Error correction – There Are No Fixed Disks to display in DiskPart

Fixed disks do not display is an error message that appears in Diskpart. It indicates that something is wrong with your computer’s hard drive. This error can even prevent your computer from booting successfully. To solve this problem effectively, Techquack gathers some methods and presents them in this post.

No disk is an error message that you can get when using disk parts in Windows 10, Windows 8/8.1, and Windows 7. It occurs when the hard drive is not detected, which prevents the computer from booting. However, you can still boot your computer from the Windows installation media.


What is the reason for the “Hard drive not showing up” error on DiskPart?

What is the reason for the "Hard drive not showing up" error on DiskPart?

The hard drive is not properly connected: it turns out that one of the most common causes of this particular error is a poorly connected hard drive. In most cases, this happens when the SATA or ATI data cable is not fully connected or is faulty. In this case, you can solve the problem by opening the laptop or PC case and booting the PC without the hard drive before reconnecting it.

Missing VMware driver: If this problem occurs after a NAT failure while using a VMware virtual machine, it is probably a direct result of a kernel panic. In this case, you will have to rely on recovery mode to get everything back up and running in order to restore your Windows installation. To do this, you’ll need to run a series of CMDs on the extended command line.

Damaged BCD data: Several affected users have confirmed that this problem can also occur due to corrupted system files in the boot configuration data. In this case, you can solve the problem by opening the extended command line and restoring the corrupted BCD files with a series of commands.

Initialization Error: An initialization error may also be the root cause of this particular error message. If this scenario applies, the best solution for end users would be to use the automatic repair utility. However, implementing this fix requires compatible Windows installation support.


To fix the “Disks Not Displayed” error on DiskPart, follow these steps

To fix the "Disks Not Displayed" error on DiskPart, follow these steps

Check to see if the hard disk drive is badly connected.
  1. If you have recently made any hardware changes to your computer, check that the hard drive connectors are properly connected.
  2. Turn off the computer and be sure to disconnect the system from any power source.
  3. Go inside the computer and remove the hard drive.
  4. Restart the computer and wait for the system to detect that the hard drive is not connected.
  5. If you receive an error message that the hard disk drive is not connected, turn off the computer and connect the hard disk drive.
  6. Make sure it is connected correctly.
  7. Then restart the computer and see if anything has improved.
Rebuild the MBR
  1. Find a working Windows PC. Borrow one from a friend if you don’t have a second computer.
  2. Download tools to partition your hard drive.
  3. Plug a USB flash drive into your computer (the one with the partitioning tool loaded on it). Make sure there is enough space on the USB flash drive.
  4. Launch the AOMEI Partition Wizard and click Create bootable media in the left pane.
  5. Click Next.
  6. Select the “USB Bootable Device” option and select your USB flash drive.
  7. Click Continue.
  8. Click Yes to confirm the action.
  9. Once the boot disk is ready, disconnect the USB flash drive.
Rebuild MBR
  1. Connect the bootable USB flash drive to the computer where the error occurred.
  2. Reboot the computer.
  3. Make sure you have booted from the bootable disk included in the kit. If necessary, change the boot order in the BIOS.
  4. Then boot from the main interface of the AOMEI Partition Wizard.
  5. Right-click on the system disk (where Windows is installed) and select Rebuild MBR.
  6. In the Rebuild MBR window, click the drop-down menu to set the MBR type for the current operating system and select the correct operating system version.
  7. Click OK to continue.
  8. Click Apply and Continue to complete the operation.
  9. When the process is complete, disconnect the USB flash drive and restart your computer.
Check to see if the boot configuration data is corrupted
  1. Boot from a bootable USB drive or Windows installation media.
  2. On the Setup screen, click Restore Computer.
  3. In the Advanced options screen, click Command Prompt.
  4. At the command prompt window, type the following command and press Enter to execute it:
    bootrec / scanos
    bootrec / fixMBR
    bootrec / fixBoot
    bootrec / rebuildBCD
  5. Make sure that all commands are run in order.
  6. Close the command line after running a command and restart your computer.
Start Windows boot recovery
  1. Insert your installation DVD or Windows flash drive and restart your computer. If you don’t have installation media, refer to step 2 – method 1.
  2. When the message “Press any key to boot from CD or DVD” appears, press any key.
  3. On the Setup screen, click Restore Computer in the lower-left corner.
  4. Then select Troubleshooting -> Advanced Options.
  5. Select the Auto Repair option.
  6. Select the operating system to continue.
  7. Windows scans your system for problems and corrupted system files that might need repair.
  8. Then restart your computer and see if anything has improved.


Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Open a command prompt: Start -> Run -> cmd.
  2. Run the DISKPART utility: C: UserAdministrators -> diskpart.
  3. Select the disk you want to display (in the example disk 1 is used, it can be any valid disk number): DISKPART -> Select Disk 1.
  4. Display the details of the selected disk: Disk Details.

  1. Check the hardware connections.
  2. Change the data transfer mode of the device.
  3. Update or reinstall the device driver.
  4. Run CHKDSK to repair bad sectors on the disk.
  5. Repair the MBR.

At the prompt, type the disk partition and press Enter. The Diskpart prompt will open. When prompted, enter a listed disk and press Enter. The disk list appears in text format.

Another way is to go to your desktop, right-click on Computer or This PC, and choose Manage. Then Manage Disks, as shown above, will appear in the left-hand menu. Right-click on the primary partition you want to mark as active and select Mark Partition as Active.