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how to disable storage devices

Posted on 2006-06-21
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Hi all,thanks for the solution given to disable the use of storage devices.
It does work for new pendrives that are being  inserted but what about those that has previously been installed ? It still can be detected by windows . Thanking you in advance
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For devices that are already installed the solution is to employ an ADM template in a group policy object that disables the USB storage driver (USBSTOR).
For that set the registry value

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\UsbStor\Start to 4 (Disable).

But remember that this will only work for devices that have already been installed.
I guess you already know how to disable new devices.
In case you don't know then the detailed guide is available here

http://diaryproducts.net/about/operating_systems/windows/disable_usb_sticks
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How to disable the use of USB storage devices
http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;823732

If a USB Storage Device Is Already Installed on the Computer
If a USB storage device is already installed on the computer, set the Start value in the following registry key to 4:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\UsbStor
When you do so, the USB storage device does not work when the user connects the device to the computer. To set the Start value, follow these steps:1. Click Start, and then click Run.
2. In the Open box, type regedit, and then click OK.
3. Locate, and then click the following registry key:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\UsbStor
4. In the right pane, double-click Start.
5. In the Value data box, type 4, click Hexadecimal (if it is not already selected), and then click OK.
6. Quit Registry Editor.
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Control USB and FireWire devices with DeviceLock®
http://www.protect-me.com/usb/?referer1=adwords&referer2=usb
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split  - all comments are instructive on this issue
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Here is a great way to disable USB devices:
http://www.petri.co.il/forums/showthread.php?t=3164
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why delete when our answers will do what the asker wants?
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