Windows operating system has lots of features that are still hidden from us, but experts like programmers and hackers know very well about them. In lots of tricks of Windows OS, one of the most useful and interesting feature is hide or show of hard disk partitions.
You know what, by hiding hard disk partitions, you can increase protection for your data. So, if your computer is not personal or with the internet connected or you think that anybody else can hack your computer, so you should try this trick. Because by enabling this feature, your partitions will be hidden and then no one can see your data which is present in your HDD partitions.
I shared two different ways to enable this feature. You can hide your partitions by using disk management app and from diskpart also. You can also hide HDD partitions by using any software also. Lots of Softwares are available on the internet that can hide HDD partitions easily. But always remember, every software isn’t able to trust. That’s why, I shared here built-in officially methods to hide HDD partitions in Windows OS. Just follow the steps feel free and don’t worry every step is free from any type of malware or trouble.
By Using Disk Management AppFirst you need to open management app. If you're using Windows 8 or 8.1 then go to start, press 'Win + X' and select the option 'Disk Management' from the list of options. But if you're using Windows 7 or Vista then search in start up 'Disk Management' and open 'Create and format hard disk partitons' like below image.
Once you have been opened disk management, here your all hard disk partitions will show. Now select the partition you want to hide. Right click on your selective partition and go to the option '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.
When you will click on Remove option, it will show a warning window. Simply click on the 'Yes' button to continue.
Now you have done. You can check your partition, I hope it will have disappeared. So from this disk management way, you can easily hide your partition. But now if you want assign again then follow go to the 'Disk Management' and right click on your Hide partition. Select 'Change drive letter and paths'. After this action, a 'Change drive letter and paths for fun' windows will open. Here click on 'Add' option like below image.
Mark on 'Assign the following drive letter' and click on OK. So your hide partition has appeared and now you can check.
From DiskpartIf you're not satisfied and don't wanna use above procedure then don't worry. You can also hide your partition from diskpart. First you need to open 'Run'. You can open Run, by pressing 'Win+R' buttons and can also open it by searching 'Run' in start up. Once the Run has been opened, type
diskpartin it and click on OK.
After that, a separate window will open. Now here type
list volumeand press Enter. When you will press on Enter, a list of your Hard disk partitions will show. You can see an example in the image.
So, here you have to select partition you want to hide. Type
Select volume n('n' is the volume number. For example here i want to hide my volume 5, that's why i'm typing 'Select Volume 5'. You type another volume number replacing 'n') and press Enter.
After that, type
Remove Letter n(Again 'n' is the letter name. When you will select volume that you want to hide then letter will be showing exactly on right side of the volume number. Here, I selected volume 5, so volume 5's letter is 'F'. That's why, I wrote 'Select Letter F') and press Enter.
Now you have done. Your selected partition has been hidden. But if want to show again then follow above procedure again till volume selection step. When you will have selected your volume, then type
Assign Letter n(n is the letter name) and press Enter.
So, these are two different ways, from you can easily hide or show your hard disk partitions. In which you have no need to use any software. Tyr this tricks and protect your data in hard drives. If you have any problem then leave your comment below. If this article is helpful then share it with your friends and also share your views via comment below.