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Secure Access to Removable Drives (Windows NT/2000/XP)

This setting determines whether the ability to access removable drives is available to other users.

This tweak can be easily applied using WinGuides Tweak Manager.
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Open your registry and find the key below.

Create a new string value, or modify the existing value, called "AllocateDASD" and set it according to the table below.

  • 0 - Administrators only
  • 1 - Administrators and power users
  • 2 - Administrators and the interactive user
Restart Windows for the change to take effect.

Registry Editor Example
|(Default)REG_SZ(value not set)|
|HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVers...|
Registry Settings
System Key: [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon]
Value Name: AllocateDASD
Data Type: REG_SZ (String Value)

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Last modified: November 14, 2002