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Veritas System Recovery 18 SP3 now supports Hidden Partitions


Veritas System Recovery (VSR) provides the end users with the flexibility to store their backed up data on either local drives, cloud, network share, FTP Server or Business One Drive. With this release, VSR extends this range, with support for hidden partitions as a backup destination.

The key focus for Enterprises has been to ensure protection against Ransomware threats. From a Ransomware protection strategy, the hidden partitions are more secure, as these volumes are unmounted and not readily accessible.


To create hidden partition for VSR:

Hidden partition can be created either using Windows Disk Management tool or Windows MountVol utility.

Using Disk Management:

  1. Open Run Window and type diskmgmt.msc and click OK to launch Disk Management.
  2. Select the partition that should be hidden and remove the drive letter.

Using MountVol System utility:

  1. Open Windows command prompt in an elevated mode.
  2. Type command mountvol, to list all volume name and its mount point.
  3. Identify the partition that should be hidden and run following command, to hide this partition - mountvol [drive:]path /D  E.g.: mountvol E: /D, where E: is a drive letter.


To Backup and Recover a drive from a hidden partition:

To Backup a drive to a hidden partition:

Backup to hidden partition workflow is similar to the existing backup destination options.

To support hidden partition a new checkbox Only Hidden Drives is provided. To select the created hidden partitions as a backup destination, select this checkbox and click Browse. Alternatively, the created hidden partition can be entered manually in Folder edit box in following format: DiskNo-PartitionNo\ E.g.: 2-3\ - where the disk number is 2 and partition number is 3.









Hidden Partition as a backup destination from System Recovery

To Restore Recovery Points from Hidden Partition:

To recover from a hidden drive, user must specify the location of the hidden drive in the following format: DiskNo-PartitionNo\Filename.v2i or DiskNo-PartitionNo\Filename.iv2i  E.g.: 2-3\MyPC_CDrive.v2i - where 2 is the disk number and 3 is the partition number.