that using EFS encryption is not something that is recommended too often here.
Look at the two posts in the discussion below;
If you have not backed up your EFS key, then you stand to lose those files, or at best, spend a lot of money, to regain access, if anything ever happens to your system.
I will let others answer your questions, but that 6 character password... It would take a professional just a few seconds to open it. A strong password is something like, Dhe30ajAh7Kie8Neo0dhej8Tw, or similar. The more characters the harder it becomes.
I've never tried it before, so please bear with me. I got a second hard drive for my Windows XP SP3 system and I moved some bulky folders off of my documents into it. I know that My Documents folder was protected by my Windows user password, but when I moved my files to a separate hard drive this password protection went away. To restore it, I went to the folder on a new hard drive, right-clicked on it, went into properties, then advanced and set Encrypt contents check to on. Then it took almost a day (for 211 GB folder) to apply! and now what happens is that when I log in under a different user account I can still see files on that folder, but when I try to open them I get Access Denied message.
So here are my questions:
(1) Is it possible to set it up so that folders were not openable on that drive from outside of my original user account? Or at least, so that file names didn't show?
(2) If I decide to upgrade and move that second hard drive to a new computer, how can I be able to access it there?
(3) Just curious, how secure is such protection? I know it depends on the strength of my password, but say, if the password is a 6 letter word that is not a word from a dictionary, it is not in any way associated with me, nor it's written anywhere on my actual desk So, just curious ...
Thanks in advance...