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#1 gsI_Paul

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Posted 18 November 2016 - 10:47 AM

Hi,

 

Doing some working on backing up pay details on a thumb drive. Got VeraCrypt working on the thumb drive very well. However I've found that although I can't open the vault, I can delete it. First I thought of password protecting it with a .dat file program, but that did not work - as after I open the hidden folder containing the vault file, VeraCrypt was not able to see it.

 

Anything i can do? I really don't want to use another program or any additional software if possible and nor can I use bitlocker (it will not run on our company PCs, as running Windows 7).

 

Thanks in advance,

 

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#2 JohnC_21

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Posted 18 November 2016 - 11:05 AM

Your intention was to keep somebody from deleting the container file? If this is a container file then nothing can stop a person from deleting it other than marking it read only or changing permissions but even then a person could zero wipe the flash drive or format it if they had access to the flash drive. 



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Posted 23 March 2017 - 02:46 PM

A better solution would be to just use a secure usb flash drive to start with like ironkey.

 

 http://www.ironkey.com/en-US/


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Posted 27 March 2017 - 03:13 PM

Just want to point out that hardware encryption USB sticks like IronKey and datAshur will delete your data by default after a wrong password/pin has been entered too many times.


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Posted 28 March 2017 - 10:25 AM

Yes, they can delete everything AFTER 10 attempts. Depending on which one you buy this can be changed to more or less attempts. 

Also they have and recommend you use their backup utility which can help you recover your data.

 

http://support.ironkey.com/article/AA-02416/0/What-happens-when-my-IronKey-self-destructs.html


Edited by RenoGeek, 28 March 2017 - 10:26 AM.

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Posted 30 March 2017 - 03:27 PM

Not only deleting, but also self-destructing: http://support.ironkey.com/article/AA-02416/0/What-happens-when-my-IronKey-self-destructs.html


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Posted 30 March 2017 - 03:46 PM

yes, very secure and from your link...

 
Displayed are ample warnings about incorrect passwords and device self-destruction. Each incorrect password attempt will display a warning indicating the remaining number of password attempts. Additionally, after every 3 consecutive bad password attempts you must remove the device and re-insert it. 
 
The last password attempt displays at least 2 very distinct warning messages stating this self-destruction is permanent and there is no way to recover an IronKey once it has self-destructed, and the action will void the hardware warranty.  The IronKey limited hardware warranty covers hardware manufacturing defects only.  Devices that have self-destructed are not eligible for replacement. 
 
So if your the kind of person that can't remember their password after 10 tries it's not for you.
But less hassle then trying to figure out how to get a veracrypt file not to be deleted as the first post was about.
As it would take 10 attempts taking the drive out 3x to delete / destroy the drive.

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Posted 02 April 2017 - 10:22 PM

Glary Utilities has an easy to use file encryption tool, and the advanced options within allows you to speciify destruction after "x" incorrect attempts...


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Posted 03 April 2017 - 12:14 PM

It is my interpretation that the OP is looking for a solution that would prevent someone else to delete the container.


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