Many users want to hide system reserved partition Windows 10, but some of them don’t know how to do that or encounter some issues. Don’t worry. This post of MiniTool shows you how to hide system reserved partition and provides some extra tips.

A lot of users find the system reserved partition in Windows File Explorer, but they don’t have to access the partition frequently. So, many of them want to hide that partition. However, some users don’t know how to hide system reserved partition Windows 10 or encounter issues after hiding it. Here is a true example from the superuser forum:

How do I hide the System Reserved partition from Windows Explorer? It’s annoying to see it as a partition on my computer. I will never need to access it from there, why would I need the entry then? PS: I just want to hide it, not delete it.

What’s System Reserved Partition

System reserved partition is an important partition that contains the Boot Manager code, Startup files used for BitLocker Drive Encryption, and Boot configuration database. In Windows 10, the Recovery Environment data is also stored in the partition. This drive is usually located before the system partition (normally the C: drive) when you clean install Windows 10.

Windows usually doesn’t assign a drive letter to the system reserved partition, so you only can see it when opening Disk Management or other similar utility. Of course, if you assigned a drive letter to the system reserved partition accidentally, you will see it in Windows Explorer. That’s also why some people find the partition appeared in File Explorer and want to hide it.

system reserved partition in Disk Management

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How to Hide System Reserved Partition Windows 10

There are 3 simple ways to perform the Windows 10 hide system reserved partition operation. Let’s start trying.

# 1. Use Diskpart

Diskpart is a command-line partition management tool that can be used to manage partitions of hard disks and other storage devices like USB. Here you can use it to hide system reserved drive. To do so, follow the steps below:

Step 1. Type diskpart in the Search box, and then right-click the diskpart app from the top result and select Run as administrator. Click on Yes in the UAC confirmation window when you are prompted to grant the admin right.

run diskpart as administrator

Step 2. In the elevated command prompt window, type the following commands in order and hit Enter after each one.

Note: Make sure you select the correct partition before you run the set id=17 command.
  • list disk
  • select disk * (replace the * with the disk number that contains the system reserved partition)
  • list partition
  • select partition *(replace the * with the drive letter of your system reserved partition)
  • detail partition (if you select the correct partition, it should display as Type:07, Hidden: No, Active: No)
  • set id=17 (this command will change your partition type from 07=Unhidden NTFS partition to 17=hidden NTFS partition)
  • detail partition

show detailed information of the partition using diskpart

hide system reserved partition using diskpart

Now, you should find the system reserved partition status shows as Hidden: Yes. Also, you can press Win + E keys to open File Explorer and see if the partition still appears.

# 2. Use Disk Management

As pointed out above, the system reserved partition shows up in File Explorer mainly because you assigned a drive letter to it. So, another method on how to hide system reserved partition is to remove the drive letter. Let’s see how to remove a drive letter using Disk Management.

Step 1. Press Win + R keys to open the Run dialog box, and then type diskmgmt.msc and press Enter to open Disk Management.

Step 2. In the pop-up window, right-click the system reserved partition that you want to hide and select Change drive letter and paths from the context menu.

select Change drive letter and paths

Step 3. Click on Remove in the pop-up dialog box to remove the assigned drive letter.

remove drive letter in Disk Management

Step 4. Click on Yes in the warning window to confirm this operation.

click Yes to confirm the drive letter remove

Now, you can open the File Explorer and see if the system reserved partition has been hidden.

# 3. Use MiniTool Partition Wizard

Although the above Windows built-in tools can help you hide system reserved Windows 10, you need to either remove the drive letter or change the partition type ID. Moreover, you will receive the warning message that the drive might be in use or programs that rely on the drive letter might not run correctly, which makes you feel panic.

Is there a way to hide recovery partition Windows 10 directly? MiniTool Partition Wizard can help you do that easily. It is a multifunctional partition manager that can hide/unhide partition, extend/resize partition, convert NTFS to FAT without data loss, migrate OS, convert MBR to GPT, etc.

