How to Fix Hard Disk Partition Not Showing in Windows 11

1 January 2023

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Is your hard not showing up correctly on your computer? Issues like this can occur because of many causes, ranging from unallocated space to malfunctioning disk partitions.

The operating system allows users to create various partitions on the . This functions as a place to install the operating system, store data, and so on. All partitions created on the can be viewed in File Explorer.

Because various circumstances can cause the “hard drive partition not showing” issue. Some users find that their hard drive is missing and not showing up in File Explorer. It is difficult to access the data stored on the hard drive partition if it does not appear in File Explorer.


If your hard drive partition is not showing up in 11, you can try some of the solutions in this post to solve the problem.

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Causes of Hard Disk Partition Not Showing in Windows 11

Hard disk not showing in BIOS and Disk Management

A hard disk that does not appear in the BIOS and can be caused by physical damage to the drive, installation errors, or a poor connection.

In addition, an old hard disk that is not compatible with the system you are using can also be the cause.

Hard disk not showing in File Explorer or Windows

Some causes of the hard disk not showing in File Explorer but still readable in BIOS are:

  • The hard disk has not/failed initialization.
  • Failed to create a partition or partitions do not yet exist and the hard disk is still “unallocated”.
  • Hard disk partitions are hidden.

Failures in initializing and creating partitions are caused by a hard disk that has broken down.

Fix Hard Disk Partition Not Showing in Windows 11

Since the hard disk partition not visible issue in can occur for various reasons, you can fix it based on the cause.

The following method can fix hard disk partitions that do not want to appear in and that you cannot use if the cause is damage to the hard disk device.

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A. Hard disk initialization

The hard disk may be in “Unknown” status. To work again, you must initialize the disk or make it online.

And if you feel that this problem is caused by corrupted files or an unsupported system, you can also try to initialize the disk.

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  1. Open “” Windows. You can open it with the keys (WIN + X) and select “”.
  2. Right-click on the drive and select “Initialize Disk“.
  3. Then, in the dialog box, select partition GUID Partition Table (GPT) or Master Boot Record (). GPT is usually recommended, but you can read about both online before choosing.
  4. Next, create a partition on “Unallocated” by right-clicking and selecting “New Simple Volume“. Follow the on-screen instructions until you’re done.

B. Assign a drive letter

A must be provided, otherwise, the drive is without a letter or conflicts with another disk may cause the drive not appearing in File Explorer. You can fix this issue by manually assigning a new in Windows Disk Management.

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  1. Open “Disk Management” Windows.
  2. Right-click on the drive and select “Change Drive Letter and Paths“.
  3. Then select the “Add” button to add or the “Change” button to change it.
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C. Create a New Partition

If you see “Unallocated” on a drive in Disk Management, create a new partition on that drive by:

  1. Open “Disk Management” Windows.
  2. Right-click on the “Unallocated” space and select “New Simple Volume“.
  3. Then follow the on-screen instructions to format and assign the drive letter.

D. Show hidden partitions in Windows

If the partition is hidden, you won’t see it in File Explorer. To fix this issue, you can use a third-party partition manager.

Applications such as MiniTool Partition or AOMEI Partition Assistant Standard can re-explicate hidden partitions. You can search for the application on the internet and a free version is available.

E. Connect the Hard Drive to a Different Port

Faulty cables or damaged ports can cause the hard disk to fail. Connect your hard drive to another SATA port on your PC’s .

If your drive still doesn’t recognize it, try plugging it into a different PC. If the hard disk is successfully recognized, it is likely that your old cable has been damaged, and try with a new cable.

And if the drive can’t be recognized on another PC, chances are that your drive has been damaged.

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