Is there a way to disable an SD card reader remotely?

Hello,

Does anyone know how to do this with out going through device manager? The SD reader does not show up, so was wondering if this can be done remotely possible via registry. I want the drive to be permanently disabled. The machine is running windows 8 and I do not have physical access to it. Was able to disable USB via registry but not sure about the card reader.

Thanks
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Daniel HelgenbergerCommented:
Hello,
I am not sure what you mean by 'disable'. Do you need to do this for one machine only?
Is this a domain member computer? Why do you not want to use Device Manager?

If you have remote access to the registry, then you can surely disable it with device manger. Just connect with remote desktop. Or, if domain joined, enable remote management via GPO and connect witch MMC, you have the Device Manager there as well.

If you want do restrict access to removable devices via GPO, here is the MS article on creating an ADM:
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/555324/en

And a complete HowTo
http://www.petri.co.il/software/usb_removable_drives_adm.zip
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lgg733Author Commented:
Yes it is for one machine only and it is not me. I am assisting someone who needs to do it this way, not on a domain. Also do not have access to the machine so helping them via email.

I disabled USB via the registry however I am not positive if that also affects the card reader.
    Click Start, and then click Run.
    In the Open box, type regedit, and then click OK.
    Locate and then click the following registry key:
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\UsbStor
    In the details pane, double-click Start.
    In the Value data box, type 4, click Hexadecimal (if it is not already selected), and then click OK.
    Exit Registry Editor.

Do you know if this applies to the card reader as well. I don't want to tell the person it does if it does not ya know?
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lgg733Author Commented:
Oh and he can't do it via device manager because it is not showing up, I believe a card needs to be in there or it may not show up.
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Daniel HelgenbergerCommented:
First you need to find out if the SD card reader is even connected via USB. If not (most internal are true mmc-block-devices and not at all USB storage) disabling USB storage will only disable access to ALL usb storage devices and is therefore not recommended. If it does not show in Device Manager, then this may be the case.

If this is an on-board SD card reader it most often can be disabled in BIOS as well via Security/ Access restrictions or On-board Devices.

If so and it is not in Device Manger, why not try it first - plug in a SD card and see if it pops up.
Then disable it in Device Manger.

Or, go to folder properties and enable 'show empty drives' - is it listed now? Then go to Disk Management and remove the Drive Letter.

Please keep in mind that all this will never be permanent but hide the drive as long as this particular OS is running.
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lgg733Author Commented:
Thanks much for that info. He wanted to disable all USB and SD reader. From what I have been told the card reader is integrated and not USB. BIOS may be an option however cannot do that just now.

I wanted him to do it via device manager but since he is not on location he cannot put in a card. I think I will just need to tell him it is not going to be possible via remote, would you agree with that?
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Daniel HelgenbergerCommented:
You could of course setup a team viewer session hand have a look yourself... but there is an article here on EE never to fix computers for free. So I suppose it is completely up to you what you tell your partner ;)
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lgg733Author Commented:
My issue here is I know we disabled USB but I am not positive on the card reader and do not want to tell him I am but I am not sure if there is anyway to disable it remotely like I could with usb via registry. I cannot find anything online about doing this any other way than what you just mentioned.
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Daniel HelgenbergerCommented:
To disable all USB, the registry entry is a way to do this. But you are correct - without looking for yourself you cannot make sure there is nothing missed.
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lgg733Author Commented:
Thanks so much, needed the re-assurance on this one.
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