How to hide a hard disc drive partition from users who are not Administrators


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I am trying to hide specific hard drive partitions from any user who does not have Administrator rights on my Windows 11 laptop. I have done some extensive research and all options available end up hiding the drive from all users. Is this achievable? Thanks in advance.
 
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I don't know attached batch script hides partitions, it will hide attached drive in Windows File Explorer.
 

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I don't know attached batch script hides partitions, it will hide attached drive in Windows File Explorer.
Will I be able to select the users who will be able to view and use the hidden drives (Administrators to be precise)?
 

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No you won't have a option to select user you have option to hide all drives, Hide individual drives and unhide drive.
 

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No you won't have a option to select user you have option to hide all drives, Hide individual drives and unhide drive.
Oh, that will not work for me. I want non-admins to only have access to a specific drive. Alternatively, are there permissions that I can set to a drive to ensure that an admin password is required to access it?
 

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You should be able to disable access to non-admin users under the Properties, Security tab. Right click the drive, click "Properties", click the "security" tab then click edit. It should be self-explanatory from there, but be careful, it may be possible to lock yourself out of the files there too!
 

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You should be able to disable access to non-admin users under the Properties, Security tab. Right click the drive, click "Properties", click the "security" tab then click edit. It should be self-explanatory from there, but be careful, it may be possible to lock yourself out of the files there too!
If I am not wrong, I need to remove access from this group, right?

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Might look at this and the possibility that Kiosk Mode would accomplish the task.
It's frequently what one sees in stores on computers for sale, customers are limited to what they can test.
 

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Looks like it, but don't blame me if it goes pear shaped! I'd try it out on a dummy folder first.
 

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Or just manually remove the drive letter when you are done. If they don't see the drive/partition they won't be able to open it. As long as they are unaware that you are hiding it. 😁
 

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What version of Win 11 you have, Home or Pro?
On Pro you can set many restrictions with group policies.
 

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What version of Win 11 you have, Home or Pro?
On Pro you can set many restrictions with group policies.
It is Windows 11 Pro. Do you have references where I can refer to?
 

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Or just manually remove the drive letter when you are done. If they don't see the drive/partition they won't be able to open it. As long as they are unaware that you are hiding it. 😁
Unfortunately this will not work for me. My ultimate goal is that I want Standard users to only have access to 1 HDD partition...and not the main drive, without having to change the letters before switching between Administrator and Standard users.
 

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