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Windows 7: hiding a "recovery" partition

05 Oct 2010   #11
Victek

Windows 7 x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by regnad View Post
my c drive is 250 and "recovery" partition is 25. if when i boot from windows disk the 25 gig partition looks like un alocated drive how would i restore from it?
You would want to have a bootable rescue CD with the utility that you used to hide the partition on it. That way you can unhide if/when the time comes to access it. Computers with recovery partitions usually also come with a utility for creating a set of recovery DVDs. Recovery partitions are quite vulnerable - if the disk crashes and corrupts the partitions or becomes unbootable the recovery partition becomes useless. It's better to create the DVDs (make 2 copies) and put them is a safe place where you will actually be able to find them.

Keep in mind when you use "System Recovery" you have a lot of work to do afterward. Everything you've done to the computer since the day you bought it has to be recreated. That's kind of a disaster unto itself What I do is create image backups at regular intervals and save them to an external drive (which I turn off afterward). That way if I ever need to recover the system I only lose a few weeks of changes. I backup data separately using Windows Live Mesh (5 gigs free). I know this is a lot more than you asked for, but hey there's no charge


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05 Oct 2010   #12
regnad

w7 64
 
 

well after all the bashing over the single drive (which i am quite aware of the draw backs) i have dug up an old sata drive to store my image. can the image i created originally simply be copied over to the secondary drive now? im unsure about setting my jumpers. do i need to have any? its a WD800jd drive.
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06 Oct 2010   #13
mjf

Windows 7x64 Home Premium SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by regnad View Post
well after all the bashing over the single drive (which i am quite aware of the draw backs) i have dug up an old sata drive to store my image. can the image i created originally simply be copied over to the secondary drive now? im unsure about setting my jumpers. do i need to have any? its a WD800jd drive.
It can be copied but there may be some risk with recovery.
Safer & probably faster to make a new image.
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06 Oct 2010   #14
Victek

Windows 7 x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by regnad View Post
well after all the bashing over the single drive (which i am quite aware of the draw backs) i have dug up an old sata drive to store my image. can the image i created originally simply be copied over to the secondary drive now? im unsure about setting my jumpers. do i need to have any? its a WD800jd drive.
SATA drives don't require setting jumpers in my experience. It should just work. Regarding copying an existing image to it, I don't see why not. I would suggest you make a new image in addition - redundancy is your friend. If you need imaging software there are a number of very good free products. I like Paragon Backup & Recovery 10. Another popular product is Macrium.
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06 Oct 2010   #15
regnad

w7 64
 
 

ok, my plans may be changing a bit. i'm now considering a ssd drive for my OS and using the 1T for everything else. my concern would be filling up the ssd with games and such. i know during an installation you can point the install somewhere other than default. is there any performance restraints doing this? also, theres allot of ssd's out there. which one would be the best choice for say 150 bucks?
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13 Mar 2011   #16
Marrell

windows 7 pro x64
 
 
The right answer

I am replying to an old post. But I felt it necessary to answer the question since all other replies were incorrect and when searching google, the first response is this page. The question was how to hide a partition in windows but still have access to it when doing things like image restores.
The answer is very simple and easy. Plus it doesn't cause windows any problems. You don't have to download some stupid program, it's built right into windows already. (of course you wouldn't know it by previous responses).

Click on start - Right click on computer, Click on manage, Click on Disk Management.

Now find the drive or partition you wish to hide from windows. depending on your drive setup, use either the top section or the bottom graphical section. In this case you would use the bottom graphical section, right click in the partition you want to hide, and click.........

click on "Change drive letter and paths. You should see the drive letter that is applied to that partition. click on it to highlight and then click on "REMOVE"
done. If you don't have a drive letter assigned to the partition, windows will not display it. Yes, it's that easy.
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09 Nov 2014   #17
Cameo Jones

8.1
 
 

I know this is an old post and probably no one will ever read it, and that's ok. I just want to vent a little, and also say thanks to Marrell.

I wish there were more people like you around. You answered the question exactly as it should've been answered, with something so simple and easy. I'm not sure why so many people have to over-complicate things. Some people read too much into a question and just go way off track, or worse, read it and still give bad responses that make things even worse.

I'm actually surprised there wasn't at least one person who said "reinstall the operating system" or "you have to reformat". Those seem to be the dumbest responses. Yes, sometimes those are legit options, but 99% of the time they are not the "easy" way out, they are the lazy way out and usually result in more work.

I just had a problem with my W8.1 not booting up. I was adding a partition and changing drive letters. W8.1 didn't like the way my program (EASEUS) wanted to do things. So it didn't boot. GPT issues which I had to reset. In the end not a big deal. But during the problem, the things people suggested makes me wonder how anyone can call themselves "experts".

The crazy things people suggested!!! OMG! It was unbelievable. There were many "reinstall" and "reformat" people, a few "restore" people, and only one person who offered the easiest solution. She actually read the post and gave the best answer.

Anyway, a little off topic.

Thanks again Marrell.
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