Ensure 'Devices: Allowed to format and eject removable media' is set to 'Administrators and Interactive Users'

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This policy setting determines who is allowed to format and eject removable NTFS media. You can use this policy setting to prevent unauthorized users from removing data on one computer to access it on another computer on which they have local administrator privileges.

The recommended state for this setting is: Administrators and Interactive Users.


Users may be able to move data on removable disks to a different computer where they have administrative privileges. The user could then take ownership of any file, grant themselves full control, and view or modify any file. The fact that most removable storage devices will eject media by pressing a mechanical button diminishes the advantage of this policy setting.


None - the default value is Administrators only. Administrators and Interactive Users will be able to format and eject removable NTFS media.


To establish the recommended configuration, set the following Device Configuration Policy to Administrators and Interactive Users:

To access the Device Configuration Policy from the Intune Home page:

Click Devices

Click Configuration profiles

Click Create profile

Select the platform (Windows 10 and later)

Select the profile (Custom)

Enter a Name

Click Add

Enter the Details below

Name: <Enter name>
Description: <Enter Description>
OMA-URI: ./Device/Vendor/MSFT/Policy/Config/LocalPoliciesSecurityOptions/Devices_AllowedToFormatAndEjectRemovableMedia
Data type: String
Value: Administrators and Interactive Users

Select Save

Continue through the Wizard to complete the creation of the profile (profile assignments, applicability etc.)

Note: More than one configuration setting from each of the Configuration profiles (ex: Administrative Templates, Custom etc.) can be added to each Device Configuration Policy.

Note #2: This recommendation can also be set using the Endpoint protection profile using Local device security options/Devices settings.

Default Value:

Administrators. (Only Administrators will be able to format and eject removable NTFS media.)

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