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

Your computer stores extensive private or confidential data and you don’t want any other user to copy these data into a USB drive. Mainly in the organization, you can see this type of security due to privacy issues.

If you want to prevent access to removable storage devices and ports on a Windows 11/10 computer, there are two ways:-

  1. with the local group policy editors or
  2. via Registry Editor.

In this risewindows article, we will review how to prevent access to removable storage devices and ports on a Windows 11/10 computer.

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, do the following steps:-

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

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

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Step 3. Navigate to the following:-

Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > System > Removable Storage Access

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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. Then, Select the Enabled option, then click on the Apply and OK .

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Step 6. At last, reboot the PC to make changes.

That’s it.

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

To enable removable storage access in Windows 11/10, do the following steps:-

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

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

gpedit.msc_ (4)Local-2BGroup-2BPolicy-2BEditor (4)Step 3. Navigate to the following:-

Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > System > Removable Storage Access

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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. Then, Select the Not Configuredoption, then click on the Apply and OK button to apply the changes.

Step 6. At last, restart the PC to make changes.

That’s it.

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, do the following steps:-

Step 1. Firstly, Open Registry Editor.

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

Computer\HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows

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

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Step 4. Name the newly created key as RemovableStorageDevices.

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

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Step 6. Name the newly created REG_DWORD as Deny_All.

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

  • 0 – Allow
  • 1 – Disallow

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Depending on your configuration, Windows 11/10 will allow or disallow removable storage access.

Step 8. Click OK button.

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

That’s it.

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