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Enable or disable a drive

Updated: January 21, 2005

Applies To: Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2003 R2, Windows Server 2003 with SP1, Windows Server 2003 with SP2

To enable or disable a drive

  1. Open Removable Storage.

  2. In the console tree, click Drives.


    • Removable Storage (computer name)/Libraries/applicable library/Drives

  3. In the details pane, right-click the applicable drive, and then click Properties.

  4. On the General tab, verify that the Enable drive check box is selected.

    Or, to disable the drive, clear the Enable drive check box.


  • To complete this procedure, you need the appropriate administrative credentials for the affected Removable Storage item. To maintain system security, rather than logging in as an administrator, log in as a user without administrative credentials, and run Removable Storage as an administrator by right-clicking the Computer Management icon, clicking Run As, and choosing an account in the local Administrators group.

  • To open Removable Storage, click Start and then click Control Panel. Double-click Administrative Tools, and then double-click Computer Management. In the console tree, double-click Storage and then click Removable Storage.

  • Disabling a drive makes it unavailable for use.

  • This procedure applies only to automated libraries. Since stand-alone drive libraries consist of a single drive, you enable or disable the entire library for such cases. For information on how to enable or disable a library, see Related Topics.

Information about functional differences

  • Your server might function differently based on the version and edition of the operating system that is installed, your account permissions, and your menu settings. For more information, see Viewing Help on the Web.

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