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Wednesday, November 17, 2010

How to Hide / Unhide your disk drives in WINDOWS

The question arises, why you would want to hide or unhide your Drives ?

1.>> Hidden drives are less prone to virus attacks, because they are not accessible directly.

2.>> You may want to hide your important data from other users.

3.>> You may want to encapsulate your recovery drive.

Hiding or unhiding the drives in windows is easy. You can use Command prompt to do this using DISKPART tool.

>> Open Command Prompt by typing "cmd" in run or search in start menu.

>> Type "diskpart" This will show up like this:



C:\Users\VARUN>diskpart

Microsoft DiskPart version 6.1.7601
Copyright (C) 1999-2008 Microsoft Corporation.
On computer: VARUN-PC

DISKPART>

>> Now Type "list volume".
to see the following output:



>> Suppose you want to hide drive D then type "select volume 3". Then a
message will appear in same windows { Volume 3 is the selected
volume}

>> Now type "remove letter D". Now a message will come:


DISKPART> remove letter d
{DiskPart successfully removed the drive letter or mount point.}

sometimes, it requires to reboot the computer. Diskpart will remove the
letter.

>> Now the selected drive will not be visible!! and is safe from unauthorized access.

>> To Unhide the same drive back just do the same..first select the drive like "select volume 3" and then,
Type "Assign letter D". Now a message will come:

DISKPART> assign letter d

DiskPart successfully assigned the drive letter or mount point.



Another, simple trick to hide your drive is rt click on My Computer Management (or if Computer Management is not opening and giving you some error, then on the Run window enter compmgmt.msc and press enter ) it will open Computer Management on the left side Tree click on Storage Disk Management and the is rest given below.





then a window opens, to add, remove or change the letter of the selected drive.


You will get a warning saying that some programs may not run if they rely upon
this drive. If you are sure that no program is associated the drive then you may continue.


That's it ! your Drive is now hidden and believe me nothing will happen to your Data.
And now suppose you have to access your Drive just assign the Drive Letter and the Drive is ready for your use again .


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