Placing the Recovery Utility in a Hidden Partition

Author : RyanFeest
Publish Date : 2021-03-31


Placing the Recovery Utility in a Hidden Partition

These days Windows computers routinely come with a hidden recovery partition. This is located on a special hidden partition of the main system drive and allows the user to recover the operating system in the event of a problem that needs all or part of the system to be restored to factory settings.

This same principle might also be desired for other types of recovery utility. This might include a facility to recover data that has been accidentally deleted. There are off-the-shelf tools available that can help in these events. Some users like the idea of having a separate hard disk installed and have a hidden partition created on it in which to store those other types of recovery utilities. This makes them available in the event of unintended data loss (for example) without giving other users inappropriate access to them.

So how do you do this on a Windows PC?

Typically you would need around 3 to 4 Gigabytes of space on an available partition.

This is a three step process.

 

  1. Create a new Simple Volume
  2. Install the recovery utility onto it
  3. Make it hidden from the system

 

1) Creating the Simple Volume

One way to start with is to use the Computer Management Microsoft Management Console (MMC). This is one of the facilities available from the Control Panel, in System and Security and located under Administrative Tools. From the Computer Management Console - Disk Management can be found under the storage option down the left hand side. This offers a fairly simple way to identify where spare disk space is and right-click it to access a Wizard you can use to create a "Simple" volume partition.

2) Install the Recovery utility

Once that partition is created and available to use, you can load the relevant recovery utility onto it.

3) Make the partition hidden

Windows comes with a command-line type utility called DiskPart which can be used for the next step. There are a couple of options you could use. If you use Windows XP then the first is probably your best bet. If you have Windows 7 then the second may be more appropriate.

Warning: DiskPart is a powerful command line utility that can do a lot of damage if not used with great care.

You could either:

a) Use DiskPart command line to "LIST" the volumes and "SELECT" the relevant one and then use "REMOVE LETTER x" (whatever drive it is just replace x with that drive letter) and this will prevent anyone from seeing that volume. This will work for both XP and Windows 7 and is a simple trick that can also be used to store confidential information on another partition that you don't want prying eyes to know about. When you want to get to that partition again you can use Diskpart again with LIST and SELECT followed by the "ASSIGN LETTER x" command. Or -

b) Alternatively you could use DiskPart to LIST and SELECT the relevant volume and then use the command "ATTRIBUTES SET HIDDEN".

This will give you a hidden volume with the recovery utility stored there ready when needed.

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These days Windows computers routinely come with a hidden recovery partition. This is located on a special hidden partition of the main system drive and allows the user to recover the operating system in the event of a problem that needs all or part of the system to be restored to factory settings.

This same principle might also be desired for other types of recovery utility. This might include a facility to recover data that has been accidentally deleted. There are off-the-shelf tools available that can help in these events. Some users like the idea of having a separate hard disk installed and have a hidden partition created on it in which to store those other types of recovery utilities. This makes them available in the event of unintended data loss (for example) without giving other users inappropriate access to them.

So how do you do this on a Windows PC?

Typically you would need around 3 to 4 Gigabytes of space on an available partition.

This is a three step process.

 

  1. Create a new Simple Volume
  2. Install the recovery utility onto it
  3. Make it hidden from the system

 

1) Creating the Simple Volume

One way to start with is to use the Computer Management Microsoft Management Console (MMC). This is one of the facilities available from the Control Panel, in System and Security and located under Administrative Tools. From the Computer Management Console - Disk Management can be found under the storage option down the left hand side. This offers a fairly simple way to identify where spare disk space is and right-click it to access a Wizard you can use to create a "Simple" volume partition.

2) Install the Recovery utility

Once that partition is created and available to use, you can load the relevant recovery utility onto it.

3) Make the partition hidden

Windows comes with a command-line type utility called DiskPart which can be used for the next step. There are a couple of options you could use. If you use Windows XP then the first is probably your best bet. If you have Windows 7 then the second may be more appropriate.

Warning: DiskPart is a powerful command line utility that can do a lot of damage if not used with great care.

You could either:

a) Use DiskPart command line to "LIST" the volumes and "SELECT" the relevant one and then use "REMOVE LETTER x" (whatever drive it is just replace x with that drive letter) and this will prevent anyone from seeing that volume. This will work for both XP and Windows 7 and is a simple trick that can also be used to store confidential information on another partition that you don't want prying eyes to know about. When you want to get to that partition again you can use Diskpart again with LIST and SELECT followed by the "ASSIGN LETTER x" command. Or -

b) Alternatively you could use DiskPart to LIST and SELECT the relevant volume and then use the command "ATTRIBUTES SET HIDDEN".

This will give you a hidden volume with the recovery utility stored there ready when needed.

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If you're not seeing the results you want with your online efforts then it might be down to what you're actually selling. I have discovered that when you create your own information products you are far more successful but you need to keep the momentum going and get products out quickly.

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