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Windows 7: Hiding system partition - will it boot?

27 Nov 2014   #1

Win 7 Ultimate x64
Hiding system partition - will it boot?


I have this partition configuration on my Win 7:

C: Healthy (Boot, Page file, Crash Dump, Primary partition) 145 GB
E: Healty (System, Active, Primary Partition) 608 MB
Programs D: Healty (Logical drive) 312 GB
Service002 H: Healty (primary partition) 700 MB

I would like to hide the E: partition which I believe is the one that the system uses when booting. It has the following folders and files:

System Volume Information

Can I do that and still boot? What about getting rid of the partition drive letter? Can I remove that and still boot?

I also would like to get rid of that Service002 H: partition as I believe it is the Thinkpad recovery partition. But am not a 100% sure as it also has some of the same folders and files as the partition E:

Recycle bin
System Volume Information

Do you think I can just delete it and not cause any problems when booting? I have made an Image of the full disk so I am not worried about not being able to re-install Win 7 if needed.

Thanks for any input on this.


My System SpecsSystem Spec
27 Nov 2014   #2

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 sp1

Don't delete. should be safe to hide.
Drive Letter - Add, Change, or Remove in Windows
My System SpecsSystem Spec
27 Nov 2014   #3

Win 7 Ultimate x64

Thanks, Rustberger

I noticed a program called EasyBCD somewhere on this forum. If I want to make the C: the boot drive, and then delete the E partition, would that work?

There is that option in EasyBCD to change boot drive, which I am thinking about.

I assume E: is now the boot drive as it says "system" and is active. But on the other hand, the C: drive says "boot". I am confused here.

What do you think?
My System SpecsSystem Spec

27 Nov 2014   #4

Win-7-Pro64bit 7-H-Prem-64bit

Hi and welcome to SevenForums,
Post a screen shot of disk management window,
Boot manager shouldn't have a drive letter assigned to it :/
Bootmgr - Move to C:\ with EasyBCD
My System SpecsSystem Spec
27 Nov 2014   #5

Win 7 Ultimate x64

Ok, I include a screenshot here.

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Hiding system partition - will it boot?-thinkpadpartitions.jpg  
My System SpecsSystem Spec
27 Nov 2014   #6
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8

1. The bootmgr (active) partition needs no drive letter. It is 'hard wired' to the MBR

2. Use my tutiorial that TZ has linked. Then you can forget the E partition.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
30 Nov 2014   #7


I'd also move the Bootmgr to C. No need to remove the Recovery partition until you're ready to do a Clean Reinstall Factory OEM.
My System SpecsSystem Spec

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