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Solved USB Password Protection


joewl

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#1
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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joewl

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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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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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joewl

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Right okay, thank you, I'll try that and get back to you! :)
 

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joewl

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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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Brooklyn567

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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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arachnaut

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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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joewl

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Thanks for all of your help guys, really appreciate it, we've got a great forum here with very helpful and friendly people! :)
 

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You're most welcome Joewl. Glad we could help. :)
 

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