Here is a great trick you can play with your friends, or you can even use it on your own computer. You can hide all the disk drives on your computer. And show off to your friends, “Hey look, my computer runs without a hard disk.” You can also avoid unauthorized access to your personal data by hiding all disk drives and network drives in your computer.
Yes, you can disable the display of all Local Disk Drives or Network Drives in My Computer( or This PC). This trick requires the use of Registry Editor in Windows. So, if you are not comfortable with Registry editor, we suggest you skip this trick.
WARNING: Use this trick at your own risk. Messing with the Registry Editor in wrong way my harm your computer badly.
Hide All Disk Drives and Network Drives in your PC
To hide disk drives, we need to modify Registry settings in Windows. So, we will use the Registry Editor which is already available in Windows.
Step 1: Open Registry Editor
First of all open RUN from start or by pressing the Windows + R key combination. After that, type
regedit and press Enter. The Registry Editor window will open.
Step 2: Create a New Explorer Key in Policies
Now track down to the following path in the registry editor:
If you do not find the Explorer key in Policies, you can create it manually. Simply right-click on the Policies key, choose New Key, and name it
Explorer. We will use this new DWORD to hide all disk drives in Windows.
Step 3: Create NoDrives DWORD to Hide All Disk Drives
Now in the right pane, right-click and select create a new DWORD item and name it
NoDrives (it is case sensitive).
Now double-click on it and modify its value to
3FFFFFF (Hexadecimal). Setting this DWORD value will hide all drives in Windows PC.
Step 4: Restart Your Computer
Close Registry Editor and restart your computer to make the changes effective.
Step 5: Check after You Hide All Drives in Windows
After restarting your PC, open “My Computer” or “This PC”, no drives will be shown.
Step 6: Show the Drives Again
To enable the display of disk drives in My Computer, simply follow the same path in Registry Editor, delete the
NoDrives DWORD item that you created and restart your computer. You can now see all the drives again.
Hide All Disk Drives in Windows using Registry Editor
You can easily hide all your disk drives using the above trick. This trick doesn’t harm your computer in any way. But you are advised to be careful while playing with Registry Editor. You may also check this trick to restore the classic File Explorer menu ribbon in Windows 11.
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