My hard drive has two partitions but I can only see files on one and the other says need to format

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My hard drive has two partitions but I can only see files on one now. How can I view the files on the other partition?

I have a hard drive that has two partitions. I am able to view all files in one partition while the other partition asks me to format before I could actually use it. How do I resolve this situation?

Losing access to your hard drive's partition and the files inside of it is incredibly annoying. However, there are a few things that you can try to recover your drive's information if the instructions in the great VisiHow article below don't work for you:

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Rename the faulty partition

Sometimes, this issue can be caused by renaming your partition to something that Windows has trouble reading. Follow these steps to rename your partition to see if it fixes your issue:

  1. 1
    Click the Start button.
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    Click Computer.
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    Right-click the partition.
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    Click Rename.
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    Type a new name and press the Enter key.
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Some users have reported that renaming partitions causes Windows to unrecognized the partition, which prevents those users from finding their files; renaming them fixes the issue for many users. However, if this doesn't fix the issue for you, continue on to the next step.

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Try to recover the broken condition with any of these applications

If the renaming procedure doesn't work for your partition, you will need to run a hard drive recovery program to try to recover your files. These applications are freeware, which means that they are free to use.

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Professional recovery or purchasing a new hard drive

If you are unable to recover your files through these applications, your next step is to contact professional data recovery firms if you absolutely need your files. If you can live without them, you'll be able to save money by simply purchasing a new hard drive. Here are a few professional data recovery firms -- the charge a lot of money, but it will be worth it for you if you truly need your files.

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