All About Technology: Disable Write to USB drive Harddisk & Pendrive

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Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Disable Write to USB drive Harddisk & Pendrive

Nowadays USB port & pendrive become very common. It creates security concern for large organizations that anyone can simply plug-in a pendrive or USB harddisk to steal the corporate data.

In fact there is a registry hack that can disable the read/write access to USB devices altogether. User cannot copy data to the USB disk storage, nor able to read any files and documents from the USB drive.



But, if you only want to disallow write access and allow read access, then there is another registry hack of WriteProtect in StorageDevicePolicies registry key that you can make use of. Just follow below few steps:
1) run the regedit
2) Navigate to the following registry key:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control

3) Create a New Key named as StorageDevicePolicies

4) Highlight StorageDevicePolicies, and then create a New DWORD (32-bit) Value named as WriteProtect

5) Double click on WriteProtect, and set its value data to 1.



6 comments:

Rightardia on June 24, 2009 at 1:01 PM said...

You have a great tech site. Well done. I post tech articles on rightardia.blogspot.com, too.

bojovic on June 27, 2009 at 5:19 AM said...

Great trick.
I have set a ban writing to the USB memory.

Please explain how to ban all (reading and writing to the USB memory).

THANK YOU!

Happy Person on June 29, 2009 at 2:07 AM said...

This is a piece of important information that I am wondering how to do.

muzic_fanatik on June 29, 2009 at 5:41 AM said...

hi bojovic,

my latest post will reply your question on how to totally disable the USB drive.

http://techongks.blogspot.com/2009/06/disable-read-write-to-usb.html

Hope this will help.

safe on October 6, 2009 at 7:41 AM said...

I Like Your post i found it very useful.All the useful information provided by you in this post
sounds very secure.Now a days data security is very important fact.For data security
USB Security has Become other important factor.
Great Work.
-Thanks for Posting and bringing awareness among data security.

Rex on August 23, 2010 at 2:08 AM said...

Hi,
There are many threats to your data other than stealing. You can secure your data by using USB Boot Drive


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