Disabling CD RW

By Alfie45702 ยท 12 replies
Jul 14, 2003
  1. I need help in disabling my cd rw to prevent abusive use from my kids and their friends :confused:
  2. acidosmosis

    acidosmosis TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,350

    Disable it under Control Panel, System, Device Manager. As long as your kids don't know how to enable it or aren't able to figure out what you did to disable it then that should work fine. Only problem is you have to enable it when you want to use it then re-disable it afterwards.
  3. XtR-X

    XtR-X TS Rookie Posts: 863

    You can take extreme measures like disconnecting the power/IDE cable from inside the case.

    Now, there wouldn't be abuse if you hid those CDs. ;)
  4. poertner_1274

    poertner_1274 secroF laicepS topShceT Posts: 4,172

    There is always abuse, because the kids will just go out and get their own and hide them from their parents :D (I never would have done such a thing :rolleyes: )

    I think your best bet from the sounds of it is as acidosmosis has said to go through device manager and disable it that way.

    Maybe they will ask you why it doesn't work and you can just tell them it must have broken. Do a little research with them around and show them it is broken still, and maybe they will just drop it all together.
  5. Nic

    Nic TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,549

    If you are using WinXP Pro/Win2k, then you can give your kids a sepaparate account (non-admin) and disable the CDRW for that account as acid suggested. You can also disable other things (e.g. programs, ability to install software, access to folders on the hard drive, etc.) too if required.
  6. Phantasm66

    Phantasm66 TS Rookie Posts: 5,734   +8

    Well, I certainly know that I hid all sort of things from my parents when I was young, and in about 95% of cases, I got away with it!
  7. poertner_1274

    poertner_1274 secroF laicepS topShceT Posts: 4,172

    Yep, same here, and to tell you the truth it has made me a better person for it. I mean now I understand and have an idea of what to look for in my own children, when they do finally come along.

    If you didn't do anything wrong as a kid, then you didn't get a real chance to experience life. Isn't that what childhood is for? Disobeying your parents and such :haha:
  8. XtR-X

    XtR-X TS Rookie Posts: 863

    It doesn't matter if they write files on their own CD's. I know of no harm by using the CD burner. What possible harm could that cause?

    Or am I wrong? The more you use your CD burner the crappier it gets? Spread the light please.
  9. poertner_1274

    poertner_1274 secroF laicepS topShceT Posts: 4,172

    As far as burning illegal applications or movies, and other things. Nothing will happen to the physical drive, just the material being burned he doens't like.
  10. Alfie45702

    Alfie45702 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Thanks for all the replies. I came across some info concerning the cd-rom driver or Mscdex.exe file being disabled or missing from Autoexec.bat or Config.sys file. Can editing the Mscdex.exe file be an option to block access to cd rom drive?
  11. acidosmosis

    acidosmosis TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,350

    No, Windows manages the CDROM on its own. When your in Windows it doesnt use MSCDEX. If I remember correctly, newer versions of Windows such as XP don't use autoexec.bat or config.sys whatsoever. Though even in earlier versions of Windows you wouldnt need either one. They could just be blank.

    Autoexec.bat and config.sys was mainly used in DOS to load hardware, high memory settings, etc. I believe Windows 3.1 and 95 still used both frequently though.

    Your best option is to disable the CD burner in Device Manager. Editing those files would be nothing but a hassle even in the case that it did work (which it wont). Plus loading MSCDEX isn't that simple. You have to know the right command parameters to load it correctly. Remembering those would be a headache to disable/enable frequently.

    Although you could also just place a "REM" in front of the line in config.sys or autoexec.bat, which would do the same thing as disabling it because the computer wouldnt actually run that line in the file. You could really even place a bunch of crap in front of the line such as "jashjdhajsda" so that mscdex isnt ran but you would just confuse your PC (like it matters though). It would just say "bad command or file name".

    If that was the route that I personally took I would place a line like this in the autoexec.bat

    echo *** MSCDEX off *** c:\cdrom\mscdex command line paremeters

    then you could just remove the "echo *** mscdex off***" when you want the cdrom to work.

    Though, again, this option would only work in DOS, not Windows.

    I still say the Device Manager option is the way to go, unless someone knows of a simpler way. I can't think of one at the moment.
  12. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 10,742   +421

    Simplier way to prevent them from using it would be simply to break the drive, lol. But I'm going to assume he still wants to burn cds when he wants to. So yes device manager would work but I think the simpliest way overall is to create different accounts and limit the avaiability of certain programs to his kid's account like mentioned above.
  13. romario187

    romario187 TS Rookie

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