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Windows To Go - Unhide Drives from Host Computer


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Windows To Go - Unhide Drives from Host Computer
This tutorial will show you how to hide or unhide the internal hard drives from the host PC to have access to them while on the Windows To Go workspace.
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How to Hide or Unhide Drives from Host Computer on "Windows To Go" Workspace
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This tutorial will show you how to hide or unhide the internal hard drives from the host PC to have access to them while on the Windows To Go workspace.
How to Hide or Unhide Drives from Host Computer on "Windows To Go" Workspace

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When you are booted to the Windows To Go USB flash drive, the host PC internal hard drives will be offline by default to be hidden and unaccessible by the Windows To Go workspace. The only exception is that the host PC that you created Windows To Go on will let you see only it's internal data drives and never it's OS drive by default.

This tutorial will show you how to hide or unhide the internal hard drives from the host PC to have access to them while on the Windows To Go workspace.

You must be signed in as an administrator to be able to do the steps in this tutorial.


EXAMPLE: Host PC Drives Hidden and Unhidden in Windows To Go
NOTE: In both examples below, the Windows To Go USB flash drive is the C drive with the BitLocker lock on it.
Hidden-offline2.jpg
Unhidden-online2.jpg



Here's How:

1. While booted into the Windows To Go workspace USB flash drive, open the WIN+X Power Users Task menu, and click/tap on Disk Management. (see screenshot below)
NOTE: This must be done in the Windows To Go workspace. It will not work if done in the Windows 7 or Windows 8 host pc.
Unhide_drives_in_Windows_To_Go-1.jpg

2. If prompted by UAC, click/tap on Yes.

3. Do step 4 or 5 below for what you would like to do.

4. To Hide a Host PC Hard Drive in Windows To Go
A) Right click or press and hold on a Disk # from the host PC that is online that you would like to hide, and click/tap on Offline. (see screenshot below step 5)​
B) After a moment, the disk will now be offline and hidden in the Computer window of Windows To Go.​

5. To Unhide a Host PC Hard Drive in Windows To Go
A) Right click or press and hold on a Disk # from the host PC that is offline that you would like to unhide, and click/tap on Online. (see screenshot below)​
Unhide_drives_in_Windows_To_Go-2A.jpg
B) After a moment, the disk will now be online and available in the Computer window of Windows To Go. (see screenshot below)​
Unhide_drives_in_Windows_To_Go-3A.jpg

6. When finished, you can close Disk Management if you like.


That's it,
Shawn


 
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Works fine with Windows 10 D P Enterprise.
 

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Yeah, I'm finding most of what works on Windows 8 will also do so in 10 as well so far. :party:
 

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Should be called Windows 8.1.2.3. :D
 

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Doesn't work for me :(. I can't see the option to hide or unhide my drives. Windows 8.1 :(.
following the instructions
Perhaps I'm in the wrong application? I'm using Disk Management on my desktop because drives that are shown as "online" are not appearing in explorer so I hoped that toggling the online offline might correct the issue.
 

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Hello Gr11zzly,

You'll need to do this from within the Window To Go workspace instead of in the Windows on the host PC. :)
 

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It's while you're running Windows from the Windows To Go USB flash drive. :)
 

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If the Win-2-Go drive is "C:" what happens when you unhide the computer's C: drive?

For example: I have a computer with primary drive C: and secondary drive D: (both same size). I want to access files on the D: drive (in my case I can't boot to Windows because the primary drive C: has a bad boot sector). So I boot using the Win-2-Go , and go to Disk Management and see both drives, when I unhide them what drive letters will they have assigned (still C: and D:) or something else (since Win-2-Go is now Drive C:).

I assume the Win-2-Go will have drive C: assigned to it, as in your example (but maybe this is my error).
 

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It will have the host Windows drive as another drive letter than C.

Only the currently running Windows will have C. :)
 

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    64-bit Windows 10
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    PC/Desktop
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    Custom self built
    CPU
    Intel i7-8700K OC'd to 5 GHz
    Motherboard
    ASUS ROG Maximus XI Formula Z390
    Memory
    16 GB (8GBx2) G.SKILL TridentZ DDR4 3200 MHz
    Graphics Card(s)
    ASUS ROG-STRIX-GTX1080TI-O11G-GAMING
    Sound Card
    Integrated Digital Audio (S/PDIF)
    Monitor(s) Displays
    3 x 27" Asus VE278Q
    Screen Resolution
    1920x1080
    Hard Drives
    250GB Samsung 960 EVO M.2,
    256GB OCZ Vector,
    6TB WD Black WD6001FZWX
    8TB WD MyCloudEX2Ultra NAS
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    OCZ Series Gold OCZZ1000M 1000W
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