Tuesday, February 12, 2008

How to Hide a Drive

If you don't want other users stumbling over a drive while browsing the computer through Explorer, this tweak may help out.

Although this tweak will render the drive invisible in Windows Explorer, it will still be accessible through Window's search utility, as well as other third-party file managing applications.

Microsoft Office applications will also be able to access the cloaked drive with no problem.

To cloak a drive, open up regedit and go to HKEY_CURRENT_USER/ Software/ Microsoft/ Windows/ CurrentVersion/ Policies/ Explorer.

Create/modify the DWORD value "NoDrives" to match a corresponding drive letter you wish to hide:

A: 1; B: 2; C: 4; D: 8; E: 16; F: 32; G: 64; H: 128; I: 256; J: 512; etc. To hide multiple drives, just add the values together and enter the sum as the value for the DWORD value "NoDrives".

To hide all the drives, just enter the value 67108863.

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