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

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

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

This seems to be free:

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I am running Windows XP Pro and also have a large number of files and folders on an NAS Drive (SimpleTech 160GB NAS). I would like to lock some of the folders and some specific files with a password.

Win XP does not seem to have this as a native feature. I think!!

Which would mean a 3rd Party software? Any good free ones out there?

A:Password protect files/folders on HD and NAS Drives

You could give this a try:
(Trail tho)


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I just put xp pro on my machine and I'm not seeing how to put passwords on my shared resources. We're on a peer-to-peer lan, all in the same workgroup, and while I'm not worried about people seeing my things, I was using passwords on shared folders and drives to try to prevent network hopping viruses from spreading.

In a book on xp I see them referencing to click on "permissions" in the sharing & security screen. I have no option for permissions.

Even in the picture, it doesn't show that I can put a password on a shared folder or drive.

For the most part, we share folders, not drives. But one program in particular requires the drive where the data is stored to be shared so others can map to it.

A:How do I Password Protect Shared Folders & Drives?

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Sometimes I let other people uses my laptop. Sometimes I let my nieces & nephews watch movies or play games on my laptop. It always makes me nervous to let other people use my PC. I don't what anybody accidentally deleting/altering anything & I certainly don't want any "lil' eyes " stumbling onto any files that might be errr...hard to explain. Is there a safe way to password protect certain Drives &/or Folders on a drive &/or a certain File in a folder? I imagine there must be some easy way to do it. I just don't know how. It doesn't have to be Gov't rated security, just something that will foil a computer savvy 10year old. There is a password obviously you need to boot up windows upon start up. I want to be able to give them access to the system but limit some folders/files. ( besides my 10 year old cousin figured out my boot up password in 10 seconds) A few side questions: If I can password protect a file or folder (say Scarface.avi) & I do a PC search for all video files will that file show up? If so is there a way to protect the file & make it invisible to "video file search"? If I were to get a password program that provides max. protection any suggestions on types, brands etc.. (my bro uses a PGP program)Thanks!=======

A:How Can I Password Protect Certain Drives/folders & Files?

I should add, I googled the answer. When I go to the My Computer,folder,right click,properties,sharing. I can not check "Make folder private". Plus I want it to ask for a password if you try to access that folder.

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I have three hard drives in my computer and keep data and programs on separate drives. If someone stole the computer, the password on the "C" drive would not do too much to protect my data.

I also use external drives but when away, they are locked in a fireproof safe. I wouldn't mind password protecting them too but do not know how.

Is there a way to put a password on all drives in the computer?

I am using Windows 7 Professional.


A:Password protect extra internal hard drives

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Hiya all.

At work I have setup a usb hard drive on the router and have mapped the drive on our users windows 10 pc's.

I am creating two folders on the drive. One for general use and one for sensitive files.

If it is possible I would like to password protect the folder with the sensitive files so that only authorised users can access it by entering a password.

Please can you help?

Many thanks in advance.

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Can anyone recommend any free software available to load onto and Password Protect USB Flash Drives.

Recommendations for Microsoft XP / Vista / Windows 7 operating systems please

A:Need Free Software to Password Protect USB Flash Drives

I like TrueCrypt

TrueCrypt - Free Open-Source On-The-Fly Disk Encryption Software for Windows 7/Vista/XP, Mac OS X and Linux

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Hello all, my main machine Win 7 (connected via wire on my LAN) has 3 HDD, which I share out across my LAN with full permissions enabled.

I recently changed the password on my main machine and lost connectivity from my other machines (two laptops one desktop) I can see the shared drives on the network tree but when I try to connect it tells me I don't have permissions to access the drives.
My feeling is that this is due to the password change, when I originally connect to the networks shares from the other machines I was asked for a username & password, when suppled connection was granted. I did tick the remember password box at this stage.

How do I evoke the username & password dialog box again to re-authenticate with the new password?



