How to Hide Your Hard Disk Partition in Vista

Posted: January 29, 2009 in Software
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Have you ever wished to hide one or more hard disk partitions in your Windows Vista due to whatever reason for free?

As for myself, I just installed Windows 7 Ultimate (build 7000) and I don’t any ‘pro-active’ software (let say TuneUp Utilities, Defragmenter etc) or curious user who is curious enough to access this partition and modify it contents which may compromise Windows Seven file integrity and stability.


 

There is a method (playing with local group policy but it can’t hide my partition completely) so I need to use a bit more aggressive one J

Doesn’t matter what is your motive to hide your hard disk partition (privacy, security or simply because you hate to see that partition there :p), this trick would make your wish come true. Well, at least my wish comes true.

 

Steps :

 

Note :

  1. If you want to hide your C: drive, use this method instead. CLICK HERE
  2. This method only best to hide partition that doesn’t contain any Vista volume information, page files or your vista related installation software.
  3. This method work best to hide your other operating system partition (which you don’t want Vista to see it) such as Win7, Ubuntu or even WinXP
  4. This method also work best to hide your partition that contain your sensitive documents, picture, video etc)

 

From start menu, right click on Computer and left click on Manage


 

Click on Device Management (as circled). Your hard disk mapping may different, but that doesn’t matter.


 

Right click on partition that you want to hide and left click on Change Drive Letter and Paths (as for my case, I right click on Seven (H:) hard disk partition.


 

A new window as below wills popup. Click on Remove button.


 

Ignore this warning and click Yes button (Please note that you can’t hide any hard disk partition that contain Vista System Volume Information. If you want to hide your C: drive for example, you need to use other trick which you can watch here).


 

Note that in screenshot below, my Seven hard disk partition no longer has drive letter (previously H:) assigned to it.


 

A quick check from Windows Explorer clearly show that, partition Seven (H:) no longer exist. Nice.


 

What if I try to access it thru command line?


Sweet. So now, Seven(H:) completely hidden.

 

Now I need to make sure that even TuneUp Utilities can’t access Seven (H) partition.


What a relief J

 

 

 

Un-Hide SEVEN(H:) partition.

 

To un-hide your hidden partition, simply right click on that partition, and click on Change Drive Letter and Paths

 


 

A window like screenshot below will appear. Click on Add button.


 

Assign a letter for this partition (H for my case) and press OK button.


 

A quick check from Disk Management, note that that hidden partition is assigned H letter.


 

Double check at Windows Explorer exhibit, Seven (H) appears as normal.


 

Credit : Me

Comments
  1. donkosala says:

    This works. Thanks.

  2. joejoe says:

    Hi there,
    how to hide partition, (just from windows explorer is enough)
    that contains pagefile, (btw: click here for this option doesnt work)

  3. arhamzul says:

    you can use powertoy from microsoft. it work in xp but not sure it will work in vista or not.

  4. P1M1 says:

    Thanks! It works! This is exactly what I was looking for.

  5. DanM says:

    Thanks, it was easy and worked well on my vista machine

  6. ==> @ b @ says:

    Thanks Mr.Expertester!! Worked just fine!!
    Vista is not so bad after all, is it guys??

  7. chlankboot says:

    Hi,
    Thanks for the nice post. My Toshiba laptop has recovery data (12 Gb) in d: (160Gb), I plan to split it into d: (15Gb) and e:(the remaining for work) and hide recovery partition. Do you think that in case of a disaster the recovery partition can be seen if hidden this way?

  8. Nithya says:

    Thankssssssss……..

  9. Hi, Thanks. This was exactly what I was looking for. I wanted to hide a HP recovery partition that kept popping-up with the very annoying low disk space warning.

  10. tomm174 says:

    As joejoe points out your link is broken – here’s your html
    CLICK HERE

  11. tomm174 says:

    Lets try that again, here’s your html

    <a>CLICK HERE<span style="color:red;"><br />
    </span></a>

  12. tomm174 says:

    Ok look like you have to work it out yourself

  13. Sancho Rancho says:

    This won’t truly hide, say 1 win7 part from another win7 part… each still know the other is there. This may not be an issue for you though. To truly hide a partition you need to increase the part id and change the boot sector. Just my 2 cents.

    nice blog.

  14. gggirlgeek says:

    Quote: “If you want to hide your C: drive, use this method instead. CLICK HERE”

    The link does nothing and goes nowhere??? (Tried in several browsers with no script blocking.)

    Otherwise great article except that you can’t hide C without booting to another OS. And you can’t boot into another copy of Windows on the same drive unless you hide C first. Kind of useless in this case.

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