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Rastyn 28Mar2008 17:24

Hard Drive Tweaks
Ever wish you could make one of your computer's drives invisible to anyone snooping around on your system? Well, happy days are here my friend! Whether you have sensitive docs, pictures, or any other private data, this is one of the easiest ways to keep them safe. Keep in mind that you'll still be able to access your hidden drives; you just won't see that they exist in Windows Explorer or the My Computer folder. Back up your registry before you start!

1. Open Regedit.

2. Navigate to one of these strings:

CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer - this only changes the settings for the current logged in user

CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer - this changes the settings for all users on the machine. You may have to create the key folder "Explorer" manually.

3. In the Explorer key folder, create a new DWORD value by right-clicking Explorer, then choosing New DWORD value. Name the value "NoDrives" (without the quotes). This value defines local and network drive visibility for each logical drive on the computer. All drives will be visible as long as this value's data is set to 0.

4. Following the table below, enter the decimal number corresponding to the drive(s) you want to hide as NoDrives value data. When you right-click on NoDrives and choose Modify, make sure you select Decimal base, not Hexadecimal.

Drive Number to hide
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 drives 67108863

If you want to hide more than one drive, you simply add the drive amounts together for a combined total.

For example, to hide the D:/ and T:/ drives, add the decimal value for the D:/ drive to the decimal value to the T:/ drive.

8 (D) + 524288 (T) = 524296

To disable all of your visible drives, set the value to 67108863.

You must reboot your PC to see your changes.

carbide20 31Mar2008 00:42

Re: Hard Drive Tweaks
and while we are completely off topic, lets all go to IntenseCoders.com!!!

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shabbir 31Mar2008 11:36

Re: Hard Drive Tweaks

Originally Posted by carbide20
and while we are completely off topic, lets all go to IntenseCoders.com!!!

there is a time and a place for spamming Sandra Rupert.... you seem to fail.

The spam post is deleted.

ron_genum 2Apr2008 13:23

Re: Hard Drive Tweaks
just wanna ask how to bskup the registry, is it really possible? i was really amazed with this article, it gives me idea on securing my file from those end users which might damage my file specially those who belong to my network

shabbir 4Apr2008 18:44

Re: Hard Drive Tweaks
Nomination for article of the month of March

Bhullarz 7Apr2008 05:08

Re: Hard Drive Tweaks
yes, This can be the case if you want to secure a complete drive. But tweaking the registry for a beginner or novice user, is always risky. If you have any folder / file to secure, you can use DOS command "attrib". Command would be like to hide a folder in explorer

attrib +h +s folder_name
Folder name can be replaced with any file name.
This hidden file/folder will not be visible whether you have selected to view hidden files. You can access these files from address bar of explorer.

Actually windows does not show contents of system folders by default. I am just using this behavior and turning on the system attribute of files/folders.

ron_genum 7Apr2008 12:47

Re: Hard Drive Tweaks
it really works great, it really hides my file but what shall i do to renew the settings of my folder just like before?

tnx a lot

Bhullarz 7Apr2008 14:10

Re: Hard Drive Tweaks
To bring back the folder previous setting, you can use the following code:

attrib -h -s folder_name

ron_genum 8Apr2008 06:06

Re: Hard Drive Tweaks
ohh great it really works tnx a lot

shabbir 17Apr2008 15:52

Re: Hard Drive Tweaks
Vote here - Voting for article of the month for Mar 2008

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