Prevent / Hide drives from My Computer won't effect

  1. DW7EZV's Avatar
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    Prevent / Hide drives from My Computer won't effect


    Hi!

    I am planning to have a small internet cafe and want to prevent/hide them from opening Drive D which is for games. I enabled Prevent access to drives from My Computer and Hide these specified drives in My Computer on Local Group Policy Editor but I can still access the drive. Tried regedit, restarting pc, running gpupdate /force command but no to avail.

    Need your advise.

    Thank you!

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  2. Macboatmaster's Avatar
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    I would use Bitlocker. Right click on the drive and click turn on BitLocker. Follow the guide and encrypt the whole drive. As you will see the password should be secure of course, with a mixture of Upper case, lower case letters, numerals and a special character such as *
    I would also advise you to set a recovery key. You would not be the first person to forget the password.
    See here please
    https://support.microsoft.com/en-gb/...ice-encryption

    The reason I suggest Bitlocker is that it is more secure against attempts to view the drive than GPEdit is. GP Edit policy as you may have noticed, does not prevent access to the drive using for example the run cmd or other rather simple means.

    It is also my understanding that to prevent access to only certain users, you cannot use the standard GPEdit, you have to establish a new policy.

    As the drive is not the system drive, Bitlocker on D drive should not have that much effect on access times for you.

    NOTE please
    You must restart the computer for Bitlocker to take effect.
    Last edited by Macboatmaster; 19 Mar 2020 at 21:29.
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  3. DW7EZV's Avatar
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    Microsoft Windows 10 Pro X64 19H2 v1909 Build 18363.778
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    Macboatmaster said:
    I would use Bitlocker. Right click on the drive and click turn on BitLocker. Follow the guide and encrypt the whole drive. As you will see the password should be secure of course, with a mixture of Upper case, lower case letters, numerals and a special character such as *
    I would also advise you to set a recovery key. You would not be the first person to forget the password.
    See here please
    https://support.microsoft.com/en-gb/...ice-encryption

    The reason I suggest Bitlocker is that it is more secure against attempts to view the drive than GPEdit is. GP Edit policy as you may have noticed, does not prevent access to the drive using for example the run cmd or other rather simple means.

    It is also my understanding that to prevent access to only certain users, you cannot use the standard GPEdit, you have to establish a new policy.

    As the drive is not the system drive, Bitlocker on D drive should not have that much effect on access times for you.

    NOTE please
    You must restart the computer for Bitlocker to take effect.
    Hi @Macboatmaster,

    Thank you for your suggestion.

    As of posting, I am trying what you suggested. 30 minutes have pass and I am still at 8.8%. Any other suggestion?

    Thank you!
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  4. Macboatmaster's Avatar
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    I think you may have found that it proceeds quite quickly, after approx. 12%.
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