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Password Protecting Individual Folders on a Shared Ext HDD

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by gradpads, May 23, 2005.

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  1. gradpads

    gradpads Thread Starter

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    Just what it says on the tin. Is there anyway of password protecting individual folders on an external hdd that I share between computers?

    Basically, I have all my MP3s in one folder, and all my banking and private files in another. I want the MP3 folder to be useable by anyone, while I want a basic password to block the private folder just to stop casual observers. I plug my hdd into a few computers. How would I go about doing this? If I buy a license for something like Storagecrypt will I need to buy one for each computer I use my external hdd on?

    Thanks for any guidance!
     
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  3. magicrib

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    gradpads,

    Try using Folderlock V3.1. It hides all the folders that u want, nobody wont even know it exists. also try Magic Folders... just search Google for their download site or you can buy their cds.
     
  4. qldit

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    G'day gradpads, this is a little different but Kingston data traveler flashdrives have a little utility in them that allows you to select the size of your private folder then make the rest available publicly.
    The private folder is hidden and requires password access, I believe the system uses FAT32.
    Cheers, qldit.
     
  5. Yorkshire Guy

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    Hi qldit,

    I've got a Kingston Data Traveller 512MB, how do I get at the utility you mentioned?

    Using Explorer I don't see anything and I have folder options set to displayy all files (system and hidden).

    Cheers
    Hew
     
  6. qldit

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    G'day All, the program is called "secure traveller" it is 1.5 MB and should have been on the data traveler. If not it should be available from Kingston. It is a USB2 (high speed) device program.
    I have no idea how to remove it once it is installed, it becomes hidden, so you open the drive and it looks like a normal drive, but if you type your password it opens the secure area. Come to think of it what password did I use?
    This may be a problem,
    Cheers, qldit.
     
  7. qldit

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    G'day again, please change that to "secure traveler" (one L, not two.)
    Another thing is that the flashdrive properties in my computer appear as the public drive size, so the private drive really is hidden!
    Cheers, Qldit.
     
  8. JohnWill

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    If you have 2K or XP-Pro, you can use EFS File Encryption for one or more folders, and you already have it. In addition, the data will REALLY be protected unless it's connected to the computer with the proper credentials.
     
  9. gradpads

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    Thanks very much for the replies. I'll have a play with the free trials on the software you all mentioned and see which is best - I'll report back here!

    At first glance, they all look like encryption protection, which is more than I really need. I'll only be using the external HDD on computers I own, I just want to be able to password protect a couple of folders to deter the casual browser in case I leave my room open or something.

    Also, if I encrypt a folder on my main computer, will I need to install the software on the other computers I own to be able to decrypt and encrypt?

    Thanks!
     
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