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USB Password Protection

  1. #1


    Posts : 12
    Windows 8.1 Pro x64

    USB Password Protection


    Hi Guys,

    I was just wondering if there was an application that can password protect the WHOLE of the USB drive not just a partition? I really need an app fast as I'll be using a USB to hold some pretty sensitive information, thanks.

    All the best,
    J

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  2. #2


    Are you referring to a usb thumb/flas drive?

    I found this doing a quick google search....you have to pay for it. I didn't see or really look for any free ones but you get the idea.

    Flash Drive Security software - Securely lock and unlock your USB Key
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  3. #3


    Posts : 22,585
    64-bit Windows 10


    Hello Joewl, and welcome to Eight Forums.

    If you like, you could also use BitLocker To Go to encrypt the USB flash drive that will then require a password to unlock it.

    BitLocker - Turn On for Removable Data Drives in Windows 8

    Hope this helps,
    Shawn
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  4. #4


    Posts : 12
    Windows 8.1 Pro x64


    Hi guys, thanks for the help, my Internet has been down as I've just switched ISP.

    I'm preferably looking at freeware

    Brink, hello too! I've used BitLocker in the past and found it to be quite bad as you can't copy files to your USB from a different computer, if I'm not mistaken.

    All the best and thanks for the replies

    J
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  5. #5


    Posts : 22,585
    64-bit Windows 10


    Hey J,

    If the USB flash drive has been unlocked, then you should be able to.

    To avoid any possible NTFS permission issues that may prevent you from accessing it, I would recommend to format the USB as FAT32, then decrypt with BitLocker. With FAT32, permissions are not carried over, and can be accessed on any computer as long as you unlocked BitLocker with your password first.
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  6. #6


    Posts : 12
    Windows 8.1 Pro x64


    Right okay, thank you, I'll try that and get back to you!
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  7. #7


    Posts : 12
    Windows 8.1 Pro x64


    Brilliant! Thanks Brink It works perfectly! USB 3.0 is amazing, just transferred a 1.38 GB file across in just under 15 seconds! Write speeds of 58 MB/s.

    Once again, thanks
    J
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  8. #8


    Maryland USA
    Posts : 758
    Windows 8 & Windows 7 Dual Boot


    If you need to copy files larger that 4GB you will need to convert the flashdrive to NTFS, you can convert it without losing the data on it with a partitioning program, there are many free ones out there..

    Back it up first! Glitches can happen at ANY time....

    USB 3.0 IS amazing, we need to stop making snail paced USB 2.0 drives..

    Also, USB 3.0 are not all equal, some are faster than others, depending on manufacturer, but even a mid priced one can give you 75MB/s transfer...

    Brooklyn
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  9. #9


    Posts : 22,585
    64-bit Windows 10


    You're welcome J.

    Brooklyn raised a good point if the USB flash drive is over 4GB to be able to use all of it with one partition.

    If you do need to convert to NTFS and have a permission (access) issue on a computer, then could just take ownership of and set permissions to "Allow" your account "Full control" of the USB flash drive to always have access to it on that computer afterwards.
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  10. #10


    Sunnyvale, CA USA
    Posts : 283
    Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center (64-bit)


    I usually format my USB thumb drives NTFS so I can use the Encrypt capabilities of NTFS (EFS).

    It's been a while since I set that up, but you go through a process where you get an encryption certificate and install it.
    I make a folder called 'Private' and set it up to be encrypted. Then, only my security certificate can decrypt it.

    It's all painless and transparent once set up, but you need to keep the certificate in a safe place and install it when you need access.

    As far as I know this only works on NTFS. Certainly not FAT or exFAT and not certain about reFS.

    You import them in Internet Properties->Content->Certificates, although it has little to do with the Internet.

    Once installed and active, encryption is handled by the file system, transparent to the application.

    See:

    The Encrypting File System

    Also, the 'Cipher.exe' command.
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