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    How to to protect a stick with a password

    Hello All,
    I have just bought my first stick (36Gb) and I wonder how should I protect access to it with a password, sot that it remains inaccessible to unwanted users.
    Thank you in advance.

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    See if this PC World article helps.
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    Thanks Ted.
    I understand I could use encryption and I have a program called AxCrypt to protect the files stored inside.

    What I was looking for, was a way to prevent access ''before'' anyone tried to access the drive by using a password.
    I have a stick called ''SanDisk'', and I remain clueless at to how to physically prevent anyone to access the disk.

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    It does not appear that is possible. Each file can be password protected, but not the whole drive.
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    If you use True Crypt as referenced by the article in Ted's comment, you can encrypt the entire volume or create encrypted container files on the drive.

    If you encrypt the entire volume, you will need True Crypt on the PC that you attach the drive to.

    If you create container files on the thumb drive, you could add True Crypt Portable to the stick and run it that way. The container files are encrypted data "buckets" which when decrypted are mounted by True Crypt and used as an additional virtual drive. True Crypt does all the heavy lifting and anything stored in the container files is presented as a virtual drive to the OS.

    Make the container file as big as you like: I have a 4GB file here which maps to a mounted drive through True Crypt.
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    Some flash drives come with password protection software. as an example:
    http://www.sandisk.com/products/software/secureaccess/

    Jerry

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    Thank you All,

    I now understand how to do it using an encryption software.

    On the other hand, I also realize some sticks like Sandisk come with one; mine is not one of those, however, I will be wiser next time I buy one and make sure it comes with the encrypting for the stick.

    Thanks again, next time I will get true-crypt portable and fit my files in these pre-sized boxes.

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    We're glad we could help.
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