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Recover Data Off from GPT Protective Partition Windows 10

Posted by Jean to Resource 2017-07-20

Summary

Seeing a GPT Protective Partition in Windows 10 Disk Management but cannot open it or access data? Do not worry at all. You can easily recover data off from GPT Protective Partition in Windows 10 with EaseUS partition recovery software.

Can't Open GPT Protective Partition in Windows 10

"I got a Western Digital HDD that works no problem on my PC. However, I sent it to my friend, he told me that it appears on Windows 10 Disk Management but recognized as GPT Protective Partition. He can't open it or access data. Please help him recover data off from GPT Protective Partition in Windows 10."

gpt protective partition in Windows 10 disk management

What's GPT Protective Partition in Windows 10 Disk Management?

When your hard drive partition shows up with a rarely seen "Protective" character instead of "Healthy", you have to make this term clear and find a powerful GPT partition recovery tool to protect data from being erased by the given troubleshooting method.

For your information, it's the compatibility issue that lets Windows fail to detect your hard drive volumes in a correct way. Let's explain with an example. Most of Windows operating system supports GPT style, however, not including the 32-bit Windows OS. That is to say, when a user connects a GPT formatted disk to a 32-bit Windows computer, this disk will not be shown in Windows Explorer. Even you can find in the Disk Management, it does not allow for access because it's kind of being protected.

How to Recover Data Off from GPT Protective Partition in Windows 10?

So, are you seeing a GPT Protective Partition in Windows 10 Disk Management but cannot open it or access data? Do not worry at all. You can easily recover data off from GPT Protective Partition in Windows 10 with EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard. It's highly praised hard drive recovery software that gives hope to recover inaccessible hard drive data with simple clicks. 

Step 1. Select GPT protective partition where you're trying to export data and click "Scan".

select gpt protective partition and click scan

Step 2. EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard will start a quick scan first. After the quick scan completes, a deep scan will automatically launch in order to find more files.

run quick scan and deep scan to find data on gpt protective partition

Step 3. Choose the file(s) you want to recover by file types from the scanning results. Click "Recover" button to recover the selected files. You'd better choose a different location instead of the original hard drive to avoid data overwriting.

select data files and click recover in order to get data off from gpt protective partition

After safely transferring GPT protective partition data to other places, you can simply solve the problem by converting GPT to MBR by using the command line or third-party GPT to MBR converter.