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File Explorer is Displaying Recovery Partitions with Drive

  1. #1


    Posts : 13
    Windows 8.1

    File Explorer is Displaying Recovery Partitions with Drive


    Good morning! New member, first post.

    It seems the recovery partitions on my Dell 3847 desktop (Windows 8.1 x64) have begun to display when I open "This PC". This is new and has not happened before. Furthermore, the two partitions (WINRETOOLS & PBR Image) have been assigned drive letters. These two partitions show normally is disk management.

    Is there anyway to prevent these partitions from displaying in "This PC"?

    Thank you for any help provided.
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  2. #2


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    Windows 3.1 > Windows 10


    Reboot the PC and see if they -rehide themselves..

    They are hidden in disk management - so another 3rd party program is causing them to show in file explorer
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    Windows 8.1


    Rebooting didn't seem to help. Still there. As far as 3rd party software, I use Macrium Reflect for image backups. The program has the ability to mount an image and assign a drive letter. I just tried mounting an image and the image appears with a Macrium icon and drive letter unlike what is seen in the attachment.

    Right-clicking the drives and checking Properties provides no clues (at least to me).

    Any other things I can check?

    Dave...
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  4. #4


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    Windows 3.1 > Windows 10


    I use Macrium Reflect for image backups.
    I would suspect that is why the drive letters are visible..

    As Windows Disk Management does not show Drive Letter Assignment..
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  5. #5


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    Windows 8.1


    Looking at the disk partitions in the Macrium GUI, the 2 partitions had the drive letters showing there also. I posted in the Macrium forum. It may have something to do with Dell Backup and Recovery software that comes with Dell computers. It seems that Dell likes to assign letters to the recovery partitions. I've had this Dell machine for almost two years and I believe they may have recently issued an update to their recovery software. Perhaps that's why this change just appeared.
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  6. #6


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    It is not Dell Backup and Recovery..
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    Windows 8.1


    Quote Originally Posted by KYHI View Post
    It is not Dell Backup and Recovery..
    I also have a Dell laptop with Windows 7. It has Macrium installed on it. It does not have Dell Backup & Recovery installed. The Macrium GUI does not show drive letters assigned to the recovery partitions.

    As a test, I downloaded and installed Dell Backup & Recovery and rebooted. The Macrium GUI now shows a drive letter assigned to the recovery partition.

    If it was Macrium doing this, why wouldn't the drive letter have been assigned before the installation of the backup and recovery feature?

    Either way, everything seems fine with the desktop. Just curious why this might happen. Can you help me understand why this isn't the Dell software assigning the drive letters?

    Thanks for the help!

    Dave...
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  8. #8


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    Windows 10 Pro Prieview x64


    I had a Lenovo which had a hidden Q partition (I think, I deleted the partition years ago). I had to change the partition id to 7 so I could change the drive letter (even though it was hidden) to install Office as Office click to run used a Q:\ while it was installing.

    Have a look in diskpart and see what the partition ID is. 07 is Microsoft Basic Data, 17 is hidden, 27 is OEM recovery but there is a whole bunch of them. Could be the dell software changes the partition id to something mountable - I know there are Lenovo utilities to do this.

    Perhaps you could have a look at or post the output of diskpart like the output below but adding select partition 5 , detail partition ​as you have more partitions than me.

    If you want you can use setid = 07 (or whatever value) after selecting your partition to make them visible (or not). There isn't any risk in doing this really but note down what it was before you change it so you can change it back as your recovery won't work if you change it to something Windows knows nothing about.
    Code:
    C:\WINDOWS\system32>diskpart
    
    Microsoft DiskPart version 10.0.9926
    
    Copyright (C) 1999-2013 Microsoft Corporation.
    On computer: WINDOWS10
    
    DISKPART> select disk 0
    
    Disk 0 is now the selected disk.
    
    DISKPART> list partition
    
      Partition ###  Type              Size     Offset
      -------------  ----------------  -------  -------
      Partition 1    Primary            200 MB    512 B
      Partition 2    Primary             50 GB   200 MB
      Partition 3    Primary            619 MB    50 GB
      Partition 4    Primary             61 GB    51 GB
    
    DISKPART> select partition 1
    
    Partition 1 is now the selected partition.
    
    DISKPART> detail partition
    
    Partition 1
    Type  : EE
    Hidden: Yes
    Active: No
    Offset in Bytes: 512
    
    There is no volume associated with this partition.
    
    DISKPART> select partition 2
    
    Partition 2 is now the selected partition.
    
    DISKPART> detail partition
    
    Partition 2
    Type  : 07
    Hidden: No
    Active: No
    Offset in Bytes: 209735680
    
      Volume ###  Ltr  Label        Fs     Type        Size     Status     Info
      ----------  ---  -----------  -----  ----------  -------  ---------  --------
    * Volume 0     Y   Yosemite     HFS P  Partition     50 GB  Healthy
    
    DISKPART> select partition 3
    
    Partition 3 is now the selected partition.
    
    DISKPART> detail partition
    
    Partition 3
    Type  : AB
    Hidden: Yes
    Active: No
    Offset in Bytes: 54682804224
    
    There is no volume associated with this partition.
    
    DISKPART> select partition 4
    
    Partition 4 is now the selected partition.
    
    DISKPART> detail partition
    
    Partition 4
    Type  : 07
    Hidden: No
    Active: Yes
    Offset in Bytes: 55333355520
    
      Volume ###  Ltr  Label        Fs     Type        Size     Status     Info
      ----------  ---  -----------  -----  ----------  -------  ---------  --------
    * Volume 1     C   Windows10    NTFS   Partition     61 GB  Healthy    System
    
    DISKPART> exit
    
    Leaving DiskPart...
    
    C:\WINDOWS\system32>
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    Windows 3.1 > Windows 10


    So far you have a test with and without Dell B+R - Windows disk management is not showing drive letter assignment..

    the Macruim GUI is.. It may be reading certain flags created by Dell BR - but it is macruim reading those flags..

    As a test - un-install Marcuim
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  10. #10


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    Windows 8.1


    Quote Originally Posted by KYHI View Post
    ....As a test - un-install Marcuim
    I'm not sure I'm ready to do that quite yet. I would lose all the backup schedules and would need to recreate them when reinstalling. Let me think about that for awhile. Everything seems to be working properly so there's no real need to go too far with discovering why.

    Assuming it was Macrium assigning the drive letters, would you expect those drives to disappear in File Explorer with Macrium uninstalled?

    adamf: Thanks for your post! I am still reading through it to make sure I understand. Only used DiskPart a little bit.
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