Thanks very much for posting back the info, sniper8752
Hopefully some of the more experienced forum members & Moderators will drop by soon. Truecrypt
are just two of a number of applications available to secure an external hard drive. I personally have never used either, so I'm not able to give you a recommendation.
What I DO
use, however, is Outpost Firewall Pro
(paid version, lifetime license
) which has a File & Folder Lock
program in it. It can be used to password-protect a file, folder, multiple files/folders or an entire drive. If you are say offline, for example, and wish to access anything on the protected drive, once you click on the drive letter the program will inform you the drive is protected and open a dialog box in the middle of your screen for you to either enter the password or cancel the task.
Once you have entered the correct password, the program will open another dialog box asking how long do you want to suspend the protection. The choices will be: 5 minutes, 1 hour, or until restart. You can also right-click on the Taskbar icon and then click on "Suspend File/Folder Lock Protection" to disable it or vice-versa to resume the protection.
I use this feature to protect the two USB flash drives I have in ports on my computer. There is some other info I found on the Microsoft forums at the link below:http://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/forum/windows_vista-security/can-i-password-protect-an-external-hard-drive/78840998-c810-4dcf-9659-518548833cd9
Since you already have the Windows firewall, then you may just want to further look around at the various applications available. Some, like Truecrypt are freeware, while others are paid programs.
If no additional feedback is posted on your topic within the next 72 hours, you can also send a personal message (PM) to one of the Moderators to ask for further assistance. They are often quite busy trying to answer as many posts as possible, so a little patience will be needed.Regards
Edited by spc3rd, 09 January 2012 - 11:09 AM.