Hide these specified drives in My Computer

Removes the icons representing selected hard drives from My Computer and Windows Explorer. Also, the drive letters representing the selected drives do not appear in the standard Open dialog box.

To use this setting, select a drive or combination of drives in the drop-down list. To display all drives, disable this setting or select the "Do not restrict drives" option in the drop-down list.

Note: This setting removes the drive icons. Users can still gain access to drive contents by using other methods, such as by typing the path to a directory on the drive in the Map Network Drive dialog box, in the Run dialog box, or in a command window.

Also, this setting does not prevent users from using programs to access these drives or their contents. And, it does not prevent users from using the Disk Management snap-in to view and change drive characteristics.

Also, see the "Prevent access to drives from My Computer" setting.

Note: It is a requirement for third-party applications with Windows 2000 or later certification to adhere to this setting.


Supported on: At least Windows 2000
Pick one of the following combinations


  1. Restrict A and B drives only
    Registry HiveHKEY_CURRENT_USER
    Registry PathSoftware\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer
    Value NameNoDrives
    Value TypeREG_DWORD
    Value3
  2. Restrict C drive only
    Registry HiveHKEY_CURRENT_USER
    Registry PathSoftware\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer
    Value NameNoDrives
    Value TypeREG_DWORD
    Value4
  3. Restrict D drive only
    Registry HiveHKEY_CURRENT_USER
    Registry PathSoftware\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer
    Value NameNoDrives
    Value TypeREG_DWORD
    Value8
  4. Restrict A, B and C drives only
    Registry HiveHKEY_CURRENT_USER
    Registry PathSoftware\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer
    Value NameNoDrives
    Value TypeREG_DWORD
    Value7
  5. Restrict A, B, C and D drives only
    Registry HiveHKEY_CURRENT_USER
    Registry PathSoftware\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer
    Value NameNoDrives
    Value TypeREG_DWORD
    Value15
  6. Restrict all drives
    Registry HiveHKEY_CURRENT_USER
    Registry PathSoftware\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer
    Value NameNoDrives
    Value TypeREG_DWORD
    Value67108863
  7. Do not restrict drives
    Registry HiveHKEY_CURRENT_USER
    Registry PathSoftware\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer
    Value NameNoDrives
    Value TypeREG_DWORD
    Value0


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