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password protect my external HDD

by Bharat Puri / June 11, 2007 11:34 AM PDT

is there some program out there that would let me password protect my external so that regardless of wat computer i hook it up to, it still prompts a password to be entered?

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Encryption...
by John.Wilkinson / June 11, 2007 11:38 AM PDT

For that you'll want to look into encryption utilities. TrueCrypt is one option which runs on multiple platforms, so you're less likely to find yourself in a situation where you can't access the data. There are other options, but without knowing more about your setup, including your operating system, it's hard to say. However, have you ever considered placing it under lock and key?

John

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by Bharat Puri / June 11, 2007 12:17 PM PDT
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lock and key is out of the question bc im in a dorm, theres not really anyhting to lock it in

the OS on my desktop is XP Pro SP2, the external is a 250 GB western digital dual option HD. however, when i my some of my siblings use the Mac OS, and i use theyre computer alot when im traveling cus i cant really carry my desktop around. would TrueCrypt enable my HD to be password protected, regardless of what computer its connected to?

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Yes, but...
by John.Wilkinson / June 11, 2007 1:40 PM PDT
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TrueCrypt is not compatible with Mac OS X, so while the data would still be protected you wouldn't be able to do much yourself. The only Windows/Mac cross-platform encryption utility I'm familiar with is GnuPG, and it can be messy. You may want to ask in the Mac Applications & Utilities forum and see if anyone can suggest a better cross-platform solution.

John


P.S. I heard carrying your desktop around can help build muscles. Grin

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by Bharat Puri / June 11, 2007 2:32 PM PDT
In reply to: Yes, but...

thanks for your help john, i really appreciate it
i would carry my desktop around
but its a full size case, so the bulkiness of it might make my arms fall off
haha thanks again for ur help

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