windows xp drive hide



rsubbrmanian
07-10-2005, 12:45 AM
how to hide perticuler drive in windows xp, and this drive is not accessable
to others

Doug Knox MS-MVP
07-10-2005, 12:45 AM
To do this, you must be running NTFS as your file system on the drive in question. If your hard disk/partition is not NTFS you will need to convert it. To do this, open a Command Prompt window and enter the following command:

CONVERT X: /FS:NTFS

Where X: is the drive letter you wish to convert. You may also want to see http://www.aumha.org/a/ntfscvt.htm to ensure that you're getting the optimal conversion.

After this step is completed and you've rebooted the computer, if necessary:

XP PRO: In Windows Explorer, go to Tools, Folder Options, View and uncheck Use Simple File Sharing. Now, when you right click on a drive, folder or file (on an NTFS partition) and select Properties, you'll see a Security tab. Here you can assign or deny permissions based on user name or user group membership.

XP Home: By default, you can only make files and folders under My Documents "private". This is done by right clicking a folder or file and selecting Properties, Sharing. To change the permissions on other folders, you need to boot the computer to Safe Mode and log in on the built in Administrator account. In this mode, you'll see the Security tab in Properties, and you can assign permissions based on user name or group membership.

How Do I Get the Security Tab in Properties - XP Home (makes the Security tab appear outside of Safe Mode)
http://www.dougknox.com, Win XP Tips section

HOW TO: Set, View, Change, or Remove File and Folder Permissions in Windows XP
http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;308418

HOW TO: Set, View, Change, or Remove Special Permissions for Files and Folders
http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;EN-US;308419

HOW TO: Disable Simplified Sharing and Password-Protect a Shared Folder in Windows XP
http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;EN-US;307874


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"rsubbrmanian" <rsubbrmanian@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message news:CDB31FCA-A93A-4838-8005-A627A0D133A9@microsoft.com...
> how to hide perticuler drive in windows xp, and this drive is not accessable
> to others
>

Stephen
07-10-2005, 12:45 AM
Doug Knox MS-MVP wrote:
> To do this, you must be running NTFS as your file system on the drive
> in question. If your hard disk/partition is not NTFS you will need
> to convert it. To do this, open a Command Prompt window and enter
> the following command:
>
> CONVERT X: /FS:NTFS
>
> Where X: is the drive letter you wish to convert. You may also want
> to see http://www.aumha.org/a/ntfscvt.htm to ensure that you're
> getting the optimal conversion.
>
> After this step is completed and you've rebooted the computer, if
> necessary:
>
> XP PRO: In Windows Explorer, go to Tools, Folder Options, View and
> uncheck Use Simple File Sharing. Now, when you right click on a
> drive, folder or file (on an NTFS partition) and select Properties,
> you'll see a Security tab. Here you can assign or deny permissions
> based on user name or user group membership.
>
> XP Home: By default, you can only make files and folders under My
> Documents "private". This is done by right clicking a folder or file
> and selecting Properties, Sharing. To change the permissions on
> other folders, you need to boot the computer to Safe Mode and log in
> on the built in Administrator account. In this mode, you'll see the
> Security tab in Properties, and you can assign permissions based on
> user name or group membership.
>
> How Do I Get the Security Tab in Properties - XP Home (makes the
> Security tab appear outside of Safe Mode)
> http://www.dougknox.com, Win XP Tips section
>
> HOW TO: Set, View, Change, or Remove File and Folder Permissions in
> Windows XP
> http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;308418
>
> HOW TO: Set, View, Change, or Remove Special Permissions for Files
> and Folders
> http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;EN-US;308419
>
> HOW TO: Disable Simplified Sharing and Password-Protect a Shared
> Folder in Windows XP
> http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;EN-US;307874
>
>
>
> "rsubbrmanian" <rsubbrmanian@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in
> message news:CDB31FCA-A93A-4838-8005-A627A0D133A9@microsoft.com...
>> how to hide perticuler drive in windows xp, and this drive is not
>> accessable to others

He can also literally hide the drive, at least in Windows Explorer by
assigning it no drive letter at all and not mounting it to a folder.

This means that in a quick perusal through Windows Explorer, the drive will
simply not appear. If the drive does get mounted its contents will be
available. Also the drive will still be visible as an entry in Disk
management to any account with Administrator privileges. But if he makes all
the other accounts Users they will not be able to start disk management.
When he wants to make use of the drive all's he needs do is mount the drive.

That combine with securing the drive as you suggested will mean 1. they will
not be able to access the drive and 2. they may not even know it is there.

Torgeir Bakken \(MVP\)
07-10-2005, 12:46 AM
rsubbrmanian wrote:

> how to hide perticuler drive in windows xp, and this drive is
> not accessable to others
Hi,

To block specified drive letters:

Prevent Access to the Contents of Selected Drives
http://www.winguides.com/registry/display.php/1157/

It is the same as this Group Policy setting:

Prevent access to drives from My Computer
(User Configuration\Administrative Templates\Windows Components\Windows
Explorer)

GPO reference:
http://msdn.microsoft.com/library/en-us/gp/340.asp


You should combine it with this one if you want to hide the
drive(s) as well:

Hide Drives in My Computer
http://www.winguides.com/registry/display.php/148/

GPO reference:
http://msdn.microsoft.com/library/en-us/gp/239.asp


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Administration scripting examples and an ONLINE version of
the 1328 page Scripting Guide:
http://www.microsoft.com/technet/scriptcenter/default.mspx


windows xp drive hide