about it, it's possible to fix. 

How to Fix "Partition Disappears in Windows 10 Anniversary Update" Issue

Here are two methods for you to try. You may not have to try them all; work your way down until you find the one works for you. 

Method 1. Reset Drive Letter to Re-enable the Missing HDD

After upgrading Windows 10, you may find that either a primary or the secondary hard disk is not being detected. Luckily, it doesn't mean that the missing drive on the Windows 10 has been lost permanently along with the data stored on it. It is hidden and needs to be re-enabled.

  • Right-Click Windows key at the bottom left corner and select Disk Management.
  • Now you should see the list of hard drives that are connected to your PC/laptop. Pick out the one that is not being detected by the system. It should be indicated as the Unallocated partition.
  • Right-click on it and select Change drive letter and paths.
  • Click on Add to open Add Drive Letter or Path window.
  • Choose Assign the following drive letter and click the letter that to name your drive.
  • Finally, click OK and close all windows.
  • Reboot your PC and navigate to This PC. Check if the drive has been added to the list.

If you think manually fixing this take too much time, you could refer to get the partition letter back with a tool.

Although assigning a drive letter can help us to access the lost partition in File Explorer, this method cannot solve the problem "partition disappeared after installing the Anniversary Update"correctly. If we restart our computer, we will find the drive is missing in File Explorer again, and we have to repeat the process to access it. To solve this, we need to restore lost partition after Windows 10 Update.

Method 2. Restore Lost Partition After Windows 10 Update

No matter how you get your hard drive lost, please don't worry! EaseUS Partition Recovery Wizard, a powerful partition recovery software built in EaseUS's free partition software, can do you a favor to restore lost or deleted partitions with simple clicks.

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 Windows 10 is supported


Step 1: Launch EaseUS Partition Master on PC

Click on "Partition Recovery" at the top of the main window.

Run EaseUS Partition Master for partition recovery

Step 2: Select a hard disk to search for the lost partition(s)

Choose the hard drive disk or SSD where you lost partitions, and click "Scan".

Run EaseUS Partition Master for partition recovery

Step 3: Wait for the scanning process to complete.

This program will scan the whole disk with two modes - "Quick Scan" and "Deep Scan" to find all lost partitions and data for you.

  • Quick Scan will find your latest or recently deleted partition at a fast speed.
  • Deep Scan will scan and find more and earlier deleted partitions. 
  • If the Quick Scan doesn't find your lost partition, wait patiently till the Deep Scan completes.
Scan lost partitions

During or after the scan, you can double-click the partition marked as "Deleted" to check and view the partition content. If it contains your lost partition data, go to Step 4 and continue. 

Check lost partition contents

Step 4: Select and recover lost partitions

1. Select the lost partition, marked as "Deleted" with previous Labels, capacity etc, and click "Proceed" to continue.
2. Click "Recover Now" to confirm and restore the lost partition.

Scan lost partitions

3. Click the "Execute Operation" button and click "Apply" to restore lost partition.

Scan lost partitions

If Complete search mode also cannot find your lost partition, please try EaseUS free data recovery software to recover your files from the lost partition.