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Keeping Private Files on the Hard Drive - such as word, excel, and pdf focuments


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#1 cluelessgirl

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Posted 09 January 2010 - 08:46 AM

I have some personal files on my hard drive in C: and H: such as word, excel, and PDF documents.

My windows has 3 accounts and 1 guest account. I put all my files in my 3 password protected accounts. I have 1 guest account but there is nothing important in there.

I am worried if someone steals my computer (just takes the whole hard drive box), can they access my documents on my hard drive without my password?

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#2 hamluis

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Posted 09 January 2010 - 09:05 AM

Documents...yes.

The only thing a password prevents...is booting into the O/S on that drive. All data files can be accessed by attaching the drive in question as a secondary drive on a different system.

AFAIK, the only way to prevent access to data files...is to use encryption of some sort on the data files.

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Posted 09 January 2010 - 09:39 AM

I would be more worried about losing your files if someone stole your computer, especially if the files are encrypted. Best practices would suggest that you have a copy of these important files stored off-line in a secure place, and delete those on your hard drive that you are not using and don't need immediate access to.
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Posted 09 January 2010 - 10:09 AM

What OS do you have, Vista and 7 have something called bit locker File encrypting Software.

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