Let’s see how to hide system reserved Windows 10 using MiniTool Partition Wizard.

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Step 1. Launch the MiniTool program to enter its main interface.

Step 2. Select the system reserved partition from the disk map and click on Hide Partition from the left action pane.

Step 3. Click on Apply to execute the pending operation. Once completed, you can check if the partition is hidden in File Explorer.

hide system reserved drive using MiniTool Partition Wizard

How to hide system reserved Windows 10? The 3 simple ways have been illustrated. You can choose one which works best for you.

Sometimes, however, you may encounter some issues after or when hiding the system reserved partition. After reading lots of user reports, we find there are 2 main issues with the Windows 10 hide system reserved partition. Don’t worry. We will provide corresponding solutions here.

Case 1. Hidden System Reserved Partition Still Shows in File Explorer

The first and most common issue is that no driver letter was assigned to the hidden system reserved partition but in Windows Explorer, it still has a drive letter. If you haven’t removed the drive letter successfully or you re-assign a drive letter to the hidden partition accidentally, you may encounter this situation.

a user report from the superuser forum

In this case, you can run Diskpart.exe to remove the drive letter of the system reserved partition again.

Step 1. Type diskpart in the Search box, and then right-click the diskpart app from the top result and select Run as administrator.

Step 2. Now, type the following commands in order and press Enter after each one. Here make sure you select the correct disk and partition.

  • list disk
  • select Disk 0
  • list partition
  • select partition 1 (1 represents the partition that you want to remove its driver letter)
  • remove
Note: It’s worth noting that the “Remove” command just gets rid of the drive letter, instead of removing the partition.

Case 2. Other Partitions Missing from File Explorer

Some other people reported that removing the drive letter for the system reserved partition can cause other partitions on that drive missing from Windows Explorer. This may occur when you remove the drive letter for the incorrect partition. To avoid this situation, you can tweak a registry value to maintain the drive letter but hide the drive. For that:

a true example from the superuser forum

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Step 1. Open the Run dialog box, and then type regedit in it and hit Enter. Click on Yes in the UAC window to access Registry Editor.

Step 2. Go to the following path via the left navigation bar. Or, you can press Ctrl + F key to open the Find what box, and then copy and paste the following path in the box.


Step 3. With the Explorer folder selected in the left panel, right-click any empty area on the right pane and select New > DWORD (32-bit) Value. Then name the newly created DWORD value NoDrives and hit Enter.

create a new DWORD 32 bit value

Step 4. Double click the NoDrives value to open it and select Decimal under the Base section.

Step 5. Enter the decimal number that represents the drive letter you want to hide into the Value data box. In my case, the drive letter of the system reserved partition is H and I should type 128 in it to hide the drive. If you want to hide more partitions, you need to enter the sum of the decimal numbers. For instance, if you want to hide drive E and drive F at the same time, you can enter 48.

Note: Here we list the decimal numbers of several commonly used drive letters for reference: A: 1, B: 2, C: 4, D: 8, E: 16, F: 32, G: 64, H: 128, I: 256, J: 512, K: 1024, L: 2048, M: 4096, N: 8192, O: 16384, P: 32768, Q: 65536, R: 131072, S: 262144, T: 524288, U: 1048576, V: 2097152, W: 4194304, X: 8388608, Y: 16777216, Z: 33554432, ALL: 67108863.

Step 6. Click on OK to save changes and close Registry Editor.

hide a partition using Registry Editor

Now, you can open File Explorer and see if hide the partition successfully.

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This post mainly focuses on how to hide system reserved partition Windows 10. To achieve that, you can remove the drive letter of the partition using Diskpart or Disk Management. Of course, we highly recommend you use MiniTool Partition Wizard which can hide a partition directly with just a few clicks.

If you have any better ideas on this subject, please write them down in the comment area. For any questions or difficulties in using the MiniTool software, you can contact us via [email protected].

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