Windows® Drive Manager
What are the functions of a Drive Manager in a Windows operated PC?
Every computer has lots of drives connected to it like hard drives, network drives, DVD/CD drives, USB drives and many more. Driver Manager provides an interface between all the connected drives. By double clicking on a drive will end up in opening the root directory of the drive in Windows Explorer. The DiskInfo and Smart Buttons in the main tool bar will provide a lot of information regarding the drive selected. Windows has limited functionality in managing all the drives in the system. The drive manager comes with various options that gives information on the drive and provides better drive management. Thus this drive manager is highly recommended in order to manage all the drives in the system.
Following are the information on functions of drive manager and regarding hiding drives:
- Functionality of Driver Manager
- Hiding drives
- Tips for hiding drives
Functionality of Driver Manager
Smart buttons provides information drive letter, used and available free space, type of the drive, regarding the vendor, product id and many more. It even has options to hide drives in Windows Explorer and commands to create drive letter for local folder. It shows all the active drives such a way that you can easily note them. It can even perform drive benchmark.
In order to hide a drive initially you need to type ‘gpedit.msc’ in ‘Run’ box of ‘Start’ menu, to open the Group Policy window. Now you need to click on ‘Windows Component’ option under ‘Administrative Template’ of ‘User Configuration’. Then click on ‘Windows Explorer’ option and double click ‘Hide these specified drives in My Computer’ option which appear on the right window and choose the drive that you wish to hide. Or else you can select ‘Prevent access to drives from My Computer’, close the Group Policy window and restart the system.
If you just want to hide hard drive and access it through 'Windows Explorer', it is recommended to select 'Hide these specific drives in My Computer' option. On the other hand if you don’t want to hide hard drive but just stop accessing it, then you need to select 'Prevent access to drives from My Computer' option. Depending upon the requirement, you can opt for the required option.
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