Office Hack Series – 4 : Hide Drive Letters or Partitions from Appearing in My Computer
Note : This post assumes that you have administrator rights on the target PC.
Scenario : You have certain amount of personal data stored on your Work – PC or Laptop. You are required to go out of town for some days and dont want anyone (*coughcough* boss *coughcough*) snooping around those files. or You want to create a backup which anyone cannot see or modify.
Solution : A simple way, rather than buying any of those expensive file encryption softwares would be to not allow anyone to see those files….and no i dont mean setting the folder properties to hidden.
Normally, Drives are partitioned such that the system drive (C:) is where Windows is installed and more partitions based on your requirement D:,E: and so on… Let us assume that G drive is where you save all your files, documents and etc. All you need to do is to hide G: drive from My Computer and that should do it. So here is how you should go about easily hiding G drive letter partition from appearing in My Computer.
Method 1 :
1. Go to Control Panel > Administrative Tools > and run Computer Management. Expand Computer Management (Local) > Storage > Disk Management. Right click the G: drive partition and select Change Drive Letter and Paths..
2. Select G: drive, click Remove button and click OK.
3. To add back the drive letter, follow the above steps, and click Add button. Make sure Assign the following drive letter is selected and click OK.
Method 2 :
U can also hide ur drives with the Microsoft Management Console.
Just go to Start, then RUN and write gpedit.msc next go to user configuration —> Administrative Templates –> Windows Components –> Windows Explorer –> there u will find 2 options 1 is to Hide the Drives and the other one is so that no one can access the drives.
Option 1. Click to Enlarge
Option 2. Click to Enlarge
If you hide the drive from being shown in Explorer, it can still be accessed by writing its path in Explorer address bar. To completely hide them, select the option to prevent access as well for added measure.
Added Advantage : By hiding a partition, virus wouldn’t be able to infect the files in the hidden drive. so your backup of all that data is safe.
Note : For best results, make sure that the partition you use is the last partition to avoid anyone getting suspicious of missing drive letters in between.