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  1.    15 Mar 2016 #1

    Is there any way to password-protect portable drives we connect?


    Hi, I have a WD My Passport Ultra portable drive which comes with password protection to secure the data in case of loss. But I also have a Seagate one which does NOT come with such a feature. Is there another method I could use to password-protect these drives, perhaps built-in to Windows 10? I would probably prefer that anyway because I don't like using the pre-installed software that comes on portable drives...
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  2. Joined : Jul 2015
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       15 Mar 2016 #2

    If you have Windows 10 Pro or Enterprise you can use BitLocker.

    This seems to be free:
    https://www.timeatlas.com/password-protect-usb-drive/
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  3.    15 Mar 2016 #3

    NavyLCDR said: View Post
    If you have Windows 10 Pro or Enterprise you can use BitLocker.

    This seems to be free:
    https://www.timeatlas.com/password-protect-usb-drive/
    i think BitLocker encrypts the data (which takes a while) rather than simply password-protect, no?
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  4. Joined : Jul 2015
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    Windows 10 Pro
       15 Mar 2016 #4

    orlando1974 said: View Post
    i think BitLocker encrypts the data (which takes a while) rather than simply password-protect, no?
    That would be correct, but it would only be a one time encryption of the existing data.
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  5. Joined : Aug 2014
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    Win10 Home and Pro, Win10 Insider Preview, Win7 Home, Linux Mint
       15 Mar 2016 #5

    Passwording USB drives would be nice but the ones I use have to be accessible from any computer I happen to be working on, would have to have any such software stored only on the drive and be OS-independent.
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  6.    15 Mar 2016 #6

    NavyLCDR said: View Post
    That would be correct, but it would only be a one time encryption of the existing data.
    So if I use the portable drive as a MIRROR (daily or weekly backup), will I be creating additional headaches for myself by activating BitLocker on such drives? Does this mean I will need to encrypt the new data everytime something is modified? And if so, will it be done automatically?
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  7. Joined : Oct 2013
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       15 Mar 2016 #7

    Here is another suggestion

    http://www.imoresoft.com/folder-lock.html
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  8. Joined : Jan 2014
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       15 Mar 2016 #8

    orlando1974 said: View Post
    i think BitLocker encrypts the data (which takes a while) rather than simply password-protect, no?
    I think you'd find your WD My Passport is also encrypting the data, although this article suggests it isn't as secure as we might hope.
    http://www.pcworld.com/article/29955...pose-data.html

    My experience of Bitlocker is that once you've done the initial encryption (and that's only an issue when you've got existing data on the drive, not on a new one), performance is reasonable.
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  9.    15 Mar 2016 #9

    Hi there
    I might be being obtuse here but if the drives are PORTABLE why in the world would you need to password protect them -- IMO after you've used them simply remove them -- no physical drive = no access !! -- Simple.

    Am I missing something here -- seems people are creating a problem where none exists.

    Now I CAN understand why data from say a corporate network should be protected from being copied to an external USB drive but that's another issue entirely.

    Cheers
    jimbo
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  10. Joined : Jun 2014
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    Windows 10 Pro
       15 Mar 2016 #10

    I use Veracrypt. VeraCrypt - Home
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