CD Drive Protection

I am using PC with windows XP Professional. As a security measures i want to protect my CD drive by using others. Is any password protection or else any way.... to protect CD drive.?

Thanks in Advance........
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cvinodhkumarAsked:
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Irwin SantosComputer Integration SpecialistCommented:
NO...

how about installing an IDE drive cage..and make the CD drive removable?
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CallandorCommented:
Are you talking about password protecting the contents of a disc, or the drive itself?  I don't know of any way to password protect a CDROM drive, but the contents can always be protected by an encryption program, such as PGP.  Keep in mind that once the password is known, it becomes useless.
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cvinodhkumarAuthor Commented:
Not contents of the CD. In my absence others should not use the CD drive for read or write.
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CallandorCommented:
You could introduce the "upper and lower filter" in the registry, which would probably stop the drive from working: http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;314060.  You would need to remove them when you came back - perhaps you could implement it as a .reg file, but it's kind of kludgy.
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cvinodhkumarAuthor Commented:
I didnt get u, each time i have to change the registry settings.??
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Irwin SantosComputer Integration SpecialistCommented:
YES!!!
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cvinodhkumarAuthor Commented:
Is possible by setting by any gruop policy.?
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dougstubbsCommented:
If you are working in a microsoft environment you may be able to use a group policy to disable access to this.  See the following link for a full explanation:

http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;555324
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triceiceCommented:
Depends on how smart or computer savvy the people you want to keep from using your drive. You could disable the drive by going to Device Manager then when you get back you can reenable it. But if they are smart enough about computers they will be able to find that and fix it.
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DawilliamsCommented:
you can also set a  local policy to prevent network users from accessing the cd drive (not really a solution)

you can also set a local policy on the machine to restrict user other than admins, power users.from formating, and ejecting removable media maybe seting this policy and leaving a blank cd in the drive would prevent access.
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haim96Commented:
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Irwin SantosComputer Integration SpecialistCommented:
@haim96...Pretty good $40 solution.
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haim96Commented:
ahhh... he didn't say for free ...  :)
any way i'm sure that there is a cheap solution out there,just need to find it !

(beside security has no cost !)
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Irwin SantosComputer Integration SpecialistCommented:
Well.. then...let's up it a notch ;-)  

Let's make the drive portable via USB
http://www.cdw.com/shop/products/default.aspx?EDC=885434 

$56
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haim96Commented:
here cheaper one ... (what can i do ? software cost money !)
http://www.1000files.com/Utilities/Security_and_Encryption/CD-DVD_Lock_5362_Review.html

but if you ask me ... i would create admin user for me and admin (or not admin) user for others
and lock the drive with permission on "cdrom.sys" under C:\WINDOWS\system32\drivers
but this is just me ...
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PoundCakeCommented:
Any thoughts on this solution? .... I haven't tried it but it seems like it would work.....

1. Enable the guest account and assign your main (admin) account a password, so that only you are acting with full admin rights on your pc.
2. Click Start and then click Control Panel. Double-click Administrative Tools, and then double-click Computer Management. In the console tree, double-click Storage and then double-click Removable Storage.
3. Right click on Removable Storage(local) and click Properties.
4. For all user groups except Administrator, change all settings to Deny (I would also keep track of the changes you made in case you want to change it back later).
5. Click OK to save.

This should disable use of all removable media devices to all accounts except the admin (you).

Again, I haven't tried this, but apart from the latest solution from haim96, I can't think of another permissions based solution off the top of my head.
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Irwin SantosComputer Integration SpecialistCommented:
This is an all around split as everyone suggested something that would inhibit access to the CD-ROM.  The only bulletproof method is to REMOVE the drive.. as in my first comment.

Rather than accept it all to myself.. I prefer to share the wealth...

I propose split points to all participants.
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triceiceCommented:
I agree to the proposed resolution but you can count me out of the split as I did very. very little. Thanks
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Irwin SantosComputer Integration SpecialistCommented:
"You could disable the drive by going to Device Manager then when you get back you can reenable it. But if they are smart enough about computers they will be able to find that and fix it."

that's a possible solution..

so you're still part of the pie.
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PoundCakeCommented:
Lots of good ideas, curious to see which ones he tried and how they worked.  Split seems fair to all who answered.
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PoundCakeCommented:
I don't mean to be picky here, but is there a reason I was left out of that split? I posted:  

>Any thoughts on this solution? .... I haven't tried it but it seems like it would work.....
>1. Enable the guest account and assign your main (admin) account a password, so that only you are acting with full
>admin rights on your pc.
>2. Click Start and then click Control Panel. Double-click Administrative Tools, and then double-click Computer
>Management. In the console tree, double-click Storage and then double-click Removable Storage.
>3. Right click on Removable Storage(local) and click Properties.
>4. For all user groups except Administrator, change all settings to Deny (I would also keep track of the changes you
>made in case you want to change it back later).
>5. Click OK to save.
>This should disable use of all removable media devices to all accounts except the admin (you).
>Again, I haven't tried this, but apart from the latest solution from haim96, I can't think of another permissions
>based solution off the top of my head.

like I said, I don't want to be picky, but if there is a split, why isn't it a split between all solutions presented?
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PoundCakeCommented:
Oh, no problem.  Thanks for the reply.  :)
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