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    Keep them out (XP Pro)

    I am a newby to XP Pro My HDD has 4 partitions C: D:| E: and F: and have two accounts on this PC.
    I don't want other users to have to see or use E:. When loged on as administrator and try to set users I get told I don't have permission?

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    Re: Keep them out (XP Pro)

    Jim--
    I don't know if this will help you, but Desk Pass XP/Hide Drives Selection. I am not sure what they mean--it's not globle. Whether it means only the aministrator can control the hiding--more logical, or that it's only hidden when the administrator account logs in--or an account with administrative priviliges. It hides all drives. I know you're going for "E" only.
    I suspect you can get that done at Control Panel>Administrative Tools>Local Security Policy, and I tried there for a good while, but couldn't overcome the terminology. Try Windows Help and Support on Passwords and try looking at Security Policy--Properties will describe each enable/disable category.

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    Re: Keep them out (XP Pro)

    Take a look at Q315191 at Microsoft's Knowledgebase. It sounds like you can use Group Policy Manager to do this, but I haven't explored it further. I would surmise that your drives would need to be NTFS formatted versus FAT32. The article corrects a documentation error and tells you how to overcome a couple of problems, like being able to display folders in Explorer, how to hide the drive completely, and how to block DIR commands from a Cmd prompt.

    Sounds like you ought to be able to do this.

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    Re: Keep them out (XP Pro)

    Thanks I will look at Q315191 my HDD is formatted as NTFS

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    Re: Keep them out (XP Pro)

    1. Logon as Administrator, open Control Panel | Administrative Tools | Computer Management.
    2. Navigate to Local Users and Groups | Users.
    3. On the right pane, right-click on each User you want to hide drive from, and click Properties.
    4. Click Member Of tab, Add button. In the window "Enter the Object Names to Select" type:
    BLABLABLAPower Users
    replacing "BLABLABLA" with your computer name, exactly like it is shown in "From this location" box just above your dialog window.
    5. Click OK, then highlight (click on) all other then "Power Users" groups and click Remove button.
    6. Click OK and repeat this operation for each account you want to hide drive from.
    By the way, it is more secure to disable "Guest", "Help Assistant" and "SUPPORT_xxxxx" accounts by checking the box "Account is disabled" on Properties dialog.
    Also make sure, that YOUR profile is a member of Administrators.
    7. Then close Computer Management, open My Computer, right-click the drive you want to share (E, and choose Properties.
    8. Click Sharing tab. If you didn't share the drive before, you will see the default share (E$) only. Click "New Share" button on the bottom of the dialog and type the name of the share (say, E) and click "Permissions" button. Add "Power Users" and "Administrators" the same way as in p.4. (You can also remove "Everyone" group, if you want).
    9. Then in "Permissions" dialog box check "Deny" boxes for Power Users (and Everyone), and check "Full Control" box for Administrators. Click Apply, OK, OK.
    10. If you already share the drive before, after clicking Sharing tab on Drive Properties dialog, click Permissions button and follow p.9.

    Be careful!

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