“I have an HP laptop that shipped with Windows 8.1. I upgraded to Windows 10 weeks ago and tonight I accidentally reformatted my D: drive recovery partition. I have recovery media on a USB pen drive that I made back when I first set up my computer. Has Windows 10 changed the D: recovery partition during the upgrade or will it be the exact same image the computer shipped with? Also, any idea how I can get the recovery files back on the D: partition?”
As you know, recovery partition refers to a special partition on a hard drive which can be used to restore your computer to the previous status while system issues occur. So it is very important for many of you. However, recovery partition loss becomes a common issue. Have you deleted recovery partition by mistake? What should you do to get lost partition back? Is it possible to recover files on this recovery partition? Actually, it is not difficult to do lost partition recovery.
When recovery partition is deleted accidentally, please don’t worry. Generally speaking, there are three methods to get back recovery partition.
If you install Windows 8 operating system in your computer, you can use its built-in “Create a recovery drive” feature to create a new recovery partition. Please do as the following screenshot shows:
As you know, recovery partition can be divided into two types, including Windows recovery partition and supplier’s recovery partition. In addition, branded computers have configured their own recovery software. If you use Lenovo, there is Lenovo One Key Recovery which only can be used in all Lenovo computers. If you delete recovery partition, it is allowed to use its own recovery tool to get lost partition back. If your computer doesn’t have an own recovery tool, what should you do? Please turn to the third method for help.
In addition, there is another way that you can ask third-party partition and disk management software for help. Here I strongly recommend MiniTool Partition Wizard Free Edition to you. Compared to the above two solutions, this free tool is available in Windows XP/Vista/7/8/10 for all types of computers and it is appreciated by over 15,000,000 users. In order to recover deleted partition, you can use its “Partition Recovery” feature which enables you to find and recover lost or deleted partitions due to virus infection, mistaken operation or power failure.
Before you do, please don’t create a new partition with the unallocated space released by deleted recovery partition.
Step 1: Download MiniTool Partition Wizard Free Edition. Launch it and then in the main interface, right click the target disk to select “Partition Recovery” or click it in the left pane.
Step 2: Set scanning range for the specified disk according to your needs. Click “Next” to continue.
Step 3: You need to select one scanning method, “Quick Scan” or “Full Scan”.
Step 4: Then all needed partitions including existing, lost and deleted partitions are here. Please check them. Click “Finish” to go back to the main interface. Then click “Apply” to make this operation effective.
After finishing this operation, the deleted recovery partition will be recovered, but this partition doesn’t have a drive letter, so you should allocate one letter for this partition. With the help of MiniTool Partition Wizard Free Edition, you can easily and effectively solve accidentally deleted recovery partition issue. Please turn to this post for more information about this issue.