Hide a drive in Windows 8/RT

For some reason, you want a hard disk, a drive (network or not) to be invisible to users of your Windows 8 computer or tablet. In this tutorial we will see how to hide an existing drive.

hide network drive

1) Open the Windows Registry Editor (regedit):


2) To make the player hidden:

  • only for thecurrent usergo to key [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer]
  • for all the users from the system, go to the key [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer]

registry key hide network drive

3) Add the data ” NoDrives ” Of type ” DWORD » :

Regedit create NoDrives value

Hide NoDrives drive

The value of NoDrives is defined according to the drive(s) to hide:

Windows hide network drive array values

To hide two readers for example, it will be necessary to add their respective values.

4) To restart the post.

Hide disk Z

1) Looking at the table, we see that the value of the Z drive is of 33554432 (decimal). So since we only want to hide this reader, we put this value in NoDrives (the value must be entered in base decimal):

NoDrives decimal Z drive

2) Save, then restart the computer.

3) Once in Windows Explorer, the drive will no longer appear:

Windows 8 hidden drive

However, the network drive is easily accessible by typing its letter directly in the explorer:

Hidden drive accessible

Hide all discs

To hide all the readers we have to add the value of all the readers (if we wanted to hide only two of them, we would have taken only the value of the two readers):

hide player array all

So to hide all readers we set the value 67108863 in NoDrives.

For the modification to be taken into account, a restart is required.