How to Hide Specific Hard Disk Partitions for Data Security in Windows 11

4 January 2023

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You can hide and unhide the partition that stores your private data whenever you want. Do you want to know how?

Some users use one C drive on an or on their computer. And others divide hard disks to handle drives that contain large amounts of important data.

When you create a new disk or partition in , it will appear in automatically.  Each drive is identified by its own Drive Letter. The installation drive, for example, contains the letter “C” as its .

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However, sometimes you need to hide a disk or partition on your computer so that it is no longer visible to other Windows users.

Hiding a partition is a simple technique to restrict access to it. Once your partition is hidden, you may be sure that others won’t be able to see your sensitive data even if they are using your computer.

There are various advantages of hiding disk partitions, for example, preventing children from accessing your data on a specific disk, making the drive difficult to identify, hiding system reserved partitions, and so on.

By hiding your disk in Windows, you can keep important information safe by preventing others from accessing it. If you want to hide your disk in Windows, follow the guide from Bardimin below.

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Hide Partitions or Drives using Disk Management

  1. Open “Disk Management” Windows. You can open it with shortcut keys (WIN + X). Then select the “” option.
  2. Next, select the drive you want to hide.  Right-click and select “Change and Paths“.
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  1. In the dialog box that appears, click the “Remove” button.
  2. Click the “Yes” button on the confirmation dialog box.

View Partitions or Drives using Disk Management

  1. Repeat steps 1-2 on the previous way to hide.
  2. In the dialog box that appears, click the “Add” button.
  3. Then select the you want to use.
  4. Click the “OK” button to display again.

Hide Partitions or Drives using Group Policy Editor

  1. Open the ““. You can open it by using the keyboard shortcut (WIN + R), then type “” and click the OK button.
  2. Next, in the , navigate to “User Configuration > Administrative Templates > Windows Components > “.
  3. Then on the right panel, double-click on “Hide these specified drives in My Computer“.
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  1. Next in the dialog box, select “Enabled“.
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  1. And in the options field, click the drop-down button and select the drive you want to hide.
  2. Click the OK button to save it.

View Partitions or Drives using Group Policy Editor

  1. Repeat steps 1-3 previously.
  2. Select “Not Configured” or “Disabled” to display again.

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