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    Password protect external harddrive

    Looking for information from the membership who may have alternative protection to an external hd. I am running Win7, 64bit. I have 3 external harddrives and one of them, 3TB does not have software to password protect it. I would like to find something to do this. I know about TrueCrypt and that, even though it is no longer updated along with the press about its security, is one option. I have found this program called Storage Crypt, http://www.magic2003.net/index.htm.

    I am looking for those that have an alternative they are using for recommendations. If any of you are using something different that is easy to use and does the job. Suggestions welcome.

    Everyone have a wonderful holiday season too

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    I don't have a recommendation for an alternative. TrueCrypt is the tool to use, despite the bad press.

    cheers, Paul

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    Thanks for the quick reply's. Is TrueCrypt or any other for that matter able to easily encrypt an harddrive that has 3TB in it? I may use TrueCrypt in the end but the other I mentioned while not free is pretty economical. As far as rohos, I see it supports a usb flash drive but no mention of a large external hd.

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    I used the free portable version of Rohos on a 500GB usb hard drive and it worked with no problems.

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    Size seems to be 1PB.

    I use this GRC page for the "older" TrueCrypt version - at the bottom.

    cheers, Paul
    Last edited by Paul T; 2014-12-17 at 13:14.

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    Great info, thank you

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    passwords do nothing but cause you big problems

    unplug it and lock it up to keep it safe

    when you connect it only put it on your computer
    never attach to any others for any reason

    you do keep your computer clean with mbam and other antiscumware defenses dont you
    so why would you need passwords at all unless this is a corporate shared database disk
    in which case you probably need a lot more than passwords to keep it safe



    Quote Originally Posted by James S View Post
    Looking for information from the membership who may have alternative protection to an external hd. I am running Win7, 64bit. I have 3 external harddrives and one of them, 3TB does not have software to password protect it. I would like to find something to do this. I know about TrueCrypt and that, even though it is no longer updated along with the press about its security, is one option. I have found this program called Storage Crypt, http://www.magic2003.net/index.htm.

    I am looking for those that have an alternative they are using for recommendations. If any of you are using something different that is easy to use and does the job. Suggestions welcome.

    Everyone have a wonderful holiday season too

    Jim

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    Quote Originally Posted by speedball View Post
    passwords do nothing but cause you big problems
    IMO you are wrong. Passwords are a valuable method of keeping your data private, but like all things humans do, are subject to failure.

    cheers, Paul

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    According to some sources, a biggest problem with passwords is: if a user forgets his/her password, there will be trouble trying to "crack" the drive. So, some simply tape their password to their monitor and keep going. Okay...
    "Take care of thy backups and thy restores shall take care of thee." Ben Franklin revisited.
    http://collegecafe.fr.yuku.com/forum...-Technologies/

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    Quote Originally Posted by RolandJS View Post
    According to some sources, a biggest problem with passwords is: if a user forgets his/her password, there will be trouble trying to "crack" the drive. So, some simply tape their password to their monitor and keep going. Okay...

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    ...another form of sticky note is to make a notebook, keep it right by your computer, and make sure to label it: PRIVATE - CONFIDENTIAL - PASSWORDS
    "Take care of thy backups and thy restores shall take care of thee." Ben Franklin revisited.
    http://collegecafe.fr.yuku.com/forum...-Technologies/

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    Calimanco,

    Love your GIF, can I borrow it?
    May the Forces of good computing be with you!

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    Quote Originally Posted by RetiredGeek View Post
    Calimanco,

    Love your GIF, can I borrow it?
    Of course.

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