Enable Zune as Hard Drive

Make your Microsoft Zune show up as a hard drive when you connect it to the USB port on your Windows computer with these steps.

1. Disconnect the Zune and close out of any Zune software

2. Click Start > Run, type REGEDIT and click OK.

3. Click once on HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE4. Click Edit > Find…

4. Type EnableLegacySupport in the Find what box and click Find Next.

5. It should find the EnableLegacySupport value, double-click on it and set the Value data to 1 and click OK.

6. Double-click PortableDeviceNameSpaceExcludeFromShell, set the Value data to 0 and click OK.

7. Double-click ShowInShell, set the Value data to 1 and click OK.

8. Close the Registry Editor.

9. Plug in the Zune and launch the Zune software. Your Zune should then be listed as a hard drive under My Computer.


  1. M says

    It maybe possible that if you change the drive to a different harddrive that write would be enabled by replacing the drive with an aftermarket drive just something i was thinking about.

  2. peterW says

    will this actully make mu computer see zune or enable Zune to work as hdd on all computers i connect it to (whithout editing their registries)?

  3. Hadrian says

    Actually now I can put files on the Zune using the hack above. Since now it can be shown on Explorer, I can back up my computer

  4. Hadrian says

    This actually works and I am using Vista Home Premiem. It does act as a hard drive but I cannot write in it. Please send me an email when that is possible.

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