External Hard Drive Question

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tsupersonic

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I got an 250 GB WD External HDD. I have a laptop and want only that laptop (XP Pro SP2) to access that harddrive. In other words, if I hook it up to another computer, I don't want the external hdd to be recongnized. I want to lock it down, but I want to avoid using encryption. Is there any programs out there that will do this?


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I do not think its possible to lock down the drive so the host machine cannot get access to it. The only thing that may work would be setting security settings on the drive on the host machine in Windows, so only your certain username had read/write access to the drive. Even then, the admin on the host machine could probably get into the drive with full rights.

I would suggest looking at a network storage device as a possible solution next time, such as a Buffalo Linkstation: http://www.buffalotech.com/products/product-detail.php?productid=71&categoryid=16 . It's a standalone drive that connects to your network, and you should be able to put security on it, though I have no experience with such devices.

Cheers,

Dan
 
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