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Lock a directory on a USB Flash Drive?

by jgreg7 / April 19, 2011 3:10 AM PDT

I have a 64GB flash drive with a variety of diagnostic tools and utilities on it. However, when I plug it into various computers, the anti-virus programs sometimes remove these tools from the drive with the vague description of "hacktool". This is quite inconvenient since sometimes the diagnostic tool I wish to use has been deleted.

Is there a way to create a directory on a USB Flash drive that is read only such that the AV software does not have access to it, but I can still copy from it? (I still need to be able to write to the rest of the drive, so a simple read-only switched drive is not useful in this case)

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Doesn't?
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / April 19, 2011 3:19 AM PDT

All the anti-virus I've used over the years give me an OPTION to delete or ignore.

While FOLDERLOCK is one idea I find folk that lost it all with such things. My choice here is to tell the anti-virus not to bother with the files.

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Lock a directory on a USB Flash Drive?
by jgreg7 / April 19, 2011 4:44 AM PDT
In reply to: Doesn't?

Thank you for your response. You are correct in that many AV programs will prompt you for file disposition - if they are configured to do so. However many of the newer installation have automatic file handling and will simply delete what they interpret to be an "infected" file. This is very common with business setups, or computers setup for non-techies.

Thank you for the FolderLock reference, I will look into this. I do not need encryption, just file delete protection.

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