Possible to hide drives (similar to files&folders)?

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  1. pstein

    pstein Honorable Member

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    Is it possibel to hide (temporarily) drives as well (similar to files&folders) ?

    If yes: How can I achieve this?

    Peter
     
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    bassfisher6522 Essential Member

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    Here's a visual aid if davidhk129 tutorial is a little over whelming....


     
  4. pstein

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    There is is big difference in hiding files+folders "as usual" and hiding partitions like you suggested in (video) tutorial:

    Hidden files can still be access by outside programs if they know the absolute path to them. They ar still alive.

    If I hide a partition in partition table then it is completely invisible to WHOLE WinOS.

    I want to hide partitions but still be able to access them.

    So the question is still unanswered: Can I hide partitions?
     
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    davidhk129 Senior Member

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    Not in the way you want, I'm afraid.

    Sorry.
     
  6. badrobot

    badrobot Senior Member

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    Hiding a drive? Isn't this as simple as removing the drive letter from Disk Management utility? When you want to unhide it, go back to Disk Managament and assign a drive letter again.

    As for hiding partitions, you can use a 3rd party software EaseUs Partition Master free edition.

    hide-partition-1.
     
  7. Saltgrass

    Saltgrass Excellent Member
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    These comments confuse me in that I cannot determine exactly what you want. Is removing the Drive Letter sufficient for your needs and you just want a way to access the partition after you do, or do you need it hidden in a different manner?

    More information might also be helpful. For instance, your options might be different if this is an MBR or GPT drive. Some attributes in MBR will apply to the entire drive, where GPT might be able to apply the attributes to just a single partition.

    If you want to access a partition without a drive letter, you can create a link to it in a visible partition, or use the partition's Identifier. The Identifier might be found by using the mountvol command in an administrative command prompt window. You take the ID and paste it into a run box to access the partition. I have no MBR partitions, so I cannot check it, but the GPT version works fine.

    Currently, I have a "Recovery" partition I set up that is only visible in Disk Management and a drive letter cannot be added unless you use Diskpart. Is something like that what you want.
     
    #7 Saltgrass, Sep 16, 2013
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