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Why does Windows assign drive letter to a hidden partition?

Wed Nov 20, 2013 6:44 pm

I have changed some obsolete boot partitions to Hidden using BING 1.87. The new boot drive is an SSD. I'm keeping the old partition around because I'm still having problems with the SSD and IFW.

Previously, Windows showed the hidden partitions in Disk Management, but did not assign a drive letter (as I would expect).
Now, after re-arranging the connections to the SATA ports, Windows is assigning drive letters.

I booted back into BING and verified that the partitions are still hidden.

What else could cause Windows to see hidden partitions? What changed to cause Windows to ignore the fact that they are hidden? How do I re-hide them?

Re: Why does Windows assign drive letter to a hidden partition?

Wed Nov 20, 2013 7:48 pm

See the last item on http://www.terabyteunlimited.com/kb/article.php?id=517


"timg11" wrote in message news:6819@public.bootitng...

I have changed some obsolete boot partitions to Hidden using BING 1.87.
The new boot drive is an SSD. I'm keeping the old partition around because
I'm still having problems with the SSD and IFW.

Previously, Windows showed the hidden partitions in Disk Management, but did
not assign a drive letter (as I would expect).
Now, after re-arranging the connections to the SATA ports, Windows is
assigning drive letters.

I booted back into BING and verified that the partitions are still hidden.

What else could cause Windows to see hidden partitions? What changed to
cause Windows to ignore the fact that they are hidden? How do I re-hide
them?

Re: Why does Windows assign drive letter to a hidden partiti

Thu Nov 21, 2013 4:35 pm

That is a good KB, but the last item applies to Win2K/XP/2003, and I'm running Win7.

However I was able to use the Disk Management interface to remove the drive letters.

The drive with the hidden partitions also has a BING partition on it that I am not using since the system does not multi-boot anymore (I hid the XP partition since it has been virtualized)
Would BING cause this problem? Should I just delete the BING partition if it is not being used?

Re: Why does Windows assign drive letter to a hidden partiti

Fri Nov 22, 2013 1:39 am

no, if you've every made the partition visible to windows then just hiding
it by changing the file system id won't hide it.

"timg11" wrote in message news:6831@public.bootitng...

That is a good KB, but the last item applies to Win2K/XP/2003, and I'm
running Win7.

However I was able to use the Disk Management interface to remove the drive
letters.

The drive with the hidden partitions also has a BING partition on it that I
am not using since the system does not multi-boot anymore (I hid the XP
partition since it has been virtualized)
Would BING cause this problem? Should I just delete the BING partition if it
is not being used?

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