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External hard drive password protection without installation

by cactus75 / July 6, 2013 5:52 PM PDT

Dear all

I would be grateful for any advice on buying a small portable 2.5" external hard drive that is password protected and/or offers secure storage of data via encryption.

I will need to use the external drive in my workplace - where the computers have network restrictions - i.e. can't install software or run exe files. So I am looking for an external hard drive that has: a) software already installed on it which asks for a password to access data, and b) Does not require that software to be installed on each PC that the drive is connected to.

The following is an example of something I have looked at - although Buffalo support were not helpful in getting back to me on whether the password software needs to be physically installed on each machine.

Any recommendations would be gratefully received.

Thank you

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And you're not violating your employer's network
by VAPCMD / July 7, 2013 12:23 AM PDT

restriction by doing what you want to do ???


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Re: restriction
by cactus75 / July 7, 2013 2:42 AM PDT

By restriction, I mean that I do not have administrator rights on my workplace computers - so I am unable to install software or run exe files.

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This one is too simple.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / July 7, 2013 2:52 AM PDT

You get with your IT staffer to find what they will support for this. And if there was such a thing, wouldn't it depend on the host OS heavily?

And why not ZIP folders or files with passwords? That's been natively supported for over a decade. writes:

Additionally, this article discusses how to add items to and remove items from a compressed folder, and how to protect the folder by using a password.

Given this is a native function of Windows I'm left to guess why you are looking for something else.

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