Fixed – Hard Drive Space Disappeared after Partition Shrink

I often encounter ‘low space’ errors on my system. So, I decided to add more space to my C: drive, by shrinking the D: drive. So, I shrunk D: drive and restarted my system. But D: drive has completely disappeared. I have no idea what to do. Is it possible to get back the drive?

Ideally, after you shrink a partition, it should create ‘Unallocated space’ that you can use in other partitions. However, any mistakes during the processor due to corrupted/missing files, your drive may have disappeared. If you are in such a situation, do not worry. If you have a backup of the drive, please follow the steps to troubleshoot the issue manually.

NOTE: These methods may cause data loss in your system, please attempt only if you have a backup.

  1. Run System File Checker

Hardware problems can occur due to corrupted/missing system files. Run the System File Checker tool to fix such issues.

  1. Press Windows + X
  2. Then, select Command prompt (Run as administrator)
  3. Type ‘sfc/scannow’ (without the quotes) and hit Enter
  4. To fix more than minor repairs, it may ask for an installation disk. So, make sure you have it ready.


  1. Run CHKDSK command

There may be problems with your hard drive due to corruption in files or file structures. Bad sectors may also be one of the reasons. CHKDSK command fixes these errors.

  1. Press Windows + X and select Control Panel (Administrator).
  2. In the Command prompt, type CHKDSK /F /R.
  3. This will scan issues with files/file structure and also for bad sectors. If any issues, it will repair them.

If you don’t have a backup and your hard drive has disappeared, you will need to make use of professional data recovery tools. Remo Recover is a great tool to recover partitions when the hard drive space is not appearing in your computer. It is a complete hard drive tool which can recover data from corrupt and inaccessible drives as well. You can refer recover deleted partitions Windows 10 for more details.

How does Remo Recover work?

It uses powerful algorithms to scan your drive sector by sector and retrieve data. You do not have to worry about your data being altered. The software works on a read-only mode, so there is no damage to your data during the recovery process.

Compatibility of Remo Recover

  1. The software can be used to recover data from external hard drives, USB’s and memory cards.
  2. Works with Windows XP, Vista, Windows 2003 up to Windows 10.
  3. A variant of the software called Remo Recover Mac is available for Mac users. It supports all versions of Mac OS including the latest High Sierra
  4. All major brands of USB drives such as Kingston, SanDisk, Transcend etc. are supported
  5. File systems such as FAT16, FAT32, NTFS etc. are supported
  6. Supports RAID (RAID 0, RAID 1, RAID 5) arrays

How to recover lost partitions using Remo Recover?

It is a simple to use software which performs data recovery efficiently. To start with, download and install Remo Recover on your system and follow the steps.

  1. Double click on the shortcut icon created after the installation process.
  2. From the main screen, select Recover Drives and then Partition Recovery
  3. Select the drive from which you wish to retrieve partitions
  4. After the scanning process is complete, a list of partitions are displayed
  5. Select partition from the list
  6. Once recovery is complete, a Preview option is provided to view the files
  7. Then save the file to the desired location

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