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

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.


Mayur Agarwal is the founder and editor-in-chief of WebTrickz. As a Technology enthusiast and an Internet addict, he loves sharing useful How To’s and Tips & Tricks. Follow him @mayurjango on Twitter.

3 Responses

  1. Shubham says:

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

  2. This type of post is very usefull for colleges to block the access of pendrive ??? 🙂

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