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Partitions - View Hidden Partitions

How to View Hidden Partitions
Published by whs
14 Mar 2011
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How to View Hidden Partitions

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I got the idea for this tutorial after reading Greg’s posting # 42 in this thread. The method described there is workable with a running system, but when the system does not boot, the method in this tutorial will work though.


The main interest in hidden partitions is usually for the small (mostly 100MB) active boot partition that comes with Windows 7. It does, however, apply to other hidden partitions like the Recovery partition or the Tools partition that often come with OEM installations.

The hidden active boot partition is the first suspect when the system does not boot - especially if the system was previously run as double boot with another system. To look at it in that case, you need the help of the bootable CD of Partition Wizard. You load this program from the CD reader and you will see a window showing something like this.

Here you see 2 partitions. One is C:\ and the other one is the active boot partition which is hidden. If you right click on this hidden partition, go to Explore. Then you get this screen:

Here you see two folders and the boot manager applicable to your system. You can open the two folders by clicking on the + in the front and then you get this window.

In the Boot folder you have the Multilingual User Interfaces for different countries and languages – I have opened the CN folder which I suppose is China. If your hidden boot partition looks different, you may have a problem.

With the same method you can, of course, explore your hidden Tools partition or the hidden Recovery partition. And if your system is fully operational, you use Partition Wizard that is installed on your system which you can download from the site shown above.
18 Mar 2011   #1
SIW2

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zh-CN is China.

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18 Mar 2011   #2
whs
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Thanks SIW - did not know that.
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19 Mar 2011   #3
mjf

Windows 7x64 Home Premium SP1
 
 

"In the Boot folder you have the boot managers for all different countries and languages – I have opened the CN folder which I suppose is Canada. If your hidden boot partition looks different, you may have a problem."

Strictly there's one boot manager - Bootmgr
the multiple bootmgr.exe.mui's are the "Multilingual User Interface" components for the various languages.
For example the program chess.exe has a chess.exe.mui.
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19 Mar 2011   #4
whs
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Thanks mjf for clarifying that. I will correct the tut.
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24 Mar 2011   #5
Dave76

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Any idea what's going on with this?

Partitions - View Hidden Partitions-system-reserves-ssd-folder-2.png


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24 Mar 2011   #6
whs
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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Dave76 View Post
Any idea what's going on with this?

Attachment 145297
That looks like it came from some benchmark program.
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24 Mar 2011   #7
mjf

Windows 7x64 Home Premium SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Dave76 View Post
Any idea what's going on with this?

Attachment 145297
Doesn't look good if you use Windows imaging.
Only Windows should write to this partition and even then it can screw it up with journal files.
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24 Mar 2011   #8
Dave76

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whs, AS SSD is a SSD benchmark program.
This is widely used on many SSD benchmark sites, known for it's use of non-compressible files.
OCZ has posted the AS SSD results for their Gen2 SSDs, which was suprising due to the fact that it gives much lower speeds than they publish. They use ATTO, for their published speed numbers, which uses compressible files and gives them the highest speeds possible.
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mjf, I don't use Windows imaging, I'm using the Seagate version of Acronis for my backups.

Will secure erase this SSD and put it in my laptop next week, when I get my new 120GB SSD.

Was suprised to see this folder in my System Reserved partition, it was my understanding that only Windows system files could be written there.


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24 Mar 2011   #9
whs
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Dave, I usually use Atto. Have seen AS SSD but never used it. The other one I used was HD Tune. But that can sometimes produce funny results - especially with Vertex.
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