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Password Protecting WD Hard Drive?


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#1 Cartoon Shark

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Posted 07 February 2011 - 11:38 PM

Hello, I have a Western Digital External Hard drive I'd like to find out how to password protect it.
It's a WD Elements 320 GB. It didn't come with any sort of software, so I can't do it that way.
I tried to make a file on there with all my other files and try to password protect it, but Windows wouldn't let me.
I have ALL of my photos on here so I want to secure it.

I'm very shifty of downloading any password protection software, but if necessary I will.

Thanks for any help!

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Posted 08 February 2011 - 02:16 PM

What version of Windows?

<<I tried to make a file on there with all my other files and try to password protect it, but Windows wouldn't let me.>>

Exactly...what did you do and what was the error mezsage?

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Posted 08 February 2011 - 02:27 PM

Download and install a 3rd party app to password protect your files / drive.

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Posted 08 February 2011 - 04:22 PM

Hamluis,

I am running Windows XP Home Edition SP3.

Basically, what I did was put all my files into one file on my external HD. I then right clicked the folder, clicked properties, and then sharing. There is an option there to password protect it, however the box was grayed out so I couldn't check the box.
I can take a screenshot if needed.

Allan,

What free password protecting software do you recommend?

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Posted 08 February 2011 - 04:33 PM

Truecrypt gets good reviews: http://download.cnet.com/TrueCrypt/3000-2092_4-10527243.html

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Posted 08 February 2011 - 04:39 PM

Allan,

Alright. I'll try this and see if it does the job.

Thanks!

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Posted 08 February 2011 - 04:39 PM

You're welcome.




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