29 April 2010

How to Hide drive letters in My Computer


Have you ever needed to hide a drive on a system? For example, suppose you manage a system shared by multiple users in a public area, and you keep diagnostic and management applications on a separate drive.

Wouldn't it be nice to be able to hide that drive from users to prevent any mischievous exploration? You can do so with a simple registry edit.

Follow these steps:

1. Launch the Registry Editor (Regedit.exe).
2. Navigate to HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwareMicrosoftWindows CurrentVersionPoliciesExplorer.
3. Right-click the Servers key, and select New | DWORD value.
4. Name the value NoDrives.
5. Press [Enter] twice to open the Edit DWORD Value dialog box.
6. Using the list below, type a number that corresponds to the drive you want to hide in the Value Data text box, and click OK.
A: 1
B: 2
C: 4
D: 8
E: 16
F: 32
7. Close the Registry Editor.

You must restart the system or log out of Windows XP in order for the change to take effect.

To hide other drive letters that we didn't list, follow the pattern of doubling the number for each successive drive. For example, drive G: would have a value of 64.

To hide multiple drives, add the values together. For example, to hide drives A: and B:, use a value of 3. If you want to hide all drive letters, use a value of 67108864.

Note: Editing the registry is risky, so be sure you have a verified backup before making any changes.
Map Drives in Windows XP!
If you're using Windows file sharing, you probably know that you can access files on other machines not just by browsing your Network Places but by entering UNC (Universal [or Uniform] Naming Convention) names like this:


But UNC names can become cumbersome. Instead, map a network location to a drive letter: Replace the UNC name above with something like P:tofile.txt, where P: refers to a directory on another machine.

Windows offers a number of ways to map network drives. From a command prompt (or a batch file invoked at start-up), you can type, using the example above, NET USE P: \machinenamesharenamepath. You can also go to Start | My Network Places, right-click, choose Map Network Drive, and browse to a location. Or click on the Tools menu in the standard Windows toolbar and select Map Network Drive.
Turn Off File Sharing!
If you are taking your notebook on the road and expect to take advantage of a hot spot or two along the way, your personal files could be at risk. To protect them, make sure to turn file sharing off on your notebook before logging on to the public network. Here's how: In Windows 98 or ME, open the Network applet from the Control Panel, click on the File and Printer Sharing button, and uncheck both. Windows 2000 or XP users should right-click on Network Neighborhood and choose Properties. Find the network card (labeled Local Area Connection by default), right-click on it, and select Properties. Uncheck File and Printer Sharing for Microsoft Networks. Repeat for additional network adapters.

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