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John Galt
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Encryption Software for Empty External Hard Drive

Howdy,

I find myself with an empty external 160 GB HD and thought that I might try making an encrypted volume out of it.

The first thing that comes to mind to use is TrueCrypt...any others to consider? I have 'normal' requirements, no 'high-value' data to protect. The objective is to deter anyone if they 'happen' to walk off with the HD.

Any suggestions, pitfalls to avoid, best practices, etc....?

XP here on all systems...

TIA
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Brano
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..as you said, TrueCrypt ...it's great even for 'normal' requirements



John Galt
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Hearing no ZOMGs or otherwise, I am proceeding accordingly forthwith.



norwegian
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If you have Win 7 Ultimate it includes Bitlocker

Also FYI if you want to do research on different software and you use more than Windows this tabling of different types may come in handy.
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StuartMW
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said by norwegian:

If you have Win 7 Ultimate it includes Bitlocker

I believe Bitlocker only works on the system (usually C:) drive. Windows (back to XP I think) does have EFS (Encrypting File System) but I'm not sure you get it on all editions.
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norwegian
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I've not played with it, nor have the need, but this link suggests it does extend past the C: drive.

»www.sevenforums.com/tutorials/46···off.html

External hard drives or flash drives encrypted by BitLocker Drive Encryption - BitLocker To Go can be used on any computer you connect them to by unlocking the encrypted drive with a password or a smart card.


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StuartMW
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said by norwegian:

... but this link suggests it does extend past the C: drive.

On Win7 yes but John Galt See Profile is running XP.
quote:
XP here on all systems...

Just pulled out my Vista Resource Kit book and it says (P60)
quote:
Note: BitLocker Drive Encryption provides protection for the Windows partition...
Evidently that was changed in Win7 to allow any drive to be encrypted.
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John Galt
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reply to norwegian

said by norwegian:

Also FYI if you want to do research on different software and you use more than Windows this tabling of different types may come in handy.

Nice chart...thanks for that.

Broxy

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reply to John Galt

TrueCrypt very good program!
There is another free program Mini Drive, but has a limit - 2 GB virtual disk size.
As for the well-paid programs - Rohos Disk Encryption.