Hide partition from XP disk manager

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December 18, 2010 at 23:55:27
Specs: Windows XP
My hard drive is split into two partitions C: and D:

I wan't to hide D: such that it cannot be seen within XP's 'Disk Managment'.

I know how to hide it so it cannot be seen in My Computer, etc.

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December 19, 2010 at 05:16:40
... even hidden partition(s) are displayed in Disk Management


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Grrrr... ...im

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December 19, 2010 at 08:55:04
Not sure this can be done
Depends what you are trying to achieve
Perhaps not mounting drive D is a way forward?

See command Diskpart and Google for further information


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December 19, 2010 at 16:35:10
@David: How would I *not* mount it?

Since the general consensus seems to be that what I am trying to do cannot be done, is there instead a way I can encrypt the partition so that it cannot be accessed or formatted or anything, even through Disk Management?
So a person might be able to find it in Disk Management, but to them it seems like an unusable portion of the drive.

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December 20, 2010 at 02:42:57
The only ref. I have for unmounting -

SANS - Digital Forensics: How to configure Windows Investigative Workstations 2010/12/17
Page down to topic

Lines to follow up depending on your exact needs:-

Dual boot Linux OS - partition ids will be different

Google search on Hide Partition - review postings


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December 21, 2010 at 01:56:14
@David. I tried the method in the SANS article, however it is only for Windows 7 / Vista. :(

I am not wanting to dual boot.
The reason I am trying to hide the partition is that it would be beneficial for me if a certain individual whom I will be providing access to the computer thought the hard drive was smaller than it actually is.

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December 21, 2010 at 02:41:00
If a person has access they will find out . . . .

To be sure - keep files on another computer with back ups

If they need to be used in the 'problem' computer use a copy on external hard drive - plug the HD into a USB port only when necessary.

After everything is working correctly and backed/ imaged on both systems then delete the files on the 'problem' computer, clean up that computer to remove Recycles, Temps, ... etc.,

This action and any others will very likely leave logging entries scattered around in the 'problem' computer Registry and any monitoring software that may have been introduced without your knowledge - so depends how skilled your user is . . . .


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December 21, 2010 at 03:46:45
This is a task forPC Passport

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February 24, 2011 at 19:54:48
use truecrypt to encrypt the partition

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August 2, 2011 at 23:58:38
I can't tell you how to actually hide it - but, you can make it inaccessible & tamper proof.
If you use a partition manager that allows manual control, you can flag the partition 0x12. It will show up in Disk Manager as an "EISA Configuration" volume.
Disk Manager will report the size of the partition - but, the partition cannot be accessed, formatted, assigned a drive letter, or deleted.

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