Prevent Users from Writing to USB Drives

Discussion in 'Performance & Tweaks' started by Jason, Mar 24, 2007.

  1. Jason


    Sep 26, 2005
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    Whether you refer to them as flash drives, USB drives, or pen drives, these portable storage devices can be both a blessing and a curse. More and more administrators are being tasked with preventing users from being able to copy important documents onto these drives to prevent loss of important data. To prevent a user from writing to USB drives attached to a computer running Vista, follow these steps:

    1. Open Notepad.

    2. Copy and paste the following into Notepad:

    Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00



    3. Save the text file as Vista_USBNoWrite.reg.

    4. Double-click the newly created file.

    5. When the UAC prompt appears, click Continue.

    6. When the confirmation box appears, click Yes.

    7. The file will be merged to the registry. A confirmation box will appear, click OK.

    8. Restart the computer for the change to take affect.

    Now when a user tries to send files to a USB drive, they will see something like this:

    To Restore Write Capability, follow the above steps using:

    Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00


    Jason, Mar 24, 2007
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  2. Jason


    Feb 6, 2007
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    Nice tip! I am going to give it a try.
    94YellowTAGT, Mar 28, 2007
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