What to do if my 'local disk D' partition does not appear on my PC? - Final solution

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Computers, while very useful, tend to give us real fears on certain occasions. And it is that no operating system is exempt from presenting certain types of failures or errors.

Some of these errors are not serious, however, not knowing how to fix them is cause for despair. Having said that, I need to know what to do if my "local disk D" partition does not appear on my PC.

What is a partition?

To speak of partition means to refer to a division. So a hard drive partition is simply partition of a storage drive.

What is the function of partitioning a hard drive? Make the most of the storage capacity of the unit.

Uses and types of partitions

Creating a partition on your hard drive brings great benefits, mainly because it allows a each partition or division to function independently.

Also, it's a great option when making backup copies. However, the most frequent use of this type of operation is the installation of operating systems. Depending on the usefulness of the partition, this can be:

  • Primary: are those partitions detected by the computer to start files. They are mainly used for installation of operating systems. You can divide the partition into up to four partitions.
  • Secondary: Also known as an extended partition. An operating system cannot be installed in this type of partition. However, it is excellent for security backups. Its function is basically to store data.
  • Logical: are those partitions that are created, in turn, within a secondary or extended partition. Depending on the size and type of file you assign (NTFS, ext2, FAT32, etc.), will be an important ally for file storage.

What to do if my 'local disk D' partition does not appear on my PC?

There are several reasons why you cannot see a partition on your hard drive. And although it is often thought that this is physical damage to the disc, it could be an extremely easy mistake to fix! As? Well, you just need to pay attention to the possible solutions to this problem.

Locate the partition via the disk manager

Disk Manager is a useful tool if the 'local disk D' partition does not appear on your PC. A relatively common mistake is the disappearance of partitions secondary. The way to solve this problem is as follows:

  1. In Windows 10, right-click on the menu icon and select the "Disk Management" option.
  2. After that, a window will open in which you will see the disks and their partitions.
  3. Partitions usually disappear due to a series of system errors. If you only have one drive, one secondary partition, and that partition shows up in Disk Management, that's a breeze! You just have to assign the letter "D:" to your partition and it will appear.
  4. To do this, right-click on the partition and select the option «Change the letter and access paths».

View partition via command console

Another thing you can do if your "local disk D" partition does not appear on your computer is to use the Windows CMD function. Through this very important tool you can verify the existence of the partition. As? Simple.

  1. Click on the Windows menu and type "CMD".
  2. Select the "Command Prompt" function (run as administrator, preferably).
  3. Enter the command "Diskpart" and press the "Enter" key.
  4. Then enter the instruction "List disk" and press "Enter" again.
  5. If the partition appears, it is because some system error is keeping it hidden. To restore it, follow the steps mentioned in the previous point with the disk manager.

What if it doesn't show up?

Despite everything you've tried, your "local disk D" partition doesn't show up on your PC? Then the problem is more serious. The safest thing, in this case, is that it is physical damage to the disc.

So it is advisable take it to a specialized technician. Only then could you recover the items stored on the partition.

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