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How to hide drive for specific users in Windows 7?

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I need to hide the D: drive for specified users on Windows 7. How can I do that?
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.. disables access to what? – Blorgbeard Jan 26 '11 at 20:48

...disabled access to drive D and after reboot it suppose to hide drive D for all users. But I need to hide and
disable access only for specified users – RCola Jan 26 '11 at 21:32

Why is disabling access to the drive not good enough? What is the reason for needing to hide it? – Keltari Apr
28 '13 at 5:13 Linked
Why is disabling access to the drive not good enough? What is the reason for needing to hide it? Necro 1
comment, but I am curious. – Keltari Apr 28 '13 at 5:31
How to Block access to a specific drive partition on
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Password protect a hard drive partition

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Disable Access to Drives for Limited Users in
There is a group policy setting to disable access to certain drives, and another to hide access. You Windows
need Windows 7 Professional, Ultimate or Enterprise to do this. For other versions, scroll down to my
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If you only want to apply the policy to certain users, not every user, you need to configure it individually. admin only
You cannot do this by just opening gpedit.msc ; you need to add the group policy editor from the
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MMC:
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1. Run mmc.exe with administrative privileges certain user?

2. Click File > Add or Remove Snapin 2

3. Select "Group Policy Object Editor" and click Add > How do I find the Hex Values that I need to use for
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4. A wizard will appear. Click Browse , click the Users tab, and select a user or user group.
Individual users are shown, as well as two generic groups; "Administrators" and "Non- 0
Administrators". How to hide a Jungle Disk drive for a specific users
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5. Click OK , then click Finish in the wizard.
6. Click OK in the "Add Snapin" dialog. 1
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7. Enter User Configuration > Administrative Templates > Windows Components > access as a security measure
Windows Explorer .

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8. Find Hide these specified drives in My Computer if you want to just hide the drives but Related
still allow direct access (e.g. from run prompt, etc.) to the drives. Find Prevent access to
drives from My Computer to hide the drive and prevent access to it.
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9. In whichever settings dialog, choose the Enabled radio button and choose the drive(s) you want How to restrict apps for a user account?
to restrict. As of Windows 7, the only options are:
A and B drives only
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C drive only
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A, B and C drives only

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Restrict all drives Windows 7 user permissions

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10. Click OK
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The next time the user(s) log in, they will not be able to see/access the drive This should work as you
specifically asked for disabling the D: drive. 0

If you want to disable a drive other than A, B, C, or D, or if you have a version of Windows 7
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which doesn't support the group policy editor, you will need to make the changes manually in the Restricted Users
registry.

The first step is to load the registry hive of the user you are removing the drives from. The user must 2
be logged out for this to work; in fact, it's better to do a fresh restart before doing this process. Limiting user privileges in an internet cafe setting

1. Open the registry editor with administrative privileges


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2. Select HKEY_USERS
3. Choose Load Hive from the File menu How to restrict internet access in Internet Explorer
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4. Navigate to that user's profile folder, usually C:\users\username
5. Enter NTUSER.DAT in the File name box. This file is a system-hidden file, so it won't show up
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in the file selection window. You have to type it in. Be sure not to select ntuser.dat.log by
accident.
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6. Click ok, then enter a name for the key. We'll call it Foo . in windows or chrome browser

7. Go to
HKEY_USERS\Foo\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer 0

8. Create a new 32-bit DWORD value and name it NoDrives to hide the drives, or
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Prevent user from accessing anything besides
NoViewOnDrive to completely disable access.
certain programs?
9. The value you enter depends on the drive(s) you want to restrict, and is a bit tricky. Each letter,
starting with Z and going down to A, is represented by a 1 (disabled) or 0 (enabled). Make this
0
binary number, then convert it to hexidecimal. This is the number you put in the box. For example,
D is the fourth drive letter from the right, and everything to the left of it is a 0, so the number will be Windows 7 Drive permissions (alternative to group
b1000 , which is x08000000 , so you would enter 08000000 as the value. To disable C and D, policy) block access to internal OS Drives from
you would use b1100 , or x0c000000 . If this confused you, post in the comments for help. external OS
10. Once you've saved this value, navigate back up to HKEY_USERS , select the key you loaded, and
then click File > Unload Hive . This step is ABSOLUTELY CRITICAL!! If you don't unload Hot Network Questions
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11. Close the registry editor, then restart the computer. The new settings should have taken effect.
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Ok. Followed this instruction but it hid and disabled access for drive D for ALL USERS, including me. I need to
hide and disable access only for specified users. Is there a way to do it? – RCola Feb 19 '11 at 14:28 Searching for title: short story or book from 80's,
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exactly as above, it should only do it for the users you specify, not all of them. – nhinkle ♦ Feb 19 '11 at 22:13
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I would be very careful with a change like this. It seems simple on the surface, follow the directions to
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that could arise. If you do this, you need to be extremely careful that there is never a need that these users
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@nhinkle, In your step 3, there is no "Group Policy Object Editor" to select.... See
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You can hide any drives using Group Policy. This will set restrictions for any users on the machine. What is a term to describe something that is not
necessary to begin with, but becomes so as a
2 Click on Start > Run and type gpedit.msc, and hit enter. result of a non necessary choice?

Then navigate through: User Configuration, Administrative Templates, Windows Components, Why (point-min) is much more popular than 1?
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Click to select the Hide these specified drives in My Computer check box.
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Right-click on said drive in Computer, choose Properties → Security. Update access as needed:
remove "Users", add "Parents", etc.
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If your version of Windows doesn't have a Security tab, use icacls from command line:

icacls F:\ /grant Parents:(oi)(ci)F


icacls F:\ /remove Users

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Tried this method by removing the Users group. It enumerators through all files on the HDD to add the security
policy. In the end my Administrator account still had the "Access denied message" when it finished even
though Administrators group still had Full Access. – ShawnFeatherly May 15 at 9:30

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I still had access to edit the security policy. It worked great after adding my individual account. –
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Taken from this link (a bit too lazy to type it out myself):

1 Right-Click on My Computer [Computer in Windows Vista and Windows 7]


Click on Manage
From the list of options Click on Disk Management that will be located in the left-bottom section
All your hard disk and its partitions will be show in the right hand side
Right-Click on the partition that you want to hide and select "Change Drive Letters and Path"
Click on "Remove" and click "Yes"
Your drive will now be hidden in my computer

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My hard drive devided into 2 logical discs: C and D. If I create new user -> it can access drive D. What do I
need to do in order to deny and hide my disc D for specified user? – RCola Jan 26 '11 at 22:04

Without drive letters or mount points, a drive is still accessible as its volume name. Even though most
programs do not support \\?\Volume{guid} syntax, all it takes is a DefineDosDevice(1, "x:",
"\\??\\Volume{guid}") to assign a session-local drive letter to it. (Btw, these are two different prefixes.
Not a typo.) – grawity Jan 26 '11 at 22:26

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You're looking for a type of Access Based Enumeration.


Enabling a user to only see drives / folders that they have the permissions for is supported in domains
1 but not in stand alone installations as far as I'm aware.
You used to be able to do this in Windows XP by using Windows SteadyState but this tool has been
discontinued.

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