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Windows 7: hiding a "recovery" partition

04 Oct 2010   #1
regnad

w7 64
 
 
hiding a "recovery" partition

i have created a "recovery" partition on my single disk in my new system. there i have a recovery image. i would like to hide it so i dont see it in explorer but i dont want whatever means i use to hide it to keep me from:
1- unhiding it
2- booting from windows disk and seeing the recovery image in said hidden drive.

suggestions?


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04 Oct 2010   #2
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

Hello regnad.



If you fool with hiding that partition, 1 & 2 may come back to bite you hard.
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04 Oct 2010   #3
zigzag3143

Win 8 Release candidate 8400
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by regnad View Post
i have created a "recovery" partition on my single disk in my new system. there i have a recovery image. i would like to hide it so i dont see it in explorer but i dont want whatever means i use to hide it to keep me from:
1- unhiding it
2- booting from windows disk and seeing the recovery image in said hidden drive.

suggestions?
Bare foot kid is correct. Anything you do to that recovery partition that windows is unfamiliar with may bite you. If you intend to do that I would at least use a 3rd party app for back up (Acronis) and move a copy of the back up off just in case.

Ken J
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04 Oct 2010   #4
Dilbert8056

Win 7 32 & 64bit
 
 

Hi Regnad,

They are both wrong - sorry boys.

It is quite possible to hide the partition with ease and there are many free partitioning tools to allow you to do it. All I would advise, is that you make it a different size from your OS partition as if you boot from a Windows CD, it will be visible (as unallocated space IIRC) and you should be able to identify it to avoid it.

Several of my hard discs have more than 4 primary partitions and I am well versed in hiding partitions from each other and other OSs. Back up before you play. I would recommend the free version of Macrium Reflect - I use the paid-for version and actually like backing up up now.

Dil

PS Don't forget to back up.
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04 Oct 2010   #5
regnad

w7 64
 
 

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?
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04 Oct 2010   #6
tapuz

windows 8.1 pro
 
 

it looks like you got your answers, i used to have a small tool to do it, could not find it now, used it on many computers and never had a problem.
here are two links that might help, one from microsoft, and the second from a different site.
Using Group Policy Objects to hide specified drives
Software Download: Hide Drives
i think the first one on the second site is what i had, but use it with caution.

sorry this is what i meant:
How To Hide Drives In Windows 7
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05 Oct 2010   #7
Dilbert8056

Win 7 32 & 64bit
 
 

First, I do not know how you have made your recovery partition or what it contains so cannot answer.

Second, with all due respect, if you have to ask these questions, you are not ready to mess with hiding and unhiding partitions, especially in a recovery situation! Please do a lot more reading and check out the documentation of the programs and utils designed just for this job. Google is THE starting point.

Dil
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05 Oct 2010   #8
regnad

w7 64
 
 

wow, i never heard of google. i thought this was a place to use as a resource. thanks for the attempt dil but i dont see your effort as being constructive at all.
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05 Oct 2010   #9
fireberd

Windows 10 64 bit
 
 

Never have your "backup" on the same physical hard drive. If the hard drive were to fail (and Murphy's Law says it will) whatever you have backed up is lost.
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05 Oct 2010   #10
marsmimar

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by fireberd View Post
Never have your "backup" on the same physical hard drive. If the hard drive were to fail (and Murphy's Law says it will) whatever you have backed up is lost.
To echo fireberd, make a system image and save it to an external USB hard drive. Also make a companion system repair disk. The image will restore everything on your computer to exactly the same condition it was in at the time the image was made (OS, personal settings, files, folders, data, etc.) Once your system is imaged feel free to play around with your computer to practice creating, hiding, unhiding partitions or anything else you want to try. Windows 7 has a built in imaging tool.

Backup Complete Computer - Create an Image Backup

System Image Recovery

Or you could use a free product recommended by many people on the forum called Macrium Reflect. One of the forum mebers made a nice tutorial (thanks whs.)
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