How To Hide Drives In Windows 7 Using Command Prompt

The Command Prompt in Windows is a very powerful tool to accomplish certain tasks that usually can’t be done unless you have a third-party tool. We have already covered a few guides such as how to install Windows 7 via USB flash drive and how to add/delete/rename power plans using Command Prompt.

Hide Drives In Windows 7 Explorer

Today, we are going to share another interesting use of Command Line. One can use the Command Prompt to hide one or more drives in the explorer. Of course, you can use a free tool such as DriveHide to do the same. But, if you can remember a few commands, you can easily hide a drive in a few seconds without using a third-party software.

 

Here is how to do it:

1. Type CMD in Start menu search area and hit Enter to launch Command Prompt. You can also find the Command Prompt under Accessories category in Start menu.

Hide Drives Using Command Prompt In Windows

Hide Drives In Windows 7

2. In the Command Prompt, type Diskpart and hit enter key. Click Yes if you are prompted with UAC (User Account Control) dialog-box.

 Diskpart Command

3. And then type List Volume and hit enter to see list of all drives.

Hide Drives Via Command Prompt In Windows 7

4. Select the drive that you want to hide. To do this, type Select Volume G (here, G is the drive letter) or Select Volume 8 (here 8 is the volume number)

Hide Drives Via Command Prompt In Windows 7 step5

Hide Drives Via Command Prompt In Windows 7 step2

 

5. To hide a drive, type Remove Letter G. Here, G is the drive letter than you want to hide.

Hide Drives Via Command Prompt In Windows 7 step3

6. You are done.

 

To show the hidden drive, follow the steps given below:

1. Follow the procedure mentioned in step 1, 2, and 3.

 

2. Select the volume number for which you want to assign a drive letter and show in the explorer. Type Select Volume 8 (here, 8 is the volume number) and hit Enter key.

 

3. Once selected, type Assign Letter G and hit Enter key to see the drive in explorer(replace G with the drive letter that you have previously removed).

Show Drives In Windows 7 Using Command Line

Comments

  1. Antonio Cabrara (MrU says

    Hey ho, can the hidden drive still be Accessed manually? like typing (Drive letter):\Folder
    and will the contents show up in search?
    Cheers!

  2. Gon says

    Its dangerous, the most secure way is from the Local Group Policy Editor. But anyway, nice info. Great site.

  3. Shawn says

    Will this (or a similar method) work with removable drives for all future times that the removable drive is plugged in? I have a USB drive with a TrueCrypt partition on it along with a regular unencrypted partition. The unmounted TrueCrypt partition shows up as an unformatted drive in Windows, which is really scary since Windows asks if you want to Format the partition any time you accidentally click on it. It also gives away that there’s something there, which is a slight security risk associated with the TrueCrypt partition. Any ideas on hiding this partition would be greatly appreciated.

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