Fix Hard Drive Disappeared in Windows 10 without Losing Data

Tracy King updated on Dec 11, 2020 to Storage Media Recovery | How-to Articles

If your hard drive disappeared or failed to show up in Windows 10/8/7, don't worry. This page will show you how to effectively fix hard drive disappeared error in Windows Explorer/Disk Management. If hard drive disappeared issue fixed but data lost, use EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard to recover lost data from the hard drive.

Hard drive disappeared after Windows 10 update

"Does anyone know how to make the disappeared hard drive to show up again in Windows 10? My computer received the latest Windows 10 update last night, and it automatically installed the update. The problem is that I could not see the second hard drive in File Explorer after the computer restarted. I rebooted the computer but the hard drive still disappeared. Is there a way that can help me to make the disappeared hard drive show up in Windows 10?"

When the hard drive disappeared on Windows computer, you'll not be able to visit and access the saved data. And this will result in data loss, storage space shrinking issue and other more problems. So what can you do when the hard drive disappeared on your PC? If you are facing such a problem, relax! Effective methods are available here to help now.

If it's SSD not showing up in Windows 10, go to the other page to find solutions. In addition, some of the linked page's solutions are also applicable to the HDD disappeared issue, like rescan, initialize, and check hard disk errors...

Workable Solutions Step-by-step Troubleshooting
Case 1. Hard drive disappeared in Explorer

Method 1. Run hardware and device troubleshooter to fix the drive issue...Full steps

Method 2. Perform partition recovery...Full steps

Case 2. Hard drive disappeared in Disk Management

Method 1. Update device driver...Full steps

Method 2. Change the drive letter...Full steps

Quick fix hard drive disappeared issue in Windows 10

When hard drive failed to show up on Windows PC, you can try to connect your hard drive with a different USB port to see if it helps or not.

If not, you can also try to connect the hard drive to another computer to check if the issue replicates or not.

If the problem gets solved, you may need to change a new USB cable line or hard drive cable.

change a new usb cable to fix disappeared hard drive problem

If the problem still exists, don't worry. Just follow the next offered methods to fix hard drive disappeared in Windows 10 error now.

Fix hard drive disappeared in File Explorer error

When you open File Explorer, and you cannot view the hard drive partition there, like D drive, E drive, and other data partitions, you can try the next two methods for help.

Method 1. Run hardware and device troubleshooter to fix hard drive disappeared issue

1. Press "Windows + R" keys.
2. Type "control" and press enter to open the control panel.
3. Type "troubleshooting" in the control panel search box and open it.
4. Click "view all" on the left pane.
5. Run the hardware and devices troubleshooter and follow the on-screen instructions.  

Method 2. Perform partition recovery with EaseUS Partition Recovery

Windows update deletes a hard drive partition, or you accidentally perform 'Delete Volume...' in Disk Management, the hard drive will be in 'unallocated space' state. Windows 10 will not recognize a hard drive partition showing up as unallocated. You can create a new partition on the unallocated drive to make it show up again. Creating a new hard drive would help Windows system detects the drive as new, but the hard drive data is gone forever.

There are two ways to protect hard drive data from disappearing: [1] Directly perform a whole partition recovery instead of creating a new one; [2] Recover hard drive data after creating a new drive. Both ways are meant to rescue data on a disappeared hard hard drive storage, but the former method is more preferred. EaseUS Partition Recovery is able to recover the entire hard drive along with data on it.

Go to the product page and download EaseUS Partition Recovery, and follow the guide to show up a disappeared hard drive as well as data in Windows 10.


Step 1: Run EaseUS Partition Recovery on your PC.

Select the disk or device where you lost partition(s), click "Scan" to continue.

Select disk to scan lost partition.

Step 2: Wait for the scanning process to complete.

Let the program scan selected disk and find the lost partition(s).

Scan lost partition.

Step 3: Preview and restore lost partition(s).

Double-click on the partition which is marked as "Lost" with "Good" recoverability.

Preview lost partition

Preview the content of the lost partition. Click "OK" and click "Proceed" to start restoring the lost partition.

Select found partition to restore.

Step 4: Click "Recover Now" to finish the partition recovery process.

Note: If the program warns you that there is a conflict, back up the listed partition with essential data to an external hard drive first. Then execute the final operation to restore your lost partition.

Finish partition recovery.

If you choose to create a new partition on unallocated space and need data recovery afterward, then choose EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard to recover hard drive data. Being different from Partition Recovery software, using Data Recovery Wizard won't help recover a disappeared hard drive but only data on it.

Fix hard drive disappeared/not showing up in Disk Management

If the hard drive disappeared or failed to show up in Disk Management, the next two steps can easily help you out.

Step 1. Update device drivers in Windows 10

1. Right-click on the Start button and select "Device Manager".

2. Expand one of the categories to find the name of your device, then right-click it, and select "Update Driver". 

uninstall drive and install new to show up disappeared hard drive

3. Select "Search automatically for updated driver software".

If Windows doesn't find a new driver, you can try looking for one on the device manufacturer's website and follow their instructions. Otherwise, you can try to reinstall the driver by doing like this: 

1. Open Device Manager, right-click the name of the device and this time select "Uninstall device". 

2. Restart your PC and Windows will attempt to reinstall the driver.

Step 2. Change drive letter of disappeared hard drive

1. Press "Windows + R" keys to bring up the Run dialog.

2. Type "diskmgmt.msc" and press enter to open disk management.

3. The disappeared hard drive can be detected now, right-click on it and select "change drive letter and paths".

change drive letter and paths to show up disappeared hard drive

4. Click "change" and assign a different drive letter.

5. Save the changes, restart the computer and check again.

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Frequently Asked Questions

1. Why choose EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard?

"EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard is the best we've seen. It's far from perfect, partly because today's advanced disk technology makes data-recovery more difficult than it was with the simpler technology of the past, but it's fast and efficient..."PCMag

"The first thing you'll notice about EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard Pro is that its interface is very clear and uncluttered, with only a small collection of self-explanatory controls. You won't find lots of extra options hidden in a system of hidden menus, either; what you see really is what you get."techradar

"Recover lost files, even after deleting a partition or formatting your drive."Macworld

2. Why cannot I recover 2GB data for free?

It is recommended to check the version installed is Free or Trial because they are different versions.

Trial has data preview function but cannot save any files, while the Free version enables to recover 2 GB files. The default free space is 500 MB and you may share the product on social media to get another 1.5 GB.

3. Why cannot the recovered files be opened?

A file is saved as 2 parts on the storage device: directory info (which is comprised by file name, time stamp and size info, etc.) and data content.

If the files with original file names and folder structures cannot be opened, one possible reason is the corrupted directory info. There is still a chance to recover the data content with the RAW Recovery method in our software.

4. Why isn't it suggested to recover the files back to the original drive?

The storage structure of the lost files would be altered or damaged by any changes on the drive. If you save the recovered files back to the same drive, the original data structures and data content would be corrupted or overwritten, which causes permanent data loss. So you should prepare another disk to save the files.

5. How can I check whether my data is recoverable or not before purchase?

The Free version helps you save 2GB files, so verify the recovery quality of our product before purchase.

6. How long does it take to scan the drive?

It strongly depends on the capacity of your hard drive and the performance of your computer. As reference,most drive recoveries can be completed in around 10 to 12 hours for a 1-TB healthy hard drive in general conditions.

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