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petemit
03-06-2010, 02:37 PM
Hi what software package can i use to password protect a new verbatum external harddrive i have just purchased or the folders on the hard drive

I am useing win xp profesional on a laptop

thanks
Peter

KarameaDave
03-06-2010, 02:41 PM
http://www.truecrypt.org/
Is a free open source one, compatible
with Windows 7/Vista/XP, Mac OS X, and Linux.

Chilling_Silence
03-06-2010, 02:42 PM
Hi Peter,

You can't by default, even if you're using NTFS. Somebody else can plug it in to their machine and "take over" the permissions on the drive quite easily.

What you probably want is something like TrueCrypt:
http://www.truecrypt.org/

Have a play around, but don't forget to backup the data that's on the external drive (If there's any yet).

Edit: Haha, snap ;)

PinoyKiw
03-06-2010, 02:46 PM
I would second TrueCrypt.

Apart from the fact it is a freebie, it is a good freebie, easy to use.

You could in effect password the complete external drive or create passworded partitions so that only some of the drive is password protected while the rest was public so to speak.

Create a good password though, waste of time having password protected files if someone else can guess your password in 5 seconds.

And the big no no of password protecting your files.......DON'T forget your password.

petemit
03-06-2010, 02:57 PM
Thanks i will give it a try

SolMiester
03-06-2010, 04:54 PM
BitLocker comes with Windows 7

Daisyfighting
08-06-2010, 06:57 PM
Truecrypt is the most popular encryption software, but i think it is a little complicated. If you want a simple one, try the following [edit: spam removed]

Blam
08-06-2010, 09:49 PM
You might want to have seperate partitions, one with truecrypt portable and some files that don't need to be protected, so that if you plug it into someone elses computer you can use the portable version to decrypt it.