Hiding a drive or a partition on your computer means that it will no longer be visible to the users. There can be several benefits of hiding a partition which is why several inbuilt tools are provided by both Mac and Windows for hiding a specific partition on the computer. Some of the major reasons why people hide a partition include:
1. Hide Partition Using Disk Management App
Windows operating system provides a convenient disk management utility tool that can help the users in hiding or un-hiding a partition effectively. You can follow the steps below to hide a partition through disk management utility in Windows:
The first step in the process of hiding a partition through the disk management app is to launch the disk management utility. You can launch this tool by either searching through the start menu or the command prompt. Search for "computer management" from your start menu. You can also right-click on the "my computer" icon to open a context menu. Choose "manage" from the context menu to launch the disk management utility.
Once you have launched the disk management app, you can see the details of every partition and drive on your computer. Select any drive and right-click on it to open the context menu. Choose "change drive letter and path" from this context menu and a pop-up window will appear. Click the "remove" button in this new window. Check the confirmation box to hide the partition.
2. Hide Partition Using Command Prompt
You can also use the command prompt in Windows 10 to hide a specific partition on the computer. Follow the steps below to hide a partition in Windows 10 using command prompt:
Open the command prompt by typing cmd in your start menu and then "run as administrator".
Once you have opened the command prompt, type in the following command to hide the desired partition: mountvol drive letter /D. Here the "drive letter" is the name of the drive that you want to hide. /D stands for dismounting the drive or partition.
Unhide Partition using Disk Management Utility
If you are learning to hide a partition in Windows, it is equally important to know how to unhide it so that you can unhide a partition according to your convenience and view its content. The process of un-hiding a partition is very much similar to how we hide it. Please follow the steps below to learn how to unhide an already hidden partition:
Similarly, launch the disk management utility as you launched for hiding the partition. Searching for computer management and using the command prompt are the easiest ways to launch disk management utility.
Once you have launched the disk management utility, you will be able to see a list of all the drives and partitions even if they are hidden. Right-click on the partition name that you want to unhide and choose "change drive letter and paths" from the context menu. However as the partition is hidden, no drive letter will be visible. Click on the "Add" button to give a name to that partition so that it is visible again.
Once you have added the drive, the next step is to assign a drive letter to it. You can either choose a drive letter from the existing partition or mount it on an empty NTFS partition. Click on the ok button once done. The chosen partition will be visible again.
Unhide a partition with Command Prompt
Windows 10 also offers its users to unhide a partition similarly using command prompt as they have hidden it. Please follow the steps below to unhide a partition using command prompt in Windows 10:
Open the command prompt as an administrator of the system.
To show a hidden partition again, type the following command:
mountvol drive letter VolumeName
Here drive letter is the letter you want to assign to the drive that you want to show. To get the volume name, run the command as mountvol /?. You will get a list of volume names that can be hidden. Choose the volume name that you want to unhide and type it exactly in the VolumeName text.
Wrong operations to hide and unhide a partition on Windows will result in unexpected data loss from your partition hard drive or will cause partition formatted. Under these circumstances, you will need a partition recovery software to recover deleted data from hard drive partition.