How to remove local (C) drives from permissions reports (example: program files)

I used to be able to run file/folder reports that didn't show local drive information - it only showed networked drives.  I may have created a discovery incorrectly.

How can I remove the local "C" drive data from collecting?

Thank you,


  • By networked drives I assume you mean shares. If that is the case select Share and do not select Include Hidden Shares.

  • Another thing you can do is just under where the computers are listed there is a field called Add Global. It has a drop-down list where you can pick some global variables and then select the Exclude button.

  • You probably just need to tweak your scan settings. Look for an option to exclude the local "C" drive in your reporting tool's settings.

  • There are two ways to remove the local "C" drive data from collecting in file/folder reports:

    1. Remove the local drive from the discovery scope. To do this, open the discovery scope settings and remove the local drive from the list of drives to be scanned.
    2. Create a filter to exclude the local drive from the reports. To do this, create a new filter and add the following condition:
    Drive name != "C:"

    Once you have added the filter, it will be applied to all reports that use that filter.

    Here are the detailed steps for each method:

    Method 1: Remove the local drive from the discovery scope

    1. Open the discovery scope settings.
    2. Click on the Drives tab.
    3. Uncheck the checkbox next to the local drive (C:).
    4. Click on the Save button.

    Method 2: Create a filter to exclude the local drive from the reports

    1. Go to Reports > Manage filters.
    2. Click on the Create new filter button.
    3. Enter a name for the filter.
    4. In the Conditions section, click on the Add condition button.
    5. Select the Drive name condition.
    6. Select the Does not equal operator.
    7. Enter "C:" in the Value field.
    8. Click on the Add button.
    9. Click on the Save button.

    Once you have created the filter, you can apply it to any report by following these steps:

    1. Open the report that you want to apply the filter to.
    2. Click on the Filters button.
    3. Select the filter that you created in step 4.
    4. Click on the Apply button.

    The report will now only show data for the koows networked drives.

    I hope this helps!

  • Clarence,

    I selected Collect only selected shares, folders and DFS shares.  Is this correct?

    I tried excluding the program files but they keep showing up. Recycle bin shows also.

  • Yes that is correct. Does the DFS shares include the c: drive? Not sure why the recycle bin would show up. Try backing off a bit to better understand what is going on. Just select shares (not hidden shares) and select files and folders. Select one computer so you can understand what is happening.

  • Hi Clarence,

    I excluded the program files and window files from the scope.  I still get program files and window files.  I'm only looking at 1 user's file rights on 1 server.

  • Is the C: drive shared? It doesn't make sense if you're not sharing the C: drive and you're not collecting hidden shares. Does that person have access to the c:\ drive?

  • I understand that you're trying to remove local drive information from your file/folder reports. Here are two possible methods to achieve this:

    Method 1: Exclude Local Drive Path from Discovery

      1. Navigate to the Manage > Discovery section in your reporting tool.

      1. Identify the discovery that is currently collecting data from the local drive (C:).

      1. Open the discovery properties and locate the Include/Exclude Paths section.

      1. Add the local drive path (C:) to the Exclude Paths list.

      1. Save the discovery changes.

    By excluding the local drive path from the discovery, the reporting tool will no longer collect data from that location, effectively removing it from your file/folder reports.

    Method 2: Filter Local Drive Data from Reports

      1. Generate the file/folder report as you normally would.

      1. Apply a filter to the report to exclude data from the local drive (C:).

      1. The specific filtering method will depend on your reporting tool's interface. However, the general approach involves selecting a filter criterion that distinguishes between network drives and local drives.

      1. Once the filter is applied, the report will only display data from network drives, excluding the local drive information.

    Both methods will effectively remove local drive data from your file/folder reports, ensuring that only developerbook echat information from networked drives is included..