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How To Restrict Access to Drives in Windows 10

by Ishaq Dar
Restrict Access to Drives in Windows 10

Every admin should be given the right to hide his private files/folders from guest account holders. And now it is possible for users to hide/unhide drives whenever they want to. If you one of such users who don’t know the right steps to get the job done, I’m here to help you. Here, I’ll describe How To Restrict Access to Drives in Windows 10. You can simply read the presented instructions and then perform the steps by yourself.


2 Ways to Restrict Access to Drives in Windows 10

Yes, there are can be more than one way to Restrict Access to Drives in Windows 10. And to be specific, I’ll be using Registry Editor and Group Policy Editor to get the job done. However, I need to remind you that the Group Policy method will only work on Windows 10 Pro versions. So if you have any other edition of Windows OS, just use the Registry Editor solution.

Using Group Policy

Restrict Access to Drives

  1. Click on the start menu’s search bar and type Group Policy in it. Now launch the recommend utility from the provided results.
  2. Navigate to the following address:
    • User Configuration >> Administrative Templates >> Windows Components >> File Explorer
  3. Locate and open the Prevent access to drives from My Computer settings from the right pane.
  4. On the next tab, select the Enabled bullet.
  5. Click on the pick one of the following combinations drop-down menu.
  6. Select drives that you want to restrict and hit the Ok button.

Using Registry Editor

Restrict Access to Drives in Windows 10

  1. Press Win + R keys from your keyboard to launch the Run box.
  2. Type Regedit in the available box and hit enter.
  3. Go to the following path:
    • Computer\HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer
  4. Right-click on the empty space on the right pane and select New > DWORD (32-bit) Value
  5. Name the new value as NoViewDrive
  6. Now double-click on the newly created value.
  7. Select the Decimal bullet and enter the Value data depending upon your drive’s name.
  8. Here are the values of drives:
    1. A: 1, B: 2, C: 4, D: 8, E: 16, F: 32, G: 64, H: 128, I: 256, J: 512, K: 1024, L: 2048, M: 4096, N: 8192, O: 16384, P: 32768, Q: 65536, R: 131072, S: 262144, T: 524288, U: 1048576, V: 2097152, W: 4194304, X: 8388608, Y: 16777216, Z: 33554432, ALL: 67108863.
  9. For users who want to add more than one drive, they’ll have to sum the number of both drives and then enter it inside the Value data section.
  10. Once done, close the Registry Editor and restart your PC.

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