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How to Hide a Hard Disc Drive without any Software



Hide drives without any software

By hiding a drive, you can protect your personal data from others. These are the 2 ways to hide hard disc drives without any software. They are 'using registry editing' and 'disc management'.



Method 1: (Using registry editing):

You can hide any drive or all drive by simple registry editing. Before editing your computer registry, it is good to back up it.

Ø Open Run command (Window key + ‘R’).
Ø Type: regedit , then click OK.
Ø From given registry editor, expand HKEY_CURRENT_USER.

HKEY_CURRENT_USER hide a drive

Ø Look for 'Software', then expand Software => Microsoft => Windows => CurrentVersion => Policies.
Ø Then click on (Explorer).

In Windows 7, Vista and Windows 8 above steps are correct. But in Window XP, location is: HKEY_CURRENT_USER => Microsoft => Windows => CurrentVersion => Policies => Explorer.

Ø Right click on blank space in right panel, click New => DWORD Value. 

DWORD Value hide a hard disc drive

Ø Give name or Rename as ‘NoDrives’.
Ø Double click on it.
Ø Change ‘Base’ to 'Decimal' from 'Hexadecimal'.
Ø In ‘Value data’ textbox, give a number corresponding to drive you want to hide from below table. That is if you want to hide D drive, give value as 8. Or, if you want to hide H drive, then give value as 128. 

Edit DWORD Value HDD drive hide

Ø If you want to hide more than one drive simultaneously, then give the sum of decimal numbers of drives as value. That is, to hide both D and H at same time, give value s 136. (Here 136 is the sum of decimal number of D and H: 8 + 128 = 136).
Drive Letter Decimal number 
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 Drives
67108863

Ø Then click OK
Ø Now you have to restart your computer or explorer process to get hide your drives. 

Note: Here if you open your Run command (Win key + R), and type hidden drive's letter with column (example: ‘D:’), then you can open that drive. This is the disadvantage of this method. But this method is applicable with someone who is not a familiar with computer. Also you can simply open drives by run command.

Ø To show hidden drives, just go to above location in your registry and just delete ‘NoDrive’ value.

Delete NoDrives value hide without software

Method 2: (Using disc management):

This method is more secure than first method. After hiding a drive, any one can't open that drive by Run command. 

Ø Right click on Computer (My computer). 
Ø Take ‘Manage'. 

Computer management to hide a drive

Ø From given computer management window, click on ‘Disc Management’ from lift menu. 
Ø Now you can see a list of all your disc drives. 
Ø Right click on a drive you want to hide. 
Ø From given context menu, click on ‘Change Drive Letter and Paths…’. 

Change Drive Letter and Paths to hide a drive

Ø Now you will a small window with your drive letter. Click on ‘Remove’ button. 
Ø Click on ‘Yes’ button from given warning message. 
Ø Now your drive should be hid. 

Ø To show hidden drive, open disc management. Right click on hidden drive name => ‘Change Drive Letter and Paths…’. 
Ø From given small window, click on ‘Add’ button. Then select a drive letter, and then click ‘OK’.

Add a drive to show hidden drives without any software

Drives before hiding:
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Drives after hiding:
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1 Respones to "How to Hide a Hard Disc Drive without any Software"

Ravindar said...

Thank you, it worked well


December 24, 2013 at 11:39 PM

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