How to Recover Files from Lost Partitions
A storage device must have at least one partition before a file system can be set up and store data. The partition can contain all of the storage space on the drive or just some of it. On many storage devices, a single partition will often take up the entire drive.
Many hard drives come with a partition already set up so we can jump straight to the formatting step. We can have the partition formatted with a file system such as the NTFS file system on Windows drives, FAT32 file system for removable drives, HFS+ file system on Mac computers, or the ext4 file system on Linux. Files are then written to that file system on the partition.
When partitions are lost, the drive returns to its original unallocated raw state. When a hard drive or a partition becomes RAW, it means its filesystem cannot be recognized by the computer and therefore is unable to be mounted as a drive. Since the computer can’t see any filesystem, it prompts you to format it before you can use this drive.
Partition lost is not as common as data loss. It could happen for various reasons: HDD failure, corrupted partition table and so on. Sometimes we know a partition is lost because we accidentally pressed the wrong key and deleted it.
The easiest way to recover data from lost partitions would be using a professional data recovery tool. H Data Recovery Software features a module designed to tackle this problem. Follow the below steps to learn the easy way to recover your lost data.
Step 1. Free download, install and launch H Data Recovery Software
Step 2. Choose “Hard Disk Partition Lost or Crash” from the main menu
Step 3. Perform a full scan on the drive. Wait while the program is locating and rebuilding data.
Step 4. When the scanning is complete, you can choose from the listed files and save them to your desired safe directory. It is highly recommended that the directory is located in another drive to avoid potential data overwriting.