A:Can't connect to shared drives after changing password

Hi, welcome to the forums

If you type credential into the start menu and click 'Credential Manager' you should be able to see ALL stored password details including shared network access passwords. From there you can either 'Remove' or 'Edit' the credential to fit the new criteria, in this case your password.

Hope it helps


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I was wondering what the best way to make sure your external drive is functioning as it should?

Also, how much damage is done if your drive loses power abruptly?

Also, why would someone want a larger drive that needs an additional power source compared to a portable drive?

A:Checking Drives for errors and difference between portable and large external drives

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What's the best password protect protect software for folders?

Also if the password was forgotten or lost..would there be any way to acceess the file?


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I've been looking into this for a while, though was curious if anyone had more insight?

It seems that portable drives are hard to make over 1.5 TB because power over USB has a hard time powering more. Also, with the floods in Taiwan in 2011 it seems the HD market was hit hard.

What are your thoughts on 2 TB portables, and think we'll see them in 2012?

A:When will 2 TB portable drives come out?

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I would like to put my passwords etc on a portable usb drive but would obviously need some security in case it falls into the wrong hands. Can you advise me on this please ?

A:portable usb drives

You use a program designed to store passwords and run from a flash drive.

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I need a portable hard drive to backup picures an movies & files ,Does any body no of a good one at lease 1 TB , i have 2.0 usb ports . Any help would be appreciated Thanks in advance

A:portable hard drives

I personally like to buy a regular 2.5" laptop drive and a case to go with it. Saves you about $20 compared to the factory made and takes about two minutes to put together.

Newegg.com - Vantec NexStar CX 2.5" SATA to USB 2.0 External Hard Drive/SSD Enclosure (Supports 7mm, 9.5mm, 12.5mm HDD/SSD) - Model NST-200S2-BK

Pick a drive with the capacity you need. I wouldn't pay extra for a super fast drive since it's going to be running off a USB port anyway.

Newegg.com - Notebook Hard Drives, Laptop Hard Drives

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Hi There,

I have recently copied all my CDs on to my itunes.
I'm thinking now it would be a good idea to be able to quickly back up the itunes folder.
At present I have it all on an external hard drive.
Should anything happen to this I'd lost all my music - not good.

So I'm after a portable external hard drive, approx 20G.
Doesn't have to be particularly fast transfer, as I'd only be backing up about once a week.
Also, I'd rather it be USB power based as I can't really be bothered to scramble around behind the desk plugging things in.

Any suggestions?

A:portable hard drives

You have a huge pool to choose from and it keeps changing all the time.
I have a couple of little 40GB Smartdisk Firelite external drives which have worked without problems. They have both USB and Firewire versions, but I've never tried the Firewire. They run on a single USB cable but you can buy an optional mains adapter if you wish.
The only niggle was that they were both bought from Staples, a few months apart, yet they use different drivers for Windows 98SE.

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I use a few portable USB drives with my Zinwell media player. I safely remove the drive from the player. When I plug in back into the pc, I get a message asking if I want to scan for errors. It does this each time I plug it back into the pc. I had a Seagate player and the same thing happened.

Tried plugging the same drives into an XP pc and the check errors message did not appear. Is this just a Windows 7 thing?

A:Portable Hard Drives

Sounds like you have some security option enabled to scan removable drives. It's not inherent to Win7. Check your security suite for the setting.

And welcome to Seven forums.

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i bought a 200G portable hard drive so i could transfer files form my home pc to my work g4 apple mac. but i did the stupid thing of formatting it on my pc so now it refuses to work on the g4. is there any way to deformat the disk or install a new driver that enables use on both. please help me as i have to complete a contract in the next week and this is killing me.

