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password protecting external hard drive?


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sulobaid

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Hello all! I want to password protect my external hard drive or possibly even password protect just certain files. I am not sure exactly how to do this, last time I tried I ended up locking myself out of my own external with no way to open it again and had to reformat it. I have a rather new Toshiba external, when I bought it the packaging said that it could be encrypted but the instructions didnt really say how.
Thanks for any help!

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amw_drizz

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Look into truecypt. Read through the directions a few times so you don't get lost in it. But I recommend creating a partition file and keeping your sensitive documents there. This way you can keep your non-sensitive documents readily available.

TrueCrypt http://www.truecrypt.org/
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i would use bitlocker that comes with windows
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I was going to suggest that. But the OP has Windows 7 Professional on his computer. Bitlocker isn't available on the professional version only business and ultimate versions. Also if he hooks the device up to any computer that doesn't have BitLocker installed or enabled be it windows xp, vista home premium and such the drive would be useless.

If he only plans on connecting the drive to his own computer, and he has the funds to upgrade to the ultimate edition or business edition then ya bitlocker would be a way to go. But I know for most people funds are tight, so that is why I recommended TrueCrypt. As it does what he needs it to do.
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thanks for the help guys. So will I be able to access the locked partition on any other computer or will that computer also need TrueCrypt?
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