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3 Methods to Fix Missing Recovery Partition Windows 11

Let's learn how to fix the missing recovery partition Windows 11. This guide offers you simple solutions to recover lost partitions in Windows 11 with the help of EaseUS Partition Master.

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Updated on May 15, 2024

Are you struggling to find the missing recovery partition in Windows 11? If so, I believe you might feel panicky about losing your crucial files. Let's make it easy to understand. Consider the recovery partition an essential safeguard—your digital first-aid kit. It shields you during a system failure or significant issues. Without it, troubleshooting becomes a daunting task. What happens now when you lose it?

Let me tell you some good news! If you are annoyed with missing a recovery partition, Windows 11 isn't a dead end. Let me help you regain control over your system through recovery. In this guide, EaseUS offers straightforward solutions to address this common issue. Let's get started!

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How to Fix Missing Recovery Partition Windows 11 

Don't worry—getting your recovery partition back on track can be easy using the right solutions. This section will explore three distinct approaches. We will start with the simplest option using a specialized tool and then delve into more technical methods. The recommended tool is a hinge for newbie users. Anyone can use it with easy problem-solving steps.

Method 1: Effortless Recovery with EaseUS Partition Master

EaseUS Partition Master Professional is the best choice for effortless partition recovery in any Windows device. It can be a fantastic choice for those looking for a smooth, straightforward solution. 

This tool streamlines the recovery process with its intuitive user interface. Its accessible features welcome both beginners and tech-savvy users alike. In your case, its "Partition Recovery" feature helps you reclaim lost or missing partitions. 

Its advanced algorithms help you perform the task without risking losing your precious data. The best part is that it eliminates the need for complex procedures. That's why it is an excellent option for those who prefer a less hands-on approach.

Click here to download and install EaseUS Partition Master, and follow these easy steps.

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Step 1. Open EaseUS Partition Master and click "Partition Recovery". Select the target disk with your lost partition and click "New Scan".

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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".

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You can also double click on the partition you're looking for to preview its content and click "OK" to confirm.

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Step 3. Wait patiently and click "Done" when the partition recovery process completes.

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Well, let's see the key features of this partition manager software:

  • Simple to Use Interface: You can use this program even if you're not experienced with partition management.
  • Guided Recovery: The Partition Recovery Wizard offers detailed instructions throughout the procedure.
  • Data Preservation: Retrieves data from partitions without compromising its integrity.
  • Flexible Tool: It provides more than recovery. It can also be used for resizing, merging, and other useful partition management operations.
  • Free Trail: You can test its features with a free trial before purchasing.

Method 2. Assign a Drive Letter to the Recovery Partition

Sometimes, your recovery partition may be only hiding since it doesn't have appropriate labeling. This time, EaseUS Partition Master's "Change Drive Letter" option saves the day. With the help of this convenient tool, you can quickly assign a new letter to your recovery partition, maybe curing the problem with a few clicks. Follow these detailed steps to assign a drive letter and fix the issue.

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Step 1. Run EaseUS Partition Master, right-click the target partition, and choose "Change Drive Letter".

Step 2. In the new window, click the down arrow and choose a drive letter for the partition from the drop-down menu, then click "OK".

Step 3. Click the "Execute 1 Task(s)" button in the top-left corner, check the changes, and click "Apply" to change the drive letter of the selected partition.

To manage your recovery partition well, EaseUS Partition Master can do the following tasks:

Additionally, you can use the "diskpart" software to assign a drive letter if you feel confident using the Command Prompt. Nevertheless, this approach necessitates exact execution and a greater comprehension of command-line tools. The safer and easier choice is to stay with EaseUS Partition Master if you're unfamiliar with this method.

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Take a minute to familiarize yourself with your disk layout and partitions before making any modifications. System instability or data loss could result from inadvertently allocating a drive letter to the incorrect partition. If you're unsure, asking a tech-savvy friend for advice is always a good idea, or you may want to get expert help.

Method 3. Use WinRe.wim File to Create a Recovery Partition 

If your recovery partition and the essential WinRe.wim file have gone missing, don't worry. You're not out of options. You can rebuild this crucial safety net by extracting the WinRe.wim file from your Windows installation media. While this method involves more technical know-how, it's certainly doable with some guidance.

