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Hide physical drives in Windows Explorer

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Author:
Raghu Boddu MVP
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SUMMARY
Hiding the individual physical/removable/optical drives in My computer is possible in Windows XP using the "NoDrives" registry entry. This is equivalent to the Hide these specified drives in My Computer Group Policy.
RESOLUTION
The NoDrives entry hides the specified drives from My Computer, Windows Explorer, and in the Send To menu. However, you can have access to the required drive from Start, Run.
 
You can use the corresponding registry value should be used to hide the required drive:
 
A: 01 00 00 00
B: 02 00 00 00
C: 04 00 00 00
D: 08 00 00 00
E: 10 00 00 00
F: 20 00 00 00
G: 40 00 00 00
H: 80 00 00 00
I: 00 01 00 00
J: 00 02 00 00
K: 00 04 00 00
L: 00 08 00 00
M: 00 10 00 00
N: 00 20 00 00
O: 00 40 00 00
P: 00 80 00 00
Q: 00 00 01 00
R: 00 00 02 00
S: 00 00 04 00
T: 00 00 08 00
U: 00 00 10 00
V: 00 00 20 00
W: 00 00 40 00
X: 00 00 80 00
Y: 00 00 00 01
Z: 00 00 00 02
 
Go to Windows registry Editor.
Navigate to the following path:
 
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer
 
In the right-pane, create a new Binary entry "NoDrives"
Enter the corresponding binary value.
Save and restart Windows.
MORE INFORMATION
NOTE: Performing these steps in Windows XP Professional Edition will remove the encrypted password data. Don't perform these steps, in case if you have any encrypted passwords.
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Article ID: 555438 - Last Review: 08/27/2005 22:45:33 - Revision: 1.0

Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition, Microsoft Windows XP Service Pack 1, Microsoft Windows XP Service Pack 2, Microsoft Windows XP Media Center Edition 2002, Microsoft Windows XP Professional

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