Folks are always looking for new ways to hide their sensitive data on their computers.
One of the most popular places people try to store their information is with a drive that isn’t visible on Windows 10.
Today, we’re going over some different methods of hiding drives on Windows 10 so you can keep your data just as safe as possible.
Table Of Content
- 1 Hiding Drives in Windows 10
- 2 Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Hiding Drives in Windows 10
Method 1: Changing Drive Letters
One of the simplest ways to hide a drive is to change its drive letter. Specifically, you can change the drive letter to any unused drive letter on your computer.
The easiest way to do this is by opening up the Disk Management tool in Windows 10.
To do that, type “disk” into Cortana or the search box in File Explorer and then hit Enter when Disk management pops up in the list of results.
From there, right-click on any disk except for “C:, D:, E:, or F:” and choose Change Drive Letter and Paths from the popup menu.
You can now simply choose any other unused drive letter here so it won’t show back up in File Explorer.
Method 2: Hide Drives by Removing them from Disk Management
If you don’t want to change the drive letter of your hidden drive, Windows 10 also allows you to hide a partition by removing it from Disk Management without having to use third-party tools like MiniTool Partition Wizard or EaseUS Partition Master.
You can do this by right-clicking on the partition and selecting Delete Volume (be sure not to delete your C: drive!) and then clicking Delete in the popup menu.
Keep in mind that deleting a volume like this will make all data inaccessible since any files that were previously there become unallocated space now.
Method 3: Hide Drives with PartitionGuru
If your Windows 10 drive is slow, PartitionGuru might be the solution you need.
The most common issue that slows down a disk is the fragmentation of free space on SSDs or traditional HDDs.
And it’s totally possible to fix this with an easy-to-use app like PartitionGuru.
It can optimize your entire hard drive with just one click to help rev up your system and boost overall performance.
Download and install the program and follow the instructions below:
1) Click on the disk icon in the left panel
2) select all partitions on Disk 2,
3) right-click them and choose Optimize from the context menu.
That’s all there is to it.
In the background, PartitionGuru will do a comprehensive check of your disks and then optimize them for maximum speed.
You can click any drive letter to instantly see how much fragmentation exists on that drive.
Method 4: Hide Drives with EaseUS Partition Master
If you’re looking for a more advanced program that offers a ton of extra features, free disk partition software like EaseUS Partition Master might be right up your alley.
It also allows you to hide drives from Windows 10 by removing the volume from the list completely.
Just right-click on your target disk and pick Delete Volume → Remove from Disk → Apply.
And if you want to protect sensitive data even further, try the advanced disk wiping feature, which overwrites your drive with random data several times before deleting it permanently.
Method 5: Hide Drives from File Explorer
If you don’t want to use a third-party tool to remove a volume from Windows 10, you can also hide drives by avoiding certain folders and menus in File Explorer.
For example, you can head up to the View menu at the top of File Explorer and uncheck “Hidden Items” there to show all hidden files on your computer again.
Some users report that this doesn’t work consistently though, but feel free to test it yourself any time!
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Q. What problems will I run into if I hide a drive using this method?
A. If you hide a drive by removing it from the Disk Management tool, Windows 10 becomes unable to recognize the partitions on that storage device. It won’t be able to assign new files or changes to that drive anymore, which means that the files in its partition can’t be modified.
That’s why we recommend using a third-party app like PartitionGuru or EaseUS Partition Master instead, because they won’t affect the drive letter of your partitions and will allow you to access them like before after you re-enable hidden drives in Windows 10.
Q. What happens when I hide a drive using this method? Can I still see it when I enter safe mode?
A. Safe mode bypasses all user profile settings including the one that hides drives from File Explorer/Disk Management, so yes, you should still be able to see any hidden drives while booting into safe mode on Windows 10.
Q. How can I hide all “removable” drives from File Explorer?
A. Unfortunately, Microsoft removed that option with Windows 10 and there’s no way to turn it off anymore as of spring 2017, but the workaround detailed in this article should still work for most users.
If you’re looking for a different solution, then try out the EaseUS Partition Master free disk management software. It comes with an option to prevent certain partitions from showing up in Windows Explorer/File Explorer completely, which is what you need here!
Q. Is there a better way to hide drives without using third-party tools?
A. Yes! Just disable hidden drives through Disk Management before closing your session on Windows 10 (assuming that you’re using a local account).
It should stay hidden until you boot up your computer again, and after that, it’ll be possible to reveal the drive in File Explorer by following the steps detailed in this article.
Q: Is hiding drives with this method permanent? How can I unhide them again?
A. Yes, removing a drive from Windows 10 will make it disappear for good unless you go through the steps listed out in this guide again.
Just open Disk Management and assign a letter to the hidden volume like before, or use third-party partition management tools like EaseUS Partition Master instead!
So there you go, 5 different ways on how to hide drives in Windows 10.
Whichever method you were looking for should work just fine, but if you have any questions or comments then feel free to post them in the comment section below! 🙂
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