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16th December 2006, 11:17 AM

i have a maxtor 500gb external usb hard disk. Does anybody know of any free programs that allow you to put a passord on it so the password has to be entered when the hard disk is connected to the computer before you can access the drive??

16th December 2006, 02:33 PM
What i normally do when i want to achive something like that is use... PGPDisk.
Look for the old hacked version which was freeware.

- Basically it will make a flat file (any size you want).
- This file is made on the drive.
- When you want to access the content you mount the drive with the software.
- Its encrypted with pgp.

There might be better options... :unsure ive never really looked too hard.

I find this useful also for work places that might like to snoop at your personal files.
Comboing this with linux will usually ensure your hidden mp3s are safe at work :D

16th December 2006, 10:29 PM
i have some software that camw with my verbatium usb memory stick.
with it you can create a password protected directory.
i do not know if it will work on an external drive or not.
its only a few meg long. i can send it to you if you wish.

ther then that this may help
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25th July 2007, 09:59 PM

T r u e C r y p t
Free open-source disk encryption software for Windows Vista/XP/2000 and Linux
Main Features:

* Creates a virtual encrypted disk within a file and mounts it as a real disk.

* Encrypts an entire hard disk partition or a storage device such as USB flash drive.

* Encryption is automatic, real-time (on-the-fly) and transparent.

* Provides two levels of plausible deniability, in case an adversary forces you to reveal the password:

1) Hidden volume (steganography – more information may be found here).

2) No TrueCrypt volume can be identified (volumes cannot be distinguished from random data).

* Encryption algorithms: AES-256, Serpent, and Twofish. Mode of operation: LRW.