Why is partition recovery from unallocated space necessary?
Partition recovery from unallocated space might be needed when partition is deleted or lost by accident. Delete a partition by accident might be easy to understand while how partitions can be lost automatically? Changes in your operating system, virus or spyware infections or a newly installed drive can often lead to unallocated disk space on your hard drive.
"Hi, my main problem is that the partition with data is now shown as unallocated. I have a 500 Seagate HDD that was mainly used as external HDD. It has 3 partitions A, B, C where A has all my data while the other two were empty. After installation of Windows 7, A and B become one unallocated space. How do I recover unallocated partition?"
Also, another user shows the desire of free partition recovery from unallocated space, after the description of his situation, he wrote: "PS - I understand there is partition recovery software you can buy that may be able to recover unallocated partition, but I'm looking for a charge-free one." How do we recover unallocated partition for free?
We will share a free utility to do partition recovery from unallocated space here - EaseUS Partition Master.
1. Check if you need to recover unallocated partition
To make sure if the partition is lost and you need to do partition recovery from unallocated space, you can check with the following steps:
1. Click on the "Start Menu" and click on "Control Panel". Select the "Administrative Tools" icon, and then select "Computer Management".
2. Click the Disk Management heading in the left frame of the next window. This will list the installed drives on your computer.
If the partition doesn't appear there, it is lost and you can initiate the above partition recovery from unallocated space process.
2. Partition recovery from unallocated space
EaseUS Partition Master Professional Edition fully supports 32-bit and 64-bit Windows business users (Windows 10/8.1/8/7/Vista/XP).
EaseUS Partition Master Server Edition works perfectly with Windows Server 2016/2008/2003 etc both 32-bit and 64-bit users.
Download it for free, install it on your PC, activate it for partition recovery now:
Step 1. Open EaseUS Partition Master and click "Partition Recovery". Select the target disk with your lost partition and click "New Scan".
Step 2. Wait patiently to let the software execute "Quick Scan" and "Full Scan" operation. It will mark your deleted partition as "lost" as the Status section. Select the lost partition, and click "Recover".
You can also double click on the partition you're looking for to preview its content and click "OK" to confirm.
Step 3. Wait patiently and click "Done" when the partition recovery process completes.
If the Partition Recovery of EaseUS Partition Master fails to recover your lost/deleted partition, how to fix unallocated hard drive without losing data? Don’t miss out on EaseUS Data Recovery - another powerful drive/partition saver.
Step 1. Select and scan the lost partition
Launch EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard, select "Lost Partition" and click "Scan" to search for all the lost data. If there are many lost partitions, you can identify them through its partition size.
Note: Since the Windows system doesn't support the Linux file system, the Ext2 or Ext3 partition will be recognized as lost partition with no drive letter in the software. If you want to recover data from Ext2/Ext3 partition, you can follow these steps.
Step 2. Filter the scanned results
Because there will be a lot of scanned files, you can choose a file category for quick filtering, such as Pictures, Videos, Documents, Audio, and Others. Or if you remember the file name, you can just look it up in the search box in the upper right corner.
Step 3. Preview and recover data from the lost partition
Before recovery, you can preview the file to make sure it is the data you need. Choose all the files you need and click "Recover" to restore them.
Fixing unallocated external hard drive in Windows 10 can be easy with the two software in the previous part. Also, you can try to fix unallocated space on hard drive by using CMD. Follow the step-by-step guide:
Step 1. Press Windows + R, input CMD, and press Enter.
Step 2. Input the command we listed in each line and press Enter.
diskpart > list volume > select volume* (Choose your drive letter.) > delete volume > delete volume override
Step 3. Create a new volume on the Disk Management, and set the file system to recover the unallocated hard drive.
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