Some users are unable to find the mirrored volume they have created after reinstalling Windows 10 on their PC. In this guide, we have some solutions that can fix the issue where Mirrored Volume may be missing after reinstalling Windows 11/10.
Basically, a mirrored volume is created to withstand data losses and corruption. A mirrored volume is a fault-tolerant volume with dynamic properties. The data on it is created in two copies in the mirrored volume. Whatever the data, you copy into mirrored volume, it gets mirrored into another volume in a physical disk. When one copy of the mirrored copy fails, its other one activates and fills the space. Some users are reporting that they are unable to find the mirrored volume on their PC after reinstalling Windows 10. Let’s see how we can fix this.
Fix Mirrored Volume missing after reinstalling Windows 11/10
When the mirrored volume on your PC is missing, you can fix it in the following ways.
- Check if the Disk is Online
- Update Device Drivers
- Run Hardware and Devices Troubleshooter
- Run CHKDSK
Let’s get into the details of each process and employ them to fix the issue.
1] Check if the Disk is Online
The basic fix to do when the mirrored volume is missing is to check if the disk is online or not. If it is showing Failed status, you have to make it online.
Open Run by pressing Win+R on your keyboard and then type diskmgmt.msc and press Enter.
Right-click on the particular disk and select Online from the context menu to make it online.
Once you do that, you will see ‘Offline’ displayed.
2] Update Device Drivers
Since you have reinstalled the Windows, the drivers might be missing or out of date. You have to update the device drivers to the latest and see if it resolves the issue.
You may download the drives, use Device Manager
3] Run Hardware and Devices Troubleshooter
The troubleshooters that are available on Windows 10 are helpful in fixing many issues easily.
Run Hardware and Devices Troubleshooter to find and fix if there are any issues with the mirrored drive. It will run for some time and resolve the issues that it detects.
To invoke the troubleshooter, all you need do is to launch the command prompt, then type or copy and paste the command below and hit Enter.
msdt.exe -id DeviceDiagnostic
You can also download and use our useful freeware FixWin to open the troubleshooter with a click.
4] Run CHKDSK
Mirrored volume might be missing from your PC because of the corrupted file system. It might have happened due to various reasons like abrupt shutdowns, etc. Windows 10 has a built-in file system checking tool in the form of CHKDSK (Check Disk). If you run the CHKDSK command, it marks the bad sectors and repairs the file system to prevent them from corruption. You have to run the CHKDSK to find and fix the errors associated with the mirrored volume.
To run Check Disk on your System Drive (C), using the command line, type the following and hit Enter:
chkdsk /f C:
If required, restart your computer.
These are the methods you can employ when the mirrored volume is missing. They should fix the issue and your mirrored volume should get back to normal. If the issue is still not yet fixed, you have to recover the data using data recovery programs and check the disk’s health or replace it with a new one.
How do you make a mirrored volume?
You can go to Disk Management settings and create a mirrored volume easily with a few clicks. Mirroring volumes saves us from unexpected situations of data loss and corruption.
Why can’t I create a mirrored volume?
You need to have two volumes to create a mirrored volume. The size of those volumes should be equal or the volume you are creating mirror into should be greater than the other. If the criteria are not met, you cannot create a mirrored volume.