How to Hide a Hard Disk Partition


If you share your computer with others, you may find it useful to hide a hard disk partition. It's much easier to hide a whole drive, rather than individual folders and files. Hiding a hard disk partition doesn't alter your ability to use your computer or run programs.

  • Click the Windows "Start" button. Click "Run." In the command line, type "gpedit.msc" to open the group policy editor.

  • Move your mouse down to "User Configuration" and click the "+" sign next to it. Click the "+" sign next to "Administration Template."

  • Browse down to "Windows Components" and click the "+" next to it. Click on "Windows Explorer."

  • Look for the line that says "Hide these specific drives in my computer" on the right side of the screen. Double-click ""Hide these specific drives in my computer." You can also right-click, then click "Properties."

  • Select the box next to "Enabled." Click the arrow next to "Restrict All Drives" and select the drives you want to hide. Click "Apply." Click "OK." Click the red "X" in the top right corner to exit group policy editor.

  • Double-click the "My Computer" icon on your desktop to make sure the drive is hidden.

  • Check your personal firewall software for errors. If it pops up with a screen asking you to allow registry changes, click "Yes."

Tips & Warnings

  • Rather than hiding an existing partition, use a tool like Partition Magic to create a new partition without erasing existing data.
  • You can access folders on the hidden partition by typing the drive letter followed by a colon in the address field in Windows Explorer.
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