How do I hide an external drive from guest users?

  MelkorTheGreat 13:51 26 Sep 2007


First-timer here, hope you can help. I have a laptop with two external hard-drives. One holds games, music and movies, the other holds work-related spreadsheets and documents as well as personal documents. I have half-a dozen nieces/nephews who visit frequently and go to my "computer room" to play games and music, and watch movies, using the guest sign-on, which I don't mind in the least, but I'm worried that curiosity might lead them to opening and maybe deleting/damaging the material on the other drive. They probably know much more about PCs than I do. Is there a way I can protect the other hard drive so that they can't access it? Any help would be appreciated.

  cycoze 14:04 26 Sep 2007

Its an external drive, unplug it and lock it in a drawer.

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  iscanut 14:48 26 Sep 2007

Unplug it !

  pj123 16:30 26 Sep 2007

Simple, as others have said. Don't have it plugged in.

  Belatucadrus 16:40 26 Sep 2007

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  amonra 16:50 26 Sep 2007

Dont complicate matters with crypts and p/w etc, just take the plug out and put it safe in your bedroom.

  Belatucadrus 16:57 26 Sep 2007

If it's work related, then a cryt program could be a good idea anyway, only you know how valuable the info is and how much you don't want to share it, or not.

  rawprawn 17:15 26 Sep 2007

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But as has been said already, unplug it. That way nobody can mess with it.

  woodchip 17:33 26 Sep 2007

You should never leave it plugged in. A removable Drive is just that, REMOVABLE. If you are leaving it plugged in, You may as well fit it inside the computer

  wolfie3000 18:02 26 Sep 2007

YOu dont even need to hide the whole drive, you can just hide the USB lead, or the power cable.

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