A:unformatting portable hard drives

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I run a computer repair business, and my customers really appreciate it when coming to their homes is an option. They simply dont want to bring the tower to my home shop. As such, I thought it would be a great idea to become completely mobile, where I could carry everything I normally would need or use in a single bag to solve or repair most computer problems. This has worked very successfully, until I decided to purchase a western digital portable hard drive from ebay. Everything was fine until a couple weeks ago, when it started emitting a general clicking sound, and continuous spin and stopping sound. I hadnt even had the hard drive for 2 months yet. Obviously the last thing I wanted to hear on a hard drive (I had just backed up a customers data after reformatting their system too). Did an RMA on the thing, sent it to western digital for replacement. So in the meantime, I still needed something to back up customers data with. I bought a seagate portable Freeagent go 250 gig from walmart. Pulled it out to back up a systems files, and wont even show up when I plug it in. Listened to the hard drive up close, and sure enough its doing the same thing as the western digital drive. Just not the clicking this time. I've only had this one for a little over a week. And so, I'm in a dilemma of sorts, as what I should do about this situation. Seems to me that although portable, which is very nice, packing these skimpy portable drives in with my other gear doesn... Read more

A:Portable hard drives unreliable?

I have had this happen with my WD Passport drive if it was not getting enough power from the USB port. My university has those Dell monitors with USB ports in them and whenever I connect the drive to those I get this. The USB ports in the chassis work fine though. The drive light is usually dim if it isn't getting enough power.

Tried another USB port or cable to see if that fixes the problem?

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I just wanted to know what software is good for use on a Portable Hard Drive?


A:Software For Portable Hard Drives

You need to be more specific on what you mean by program. I can only guess you're talking about back-up software. The 2 more popular ones are Acronis Tru Image and Norton GhostAlso take a look at our Freeware Applications thread

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For use with my laptop, which has a rather small hard drive, can I load programs such as Adobe Photoshop, CorelDraw, etc. to my portable hard drive and run them from there, like haveing 2 hard drives in my computer?

A:Programs on Portable Hard Drives?

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What is the correct way to disconnect a USB portable drive from a Win7 system running Windows PE (during image capture/deployment)? Can I just pull out the USB connector or is there a safer method?

A:Disconnecting Portable USB drives in Windows PE

Try to make your removal drive offline with diskpart tool then eject it.
Hope it helps.
Alex ZhaoPlease remember to click ?Mark as Answer? on the post that helps you, and to click ?Unmark as Answer? if a marked post does not actually answer your question. This can be beneficial to other community members reading the thread.

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I used to know of a security system for usb flash drives and pretty much any portable storage.

It used auto-run and a batch file to automatically send an email containing the IP address of any computer that it is plugged into(Except computers in witch you say are ok)

This way, if your flash drive is stolen and used on a foreign computer it will send you an email with the IP address of whoever stole it.

You can use their IP address to locate their location and/or report them to the police.

Unfouruanetly I cannot find the files anywhere on the internet.

If you know what im talking about and perhaps have a link to the files, please post it. Thank you.

A:USB Flash Drives and Other Portable Storage Security

Hi and Welcome to TSG,
I've seen such progs for laptops, for instance http://www.absolute.com/solutions-theft-recovery.asp but not flash drives. If you want to secure data on your flash drive (and keep a backup copy elsewhere) you could use the well regarded (free) TrueCrypt in 'traveller mode':

I hope this helps?


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My computer is having trouble reading more than 1 portable external hard drive at the same time.

It will read my ac powered external hard drive (3.5') and 1 other portable hard drive(2.5') just fine, but when I try to plug in two portable hard drives, my computer only reads one of them. Both drives are powered on when they connect (Both light up and I can feel both of them running), but only one shows up in My Computer.

Note: Occasionally both drives show up when I plug them both in, but then eventually one of the drives becomes unreadable; All I see are bunch of empty folders (which are suppose to be filled with my stuff).