The WinRe.wim file, containing the Windows Recovery Environment, is usually found at c:\windows\system32\Recovery\WinRe.wim. You can enable the recovery partition using the reagentc /enable command in the command prompt. Conversely, reagentc /disable allows you to save its contents to a file.

When both the partition and file are absent, here's how to retrieve WinRe.wim and recreate your recovery partition:

Step 1: Accessing WinRe.wim

Since WinRe.wim isn't directly accessible on the installation media, we'll use the dism command to extract it from the install.wim file:

  1. Open the command prompt and create a temporary folder: mkdir c:\temp
  2. Mount the install.wim file:dism /mount-wim /wimfile:"d:\sources\install.wim" /index:1 /mountdir:"c:\temp" /readonly(Replace "d:" with the drive letter of your installation media)

Step 2: Copying WinRe.wim

  1. Locate WinRe.wim within the mounted folder: c:\temp\Windows\System32\Recovery
  2. Copy it to your Windows directory: C:\windows\system32\Recovery\winre.wim

Step 3: Unloading the WIM File

After copying, unload the WIM file using the command:DISM /unmount-Wim /MountDir:"c:\temp" /discard

Step 4: Creating the Recovery Partition

Now, let's create the partition using the copied WinRe.wim file:

  • Open the command prompt and enter diskpart.
  • List available disks: list disk and select the relevant disk: select disk [DiskNumber].
  • List partitions: list partition and select the C drive partition: select partition [PartitionNumber].

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  • Shrink the C drive to create space: shrink desired=700.
  • Create a new primary partition: create partition primary.
  • Format it as NTFS and label it: format quick fs=ntfs label="winRE".
  • Set the partition type to Recovery: set id=de94bba4-06d1-4d40-a16a-bfd50179d6ac.
  • Exit DiskPart: exit.
  • Enable the recovery partition: reagentc /enable.

This process might take a few minutes, but your recovery partition should be restored once completed. If this method doesn't resolve the issue, explore the other options we've covered or seek guidance from a tech-savvy friend or professional.

Conclusion 

The guide explored the common problem of missing recovery partitions. We also discussed the causes and potential solutions for fixing it. We've covered many options, from automated tools to more hands-on methods. It's up to you which one you will choose. In short, missing recovery partition isn't the end of the world. You can quickly restore this essential safety net with the right tools and information. Feel free to refer to this guide whenever you encounter this issue—remember, there's always a way to resolve it.

 

Windows 11 Recovery Partition Missing FAQs 

Are you curious about recovery partitions? We've got the answers to your most pressing questions.

1. Why is the recovery partition not showing up on my computer?

Several factors could be at play. It may be missing a drive letter, rendering it invisible in your file explorer. Sometimes, it's intentionally hidden for protection. It might be corrupted or deleted in less common scenarios, but let's not jump to conclusions just yet.

2. Does Windows 11 need a recovery partition? Why?

Yes, indeed! It's similar to having an extra key, which you hope you never need but are thankful for when you do. A backup of the drivers, system files, and factory settings is stored in your recovery disk. This partition enables you to recover your system to its initial configuration. You don't have to use external installation media if your computer crashes, becomes infected with malware, or has other significant problems.

3. How to install Windows 11 without a recovery partition?

A recovery partition is not necessary for the installation of Windows 11. Follow these steps to proceed without a recovery partition.

Step 1. Get the ISO file from Microsoft's website to make a bootable USB drive. 

Step 2. Insert the USB drive and restart your computer. You may need to adjust your BIOS configuration to do this.

Step 3. Select "Custom Install" as the installation type after selecting your language and other settings.

Step 4. Delete all current partitions if you reinstall the same drive. 

Step 5. Follow the on-screen instructions to complete the installation process.

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Sherly joined EaseUS in 2022 and she has always loved writing articles and enjoys the fun they bring. She receives professional training here, focusing on product performance and other relative knowledge. She has written over 200 articles to help people overcome computing issues.

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