Hidden Partition in Windows® 7
How to prevent Hidden System Partitions being created in Windows 7?
Windows 7 is the brand new Operating System from Microsoft. This OS includes a number advanced features like Live Media Steaming, XP mode, fast booting, Blu-ray disk support etc. It comes with 5-6 six themes, different sound effects and colors. Windows 7 allows Live Steaming of videos within the Windows Media Player. Windows 7 is available in six versions such as Starter, Home Basic, Home Premium, Professional, Enterprise, and Ultimate. Additional features include Windows search, snap, Jump Lists etc. Hidden System Partitions in Windows 7 is used to save some essential files and bootable files. Users who do not intend to use BitLocker, can remove Hidden System Partitions easily in Disk Management of Windows 7.
Following are the information about Hidden System Partitions and steps to avoid hidden partition during installing Windows 7:
- Hidden System Partitions
- Partition HDD before installing
- Stop when installing Windows 7
Hidden System Partitions
A Hidden System Partitions will automatically be created during installation of Windows 7 operating system. This additional separate NTFS partition will not label with any drive of your hard disk. This feature is available with Ultimate, Business and Enterprise editions and not available in Home Edition, Professional Edition of Windows 7. This Hidden System Partitions is used for encryption using bitlocker partition.
Partition HDD before installing
It’s almost impossible to stop 100MB system reserved partition from been created in Windows 7 set-up. People prefer to delete all existing partitions or want to install Windows 7 to an empty hard disk. It is recommended to partition the hard disk before installing Windows 7. You can partition the hard disk through several ways. One way is to boot the system with a Windows XP or any other OS installation CD/DVD.
To remove hidden partition during setup boot the Windows 7 installation DVD. During the installation, you may see a Window stating “Where do you want to install Windows?” option. Select ‘Drive options’ from the Windows to delete existing partitions and create a new one. Two partition will be automatically created that are System Reserved System partition and intended primary partition. Delete the primary partition and click ok. Now highlight ‘system reserved partition’ and select extend. Assign the available hard disk space to the partition and click ‘apply’.
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