If your computer is used by many people, you need to restrict access to drives to protect your data from being seen or deleted by others. Well, how to restrict access to drives in Windows 10? This post from MiniTool Partition Wizard tells you that.

How to Restrict Access to Drives in Windows 10?

A drive is a storage area formatted by a certain file system with a drive letter. If you don’t want other people to use your drives such as A and B drives (floppy disk), C drive (the system drive), etc., you can restrict access to drives in Windows 10 to enhance the security of important data.

Once the drives restriction in Windows 10 is made, when other people try to open the restricted drive, they will be prevented and a window will pop up, saying that “This operation has been canceled due to restriction in effect on this computer. Please contact your system administrator.”

receive the Restrictions

Then, how to restrict access to drives in Windows 10? Here is the guide:

Step 1: Open Local Group Policy Editor. Through one of the following ways:

  1. Type gpedit.msc in the Windows search box, and then press Enter.
  2. Use the Keyboard shortcut Win +R and type gpedit.smc in Run. Then click OK.

type gpedit.smc and click OK

Step 2: On the left side, navigate to the User Configuration > Administrative Templates > Windows Components > File Explorer.

double click File Explorer

Step 3: Scroll down the right side of the window to find Prevent access to drives from My Computer and double click it.

double click Prevent access to drives from My Computer

Step 4: Select Enabled, and then under the Options, from the drop menu you can pick what drive to be restricted. And click OK.

select Enable and choose a certain drive to restrict

Tip: In the Options, you can restrict a certain drive, a combination of drives, or all drives.

Well, you have completed the steps to restrict access to drives in Windows 10. Drives access restriction takes effect immediately and does not require a computer reboot. In this way, your important data will not be deleted or seen by other people. If you want to cancel the drive access restriction, you can follow the steps above to get Options and then choose Do not restrict drives.

You can also use another method to prevent access to drives in Windows 10. Here are the steps:

  • Create a standard user through Settings.
  • Log off the administrator user and then use the newly created account to log in to Windows 10.
  • Open File Explorer, right-click on the drive you want to restrict user access and then select Properties.
  • Go to the Security tab and click the Edit
  • Enter the administrator password.
  • In the new window, under the Permissions for Users box, uncheck all boxes under Allow.
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