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Windows 7: How do i hide the 100MB partition?

04 Aug 2010   #31
Indynamo

Windows 7 Professional (32 bit)
 
 

I was scared to just remove the letter or completely remove the partition as suggested in other sides and found another way to do this without any risks involved.

of course i got this of another site. What you do is download tweakui from microsoft (yes the one thats for XP) unpack with winrar and than do tweakui.exe properties go to compatibility tab, select "Run this program in compatibility mode for:" choose "Windows XP (Service Pack 3)" press OK. double click tweakui.exe (you get some issues with compatibility but just run the program) goto "My Computer" and expand then select "Drives" and deselect the drive letter and close the progam. the beauty of this the drive is still in tact only not visible in explorer. if you goto explorer and type the drive letter:\ you still can access it.


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04 Aug 2010   #32
Internet Badass

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 

why dont you just remove that drive and put those files on another drive. whats the point of a 100mb harddrive?
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04 Aug 2010   #33
SIW2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

FYI, Hiding a drive from explorer just involves adding a NoDrives key in the registry here HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer.

Then give it the value for the appropriate drive , eg
A 1
B 2
C 4
D 8

That's exactly what Tweak UI does.

I'm sure there is a tutorial on this site about it.
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04 Aug 2010   #34
Jonathan_King

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

Or you could just remove the drive letter from Disk Management.

https://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials...ndows-7-a.html
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01 Sep 2010   #35
morr

Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit
 
 

What I did was a combination of what Sassa and Kari did.

I used disc manager to change the drive letter to A, then I used the group policy editor to hide volumes A and B. The drive is still there (as A, but I never see it.
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27 Oct 2010   #36
hshajin1982

Windows 7
 
 
Hide system reserved 100 MB partition

Right click computer--- manage----disk management

right click system reserved partition--- change drive letter and path

(you can able to see 3 options add, change & remove)

click on remove .... you will get warning message two times, click yes on both messages.

Now this volume is hidden in my computer
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28 Oct 2010   #37
Bourgoise Pig

Windows 7 Enterprise
 
 
Is there a "run once" script that could achieve this task?

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Bourgoise Pig View Post
Hello,

I installed Windows 7 64 bit and formatted both partitions (install partition and boot partition) during setup. After setup, I noticed that three drives appear in Windows Explorer:

C: Local Disk
D: (BOOT partition)
E: DVDRW drive

I wanted to hide (not delete) the boot partition, then reassign the drives so that only two appear in Windows Explorer:

C: Local Disk
D: DVDRW drive

I have used disk management to hide the partition and re-assign the drive letters, but when another user logs into the machine, the Boot partition reappears as before.

I decided to reinstall Windows 7. This time, I made sure that the mandatory boot partition WAS NOT formatted. Format the install partition only. I believe this is the only solution to keep the boot partition permanently hidden.

Downside: You cannot ghost an unformatted partition. This solution would work o.k. if not making an image of the hard drive. *sigh*
After thinking about this for a while, I have decided that I don't care if Windows 7 creates a 100-150 mb partition during install. Would I miss that reserved space on a 500 Gb hard drive? Nope. I know that partition would never get used, but if Windows looks for it during a system repair/recovery, then it might be best just to leave it alone.

Yes, I understand it is easy to remove/reassign drive letters using disk administrator, but that solution works only for the user currently logged in. It would be ideal if there were a way to run this task once so that all current and new users of the machine would have the same setting. Is there a "run once" script that could achieve this task? Perhaps an ADM template to apply through group policy?
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28 Oct 2010   #38
mjf

Windows 7x64 Home Premium SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Bourgoise Pig View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Bourgoise Pig View Post
Hello,

I installed Windows 7 64 bit and formatted both partitions (install partition and boot partition) during setup. After setup, I noticed that three drives appear in Windows Explorer:

C: Local Disk
D: (BOOT partition)
E: DVDRW drive

I wanted to hide (not delete) the boot partition, then reassign the drives so that only two appear in Windows Explorer:

C: Local Disk
D: DVDRW drive

I have used disk management to hide the partition and re-assign the drive letters, but when another user logs into the machine, the Boot partition reappears as before.

I decided to reinstall Windows 7. This time, I made sure that the mandatory boot partition WAS NOT formatted. Format the install partition only. I believe this is the only solution to keep the boot partition permanently hidden.

Downside: You cannot ghost an unformatted partition. This solution would work o.k. if not making an image of the hard drive. *sigh*
After thinking about this for a while, I have decided that I don't care if Windows 7 creates a 100-150 mb partition during install. Would I miss that reserved space on a 500 Gb hard drive? Nope. I know that partition would never get used, but if Windows looks for it during a system repair/recovery, then it might be best just to leave it alone.

Yes, I understand it is easy to remove/reassign drive letters using disk administrator, but that solution works only for the user currently logged in. It would be ideal if there were a way to run this task once so that all current and new users of the machine would have the same setting. Is there a "run once" script that could achieve this task? Perhaps an ADM template to apply through group policy?
For some reason some people just don't like this little system reserved partition. It has its purposes.
BUT I would recommend making it larger than 100MB (say 200MB). Windows 7 require at least 50MB to be free for shadow copies. Sometimes the OS temporarily leaves less than 50MB free causing problems with system imaging.

And yes it shouldn't be assigned a letter. You might temporarily assign it one to look inside and then remove. But that's just a simple Disk management, right click assign/ remove letter function.
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28 Oct 2010   #39
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by mjf View Post

For some reason some people just don't like this little system reserved partition. It has its purposes.
BUT I would recommend making it larger than 100MB (say 200MB). Windows 7 require at least 50MB to be free for shadow copies. Sometimes the OS temporarily leaves less than 50MB free causing problems with system imaging.

And yes it shouldn't be assigned a letter. You might temporarily assign it one to look inside and then remove. But that's just a simple Disk management, right click assign/ remove letter function.


Good points and I agree totally, at least 200MB.
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28 Oct 2010   #40
Barman58

Windows 10 Pro x64 x3, Ubuntu
 
 

The system reserved partition was 200MB in the early betas - for some reason Microsoft reduced it to 100MB
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