How can I control who can eject ZIP disks?

A. Windows 2000 introduces a new registry key which allows you to configure who can eject ZIP disks:

  1. Start the registry editor (regedit.exe)
  2. Move to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon
  3. From the Edit menu select New - String Value
  4. Enter a name of AllocateDASD and press Enter
  5. Double click the new value and set to:
    0 = Admins only can eject
    1 = Admins and power users
    2 = Admins and the interactive user (this allows normal users)
    Click OK
  6. Close the registry editor
  7. Reboot the computer

I have been informed that the above also works on NT 4.0 as long as you run the undocumented IomegaAccess utility included in the latest Iomegaware download. This utility installs a service that grants all users rights to format, eject, etc. Note that the program must be run from the hard drive, as the service defaults to referencing the installation directory on startup.

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