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How to Prevent Access to Hard Disk Drives On Windows 10


If you have been using Windows 10 for a while, you might know that the operating system allows users to create both local account and guest account. You can create as many accounts as you want. However, the main problem is that even if you create a new user account, users can still access your hard disk drives.

If other users use your PC at home, you would not want them to access your personal files stored on specific drives. Microsoft’s Windows 10 doesn’t offer any direct settings to restrict hard drive access to local accounts, but it can be done.

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How to Prevent Access to Hard Disk Drives On Windows 10

So, if you want to restrict hard drive access to local accounts on Windows 10, you need to rely on the Group Policy Editor. This process is a little complicated, but it gets the task done. Below, we have shared a detailed guide on restricting hard drive access to local accounts on Windows 10. Let’s check out.

Important: Make sure to follow the steps carefully. Or else, you will end by restricting hard drive access to all accounts.

Step 1. First of all, press Windows Key + R on your keyboard to open the RUN dialog box.

open the RUN dialog box

Step 2. On the RUN dialog box, enter ‘gpedit.msc’ and hit the Enter button.

Step 3. This will open the Local Group Policy Editor.

Step 4. Now you need to navigate to the User Configuration > Administrative Templates > Windows Components.

Navigate to the path

Step 5. Under the ‘Windows Components’, search for the option ‘File Explorer’ and open it.

Search for File explorer

Step 6. On the Right pane, double click on the ‘Prevent access to drives from My Computer.’

ouble click on the 'Prevent access to drives from My Computer.'

Step 7. Now select ‘Enabled’ and choose ‘Restrict all drives’ from the drop-down menu. Once done, click on the ‘Ok’ button.

Select 'Enabled'

Step 8. Now switch to another user account and open the hard drive. You will get an error message.

Step 9. To allow hard drive access, select ‘Not Configured’ on Step no. 7 and click on the ‘Ok’ button.

Select 'Not Configured'

That’s it! You are done. This is how you Prevent access to drives from My Computer in Windows 10.

This article is all about how to prevent access to drives from My Computer on Windows 10. I hope this article helped you! Please share it with your friends also. If you have any doubts related to this, let us know in the comment box below.



This post was written by Amarnath Chakraborty and was first posted to TechViral



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