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Windows 7: How can i disable format option of a drive...??

01 Aug 2011   #1
Arslan Malik

windows 7 ultimate
 
 
How can i disable format option of a drive...??

Hi everyone, can anyone tell me how to disable format option of a drive when i right click on it.. i hope someone help me..


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01 Aug 2011   #2
Golden

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Ult. x64
 
 

Hi,

It sounds as if you need some type of context menu editor. I'm not sure if Brink has covered this in one of his tutorials, but you could try this:

ContextEdit Download - Softpedia

I've not used so it, so you do so at your own risk. I'm also not sure if you can remove the Format command from the context menu.

Good luck,
Golden
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02 Aug 2011   #3
Arslan Malik

windows 7 ultimate
 
 

Thanx buddy
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27 Sep 2011   #4
wernerml

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 
I need this to!!!!

HEY!!! I NEED THISS TOO!!!

tell me if you did this, I tryied lots of things, and I can't find a way...

I use windows very fast, with lots of keyboard hotkeys, and I'm afraid that one day i'm gonna format my D:.....

some times when I format a USB Flash Disk, I take a good look before I click "format" to check if it is really not D:

(ps: I am the Administrator user in my Windows, so "Guest\User privileges" isn't an option for me!)

HELP!!!!!
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27 Sep 2011   #5
Britton30
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

Since formatting is a major operation I think you should slow down when you know you are going to use it for a USB drive. I don't think any key combo will start a format of your OS drive, besides, Windows won't allow it while you are in Windows. Plus if you manage to disable it, you'll have to do all formatting from a command prompt.
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27 Sep 2011   #6
SIW2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

If you select the Format option by accident - it won't format the drive.

You get another window first, from which you select format options - just cancel it if you want.

Also, if you try and format the Windows volume - you get a message saying you can't.

No real danger there to worry about.
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27 Sep 2011   #7
TJG

Windows 7 Home Premium 32bits
 
 

From an old-timer, back in the DOS days, we just renamed the format.com to something else that only we knew.

TJG
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27 Sep 2011   #8
SIW2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

That's a good idea TJ - nice and simple
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27 Sep 2011   #9
Britton30
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

Does that remove "Format" from the context menu?
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28 Sep 2011   #10
wernerml

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 
The problem is "just another window: click cancel then!"

first, thanks for the replyes, very quick! =]

the partitions i'm worried about, is D: and E:, wich are not the OS partitions...

and the hotkeys problem, is becouse i'm an AutoHotkey (automations of mouse clicks and keyboard keys) FANATIC, ADDICTED!!!
but and this was just a exemple of one thing...

the main problem, is that I work in my computer REALLY QUICK, like playing a game or something (hehe)...

and sometimes I'm going to format a USB Flash Disk, and I almost don't have time to think before DO the REAL FORMAT!!!

what IF one day I format my D: instead? it would be a very good reason to KILL someone from microsoft...

--- 2 solutions seems to be the answer:
Solution 1- Disable COMPLETLY the option if neccesary, like: BROKE, CORRUPT windows FORMAT habillity... (It would be suitable! since I have 3 others notebooks here in my house, just use them to format my USB instead of mine...)

Solution 2- Remove from Explorer Context Menu (right-click).... but I'm thinking it have something to do with Resource Hacking stuff.. and I didn't find any information on the web about this ( just for Shell32.dll from Windows XP... )

LETS BREAK THE THING! Solution 1 ! hehehe
help!
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