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I want to hide (or write protect) a disk partition from Vista

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Old 20-04-2008
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I want to hide (or write protect) a disk partition from Vista

On earlier versions of windows before Vista there were ways to hide a hard
disk partition from Windows. I can't seem to do it in Vista. I have
utility called Ranish Partition Manager which I use to tinker with the
partition table. Also there is the MountedVolumes registry key that I can
delete and make Windows 'forget' it ever saw the partition. Those methods
always worked before. Not with Vista. The only way to hide from Vista is
to remove the partition from the partition table. That's not what I want to
do. Some opportunistic programs might claim the space. Some person might
assume its free space and use it. This computer is HP Pavilion laptop. I
am trying to hide the Recovery Partition - or else make it 'read only' or
'write protected' - same thing.

Does anybody know how to hide the recovery partition on this HP Pavilion ?



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Old 20-04-2008
Carey Frisch [MVP]
 
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Re: I want to hide (or write protect) a disk partition from Vista

If you have either Windows Vista Business or Ultimate edition:

How To Hide Your Hard disk Partition
http://www.metacafe.com/watch/341263...isk_partition/


On earlier versions of windows before Vista there were ways to hide a hard
disk partition from Windows. I can't seem to do it in Vista. I have
utility called Ranish Partition Manager which I use to tinker with the
partition table. Also there is the MountedVolumes registry key that I can
delete and make Windows 'forget' it ever saw the partition. Those methods
always worked before. Not with Vista. The only way to hide from Vista is
to remove the partition from the partition table. That's not what I want to
do. Some opportunistic programs might claim the space. Some person might
assume its free space and use it. This computer is HP Pavilion laptop. I
am trying to hide the Recovery Partition - or else make it 'read only' or
'write protected' - same thing.

Does anybody know how to hide the recovery partition on this HP Pavilion ?
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Old 20-04-2008
Adam Albright
 
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Re: I want to hide (or write protect) a disk partition from Vista

Deleting a Registry key or messing with the partition table is risky
business. You can still "hide" a partition in Vista but they made it a
little awkward. Here's a video that shows how to proceed.

Haven't tried it myself. Other things I did change in Group Policy
didn't "take" with Vista just ignoring the changes later.

http://www.metacafe.com/watch/341263...isk_partition/
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