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How to Hide Windows RE Tools Partition

Windows has several special partitions and Windows RE Tools is one such partition. It is sometimes also called Win RE Tools partition. Windows RE Tools is a recovery partition reserved for recovery and diagnostics tools. It is automatically created by Windows at the time of installation.

Typically, this partition is hidden from view in File Explorer because it’s not meant for regular access or use in day-to-day operations. However, if you are suddenly seeing this partition, it might be because you modified the system configuration or disk management settings such as resizing or modifying the recovery partition.

Windows RE Tools partitiion visible in file explorer
Windows RE Tools partitiion visible in file explorer

The recovery partition becoming visible is not harmful to your system, but you should not modify or delete the Windows RE Tool partition. If you prefer not to see this partition, you can hide it using the diskpart command. This tutorial shows you how. Let’s get started.

Hide the Windows RE Tools Partition

To remove or hide the Windows RE Tools partition from view in File Explorer, we will use the diskpart command line tool to remove the corresponding drive letter. Once you do that, the RE Tools partition will be hidden from view.

1. First, open the Start menu and search for Command Prompt.

2. Now, select the Run as Administrator option in the Start menu to open the Command Prompt with administrator rights.

open Command Prompt as administrator by searching for in the Start menu and selecting run as administrator

3. In the command window, type diskpart and press Enter to launch the diskpart command-line utility.

4. Next, run the list volumes command to list all the partitions in your PC.

5. From the list, identify the Windows RE Tools partition and note down the volume number. In my case, the volume number is 3.

6. Once you have the volume number, type select volume X, replacing X with the number of your recovery volume and press Enter. This will select the volume so that you can remove the drive letter.

select volume command

7. Type remove letter=W, replacing W with the actual letter currently assigned to the volume, and press Enter.

remove drive letter command

8. Close the Command Prompt window.

That’s it. From now on, the Windows RE Tools partition is hidden and you will not see it in the File Explorer.

Windows RE Tools partitiion not visible in file explorer

If you have any questions, comment below and we’ll answer.

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