What causes the partition not showing up in Windows 11/10 issue? How to fix the error? Here, MiniTool offers you solutions to partition not showing up on Windows 10/11 in different cases. Use corresponding fixes according to your situation.

Reasons for Partition Not Showing up in Windows 11

As multiple factors can result in the “hard disk partition not showing up” issue, you may experience it like many other users too. Some possible reasons for the Windows 11 disk partition not showing up error are summarized as follows.

  • The hard drive is old or incompatible with your PC.
  • There is physical damage to the disk.
  • There are bad sectors or corrupted files on the hard drive.
  • The system is infected by viruses or malware.
  • The partition is hidden.
  • The partition is deleted/lost.
  • The hard drive is not showing up or detected .

What can you do to fix the “Windows 11 disk partition not showing up” issue? Well, this post offers you solutions to it in 3 cases.

Case 1: Partition Not Showing up in Windows 11/10

Fix 1: Run Hardware and Devices Troubleshooter

Hardware and Devices Troubleshooter is a tool on Windows that helps you fix hardware-related issues. After the hard disk partition not showing up issue occurs, you can run it to solve the issue. As the Troubleshooter is not available in Windows 10/11 Settings , you need to open it from other sources like Command Prompt and Run window.

Follow the steps below to run the Troubleshooter.

Step 1: Type cmd in the search box and then click Run as administrator under the Command Prompt App .

run Command Prompt as administrator

Step 2: In the prompted window, type msdt.exe -id DeviceDiagnostic and press the Enter key. This will open the Hardware and Devices troubleshooter. Alternatively, you can open it by typing msdt.exe -id DeviceDiagnostic in the Run window and hitting Enter .

type and execute the command

open Hardware and Devices troubleshooter from the Run window

Step 3: Run the troubleshooter by clicking the Next button in the elevated window. Finish the operation by following the on-screen instructions and then check if the Windows 11 disk partition not showing up issue is solved.

run the troubleshooter

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Fix 2: Unhide the Partition

If the partition is hidden, you won’t see it in File Explorer. Then the hard disk partition not showing up issue happens to you. To fix the issue, you should unhide it.

#1. Use MiniTool Partition Wizard

This software helps you hide and unhide partitions within a few clicks. You just need to download and install MiniTool Partition Wizard on your computer and then follow the given steps to unhide your partition.

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Step 1: Double-click on its icon to launch this software.

Step 2: Right-click on the target partition and then click Unhide Partition in the pop-up menu.

unhide partition

Step 3: In the next window, click OK to save changes.

Step 4: Click Apply > Yes to execute the operation.

unhide partition

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Fix 3: Check Hard Drive for Bad Sectors

As mentioned earlier, bad sectors on the hard drive will lead to partition not showing up in Windows 11. Therefore, you’d better check that after the issue occurs. You can check hard drive for errors via either the CHKDSK command or third-party software.

If you encounter the CHKDSK not working issue, try MiniTool Partition Wizard instead. It enables you to find bad sectors and file system errors on your hard drive or partition. Here we show you how to find bad sectors through the program.

1. Run the software on your PC.

2. Right-click on the target hard drive and click Surface Test .

click Surface Test

3. In the prompted window, click Start Now to begin the process.

click Start Now

4. After the scanning process ends, find if there are any red blocks in the scanning area. If you find them, it indicates that there are bad sectors on the hard drive. Then refer to this guide to get rid of them.

Fix 4: Perform Partition Recovery

The partition not showing up on Windows 10/11 issue may occur if you delete it by accident. Actually, multiple reasons can result in partition loss such as power surges, virus infection, hardware issues, Windows updates, etc. No matter what reason causes partition missing, you can recover it with the help of MiniTool Partition Wizard.

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Step 1: After launching the software, click Partition Recovery and then click Next in the prompted window to continue.

Partition Recovery and Next

Step 2: In the prompted window, choose the disk where the lost partition locates for recovery and click Next .

choose disk for recovery

Step 3: Pick a scanning range from the given options: Full Disk , Unallocated Space , and Specified Range . Here, we choose Unallocated Space . Then click Next .

If you don’t remember the specified range of the lost partition, it is recommended to scan the full disk.

choose a scanning range

Step 4: Select a scanning method based on your demands and click Next . You can either choose Quick Scan or Full Scan .

choose a scanning method

Step 5: Then the scanning process will start automatically. You can view the progress in the elevated window.

Step 6: After the scanning process ends, check all needed partitions (including existing partitions and deleted/lost partitions) from the list and click Finish .

As the existing partitions will be checked by default, you just need to check the lost/deleted partition by yourself. If Partition Recovery Wizard can’t find your lost partition, use the Data Recovery module to recover the data on the missing partition.