Is there a program that will prevent people from copying my hard drive via the USB ports?

by on February 2, 2010

Q: Is there a program that will prevent people from copying my hard drive via the USB ports? I operate a DJ service and I suspect that my DJ’s are copying music files from my hard drive and starting their own DJ service.


2 Responses to “Is there a program that will prevent people from copying my hard drive via the USB ports?”
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    I removed the comment that had suggested two pieces of software because upon review of the users suggestion it was determined that neither piece of software would do what you want tins the people who you are trying to protect this from would have to have access to the files in order to do their job. We will keep looking to see if there is such a solution but I don’t think there is.

    One thing we can be sure of is if they are copying your files onto an external drive they are breaking the law, ie they are pirating software. So while it might not be appealing, and assuming you have proof that you paid for all your software, you can always report them to the authorities and they will be looking at some pretty big fines.

     
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    One thing you could do is to make sure you have two accounts. One should be an admin account and one should be a regular user. From within the admin account you can disable the USB ports. This would make it so if anything is connected to them it just wont work. The key here is to keep your admin password safe so that your employees could not enable them again in their regular user account.

    You can disable the USB ports by going into the Control Panel (Start -> Control Panel or Start -> Settings -> Control Panel, depending on what version of Windows you are running). Then go into System -> Hardware -> Device Manager. From there you will want to look at the list for USB ports and then you want to select disable on them.

    To enable them you do just the opposite. I would login as the user just to double check that they are disabled but this is certainly a free and effective way to stop them from copying your data. The obvious downside is they would not have access to the USB ports if they need access for some reason (ie maybe someone brings music on a thumb drive for them to play).