Make USB and Disk Drives Read Only

by on April 25th, 2009

After USB Write Protect here is yet another little program which will make your USB or disk drives read only. Best way to protect your USB from being infected. Thumbscrew is USB write blocker. When used it allows you to quickly enable or disable writing to all USB mass storage devices on your Windows system. You can use it to make a USB flash drive, hard drive or IDE/ SATA drive in an enclosure read only. If you want to play around with making forensic images of thumb drives and other USB mass storage devices it may come in handy. You will see one of two icons in your system tray to indicate whether or not USB mass storage devices are set to be read only.

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Simply click on the icon and choose the menu item to toggle write access. All Thumbscrew really does is flip a bit in the registry at:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\System\CurrentControlSet\Control\StorageDevicePolicies\WriteProtect

USB mass storage devices that are already mounted as writeable will stay writeable until they are removed and reinserted. The same applies if you turn off read only protection while a USB mass storage device is active, it will become writable and stay that way until removed and reinserted.

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  1. Tariq says:

    Can we apply this program for the hole domain???