Note 2: Both drives are western digital. I've tried a toshiba one in the mix, but still get the same problem

Anybody know what's going on? Is this common with the new usb 3.0 portable hard drives? (i'm only using the usb 2.0 ports though)

A:Cannot read multiple portable hard drives

Have you tried different USB ports or tried a repeater. USB only gives out so much voltage. I still have USB DVD drives that have a double ended USB cable so it could pull power from two ports.

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I've been receiving BSODs and after failing to resolve it, I am going to do a clean install, but I want to transfer all my files to an external which I am going to buy later today.

Regarding 1TB hard drives, are they more sensitive than devices that hold less storage space, more fragile? I have been looking at a toshiba brand and WD. Both are 1TB and have 2.0 and 3.0 capability. Despite my research and due to my indecisiveness it is hard to pick between the two. I just don't want a drive to fail on me.

Thinking more about it, would a smaller hard drive be more reliable? I am open to getting a seagate or WD at 250 or 320 gb.

I don't know too much about portable hard drives besides the obvious, so if you could help clear up my confusion, I will greatly appreciate.


A:Questions on portable hard drives (1TB and various brands)

There really is no difference in hard drive brands so I wouldn't get too hung up on which brand to buy. I don't think there is any benefit to getting a smaller drive now over a 1TB. 1TB drives have been out for a long time now, the only time you want to be a bit cautious on buying a big drive is if its the biggest that company offers at that point in time.

For example, a few years back someone (I forget who right now) made a 1.5TB drive and it released with bad firmware causing very early failures - that got 'fixed' with a firmware update, but drives still had an abnormally high failure rate so I think there was something really wrong with those drives initially. Later releases of the same drive were fine. So, don't buy the biggest you can find and things will be fine.

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I have 2 USB powered portable hard drives (1 is a WD 2TB drive and the other is a WD 3TB drive. My problem is it will only let me transfer one video file at a time from the 2TB to the 3TB drive. When I click on multiple video files nothing happens. When I only try one it transfers over. Both drives are NTFS. Is there something I can change to allow it to move multiple files? Thanks in advance for everyone's help!!

A:Tansfer Files from portable Hard Drives

Might help if you told us the operating system you are running and how you are trying to transfer them? Are you trying to move them or copy them? Are your trying to drag the selected files from one open folder to another? Are you doing a copy and paste between folders?

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Hi there,

I have today downloaded and installed the Update Windows 10 Home 1903. It went pretty smoothly on the whole, although I had to change some of my settings and other bits and pieces I didn't like about the new set-up.

However, I have found that after the update, my portable USB hard drives and flash drives won't automatically open now. I have to find them in Windows Explorer and click on them myself. They used to open straightaway when I plugged them in. Has anyone any ideas on how to fix this.

Thanks in anticipation.


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Hi there

IMO these portable USB3 self powered (passport) type drives are a total con with regard to performance -- I get SLOWER performance from these plugged into a proper USB3 port than I do from an older 7200 RPM Hitachi laptop drive connected to even a USB2 port via a SATA==>USB2 cable,

(Not talking about large mains powered external USB3 drives -- these work fine).

Am I alone in this or is this a general sentiment. Note the laptops I've been using have a genuine USB3 (blue) connector with two sockets on the disk end and am not using a hub.

I'm still happy to use these small drives as they are 2GB - quite a decent capacity for a portable pocket size drive - but the performance leaves me seriously "underwhelmed".

I know that 7200 RPM laptop HDD's are as rare as hens teeth these days but USB3 advertises itself as being capable of up to 10X USB 2 speed. My observation has been very different so far (apart from as I have said the full size non portable external MAINS powered USB3 drives which DO work as advertised).


A:Portable USB3 drives - appalling performance

The passport ones are probably those that get the 5V power from the USB port only. Bigger / 7200rpm drivers require external power supply providing the extra power mainly 12V (up to 2A) and we don't need to think twice which one of these drivers performs better.

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I have always imaged my Windows 7 laptop using the in built Windows system image back up and it works great. A couple of times I have restored the image to get me out of a hole and it worked every time.

