How to View a Hidden Partition on Windows XP

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How to View a Hidden Partition on Windows XP
Change the computer settings to show hidden partitions. (Computer image by Altmann from

A partition is sometimes used to store passwords and important files on a computer. You can also create more space with another partition on your computer. If you have a hidden partition, Windows XP hides it as default. You can unhide the partition so you will be able to see it on the My Computer or Windows Explorer screens.

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  1. 1

    Click "Start" and "Control Panel."

  2. 2

    Click "Folder Options." Click the "View" tab and under the "Advanced Settings" section find "Hidden Files" and "Folder." Choose "Show hidden files and folders." Uncheck "Hide protected operating system files (Recommended.)"

  3. 3

    Click "Start" and "My Computer." The partition will now be visible on this screen.

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