Hard drive password

  taloob 16:17 02 Oct 2004

Right now i'm using a 40GB Western Digital harddisk.My problem is since some of my files had been changed by some of my housemates. My question is can i put passwords to the drives to protect them
from outsiders

  Diodorus Siculus 16:28 02 Oct 2004

There are a few options:

1 - do you want to stop others using the PC? If so, set a BIOS password.

2 - try something like this: click here

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In addition how do you name your files? Do you use descriptive files such as bank-statements.zip.pgp, xyz-corp-contract.doc.pgp, or whatever, these descriptive filenames give others information you would rather they not know. Did you know that a certain Office package keeps a record of the last X files accessed in the registry even if you turn this feature off in it's user interface?

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E4M is an on-the-fly disk encryption product. What this means is create a volume on your hard disk, CDROM, floppy or other media which is essentially just a normal file. The file however is in fact a file system itself. It contains all the structures needed by your operating system to recognise the file as a file system of a particular type such as FAT or NTFS. This is called a "file hosted volume".

Or you could choose a blank or unwanted partition on a local hard disk or floppy disks and format it using E4M. You can then mount this new encrypted volume, and use it like you would any other drive. This is called a "Raw partition volume".

The only difference is that Raw partition volumes do not have a file system in the middle, so they provide an encrypted file system on top of a Raw partition. As opposed to file hosted volumes which need an existing file system to "host" the volume file. An example would be a E4M volume called "myfiles.vol" located on the C drive, rather than the same volume located on the second partition of your hard disk.

To your operating system, these new volumes will work exactly like your C drive, or any other drive on your system.

Tools are provided to "mount" a volume, and to create a volume. The process of mounting a volume involves pretending that the volume file or partition is in fact a removable media device attached to your system.

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