Anyway over the weekend I went to take an up to date image onto my USB 3.0 WD My Book Hard drive. I plugged the USB drive into the power strip and heard a loud bang like a balloon being burst. I quickly unplugged the USB drive. After a change of underwear I flipped the breaker back up to restore upstairs power. Everything came back to life indicating the problem must of been with the USB hard drive. But bizarrely when I tested the WD drive at another power strip it lit up and seemed to still be alive!!! So I put it down to one of those unexplained things and proceeded to start the windows image of the laptop. It took a while because it was backing up 650 gb of data and hadn't been done for nearly 6 months. After about 2 or 3 hours it was nearing the end of finishing the image backup when suddenly I got BSOD on Windows 7. Pretty annoying. I force powered off the laptop and rebooted windows. I decided to try and start the imaging off again but now the USB HD isn't detected by windows when I plug it into any of the USB ports. I tested the ports with a couple of small USB flash drives and they were detected just fine. So the problem obviously lies with the WD drive. I am just worried by the BSOD and whether that may of risked damage to my windows installation being disrupted dur... Read more

A:Are portable USB hard drives ok to use for Windows Image?

Yes, no problem. The external drives that require their own power supply are generally 3.5" drives while the smaller drives that can be powered via the USB port are generally 2.5" drives. Neither is "safer" or more reliable so it's simply a matter of personal preference which you use. As long as the smaller drive is large enough disk space wise to handle your backup needs then it is certainly much handier since there's no need to plug in for additional power.

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Has anyone purchased a Western Digital Passport portable hard drive recently? The reviews I'm reading are saying that they ship with software installed that cannot be deleted and that mounds a virtual CD drive when connected. I'm wondering if perhaps these reviewers just aren't savvy in deleting partitions using 3rd party utilities or if there really is something in the firmware of the drive that causes this behavior.

Or does anyone recommend another brand for a portable drive? I need a portable drive because an external power source is not practical in this case.

A:Western Digital Passport Portable Drives

DoubleHelix said:

Has anyone purchased a Western Digital Passport portable hard drive recently? The reviews I'm reading are saying that they ship with software installed that cannot be deleted and that mounds a virtual CD drive when connected. I'm wondering if perhaps these reviewers just aren't savvy in deleting partitions using 3rd party utilities or if there really is something in the firmware of the drive that causes this behavior.

Or does anyone recommend another brand for a portable drive? I need a portable drive because an external power source is not practical in this case.Click to expand...

I dont know about that but.............they have changed the interface to where it plugs in though.
So basically you cant take it out of the case...pull off the usb adapter and toss it in PC...or just toss it in your old enclosure.
I remember reading about it here in the forums a few months ago.
IMO this is a big deal versatility is now taken away.
My next purchase will be a seagate......only after a little research ofcourse to make sure they havent done what WD has.

For whats its worth..My hdd in my laptop right now started out as a WD passport...I took the seagate out and put it in the WD enclosure..complete with Vista still on it as well as the recovery partition.
I still use it to back up files...I just copy them over to folders I created myself....works great.

Also to consider in regard to seagate is people like the backup software if you decide to... Read more

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How to prevent removable drive from being a carrier of viruses and malware?

1)Sometime you have to transfer data from removable drive to your PC for work and projects. If the PC is infected how do you prevent it from infecting your removable drive?

2)how do you prevent infected removable drive from infecting your PC?

Is there any way to spot it?

A:how to protect removable drives

I would say scanning them would be a good practice,
As well as scanning the computers with he same utilities before inserting the removable hdd...

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I have 2 seperate hard drives on my PC and i want 1 of them to be password protected so all files are completely hidden is this possible and if so how?
I am on XP home with NTFS file system!

thx lee_1133

A:How to protect local drives

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I am using windows XP professional. My children use the same machine, and they keep messing up with the machine and keep deleting my important files.
I just want to know if there is any way I can password protect one of the drives so that I can keep all my important data in it and password protect it. also please let me know if I can make that particular drive as write-protected.

