Accessing hidden partitions......

  Tim1964 01:22 25 May 2009


I'm hoping to install Win 7 on my XP laptop as a dual boot setup. It gives me the option to install it on a partition other than the 'system' one as I don't (at the mo') want to overwrite XP and there is a 'logical' drive, labelled as Drive 0:Partition 5 shows up as 19.5 GB available with 19.5 GB free.

It, of course, throws up a "this drive may contain systems/restore files etc" message if I pick this option.

This partition is not viewable in Explorer.

Is there a way to see ALL the partitions and not just the C, D and network drive(s) so that I can see that the place I want to install Win 7 is in fact empty?


  phono 01:36 25 May 2009

"this drive may contain systems/restore files etc" message if I pick this option."

The partition concerned may be a hidden recovery partition, so you should proceed with caution, unless, of course, you have a full CD/DVD disk or other recovery option.

  ambra4 04:51 25 May 2009

Take a read before you install Windows 7 you need to partition the drive first before install Win 7

click here

  Taff™ 08:03 25 May 2009

Good Link but I`ve another question and rather than hijack this thread I`ve created a new one which I`m sure you know the answer to! click here

  Tim1964 12:57 25 May 2009


There are 5 partitions in all and the one I looking at is showing the same amount of free space as the size of the partition. One of the other partitions has about 5 GB used so I'm guessing that could be the restore one.

  mocha 13:47 25 May 2009

Hi Tim1964,

EASEUS parition Master is freeware and if installed will show all partitions and their content, as well as being able to partition re-size etc. click here and pick the free home edition.

  Tim1964 21:40 25 May 2009

Thanks mocha,

downloading it now.

  woodchip 22:34 25 May 2009

Why not just fit another drive in the computer? they are cheap enough

  Tim1964 00:03 26 May 2009


That's a neat idea, didn't think of that. Also if the install goes a bit 'wobbly' I could just put the old drive back in.


  woodchip 12:02 26 May 2009

No I meant for the Other to act as a Slave to the one you have already in the Computer

  Tim1964 16:40 29 May 2009


It would take a bit of careful fitting as it's on a laptop :D

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