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#1 phntm

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Posted 27 August 2013 - 09:02 AM

I need to lock up all of my external hard drives for several years, and was wondering what is the BEST external hard drive password protection/lock software? I want to make sure barely NO one can get into them, but that they will be accessible once I use them again. I really need help with this.


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Posted 27 August 2013 - 08:52 PM

Hi, Are You saying No-one including yourself will need access to them?

In that case I would get a Safe Deposit Box and let them be locked into the banks vault until needed.

 

A safe deposit box is also the best off site location for data backups in my opinion.

 

Other than that You can encrypt them using special software. keeping in mind that if You forget the password you won't be able to access the contents either.

 

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Posted 28 August 2013 - 07:18 AM

Thanks for your response.

 

No, I still wish to access them some day. I'd go with a safe deposit box, but I don't know how long i'll be gone, I don't want the wrong hands getting it, and it would probably costs money and I won't be around to pay for it. I just need to password protect my externals, with software that is good.



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Posted 28 August 2013 - 08:37 AM

I can not recommend any software not having used any like that.

 

However I will offer this warning. Just because the data is protected against being accessed does not mean it is protected against someone formatting the drive so they can use it to store their files.

 

I did have one thought, Instead of a Safe Deposit box, Why not go buy a small safe and some bubble wrap? Wrap the drives just in case. Then put them in the safe.

 

Something such as a safe from here for example http://www.staples.com/Security-Fire-Water-Safes/cat_CL158854#sby=%271%27&viewDetails=%27listView%27

 

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Posted 28 August 2013 - 02:10 PM

Thanks, I use to have a peice of software that did it but I don't remember it's name. It was a flash drive security tool called Lock some thing, I think, wish I could remember. Anyway, I will be putting them in a safe, but some one else will have the key because there is no where else for me to place the keys for several years. Thanks for the bubble wrap idea though, that won't damage the drives? I like that idea!

 

Anyways, I just need software to lock them up, I have google'd but I really wanted to see if some one could recommend some thing solid and good.



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Posted 28 August 2013 - 06:51 PM

I've used Truecrypt before. Nice open source software. Highly recommended.

 

http://www.truecrypt.org/



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Posted 29 August 2013 - 01:34 PM

Just a random thought. You say you'll be 'storing' these drives for several years. Having them encrypted is a noble idea. But will you remember the password/passphrase after such a length of time? If not, then your encrypted drives won't even be accessible to you when you take possession again.

You might also want to have a plan for gaining access after the fact.

Don't forget to also add desiccant in what ever storage container the drives will be in, to minimize moisture damage being stored that long.

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Posted 03 September 2013 - 03:50 AM

I can also reccomend Truecrypt as a very secure program to use. Unless something has changed in the past year no one has ever cracked a properly encrypted Truecrypt drive ( or written about doing so). That being said if you ever forget your password that data will be lost forever. Read the Wiki before using it.
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