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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.

http://www.buffalotech.com/products/portable-hard-drives/ministation/ministation-extreme

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 ???

VAPCMD

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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.

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/306531 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.
Bob

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