How to recover data from GPT protective partition?

November 1, 2018

This article will show you the brief introduction of GPT protective partition and the solutions of how to recover data from GPT protective partition easily.

Scenario

“I have a hard drive that works all the time. But when I connect it to another computer with a different operating system, it shows up as a GPT protective partition (Healthy) with no drive letter. I can’t read it or make other operations on it. What should I do to solve this problem? All suggestions are appreciated in advance!”

What is GPT protective partition?

First of all, you should understand what a GPT protective partition is. As you know, comparing with MBR (Master Boot Record), GPT (GUID Partition Table) provides a more flexible disk partitioning mechanism and is widely used in most Windows operating systems except Windows 32-bit operating systems. For example, 32-bit Windows XP and Windows Server 2003 give no support to GPT disk. That is to say, when users connect a GPT disk to a 32-bit Windows XP or 32-bit Windows Server 2003 computer, this disk will not be shown in Windows Explorer. At this time, the GPT disk shows up in Windows Disk Management as Healthy (GPT Protective Partition) with no drive letter. And you cannot right click it to assign a letter. As a result, the data on the GPT Protective Partition becomes inaccessible.

How to recover data from GPT Protective Partition?

If your disk shown as a GPT Protective Partition, you can’t access the data on it. How to make the protective accessible or recover data from GPT Protective Partition Read below to find the solutions.

A: convert GPT Protective Partition to MBR without data loss

If you connect the GPT disk to a 32-bit Windows XP or 32-bit Windows Server 2003, you can use a powerful convert tool to convert the GPT Protective Partition to MBR, thus you can access the data on it. Here AOMEI Partition Assistant is recommended. It can be the best disk convert tool which provides you many powerful functions like Convert to MBR Disk. You can convert your GPT Protective Partition to MBR through AOMEI Partition Assistant in Windows 10/8/7, Windows XP as well as Windows Vista. The following example will show you the specific steps of converting GPT Protective Partition to MBR in Windows XP:

Step 1. Download, install and run AOMEI Partition Assistant. The basic information of your partition will display on the main interface. Find the disk that holds GPT Protective Partition and right click it to select “Convert to MBR Disk”.

Convert To MBR

Step 2.In the pop-up window, click “OK” to continue.

Confirm

Step 3.After that, is will back to the main interface, click “Apply” > “Proceed” to complete the operation.

Convert GPT Protective Partition To MBR

Wait the operation to finish and you can access the data on the MBR disk. PS.: If the operating system of your computer is 32-bit Windows Server 2003, you should turn to AOMEI Partition Assistant Server to complete this operation.

B: Use a data recovery software to recover the data on the GPT Protective Partition.

If the operating system of your computer is Windows 10/8/8.1/7, and you still see the GPT Protective Partition. There may be something wrong with your disk. At this time, you can try a data recovery software to recover data from the GPT Protective Partition.

Conclusion

After following these simple steps, you can successfully access the data on the GPT protection partition by converting it to MBR partition style or recover data from GPT Protective Partition directly via data recovery software.

AOMEI Partition Assistant can be the best disk convert tool. Besides Convert to MBR Disk, it also provides you many other powerful functions such as Resize/Delete/Create Partition, Disk Copy, Rebuild MBR and so on. If you need more advanced feature like Allocated Free Space, you can upgrade to AOMEI Partition Assistant Professional.