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password protect local XP volume

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by Rikku, Jan 9, 2003.

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  1. Rikku

    Rikku Thread Starter

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    On a standalone Windows XP Pro computer, is there a way to password protect a volume (drive)?

    Basically, there is a User (no password) that is logged into the machine at all times, but I'd like to setup one of the volumes so that its unaccessible except by entering a password (or username & password) when it needs to be accessed. Sort of like you would do if you had a share on another machine in your workgroup that was password protected...except this is local.

    Thanks!
     
  2. Lardog

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    There is no way natively to do this in XP. You would have to use some 3rd party application.

    You can, however, use NTFS, then set access permissions on the volume, so that only certain accounts have access to it. You can even define the level of access, whether it be read only or read/write.

    Of course, you would then need to create seperate user accunts for each user accessing the system, or at least a seperate account for yourself and one other common account for everyone else.
     
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    I suspected as much....

    I did some looking and found a program called 'Hide Folders' (http://www.fspro.net/hfxp/index.html) which seems like it would do what i need although not as nicely as something integrated into XP.

    I would like something that transparently protect volumes so that as soon as someone attempts to access it, a password prompt comes up.

    Its funny - seems like such a simple thing, but it must be hard to implement! :confused:

    Thanks lardog.
     
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