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3 Easy Ways on How To View Partitions (2021)

Updated by Jean on Jul 05, 2021

When you install Windows on a new hard drive, the installer perceives your disk as a large amount of unallocated space. It would help if you made a segment so that the operating system understands which part of the hard drive it can access. This is referred to as a partition. A volume is created when you format a partition with a certain filesystem so that an operating system may use it.

To fully utilize each partition, you must first understand how to view partitions, and if you are not aware, keep scrolling and look at the step to view via windows explorer, Disk management, and the third party partition tool

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The General Way to Check/View Partitions is via Windows Explorer

When you purchase a new business computer, you may notice various drive letters such as C, D, and E when browsing items in Windows Explorer. Although these drive letters may refer to physical internal, or external hard drives, they may also refer to partitions. People frequently divide hard drives into smaller partitions to put different operating systems on them. You can check partitions by accessing the window Explorer. 

Let's have a look at the steps on how to check partitions via Windows explorer. 

Step 1: First navigate to Windows Explorer by Press Windows + E keys.

Step 2: Then  you can view the partition size of each hard drive as shown in the below image.

view partitions in windows explorer

  • What you can see: One can see only partitions and partition size.
  • What you cannot see: Users are not able to view all available disks.

Another Free Way to View Disk Partitions Is with Windows Disk Management

The next method on how to view partitions is using disk management. To view internal/external hard drive, scroll below and have a look to all the steps.

Step 1: On the keyboard, press Windows + R. Then type "diskmgmt. msc" and hit Enter to launch the Windows Disk Management tool. 

open disk management

Step 2: Once the disk management opens you can view all the hard drive/external drive partitions as shown below in the image.  

view partitions in disk management

  • What you can see: Using disk management allows users to see all disks and partitions and their file system, type, status, as well as those partitions showing as RAW, unallocated.
  • What you cannot see: One won't be able to see hidden, lost, and deleted files.

A Comprehensive Way to View, Unhide, or Recover Partitions on A Hard Drive 

Hopefully, now you are aware of how to view partitions on a hard drive with windows explorer and disk management but what if you want to view the lost, hidden or deleted partition? Don't fret by using a third-party partition manager. You can easily view all types of partitions no matter what sort of hard drive it is, and if you are curious to know which tool has all these functionalities, then we recommend EaseUS partition magic tool. 

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EaseUS Partition Master is the most potent and comprehensive partition viewer/checker available, and it can show you all you need to know:

How to View Hidden, Lost or Deleted Partitions with EaseUS Partition Master

Step 1. Open EaseUS Partition Master and click "Partition Recovery" on the top menu. A new window will appear and ask you to select a disk to start searching for lost partition(s). So choose the desired disk and click "Scan".

partition recovery step 1

Step 2. A quick scan will immediately start. You can pause the scanning process by clicking "Proceed" at any time when the lost partition shows up to start your data recovery.

partition recovery step 2

You can double click on the partition you're looking for to preview its content.

partition recovery step 3

Step 3. As soon as the lost partition and data has been found, click "Recover Now". Or else, go on with "Continue Scanning" for more lost data recovery.

partition recovery step 4

Step 4. After the recovery process, click "Finish". Your lost partition should reappear in your drive.

partition recovery step 5


We've looked at different ways on how to view partitions. In summary, if you want to view, unhide, recover a partition on a hard drive without data loss, we recommend using EaseUS Partition Master. This tool is highly built for people who love to play around with the computer. 

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Author Jean has been writing tech articles since she was graduated from university. She has been part of the EaseUS team for over 5 years. Her special focuses are data recovery, disk partitioning, data space optimization, data backup and Mac OS. By the way, she's an aviation fan!

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