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Windows 7: Ok peeps need help with hiding recovery drive


25 Jul 2009   #1

Windows 7 RTM x64
 
 
Ok peeps need help with hiding recovery drive

Hi all
Right i need a little help here. I have installed 7 on my laptop that came installed with vista. As a result i now have a 1.5 gig partition called winre in my computer. But as my kids will be using this laptop i dont want them to interfere with this drive as i know it contains information for a restore. So really my questions are this
How can i hide this drive and
does anyone think that i can put the drivers ive downloaded for my laptop onto this partition along with the recovery files without damaging it, it has over 1 gig space free which would suit my driver storage perfect.


Many thanks

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25 Jul 2009   #2

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by damoh View Post
Hi all
Right i need a little help here. I have installed 7 on my laptop that came installed with vista. As a result i now have a 1.5 gig partition called winre in my computer. But as my kids will be using this laptop i dont want them to interfere with this drive as i know it contains information for a restore. So really my questions are this
How can i hide this drive and
does anyone think that i can put the drivers ive downloaded for my laptop onto this partition along with the recovery files without damaging it, it has over 1 gig space free which would suit my driver storage perfect.


Many thanks
Im not sure but I have a couple of ideas. first if yoour kids are running as std users you might be able to take ownership as admin and modify std users right to not read, write, or modify. Do you want to hide it or prevent access to it? btw you can put the drivers on it

Ken
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25 Jul 2009   #3

Windows 7 RTM x64
 
 

hi
yes i would like to hide it completly
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25 Jul 2009   #4

Win 8 Release candidate 8400
 
 

what abt unchecking show all? Ken
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25 Jul 2009   #5

 

I posted and answer to this in another topic along the same lines.

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by me
or, you can remove the drive letter associated with it and Explorer will no longer show it in the list of drives.

See this mini tut I just made for ya.



This is the image of my current drives in Explorer

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This is how it looks in Disk Management (start --> right click Computer --> Manage --> Disk Management)

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Right click on the partition you want to hide and select Change Drive Letter and Paths... - then select the Remove button as shown below:

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Warning you'll get about programs that might need the drive (safe to ignore since it is used by another OS)

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Additional warning you *may* receive if Windows 7 has been monitoring the drive for anything

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No drive letter attached anymore in Disk Management

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And no more drive in Explorer

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Enjoy.
Of course, it is also best if your kids are standard users only and have no access to things like the management console so they can add it back and / or format the partition....

Also, it helps if they don't have the ability to boot off the CD ROM or UFDs so they can load *nix and do the same thing....
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