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Is it possible to make a drive entirely hidden from Windows and programs such that the only way to access the drive is to boot to it? And then also have the other drives hidden from that drive. Essentially isolating a drive entirely.
    
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Wouldn't it just be a case of keeping said drive without an assigned drive letter? It would still be visible if you specifically went to disk management looking for it but there is no avoiding that unless you disconnect the drive.
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Does that work? You seem unsure. Kinda looking for a definite answer...
    
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Not giving it a drive letter will hide the drive from programs and stuff, but it will show up in device manager. You can't completely hide the drive from Windows, it will always be able to see the hardware, the same goes for the other drives when running from that drive. I don't think it would be possible to hide it's existence from windows without really breaking something though.

EDIT: Obviously physically removing the HDD's will work though, as Kfizzle pointed out wink.gif
Edited by DirektEffekt - 2/2/12 at 7:49pm
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Man sounds like a case with a nice hotswap setup is what you need here. I know the 800d is good for that.
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Originally Posted by DirektEffekt View Post

Not giving it a drive letter will hide the drive from programs and stuff, but it will show up in device manager. You can't completely hide the drive from Windows, it will always be able to see the hardware, the same goes for the other drives when running from that drive. I don't think it would be possible to hide it's existence from windows without really breaking something though.

His suggestion wil definitely work. It will be hidden. it will show up in device managemen, it will tell that there is a drive there, but thats it, you can't open/access a hard drive without a LETTER assigned to it
Edited by ghostrider85 - 2/2/12 at 7:55pm
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Man sounds like a case with a nice hotswap setup is what you need here. I know the 800d is good for that.

Haf x and storm trooper too thumb.gif
post #8 of 12
if you really must hide the drive completely but you don't want to remove the drive physically, you can splice a switch to the molex connector that is plugged into that hard drive, someone will say that it will be dangerous but I THINK its not, its just the same as hotswapping
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I don't think the hot swapping will be quite what I want since it only works for one OS. It wouldn't address issue of the 'hidden' drive seeing the other drives when the 'hidden' drive it booted to. This is the main issue. I don't want the programs on the 'hidden' drive accessing the other drives.


Will removing drive letters in one OS affect the other OS?
    
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post #10 of 12
download Gparted and burn onto a disk, reboot to the live cd and set the hidden flag on the partitions you don't want to show up. They'll still be there but won't show up in device manager IIRC. as far as hiding the rest of the drives from that one you would probably be best to hot swap.
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