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Published on 05.27.09 by Brent Trahan

Deny Removable Disks Write Access

Learn how to deny removable disks write access in Windows 7.

This policy setting denies write access to removable disks.

If you enable this policy setting, write access will be denied to this removable storage class.

If you disable or do not configure this policy setting, write access will be allowed to this removable storage class.

Note: To require that users write data to BitLocker-protected storage enable the policy setting “Deny write access to drives not protected by BitLocker” located in “Computer Configuration\Administrative Templates\Windows Components\BitLocker Drive Encryption\Removable Data Drives.”

Deny Removable Disks Write Access

  1. Type gpedit.msc in the Start menu’s search box and then press Enter.

    Note: This guide shows you how to make changes to Windows 7 using Group Policy. Group Policy is not available in Home versions of Windows 7.

  2. Navigate to User Configuration, Administrative Templates, System, and then select Removable Storage Access in the left column of the Group Policy editor.

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  3. Double-click Removable Disks: Deny write access in the Settings section of the Group Policy editor.
  4. Select Enable and then click OK to save the changes.

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  1. Sandra says:

    Is it possible to set policy to deny removable media write access to a user or a set of users?

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