Fix hard drive partition not showing on Windows 11: Windows operating system allows users to create different partitions on a hard disk. They can use these hard disk partitions for different purposes, like installing Windows operating system, storing data, etc. If a hard disk partition is not visible or missing in File Explorer, you cannot access the data stored on it until you show it again. Today we will learn how to fix the error so that the partition shows up again.
Fix hard drive partition not showing on Windows 11
If for some reason your Hard Disk Partition is not showing up in Windows 11/10, here are some suggestions that you should follow to fix this problem.
Update hard disk driver:
One possible cause of this problem is a corrupted or outdated hard disk driver. Therefore, we recommend that you update your hard disk driver and see if it helps.
Assign a different drive letter:
If a drive letter is not assigned to the hard disk partition, Windows will not display it in File Explorer. Open Device Manager and see if a drive letter is assigned to that partition. Note that this solution does not work if you have an unallocated partition.
If Disk Management shows you a hard disk partition without a drive letter as shown in the above screenshot, follow the steps written below to assign a new drive letter.
- Right click on the hard disk partition and select Change drive letter and paths.
- Click Add.
- Select Assign the following drive letter from the drop-down menu.
- Click OK.
Now, open File Explorer and you should see your hard disk partition there. Otherwise, right-click and select Refresh. In Windows 11, right-click and go to Show more options > Refresh.
Run the hardware and device troubleshooter:
Hardware and Device Troubleshooter is an automated tool that helps users fix hardware related problems (if possible). Your hard disk partition is not visible. Therefore, running the Hardware and Devices Troubleshooter may fix the problem.
msdt.exe -id DeviceDiagnostic
See if the hard disk partition is hidden or not:
- Right-click My Computer and select Manage.
- In Storage double-click Disk Management Snap-in.
Or search on Local Group Policy Editor:
User Configuration/Administrative Templates/Windows Components/File Explorer
Find Hide these specified drives in My Computer on the right side. If it shows Configured, double-click it and select Not configured. Then click Apply and then click OK.
Above are some ways to fix hard drive partition not showing on Windows 11 you can refer to. Hopefully, the instructions that Tutshares.online Computer Tips Blog has shared will be useful to you. Good luck.