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Windows 7: user with non-admin rights can't initialize drive

02 Jul 2010   #1

MAC OS X v10.4.10
 
 
user with non-admin rights can't initialize drive

Hi,

Anyone know how to allow a user with 'Power User' rights to initialize an external hard drive.

Run-as local admin doesn't quite work. I also started the initialization process then gave the drive back to the user to finish formatting in NTFS. However, the HD is 2 tb and he only got to 10 mb before Windows 7 quits and shoots failed error.

Any advice is much appreciated.

Thanks,

Ben

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02 Jul 2010   #2

Win 7 Ultimate 32bit
 
 

If you have the drive hooked up and you initialize it, what is stopping you from formatting it for them to begin with? It's of little use till it is formatted, a quick format takes less time than informing a user they need to format there newly initialized drive. Or am I missing something?
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02 Jul 2010   #3

MAC OS X v10.4.10
 
 

I agree ... formatting the drive take little effort and would be simple enough for me to do. However, I need the user to be able to do it himself under the current permission settings I gave him. Reason being is the user is preparing/formatting several drives daily for use in our company.
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02 Jul 2010   #4

Win 7 Ultimate 32bit
 
 

Well to the best of my knowledge a power user should not have any problem doing that.
Are you sure they are a power user?

Is this a domain environment?
You may have to give them local admin privileges to the local PC. And only Domain User privs on the Domain.

If you are locking down desktops,, then You may have to trust your tech to be able to use their system as an Admin. Techs should always have a certain level of Admin Privs.
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02 Jul 2010   #5

MAC OS X v10.4.10
 
 

Excellent suggestion.

You are correct that this is a domain environment. I set the user locally with 'Power User' rights. You are also correct that if I give the user local admin rights he can accomplish this but local admin rights are not an option.
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02 Jul 2010   #6

Win 7 Ultimate 32bit
 
 

Other than giving him an Run As Admin userID, you don't really have a choice if Power User doesn't give him rights.

Unless you give him admin rights to just the management console, not sure if that will work.
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02 Jul 2010   #7

MAC OS X v10.4.10
 
 

Unfortunately, that doesn't work for initializing drive. It does work for some things like renaming drives. But, I need to be able to isolate/target his admin cred. to just initialing/formatting.

thx though
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02 Jul 2010   #8

Win 7 Ultimate 32bit
 
 

Yeah,, don't think you can get that granular with that.
My rights management skills are not super excellent, but due to the nature of what you are asking, it may not be fully possible.
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02 Jul 2010   #9

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1 | OSX Lion 10.7 x64
 
 

If you can't set this on Local Policy Editor (gpedit.msc), then I'm afraid there is no much to do besides the all powerful full local Administrator rights.
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02 Jul 2010   #10

Windows 7 x64 Ultimate
 
 

Yeah, formatting a drive is a HUGE admin right. Probably one of the most serious. So from a philosophical standpoint, it's one of the last things you want to be able to grant a domain user.

Depeding on the person, generally people that need that kind of power are given local admin rights but standard domain user rights.

If it's just for fomratting drives you might think about using a laptop that is off your internal netowrk and give local admin rights to that, then restoring the HD image after he's done if you are really tight on security.
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