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Saturday, June 4, 2011

Disable usb drive or pen drive in windows 7

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Hey! do you reside in a college hostel ?, own a computer that is publicly used, or you are just scared of your neighbour you is continuously looking for something fishy and wants to steal any private data when you are away. If  your answer is "YES" , then you are at right place, you can protect your sensetive data for any of above reasons. Just disable your usb drive or pen drive and safeguard your self.

Follow this post step by step and you are done...

STEP 1 : Click on start button. Type Run and press enter or simply press [windows] + [R] ,
             to open "Run" window.

STEP 2 : Under Run window , type "regedit" ( REGistry EDITor ) and press enter.

STEP 3:  It will ask for your confirmation , Simply click "Yes" or press [Alt] + [Y].

              Remember you need Administrator privilege to perform this task i.e. you must be
              logged in with administrator account. 

STEP 4 : The registry editor window will open up as


STEP 5 : Clicking on the small triangles to the left of menu will expand its contents
              in the form of  a tree. Therefore, follow this path


 STEP 6 : Now stop you don't need to expand " USBSTOR " , simply click on it, and in
               right pane of the registry editor window , a list of data values will appear.

STEP 7 : Double Click on "Start" , and a window will pop up like this.

STEP 8 : The default Value data is 3 i.e basically a Hexadecimal value.

              To disable your usb drive, simply change the Value data from 3 to anything else,
               I prefer '4' (without quotes). Click OK and Bingo! its done your usb drives are
               not working!!

STEP 9 : Follow the complete path again and change the Value data back to 3, and your usb
             drives will start working again.

NOTE :  Guys, you don't need to restart your computer, for the process to take into action
             i.e  As soon as you change the value and click on OK , the requird action will take
             place,without rebooting....

I will soon be adding a c program to make your task easier

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