How To: Hide the System Recovery drive partition in Windows

Hide the System Recovery drive partition

OEM Windows desktops and notebooks like the ones bought from Asus, HP, Dell and so on, have a special partition drive known as the Recovery partition. You can easily hide the System Recovery drive partition in Windows 7, 8 and 10, should it be visible in File Explorer.

Technically, it should be hidden by default, as this partition is required to restore your OEM computer to factory settings, as a replacement for those recovery discs new PCs used to include in the purchase package.

Recovery drive in File Explorer

If you can see the System Recovery drive partition in File Explorer it’s best to hide it (we’ll show you how to do that in a moment) since this is an important area of the system and it’s best it remains invisible.

Quickly hide the System Recovery drive partition in Windows

hide the System Recovery drive partition

In the Start menu, type ‘disk management‘ and select the option listed at the top of the result (it’s called ‘Create and format hard disk partitions’).

hide the System Recovery drive partition

In the Disk Management window, right-click on the Recovery Partition and select ‘Change Drive Letter and Paths…‘ from the context menu.

Remove drive letter for System Recovery drive partition

In the dialog window, click the ‘Remove‘ option and all the assigned drive letters and then select OK to apply the changes.

Now, if you return to File Explorer, you’ll┬ánotice that you managed to hide the System Recovery drive partition as it’s not visible anymore.

Click the Remove button to remove all assigned driver letters in the dialog box, and click OK to finish it.

You can use the method above to hide system drives and other drives you don’t want to be visible in File/Windows Explorer, regardless if your computer is running Windows 7, 8 or 10.

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