By Teresa / Last Updated September 11, 2019

D Drive Missing in Windows 10

"I have installed Windows 10 on my Alienware a few weeks ago and I cannot see my D drive now. It seems like completely missing from my computer. Worse is, I saved all data on that drive. Does anyone know what can be the problem of my computer? I need all data back at the same time. Any advice will be appreciated."

It is a help post on how to find the lost D drive in Windows 10 after installing. As a matter of fact, people would find their local disk D missing in Windows 7 as well, E drive missing sometimes. Generally, we install operating system on C drive and install some third-party as well as our crucial personal data on D drive or E drive. It will be quite annoying if we lost those files.

When and why would that happen? How could we get the lost partition back exactly? Let’s keep reading.

Why Can’t We See D Drive in Windows 10?

There are three most possible reasons account for the D drive suddenly missing problem in general. Find the reason so we can find the cure.

  • The CD or DVD drive takes up the drive letter. Sometimes, the DVD drive is occupying the drive after a reboot or reconfiguration. The issue also results to a problem: we cannot change drive letter to D drive. We can check it in Windows Disk Management. If yes, right click it and select Change Drive Letter and Paths to assign it a different drive letter.

  • D drive missing after Windows 10 update. We may get the issue after a updating or installation like files missing after Windows 10 update. Some system settings are changed after the install due to inappropriate operations or other unknown reasons.

  • D drive has been formatted or deleted accidentally. When we do some operations on partitions or hard drives like adjusting partition size or reformating a hard drive, the related drives have risk to disappear under mistaken operations.

In a few cases, the D drive is not missing but the drive letter missing. In that case, we can assign a drive letter to that partition marked as asterisk in Diskpart or Disk Management. There might be other possible reasons for D drive missing that are not listed. Next, we’ll offer different solutions for this issue.

How to Restore Local Disk D Drive in Windows 10 Easily?

In the first place, there are two common ways we can try to get D drive back in Windows 10.

Rescan Disks

Go to Disk Management, click “Action” on the toolbar and then select “Rescan disks” to let system perform a re-identification for all connected disks. See if the D drive will appear after that.

Rescan Disks

Restore System

If we have created system restore points regularly on the computer, it would be much easier for us to return the PC to a normal status where the D drive is still there. Given that there are sufficient system restore points:

1. Type system restore on the Search box in Windows 10. Click “Create a restore point” from the list.

2. In the pop out window, click System Restore to start.

3. Follow the wizard to select the correct system point for restoring. It will take anywhere from 10 to 30 minutes.

Tips: Once started, System Restore cannot be interrupted. The computer will restart later, so be sure all programs are closed.

If the missing D drive cannot be found through those two ways, you may need to recover it with professional partition recovery tool.

Recover lost partition with professional tool

There are many software on the market could help recover lost drive in Windows. However, for most of us, it is more important to find a powerful yet easy-to-use tool. AOMEI Partition Assistant Professional is such a tool that can help us restore missing partition in Windows 10.

It has lucid and user-friendly interface. Most users could easily acquire how to use it to get lost partition back in Windows 10, 8/8.1, 7, XP or Vista. The steps are quite easy. Let’s get to know the detailed steps now.

1. Install and run AOMEI Partition Assistant. Select Partition Recovery Wizard from the left menu on the main interface.

Partition Recovery Wizard

2. Select the disk we’d like to recover. Here we need to select the disk where the D drive original was.

Choose Disk

3. Select Fast Search (recommended, less time). If the drive is not found, try Full Search.

Search Method

4. Select the drive and click Proceed to start recovering. When it is completed, click Finish.

Partition Recovery Finish

Check if the D drive is back in the main interface, Disk Management or Windows File Explorer.


Tips:

  • You may need to assign a drive letter to the recovered partition.

  • This method is mostly used to recover lost partition that is deleted or formatted mistakenly.

Foster the Habit of Backing Up

Data loss is a common issue that we could encounter in our daily life and work. The potential reasons for data loss are various such as hard drive failure, virus attack, human error, natural disaster, etc. Therefore, it is very important for us to develop the habit of backing up.

Continuous data backup could be the most ideal solution for our daily work. AOMEI Backupper, one of the family products of AOMEI Partition Assistant, provides an easy way for us to back everything up. In a nutshell, we can protect system drive, data drive, and single file/folder separately or together by backing them up. When disaster happens, all we need to do is restore the backup image.

The advanced editions allow us to keep backups up-to-date while the destination space is sufficient. The Standard edition is free of charge, and earns its own reputation among 20+ million users. Clean and free. Worth trying.

Summary

Three simple ways on how to fix the issue, D drive missing in Windows 10, are introduced above. Choose the most suitable one for yourself according to your situation. Apart from the function to recover missing drives, AOMEI Partition Assistant also embeds with many other helpful features.

One of most popular features is “Migrate OS to SSD”, move OS from GPT disk to SSD without reinstalling for example. People use it to upgrade system disk for gaming or better entertainment.