What is partitioning?
Partitioning is to divide mass storage (for example, hard disk) into isolated sections, and each section is a partition, such as C/D/E/F drive. Generally speaking, C drive is the system partition where we install operating systems. Partitioning is particularly useful if we run more than one operating system. For example, you might allocate one partition for Windows XP and another for Windows 7.
How to restore partition?
"Yesterday I was installing Windows XP on a new hard drive (desktop). My computer was connected to 2 external hard drives. During the installation process it prompted me to enter the drive for installation. Without realizing I accidentally deleted the external hard drive's partition. Now when I connect my external HDD to my Laptop, it just shows the drive, and when I click on it, it prompts me to format and I cancel it. Is there any way I can restore partition and my data?"
The answer is YES. Then why you can restore partition and data?
It depends on the partition table and boot sector that whether partition can be recognized by system or not. If partition table/boot sector is deleted or destroyed by virus, the partition will be invisible, in other words, you think that you have deleted the partition and lost the data in that deleted partition. But in fact, the data remains there, and they are just inaccessible, so that you can't find them on My Computer. Lost Partition Recovery module of Wondershare Data Recovery, or Wondershare Data Recovery for Mac, can analyze the whole hard disk and detect the deleted partition, after that you can recover deleted partition and get back your important data.
It is safe to recover lost partition through recovering partition table or boot sector, which means the software will never attempt to write data on the partition which you want to restore.
Here let's take the Windows version as an example to recover data from deleted or lost partition. Please follow the guide step by step.
Launch Wondershare Data Recovery. Go to the "Standard Mode" and select "Partition Recovery" on the main interface.
Step 1. Select a physical drive that your deleted or lost partition located, and then click "Next".
Step 2. Choose the partition and click "Start"
All the deleted, formatted and lost partitions will be listed. Choose one and start scanning. Select the partition where your lost data located.
The scan time depends on which recovery mode is selected. The scan may take several minutes in the Lost File Recovery, or up to an hour or two in the Raw File Recovery You can stop or pause the scan in in middle of process. You have the choice to store the former scan results for continuous data recovery at any time without scanning it again. For best results, you ought to allow the scan to finish.
Step 3. Find out the files you want
Find the target data which you want to recover. Click ‘Recover' to enter destination selection interface. Or click Back to return to the partition selection interface.
- You can preview your images, documents, and archives before recovery.
- The scan results will be listed with original name and path, while files for Raw File Recovery will be listed according to file formats.
- Files can be sorted by name, size, created and modified date.
- You can use file filter to search the specific files precisely and quickly.
Step 4. Select a destination place to save the recoverable data
- Choose or enter a directory to save the recovered files.
- We highly advise you to choose another directory that differs from the source one, for the fear that it would overwrite the source data eventually.