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Fix SSD not Showing Up in Windows 10 without Data Loss

Sometimes you may encounter situations where your SSD does not show up in My Computer or Windows Explorer. It is a common situation often caused due to simple issues such as when the SSD is not initialized or when the drive letters are missing.

In severe cases, partition loss due to file system corruption or virus attacks can at times result in SSD not showing up.

  1. Initialize SSD

If your SSD is new and not initialized, it won’t show on My Computer. To initialize SSD, you need to access Disk Management. But if your disk has been initialized before and you get a message ‘Disk unknown not initialized’, it is a different situation and go to step 3.

  • In Windows 10, right click on Start and choose Disk Management
  • Normally, Initialize Disk wizard shows up automatically.
  • You need to choose either MBR or GPT (GUID) and then click Ok. For compatibility between computers, it is best to use MBR partition style.

If the Initialize Disk wizard does not show automatically, you need to manually select the drive that needs to be initialized. Once you select the drive, right click on the drive and choose Initialize.

  1. Missing drive letters

One of the other reasons or your SSD not shown in My Computer is that drive letters may be missing.

To assign a drive letter, you need to access Disk Management.

  • In Windows 10, right click on Start and choose Disk Management
  • In the list of all partitions shown, select the one without a drive letter and right click on it.
  • Select ‘Change Drive letter and paths’
  • Click on Add and select a drive letter from the list
  • Confirm to finish the change.
  1. Missing partitions on SSD

Partitions on the drive can get corrupted or lost due to file system file corruption, virus attacks or any other reason. This results in data becoming inaccessible on that drive.

You may also receive an error ‘Disk unknown not initialized’. Normally, if you receive this error, Windows prompts you to initialize the disk. It is not a good idea to proceed as initializing the disk will erase all data.

In both these situations, you need to make use of professional data recovery tools to recover all the data and partitions from the disk. Remo Recover is a great tool to recover lost partitions from SSD. The software is equipped with efficient algorithms to scan the drive thoroughly and restore data in the original structure.

More on Remo Recover

  1. Apart from recovering data from SSD, the tool also supports other types of hard drives such as SATA, SCSI etc. All file systems such as FAT 16, FAT 32, and NTFS etc are supported by the software.
  2. Using the software, you can also recover data from damaged ssd drive or formatted drives. It is capable of recovering all kinds of files like photos, videos, documents etc.
  3. Partition recovery using the software is a simple process. A detailed guide on how to recover partitions from SSD is described in this article.
  4. All versions of Windows including Windows 10 are supported.
  5. The software supports all file systems such as FAT 16, FAT 32 and NTFS etc.
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As a tenured data recovery specialist, John shares exceptional insights and blog posts about data loss and data recovery across any storage device. With 8+ years’ experience in writing for Data Recovery for both Mac OS and Windows OS computers, he is an avid learner who always wants to polish and simplify the data recovery process. John passes his free time playing Chess and reading Science Fiction novels.

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