By Bryce / Last Updated December 7, 2020

About recovery partition in Windows 7/8/10

In Windows computer, two kinds of recovery partition: Windows recovery partition and recovery partition supplied by computer manufacturer. The former one enables you to boot into Windows recovery environment to recover OS and the latter permits you to restore computer to the factory status. All in all, recovery partition is a very important and helpful partition.

Why need to hide recovery partition?

Sometimes, you may find out that your recovery partition is showing up in Windows File Explorer and you can access and open it without efforts. It is possible that you or others accidentally delete files on it or format the recovery partition from File Explorer. Then, it becomes invalid and unable to make you restore the system. Thus, it is a wise choice to hide it and make the partition disappears from Windows File Explorer.

How to hide recovery partition in Windows 7/8/10?

It’s a rather simple task to make a recovery partition hidden in Windows computer using a free yet powerful partition manager – AOMEI Partition Assistant Standard. It enables you to hide recovery partition or other partitions in Windows 10/8/7. Besides, it allows you to copy recovery partition to external drive. Designed with a concise and friendly GUI, it is very easy to use even for a green hand in computer.

Free download it and follow the steps below to make your recovery partition invisible in File Explorer.

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Step 1. Install it as prompts and run it. In the main interface, locate the recovery partition, right-click it and go to Advanced> Hide Partition.

Hide Partition

Step 2. It will pop up a window saying that hiding this partition may cause its drive letter to be changed. Click on OK button.

Hide Partition Warning

Step 3. You’ll be in the main interface. Here you can preview the result of the operation. If you are satisfied, click Apply and Proceed to commit it.

Apply Hide Partition

After a while, the whole process will be completed. Now, the partition will disappear from File Explorer. When you open Disk Management, you can’t assign a drive letter to it to make it shows up in File Explorer, although you can see it in Disk Management.


  • Hiding a partition will make its related shortcuts invalid.

  • If you want to make a hidden partition shows up again, Unhide Partition feature of AOMEI Partition Assistant can help you.

  • After unhiding a partition, Windows will reallocate randomly a new drive letter to that partition, which means you may get a drive letter different from its old one.

Final Words

Within three steps, AOMEI Partition Assistant Standard can hide recovery partition in Windows 7/8/10 successfully. What’s more, it can assist you to deal with many other problems like external hard drive only showing 32GB, low disk warning and so on. Upon upgrading it to Professional edition, you can experience more its great functions like converting dynamic disk into basic without deleting partitions, cloning system disk to SSD, recovering lost partitions, etc.