You may have found that Windows 10 creates new partitions on the April update (1803), always called recovery partitions or OEM partition ( Original Equipment Manufacturer), although they’re not doing any harm to your system, they’re running out of disk space and causing low disk space problem, they’re not recommended to remove, delete, or format, the Microsoft team is right now working on this, we can hide them instead, if you don’t want to see them in File Explorer
The official method to hide these volumes is to use diskpart command in the command prompt tool, steps are as followed:
Those are the steps from the Microsoft Forum, easy to operate and hide, but if you don’t like the command line method, you can use the graphically designed partition manager Partition Expert instead
It’s an alternative to Windows default disk managing tool like diskpart and Disk Management, it has more powerful and advanced features than them, here’s how it hides partitions:
You can unhide them easily too if someday day you want to show them in File Explorer, the unhide function will be listed in the function column when you click on the hidden partition
Here’s the video guide on how to hide partitions:
Reddit user found it is impossible to remove the E Drive created by this update, but it’s running out of disk space, low disk space alert is also showing, can’t we really delete or format them for more space?
Did you try fiddling about with the drive space using a third-party tool? I used this one to sort out some moving and merging after doing a disk clone recently: https://macrorit.com/partition-magic-manager/free-edition.html
We can remove them in Partition Expert, basic functions like Delete volume, Format volume and Advanced function like Wipe volume are built-in for this kind of task,
However, we do not recommend to do so. Like Microsoft said, it’s for recovery purpose and will soon be fixed in a future update.
We can extend the low disk space volume with free space from other partition, use the Resize/Move volume and Merge volume methods
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