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#1 chugg

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Posted 06 June 2012 - 11:13 AM

I have been trying to password protect both of my removale hard drives which are both WD's but all the research I have done says that I need to use 3rd party software. I rather not do this if I can help it and if I do what do you consider the best free version and why. Thanks in advance for you help.

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Posted 07 June 2012 - 12:22 PM

If your current drives do not support a password function then all you can do is encrypt the contents.

If you forget the encryption key the contents will be lost.
If you hook them up to a media player it will not be able to decrypt the contents to play.

For most people encrypting part of the drive that holds sensitive information and leaving the rest un-encrypted works best.

For example I have a 32Gb flash drive. I would encrypt business information on it and not bother with video, music or pictures.

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Posted 11 June 2012 - 02:02 PM

Well thanks for the info rotor although that is crazy that they make it so difficult to protect a hard drive. It should be an easy thing.

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Posted 11 June 2012 - 02:28 PM

It is actually more important to be able to encrypt flash drives. Those get used regularly to carry business files and they are very common to be lost due to the small size.

Hard drives are more likely not to be carried all over and be lost. Plus any password protection would cause more support calls and most likely slow down the data transfer if it is encrypting the data and if it isn't encrypting the data why bother.

Some business laptop model allow a drive password to be set and that drive can not be used without the password, forget the password and everything is lost and the drive needs to be replaced.

I had a password set on something in the past. In my case it was more trouble than it was worth.

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Posted 11 June 2012 - 03:23 PM

In my case I will not forget the password and really need to protect my stuff. Extremely important stuff. So this sucks in my situation.

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Posted 18 June 2012 - 09:24 AM

Hi
This article more or less applies to any type of external drive
http://nakedsecurity.sophos.com/2012/06/17/lost-usb-keys-back-in-the-spotlight-in-privacy-commission-report/?utm_source=Naked+Security+-+Sophos+List&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=4c3c080043-naked%252Bsecurity

* 66% of the keys had one or more malware infections.
* Many of the keys contained personal and work-related files.
* Not a single one of the 4400 files was encrypted.

Encrypt everything and you never have to worry about the stuff you didn't encrypt!

PS. Why not try our free encryption tool?

It's an easy way to save and share files securely, whether you use removable devices or cloud-based internet services.

(Direct download; no registration required. Sorry, Mac users: this one's for Windows only.) http://www.sophos.com/dp/full/sfe_2401_sfx.exe


Cheers
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Edited by rotor123, 20 June 2012 - 11:26 AM.

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Posted 20 June 2012 - 11:07 AM

Thanks for this Roger! Thanks for the Quotes too! Looks like it may work. I will be checking it out this weekend as I am slammed with work at the moment. Thanks again Roger!

Edited by chugg, 20 June 2012 - 11:07 AM.


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Posted 01 July 2012 - 06:24 PM

Another free one Thanks to Mike Meyers http://www.truecrypt.org/

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