Sunday, 4 November 2012

How to hide computer drives to secure data?

This tip is very useful for home users, particularly for those who wants to hide/secure there important data from other users. You can hide any specific local drive or all drives (physical and removable) of the system and network drives also. By disabling the display of drives, you can safe your personal data from non-technical users on a single computer.
Follow the given steps to change the system drives registry value:

  • To use this feature, you will need to be logged into your computer with
        administrative rights.
  • Click Start button and type regedit in Run option then press Enter for next.
  • Here locate the location to:
·         HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion \Policies\Explorer
·         Here in right side panel, right click to create a new DWORD value
     with name NoDrives (it is case sensitive), then assign number
     to its value data box.
·         Now if you want to hide all system drives then modify value data
     to 3FFFFFF .
·         For specific drive use values (For example, for A, B, C, D, E, F, G,
     H drives, the values are 1, 2, 4, 8, 16, 32, 64, and 128 respectively).
·         In this case we are trying to hide F drive, so we modify the value data
     box to 32.
·         Now close the registry editor and restart your computer after any
    changes to go into effect.
·         But next time, if you want to unhide this drive then simply change
    the value data box or delete the DWORD item.
  •  Again close the registry editor and restart your computer after any
         changes to go into effect.

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