Do you have a need to hide or remove one or more computer drives in Windows 7? Here we explain a simple method to hide a drive in windows, that does not require you to modify the registry or dabble with the DOS editor.
There may be several reasons why you might find a need to hide a computer drive in Windows OS. For example, you might have some important documents or media files saved in a particular drive and you wouldn’t want anyone else, using your computer, to discover or tamper them. It could also be that you don’t want others to easily find and use the CD or DVD drive or any other drive on your computer, when you are away. Whatever may be your reason, here is how you can easily hide or unhide a computer drive whenever you want.
How to hide a drive in Windows 7 or Vista?
The following are the steps to hide a drive in windows 7.
- Click the “Start” ORB, type “disk management” in the text box labeled “Search programs and files…” and select “Create and format hard disk partitions“.
- In the window titled “Disk Management”, right-click on the computer drive that you want to hide and select “Change Drive Letter and Paths…”. For this tutorial, I chose to hide the computer’s recovery partition.
- In the window titled “Change Drive Letter and Paths for…”, click the button labeled “Remove” and you will be shown a warning message stating applications relying on that drive letter may not work properly. You may choose to continue by clicking “Yes”, if this drive is used for storing files and not for running any applications.
That is it. The computer drive will no longer be visible in your windows explorer or “Computer”.
Assign a Drive letter to the Partition in Windows
To unhide the computer drive, assign a drive letter to the partition (volume), by following these steps.
- Open the disk management utility in Windows, as explained above, select the partition to which you want to assign a drive letter, right-click and choose “Change Drive Letter and Paths…”.
- Click the “Add” button and in the window title “Add Drive Letter or Path”, assign a drive letter and click “OK”.
You can now use the computer drive in the usual way.