How to Disable CD/DVD drive and Removable storage USB devices in Windows 7 & Vista

by Mayur on February 10, 2010

in How To's, Windows 7

usb Windows 7 and Vista provides an easy way to protect your private and important data from being copied or stolen by unwanted people. This is possible if you disable read/write access to Removable Storage devices like CD/DVD drive and USB Flash drives/Pen drives.

Users can either opt to deny read access/deny write access or both. When disabling read access, you can’t open or copy any files from desired removable media. When disabling write access, you can’t paste any files/folder on the removable device.

How to Disable system devices:

Go to Start, open Run or Search and type “gpedit.msc”. Navigate to User Configuration > Administrative Templates > System > Removable Storage Access


You’ll be presented with various options for different devices. Just open the entry you want to modify, chose Enabled button and click Ok.

Note – Make sure to Logoff or Restart Windows for letting the changes to take effect. You can revert to previous settings anytime, by simply Disabling these functions.

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{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

Shubham February 11, 2010 at 5:20 pm

Thanks for the info.! Well i used it for may services.!!


sudharsan @ technoskillonline February 11, 2010 at 5:25 pm

This type of post is very usefull for colleges to block the access of pendrive ??? :-)


sanbad October 15, 2010 at 6:06 pm



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