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Prevent Access to Drives from My Computer in Windows 8/8.1

"Hi, there. Except for using the built-in BitLocker Drive Encryption to encrypt hard drives, is there any other effective method to protect the hard drives? I am afraid that I'll forget the password someday, so please tell me a way needless of creating passcode."

To protect hard drives without setting password, you can stop other people from access the drives by enabling the corresponding setting (i.e. Prevent access to drives from My Computer) in your PC. Now, see how to realize this method by the following steps.

Video guide on how to prevent access to drives from My Computer in Windows 8:

Steps to prevent access to drives from My Computer in Windows 8/8.1:

Step 1: Start the Local Group Policy Editor.

Step 2: Find and access the "Prevent access to drives from My Computer" setting.

In more detail, it is located in User Configuration/Administrative Templates/Windows Components/File Explorer. And you can access it by double-clicking it.

Step 3: In the Prevent access to drives from My Computer window, choose Enabled, select an option from Restrict A and B drives only, Restrict C drive only, Restrict D drive only, Restrict A, B and C drives only, Restrict A, B, C and D drives only and Restrict all drives in the list, and click OK.

When you (or any other user) open the drives which you prevent access to, a message explaining that a setting prevents the action appears, which reads, "This operation has been cancelled due to restrictions in effect on this computer. Please contact your system administrator."

Tips: To cancel preventing access to drives from My Computer, you can find two solutions from How to Allow Access to Drives on Windows 8/8.1.

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