Tuesday, July 23, 2024

How to hide a drive or partition in My Computer – Make the local disk invisible

Make a drive invisible to others, hide them from My computer and explorer. 

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Why should I hide a drive?

1. If someone keeps on deleting or modifying files on the windows Installation drive (usually Local Disk C:) and makes your system unstable, hide the drive so that they don’t touch it.

2. If you have some confidential or sensitive data on a local disk and don’t want others to access it, simply hide it so that other will not even know that the drive exists.

3. If the system reserved partition (usually 100 MB in Windows 7) shows up in My computer as separate drive due to improper partitioning procedure during Windows Installation.

So whatever the circumstance, its very simple to hide a volume, just follow the below steps


How to hide a drive from explorer and My Computer

1. Open the Run window (Windows key + R), type “gpedit.msc” without quotes and press enter

2. After a few seconds you will see a window named “Local Group Policy Editor

3. Click User ConfigurationAdministrative TemplatesWindows ComponentWindows Explorer

4. Now find “Hide these specified drives in My Computer”, double click it, select enabled, and from the drop down menu pick the drives you wish to hide and at last click Apply and OK. Done.

The settings will take immediate effect and the drive(s) will become invisible, if not just restart your computer to apply these changes.

Note: The drive will be invisible in “My computer” and “Explorer”, but it will be still accessible by typing the drive letter in the address bar or in Run. For example if you are hiding D drive, it is still accessible by typing D: , either in the address bar or in Run window.

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