5 Ways to Hide Drives in Windows 10 | Check Your In-depth Tutorial
To prevent data from being prying or accidental deletion, hide drives or partitions is a hot topic for many users. So in this article, we will show you 5 coping strategies to hide drives in Windows 10, including disk management, free third-party software, local group policy editor, registry, and CMD. Each method has full details and also provides steps to revert changes. Well, at least you can try without any worries.
- Option 1. How to Hide Drives in Windows 10 via Disk Management
- Option 2. Apply Third-party Software to Hide Drives in Windows 10
- Option 3. Using Local Group Policy to Hide A Drive
- Option 4. Hide Drives with Registry
- Option 5. How to Hide Drive in Windows 10 Using CMD
Step 1. Press Windows + X and click on Disk Management.
Step 2. Right-click the drive you want to hide and select the Change Drive Letter and Paths...
Step 3. Remove the drive letter.
Click the drive letter and click the Remove button.
Step 4. Click OK to confirm.
Step 5. When the warning message pop up, click Yes to confirm.
If you want to reverse changes, follow steps to unhide drives:
- Right-click the drive and select the Change Drive Letter and Paths...
- Choose Add... button and click Assign the following drive letter. Click OK to confirm.
One of the easiest ways to hide drives is to use the EaseUS partition manager. If you are frown upon option 1, you can apply the EaseUS Partition Master to hide partition by the Hide feature. Just choose the targeted drive and click Hide. Easy steps for beginners. Click Unhide to show drives.
Download the software and do as follows:
Option 1 - Hide Partition
- Right-click the partition you want to hide, and choose "Hide" from the drop-down menu.
- Then you will see a window showing the notification. Read the instrunctions and click "OK" to continue.
- Click the "Execute Operation" button in the top-left corner. Then, click "Apply" to hide your partition.
Option 2 - Unhide Partition
- Right-click the partition you want to view and access. Choose "Unhide" from the drop-down menu.
- Read the instructions and click "OK" to continue.
- Click the "Execute Operation" button in the top-left corner. Check the pending operations, then click "Apply" to unhide partition on Windows 11/10/8/7.
The Local Group Policy can help you hide drive icons from Windows Explorer. You can still access the data by typing the drive path on the File Explorer address bar.
1. Press the Windows + R shortcut to open the Run command window.
2. Input gpedit.msc and click OK start Local Group Policy Editor.
3. Expand User Configuration > Administrative Templates > Windows Components
4. Under the Windows Components section, double-click the File Explorer.
5. Go to the right panel, click the Standard button.
6. Scroll down to find Hide these specified drives in My Computer and double-click it.
7. Click on Enabled.
8. Under the Options part, select the drive you want to restrict or select Restrict all drives.
9. Click Apply and click OK.
Note: If you want to show hide drives, go back to step 7 and click on the No Configure option.
The last method to hide a drive is the Registry. However, this is not friendly for beginners that the incorrect changes will cause severe damage to your computer. If you still choose the Registry, please remind to back up your whole data on your device.
Step 1. Press Windows + R shortcut to open the Run window.
Step 2. Type regedit and click OK.
Step 3. On Registry Editor, follow the path:
Step 4. Right-click the Explorer > Choose New > Click DWORD (32-bit)Value.
Name New Value as NoDrives. Press Enter to ensure.
Step 5. Double-click the NoDrives and edit DWORD (32-bit) Value.
Under the "Base" part, click on the Decimal.
Type Value data: You should add the decimal number on the box. (The corresponding decimal numbers: C - 4, D - 8, E - 16, F - 32, G - 64, H - 128...... If you are using another drive letter, you can reckon the corresponding decimal number.) If you want to hide C drive and D drive, you can type 12 (4+8).
Step 6. Click OK and restart your computer.
When your computer starts, you can not see hidden drives from the Windows File Explorer. Sames as option 3, if you want to access the hidden drive, you can input the drive path (C: or other drives) in the address bar. And more, you can show hidden drives by going back to Step 4 to delete NoDrives.
Step 1. Press Windows + R to open the Run window.
Step 2. Type diskpart and click OK.
Step 3. Type each command line and then press Enter.
- List volume
- Select volume * (* stands the drive you want to hide.)
- Remove Letter *
Once it is completed, you can open Windows File Explorer. Click This PC, your drive is hidden under the Devices and drives.
If you want to revert changes, you can open diskpart again. Replace the "Remove Letter < character >" as "assign letter < character >". Then you can the hidden drive on File Explorer.
To Sum Up
So we've introduced 5 options above, what method do you want to try? For a beginner, we advise option 1, option 2 to try the simple steps. Without professional knowledge and careful operation, don't use option 4.
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Tracy joined in EaseUS in 2013 and has been working with EaseUS content team for over 7 years. Being enthusiastic in computing and technology, she writes tech how-to articles and share technical solutions about Windows & Mac data recovery, file/system backup and recovery, partition management and iOS/Android data recovery.
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