The link below from Toshiba will help show you how to create a set of recovery discs as a backup of your recovery partition in case something happens to it. It will also show you how to do restore the original factory image of Vista like it was the first day you got it.
Hi, I am having some trouble with all of this, I wonder if someone can help.
I have just installed Windows 7 onto my laptop and I have created a couple of partitions, plus a RAM drive. I also have an external hard drive plugged in, and there is an optical drive. I changed the drive letters for the RAM drive and external drive to way down the alphabet as I use a virtual drive and pen drives on a regular basis and when they take on the next available letter it can be dead annoying if i plug the ext hdd in after a pen drive and all my shortcuts are incorrect.
Here is a screengrab of what it looked like before:
I don't want the "C" drive or the "R" drive to appear in Explorer, so I tried Method Three in your tutorial. I followed every step precisely, and using the yellow tip box I worked out that C=4 and R=131072 so I tried entering 131076 (I tried it as hexadecimal and then later as decimal as I didn't quite understand that bit, both attempts gave me the same result
Here is a screengrab of what it looked like after:
As you can see, it did remove "C" and "R", but it also removed "E" and "F". What did I do wrong?
I thought that this was a cosmetic change only, and the drive would still be accessible, just hidden from view in explorer. If it needs to stay there then that's no big deal, but if I can hide it I would like to. Could you help explain how I hid drives "E" and "F"? I read through the comments from when you have helped other people and I saw that you recommended with an external drive to disconnect it and reconnect it, well my external drive is still visible, and I tried ejecting the DVD drive, and disabling/enabling it in device manager but it made no difference
I'm the only user, it's just my own personal laptop. I literally only have windows and driver files on C, everything else (including the desktop) is on separate partitions/drives. I can live with C remaining, I will just hide R like you said.
Thanks for you help, and thank you for responding so quickly, this forum and sevenforums.com are really great
PS: Will post on Monday to confirm it has worked, left my laptop at work
I had my B drive hidden using this method for a long time. I had some spyware on my system and had to run various utilities to remove it. The spyware is gone, but as part of the "fixing" process one of the utilities had to unhide a lot of files. So it appears that either that "unhiding" process or something the malware did prevented this method from working.
I have confirmed the settings are in the registry and also tried disabling/enabling via the policy snap in. The settings are there, but the drive still shows in the My Computer window. I also tried changing the B: drive to a different drive letting and using the corresponding reg setting for that and does not hide.
Any idea if there is another setting somewhere that may have been enabled that would cause windows to ignore these settings?
Thanks, removing the drive letter hid it from the my computer window. I had tried changing the drive letter to something else in the past and that didn't have any effect. This accomplishes what I was looking for.