Learn How to Unhide/Show Recovery Partition in Windows 10/8/7

Usually a recovery partition is hidden by default and cannot be seen in Windows 11/10/8/7 File Explorer. However, you can unhide a recovery partition to make it visible by DiskPart or 3rd-party partition manger so that you can view the files in it.


By Dervish / Updated on May 12, 2023

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Recovery Partition

Recovery Partition is a part of hard disk, which is hold the image file for your Windows 7/8/8.1/10/11operating system, known as WinRE. WinRE is short for Windows Recovery Environment, and preloaded by the manufacturer (like Dell, Asus, HP, etc.) of your computer, or created automatically when installing a Windows operating system on a GPT hard disk with Windows Setup, which can repair the unbootable issues.

In most cases, the recovery partition is hidden by default in case of unintentional deletion and formation, and you can’t see the recovery partition in Windows Explorer (File Explorer), the only way you can see the partition at that time is Disk Management. Just go: This PC>Manage to openComputer Management, then select Storage> Disk Management.

Under some circumstances, you may want to unhide recovery partition; there are two ways to meet your needs in Windows 7/8/10 OS. Please make in mind, it’s not recommended to unhide hidden recovery partition in case the Windows operating system cannot restore.

Unhide Recovery Partition with DiskPart Command

you could unhide the recovery partition on a basic disk with DiskPart:

  • Input cmd into Windows search box to open the Command Prompt.

  • Then type diskpart.

  • Type list disk command to list all your hard disks in the computer.

  • Input select disk n, where is n is the number of the hard disk that the recovery partition on it.

  • Type list partition to show all the partitions on the selected MBR/GPT hard disk.

  • Type select partition m, where m is the number of the Dell/Asus/HP recovery partition.

  • Then type assign: the system will assign a drive letter automatically.


After these commands, you can see the recovery partition in Windows Explorer. If you want to hide it, basically the same as the steps of unhide, the only different is the last step: type remove letter=e, the e is the drive letter of the recovery partition.

Another Convenient Way to Unhide

Another reliable way to unhide recovery partition is taking advantage of AOMEI Partition Assistant, which is a powerful disk partitioning software for Windows users, and fully supports Windows 11, 10, 8, 8.1, 7, Vista, XP, all 32-bit and 64-bit editions included. This software offers many advanced functions to manage hard disk, including hide/unhide, extend, resize, format, check, delete partitions, and NTFS to FAT32 converter, migrate OS to SSD, convert disk between MBR and GPT without losing data, and more.

Below we will try to describe how to unhide the recovery partition on GPT hard disk with details.

Step1: Download AOMEI Partition Assistant, install and launch the program. On the main window, click the recovery partition, go to "Advanced" and select Unhide under the left Partition Operations panel, or right click the recovery partition, select Advanced>Unhide at the drop-down menu.

Advanced Unhide Partition

Step 2: At the next window, click OK to continue.

Unhinding Selected Partition

Step 3: Check the result of Pending Operations and the changes of recovery partition. Then click Apply on the toolbar to show recovery partition and hidden files in Windows 7/8/10.

Apply Unhide Partition

With the help of AOMEI Partition Assistant, you will find unhide recovery partition has been successfully and the recovery partition is visible in File Explorer. Please note that do not delete and format this partition to prevent from stucking in the unbootable situations, or you can hide partition. For server users, the AOMEI Partition Assistant Server is more suitable for you with all advanced features, like dynamic disks and dynamic volumes management, convert primary to logical and vice versa, etc.

Dervish · Staff Editor
Dervish is an English editor of AOMEI Technology; He is delicated to offering users easy and effecitve solutions for issuses related to disks and partitoins. In his spare time, he enjoy wathcning films, playing footable, traveling and so on.