How to protect external USB Drive?

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  1. Kaupp

    Kaupp Registered Member

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    Hi all
    I have a Western Digital 120GB external USB 2.0 hard drive that I want to secure against the possibility of someone connecting it to another computer to access the files.
    I would like to know if there is a software I can use that will protect my drive in this way?

    Thanks for the help.
     
  2. Devinco

    Devinco Registered Member

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    Welcome to Wilders Kaupp.
    The best solution (in my opinion) is to create an encrypted mountable partition.
    I have done this with PGP 8 (the PGP Disk component) and it works well. PGP Disk did have some problems working on a DirectCD encrypted file (corruption if you try to edit it on CD), but that may be related to the file system.
    You should definately check out TrueCrypt
    I am just starting to use it but it looks very promising.
    It seems to be well regarded here, it's open source, uses strong encryption, and it's free.
    Does it get any better than that?
     
  3. Kaupp

    Kaupp Registered Member

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    Thanks for the info and links Devinco
    Do you know if there are any size restrictions on creating encrypted mountable partitions with PGP 8 on FAT32?
    My drive has two partitions 57GB and 54GB

    Thank you
     
  4. Devinco

    Devinco Registered Member

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    I'm using NTFS.
    But a little digging revealed this:
    FAT32 volumes encrypted or otherwise can be up to 2048 GB maximum. That is a FAT32 file system limit.
    PGPDisk 8 FAT32 minimum volume size 260MB.
    I could not locate any maximum restriction in the PGP manual.
     
  5. Kaupp

    Kaupp Registered Member

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    Thanks bro!
    I just discovered the same thing reading the Truecrypt manual today.The 4gb limit I was thinking of only applies to containers :)
     
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