How to Enable or Disable Removable Storage access in Windows 11 or 10?

If you are working on an organization PC, you may have noticed that you cannot access a USB because the organization administrator blocks it.

Similarly, for those who want to prevent access to removable storage devices and ports on a Windows 11/10 computer, this is how it can be done with the local group policy editor’s or Registry Editor’s help. Let’s say your computer has a large amount of private or confidential data, and you don’t want to let other people copy it to a USB drive. Otherwise, think that you do not want others to use a USB device such as a wired printer, keyboard, mouse, external hard drive, etc. It would be best if you then disabled the removable storage classes.

How can I Disable Detachable Storage classes in Windows 11/10 using Local Group Policy Editor?

To disable removable storage classes in Windows 11/10, with the help of the Group Policy Editor, follow these steps-

Step 1. Click or tap Windows + R to launch the Run prompt.

Step 2. Type gpedit.msc, then press the Enter button from the keyboard to open the Local Group Policy Editor window.

 

Step 3. Navigate to the following:-

Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > System > Removable Storage Access

Step 4. On the Removable Storage Access, from the right-side pane, double-click on the policy name “All Removable Storage classes: Deny all access.”

Step 5. Select the Enabled option, then click on the Apply and OK button to apply the changes.

Step 6. Finally, reboot the PC to make changes.

Once the above steps are completed, access to all removable storage devices and ports on your Windows 11/10 computer is discontinued.

How can I Enable Detachable Storage classes in Windows 11/10 using Group Policy?

If you change your mind and want to enable removable storage access in Windows 11/10, do the following steps:-

Step 1. Click or tap Windows + R to launch the Run prompt.

Step 2. Type gpedit.msc, then press the Enter button from the keyboard to open the Local Group Policy Editor window.

 

Step 3. Navigate to the following:-

Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > System > Removable Storage Access

Step 4. On the Removable Storage Access, from the right-side pane, double-click on the policy name “All Removable Storage classes: Deny all access.”

Step 5. Select the Not Configured option, then click on the Apply and OK button to apply the changes.

Step 6. Finally, restart the PC to make changes.

Once the above steps are completed, access to all removable storage devices and ports on your Windows 11/10 computer is enabled.

How to Turn On or Off Detachable Storage Access in Windows 11/10 through Registry Editor?

To enable or disable detachable storage access on your Windows 11/10 through Registry Editor, perform the following steps:-

Step 1. Open Registry Editor.

Step 2. When Registry Editor opens, navigate to the following path:-

Computer\HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows

Step 3. Then, right-click the Windows key and select New > Key option.

Step 4. Name the newly created key as RemovableStorageDevices.

Step 5. After that, right-click on the newly created key RemovableStorageDevices and select the New > DWORD (32-bit) Value option.

Step 6. Name the newly created REG_DWORD as Deny_All.

Step 7. Next, double-click on the newly created DWORD and set the value to the following:-

  • 0 – Allow
  • 1 – Disallow

Step 8. Click OK button.

Step 9. Finally, reboot your computer or laptop to apply the changes.

That’s it. Windows 11/10 will allow or disallow removable storage access, depending on your configuration.

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