Windows 10: Hide system partition that shows in explorer but NOT disk management

Discus and support Hide system partition that shows in explorer but NOT disk management in Windows 10 Drivers and Hardware to solve the problem; After installing Windows 10 (upgrade from 8.1) and after a second reboot, the 100MB "SYSTEM" partition shows up in Explorer as the f: drive. It cannot... Discussion in 'Windows 10 Drivers and Hardware' started by Makewa, Jul 25, 2016.

  1. Makewa Win User

    Hide system partition that shows in explorer but NOT disk management


    After installing Windows 10 (upgrade from 8.1) and after a second reboot, the 100MB "SYSTEM" partition shows up in Explorer as the f: drive. It cannot be hidden in Explorer - "Hide Selected Items" - prompts for administrator permission then Error 'the parameter is incorrect'.

    In Disk Management the SYSTEM Partition does not have a drive letter assigned, and ALL options are greyed out.


    Hide system partition that shows in explorer but NOT disk management [​IMG]


    None of the solutions I have found work, seemingly because the partition does not appear as a drive letter to the OS, only to Explorer. How can I hide it?

    :)
     
    Makewa, Jul 25, 2016
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    Gerry C J Cornell, Jul 25, 2016
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  3. ROBERT530 Win User
    windows 10 file explorer duplicated my partitions i have 2 sets of every partition

    i used computer management to re-assign drive letters to re-arrange all my partitions in file explorer

    now under this pc i have all my drive letters correct the way i want them when i go into file explorer

    it has duplicated all my partitions made 2 sets of all my partitions the correct set of partitions is under

    this pc but file explorer still lists the old set of partitions

    how do i get rid of the old set of partitions in file explorer

    computer management shows the correct set of partitions that is under this pc

    but in file explorer it shows 2 sets of partitions

    how do i get rid of the old set of partitions
     
    ROBERT530, Jul 25, 2016
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  4. spunk Win User

    Hide system partition that shows in explorer but NOT disk management

    Can you show a screenshot of File Explorer?
    it is usually impossible for a drive to have a letter in File Explorer but not in Disk Management.
     
    spunk, Jul 25, 2016
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  5. AndreyT Win User
    A drive letter being present in File Explorer but not in Disk Management is a known weird side-effect of installing Windows 10 upgrade over a Windows 8 installation that was created using some "disk cloning" software. In particular, this effect is known to take place if the Windows 8 installation was created with Paragon HDD-to-SSD migration software.

    Paragon software works fine in general, but still they are doing something wrong, which reveals itself when trying to upgrade a "cloned" OS to Windows 10.

    I had the same issue and I found no credible solution for it, aside from clean-installing Windows 8.1 directly to SSD from scratch and then upgrading it to Windows 10.
     
    AndreyT, Jul 25, 2016
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  6. topgundcp Win User
    • Open Admin Command (Win+X->Command Prompt (Admin)) then type:
    • diskpart
      list volume ====> look for the Volume # that has the size of 100MB
      select volume # =====> # found from list above
      remove
      exit

    This should remove the letter for the 100MB EFI System partition.

    It's a glitch with upgrade.
     
    topgundcp, Jul 25, 2016
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  7. Makewa Win User
    This worked perfectly.

    Many thanks Topgundcp.

    For info: the NoDrives Registry entry did not work in this case.
    Also, this was an Asus factory install of OEM Windows 8.1 so there should not be any ghosting software involved outside the factory.
     
    Makewa, Jul 26, 2016
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  8. pcgeek11 Win User

    Hide system partition that shows in explorer but NOT disk management

    That is correct, but the factory does clone these disk in bulk...
     
    pcgeek11, Jul 26, 2016
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  9. Makewa Win User
    Yes, of course .. I just made the comment for people like AndreyT who are interested in particular cloning software, to draw their own conclusions as to the source of problems on other machines. It was no accident that I used the words "outside the factory".
     
    Makewa, Jul 26, 2016
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  10. gordo Win User
    I used the diskpart solution only for the partition to be displayed in windows explorer a few days later again *sarc
     
    gordo, Jan 21, 2017
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  11. Hello,
    Or you could simply, from within disk mgmt., select the partition, right-click, change drive letter & hit the Remove tab.
     
    PreyMantas, Jun 13, 2017
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  12. Vesnog Win User
    This worked for me too, but upon reboot the system again lists the ESP partition together with the drive letter under my computer. Is there a way to make this adjustment permanent? Here is a screenshot from My Computer and diskmgmt.msc


    Hide system partition that shows in explorer but NOT disk management [​IMG]

     
    Vesnog, Jan 13, 2018
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  13. Vesnog Win User

    Hide system partition that shows in explorer but NOT disk management

    The real solution is deleting the corresponding key from the registry as below:
    • Open RegEdit

    Start -> Type "regedit"

    • Navigate to

    Computer\HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\MountedDevices

    • If the EFI partitions drive letter is still in registry, delete the value.

    For example: \DosDevices\G:
     
    Vesnog, Apr 5, 2018
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