Two Ways to Hide Disk Partitions in Windows

Two Ways to Hide Disk Partitions in Windows

Protecting data has always been of importance and before encryption has been available to masses, one way of protecting the important data has always been hiding it from plain sight. Though this is not a fool-proof way to protect one’s data, it is still a legible way to quickly protect not-so-important data without dealing with complex passwords, encryption, and stuff. Considering that, hiding drives or partitions in Windows is not at all hard and can be helpful in different scenarios like when you are lending your laptop to a guest, when you want to quickly hide several folders in a partition, etc.

No matter what the reason is, here are two different ways to hide your Windows drives or partitions. Technically we are not hiding a drive but unmounting it. As soon as you unmount a drive or partition it becomes invisible in the file explorer.

Hiding drive partition using Command Prompt is easy. First, press Win + R, type cmd and press the Enter button. Once the command prompt has been opened, type diskpart and press the Enter button.

Type 'diskpart' and press Enter.

The above action will open the Diskpart console. Enter the command list volume to list all the drives in your Windows system.

Enter the command 'list volume.'

Once all the volumes are listed, select the volume you want to hide using the command below. Don’t forget to replace “#number” with the actual drive number. For instance, I want to hide my D drive, so my drive number will be 3.

Select the volume you want to hide.

After selecting the drive, you need to remove the drive letter in order to hide the target drive. To do that, use the command below. Don’t forget to replace “driveLetter” with the actual drive letter. In my case, the drive letter will be “D.”

Replace 'driveLetter' with the actual drive letter.

Once you’ve executed the above command, the drive letter will be removed, and as a result you can no longer see the drive in File Explorer.

You can no longer see the drive.

If you ever want to unhide or mount the drive, then use the below command while replacing “driveLetter” with the actual drive letter.

If you ever want to unhide or mount the drive use this command.

If you are uncomfortable using the command prompt approach, then you can use the built-in Disk Management utility to achieve the same task. To start, press “Win + X” and select the option “Disk Management” from the list of options. If you are using Windows 7 or Vista, you can search for the same in the Start Menu.

Select 'Disk Management.'

Once the Disk Management utility has been opened, right click on the drive you want to hide and select the option “Change drive letter and paths.”

Select 'Change drive letter and paths.'

The above action will open the “Change drive letter and paths” window. Here click on the button “Remove” in order to remove the assigned drive letter.

Click on the 'Remove' button.

As soon as you click on the “Remove” button, Windows may display a warning window. Simply click on the “Yes” button to continue.

Windows may display a warning window.

That’s all there is to do. With the above action, you have successfully unmounted or hidden the drive or partition on your Windows system. In fact, in the Disk Management utility you will see that drive is still present but has no drive letter assigned. Thus, it will not be visible in the File Explorer.

Successfully unmounted or hidden the drive or partition.

If you want to unhide the drive in the future, right click on the target drive and select the option “Change drive letter and paths.” Now click on the “Add” button to add the drive letter.

Click on the button 'Add' to add the drive letter.

The above action will open the “Add drive letter or path” window. By default, Windows will automatically select the drive letter. If you want to change it, simply select the drive letter from the drop-down menu and click on the “Ok” button.

Select the drive letter from the drop-down menu.

With this action, the drive letter will be reassigned, and you can find your partition in the File Explorer.

Find your partition in the File Explorer.

That’s all there is to do, and it is that simple to hide drives or partitions in Windows. Hopefully that helps, and do comment below sharing your thoughts and experiences about using the above method to hide drives in Windows.

3 comments

  1. Doesn’t it get a bit tedious to unmount the drive to hide it for security purposes and then mount it to use it and then unmount it to hide it, rinse and repeat. Wouldn’t be much simpler to just encrypt the drive and work it with it that way?

    • It’s different: if a person accesses your pc and doesn’t even know there is more data, he much probably won’t be looking for it.
      With cryptography, you know there’s something. I know: it’s inaccessible for sure, but you know there IS something.
      Of course, you can use both features.

  2. Hi, thank you for the tutorial.
    I would like to hide the annoying 100 MB windows system partition, just because I hate to see it in the available disks, but I wonder what happens if I do: will the pc boot anyway?

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