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Second Internal Drive Permissions to Block Other Users

  1. #1


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    Windows 7 Ultimate

    Second Internal Drive Permissions to Block Other Users


    I am setting up a new computer with Windows 8.1. I have added a 6TB second drive to the system that I am putting my Files on. I want only the Admin username to have access to this drive and block other users (other users are my kids).

    Is blocking other users as simple as going to the security tab and remove "Users(XX\Users)" and just leave Authenticated Users, System, and Administrators? Should I add in this admin username too?

    thanks,

    Mike

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  2. #2


    Posts : 22,582
    64-bit Windows 10


    Hello Mike,

    If you like, another option would be to use BitLocker to encrypt the hard drive, and use a password to be able to unlock it. This way no one without the password would be able to access the hard drive.

    This would be a lot more secure. Just be sure to back up your BitLocker recovery key to a separate location in case you may need it in the future.

    BitLocker - Turn On for Fixed Data Drives in Windows 8

    Hope this helps.
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  3. #3


    Posts : 39
    Windows 7 Ultimate


    Thanks. I plan on using this as a server and keep the admin user logged in in the background but another user active. I will then map network drives to this shared drive so the other users on the machine can have some access as well as other computers on my network.

    I never used bit locker so not sure if i can map network drives with it. Also, i use dropbox so not sure how that comes into play with bitlocker either. Dropbox folder is on this second drive.

    For now, just want to limit access to the drive.

    Mike
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    I haven't mapped a BitLocker encrypted drive, or used it with sharing before. From the link below, you should be able to, but be sure to see the last post to help avoid losing your shares though.

    Losing Network Shares on BitLocker Drive Unlock
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  5. #5


    Posts : 39
    Windows 7 Ultimate


    I do not want to use bit locker. I did a test on one directory and I had to remove the folder inheritance and then remove "Users(XX\Users)" and "Authenticated Users".

    I think I am going to do just directories (like by Dropbox and maybe one or two more) and not the entire drive since I may still want to have that user be able to use part of that drive.

    Is doing it this way ok or am I going to have issues later on?

    thanks,
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    64-bit Windows 10


    Directories would be easier to use for this than the whole drive. Please let us know how it went.
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  7. #7


    Posts : 39
    Windows 7 Ultimate


    thanks. So removing the folder inheritance and then removing "Users(XX\Users)" and "Authenticated Users" sounds correct?.

    Also, any reason doing just directories and not the entire drive is easier? The steps appear to be the same with the exception on not having to remove the inheritance.

    Last, when I removed the inheritance, I had two options.

    "Convert inherited permissions into explicit permissions on this object"

    and

    "Remove all inherited permissions from this object"

    I chose the first. I assume that is correct. Then I removed the two users -
    "Users(XX\Users)" and "Authenticated Users".

    thanks again.


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    It would be the same for the drive and folders with permissions, but you just have more with a drive since it includes all folders as well.

    That's correct. You would select "Convert inherited permissions into explicit permissions on this object" to set your own permission settings for a group or user instead of removing them all.

    I wouldn't remove "Authenticated Users" or "SYSTEM".

    Be sure to also add each user that you want to have access as well. With the "Users" group removed, any user not listed will not have access.

    Permissions - Allow or Deny Access to Users and Groups in Windows 8
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  9. #9


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    Windows 7 Ultimate


    Quote Originally Posted by Brink View Post

    I wouldn't remove "Authenticated Users" or "SYSTEM".
    If I do not remove "Authenticated Users" then the other users still have access. Is that suppose to happen?

    I read online that "Authenticated Users encompasses all users who have logged in with a username and password." With that, I assume if I do not delete the "Authenticated Users", any standard user would still have access. So I would need to delete "Authenticated Users." Does that sound correct?
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    64-bit Windows 10


    You're correct. I was thinking of something else.
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