One of the visitors of SI, Joseph, recently asked in a comment to the post “How to disable access to specific drives with registry” how he could disable access to a drive even for programs like Ashampoo which managed to override the registry trick. This is the trick you can use to prevent such sotware from accessing your drives. In one of the previous posts we had discussed how to Manage disk drives using Disk drive management console Object of Windows. We can use the Management Console to disable access to select drives also.
- Open the Disk Management Console
To open the Disk Management Console type “diskmgmt.msc” into the RUN dialog box and press ENTER.
- Select the Drive
All the Drives in the storage devices connected to your computer will be listed here. Select the drive to which you want to prevent access and right click on it. Now select the option “Change Drive Letter and Paths..”
- Remove the drive letter assignment
In the Dialog that opens, click “Remove” and then “Yes” if prompted for confirmation.
- Hooray, you have disabled access to the drive
The change takes effect immediately. If it doesn’t, the try restarting windows explorer as explained.
The above mentioned trick will prevent everyone from accessing the drive for read or write purposes. Checkout the related posts for more…