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USB Storage Device — Enable It!

In my first post on the topic of enabling and disabling USB storage devices, I mentioned that I’ll just post links to relevant sites I’ve found.  I’ve decided to write-up a consolidated summary of the typical steps one would take to perform the specific task of enabling a USB storage device.  If something seems to be missing for your specific situation, kindly consult the links in my first post on the topic or do a search for new material. 
 
What I put here is based on Windows XP, though I imagine something similar can be done for Windows Vista.  You’ll require Administrative rights to do all this. 
 
1. Enable the File properties > Security tab.  (This is related to Step # 4.  You might as well do this now, to see if you need to modify the Registry to enable the tab.)
 
In Windows XP, go to the Control Panel and open Folder Options.  Go to the View tab and scroll down the list in the Advanced Settings section.  Uncheck the “Use simple file sharing (Recommended)” check box.  Click OK.
 
If the Security tab is still missing, then open the Registry and navigate to the following hive and key: 
Hive: HKEY_CURRENT_USER
Key Path: SoftwareMicrosoftwindowsCurrentVersionPoliciesExplorer
Key Name: Nosecuritytab
Type: REG_DWORD
Value: 1
For the key name either set the value to 0 or remove the key. 
 
2. Enable storage device policies.
 
Open the Registry and navigate to the following hive:
Hive: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE
Key Path: SYSTEMCurrentControlSetControlstoragedevicepolicies
Right-click on the key path "storagedevicepolicies" and set the permission to "Everyone." 
Key Name: Start
Type: REG_DWORD
Value: 4
For this key name set the Value to 3. 
Key Name: WriteProtect
Type: REG_DWORD
Value: 0
For this key name either set the value to 1 or remove the key. 
 
3. Enable USB storage.

 
Open the Registry and navigate to the following hive and key: 
Hive: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE
Key Path: SYSTEMCurrentControlSetServicesUsbStor
Key Name: Start
Type: REG_DWORD
Value: 4
Right-click on the key path "UsbStor" and set the permission to "Everyone."  For the key name set the Value to 3. 
 
4. Set permissions for the device drivers; rename it to the original if needed.
 
Open Windows Explorer and set the permission to "Everyone" for the following files in their respective File properties > Security tabs:
%SystemRoot%InfUsbstor.pnf
%SystemRoot%InfUsbstor.inf
%SystemRoot%system32driversusbstor.sys
Note: Usbstor.pnf and Usbstor.inf could have been renamed to something else; rename these back to their original names, assuming you can still identify it.
 
That’s it.  Have fun. Smile
 

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