Thanks in advance

Tito Singh

A:Write Protect The Drives

Why not create separate user accounts, for your children and limit their access? How to create and configure user accounts in Windows XP

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I was wondering what the best way to make sure your external drive is functioning as it should?

Also, how much damage is done if your drive loses power abruptly?

Also, why would someone want a larger drive that needs an additional power source compared to a portable drive?

A:Checking Drives for errors and difference between portable and large

Ok mate try one of the hard drive testing tools Seatools SeaTools for Windows | Seagate

plus the disk surface test with the Partition Wizard Best Free Partition Manager Freeware and free partition magic for Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows Vista and Windows XP 32 bit & 64 bit. MiniTool Free Partition Manager Software Home Edition.
click on the drive you want to test click on surface test and then Apply at the top it might take some time to do with a large drive though.

Personally I don't like large drives for this very reason ls it and you lose a lot.

The power source is self explanatory really it is probably because the power required via the USB connection is not adequate to run the drive.

As for data loss in a power outage well once it is up and running just go through the data and see for yourself.

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I do not understand the way antivirus/antimalware/spyware products relate to being portable and existing on a USB flash drive when the main computer's hard drive would or could have some other security and protection product installed. Most or at least some products installed on the hard drive let you program to only scan the flash drive? Do you need to be sure that real-time protection for the portable one on the flash drive is turned off in order to even use this flash drive? Can real time protection for the portable security protection product on the usb flash drive be set to only monitor the flash drive and not touch other directories on the main or hosting computer?

Continuing - If we put a portable security protection program onto flash drive and try a scan with the host computer's main security & protection program, scanning the usb flash drive, would the portable av/antimalware be shown as a threat?

A:portable security&protection products on usb flash drives

Continuing - If we put a portable security protection program onto flash drive and try a scan with the host computer's main security & protection program, scanning the usb flash drive, would the portable av/antimalware be shown as a threat?Usually not, as the signatures that might trigger other AV are encoded and thus prevent this.

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over the last few days ive been doing alot of reading and communicating through this sight. THANK YOU!
Any way here it is.
I recently formatted my computer , reinstalled everything set up an av,anti spyware and firewall. It seems to be working really well but my girlfriend has a 13 year old who lets say is very curious I find him roaming around looking inn program folders to see whats there and im afraid hes going to adjust or modify certain things.
I spent alot of time on getting this system up and to peak performance and I DONT WANT ANYTHING COMPROMISED. How do I password protect certain folders and drives.

I started putting all the shortcuts on the desktop related to security in another drive. i would prefer if they didnt show anywhere on the computer except for a drive I can access exclusively with a password protection.
I tried to cut and paste program folders to another drrive and it worked but the original file remained in the program folders directory.

A:passworg protect folders and drives

Hi .

FWIW: You cannot copy and paste program files to a different location.

When a program installs in Windows, it creates all sorts of entries. Some of these are in the registry, some of these are in file locations.

This is the only time and way in which these entries are created...unless the program is updated and some/all files/entries are replaced by later ones.

Sooo...if I have a program installed on my C: partition (which is where I install all of my programs) and I later decide that I want those programs on my G: partition (one of my large drives)...I have to uninstall that program (using Add/Remove Programs) and then reinstall it...taking care to change the file location (also known as the path) that I install it to.

I must distinctly elect to install it to another partition, since the C: partition is the one to which it will be installed otherwise (C: is the default location of many programs...because it's always been that way (back to the days when there was only 1 partition, 1 hard disk) and because some think that Windows functions best with the programs in their customary location.

As for denying access to the 13-year-old...difficult task, but I would simply make him a limited user on my system. In today's world...the youth know much more and are more comfortable with computers than those in my age group (62), so I think you have your work cut out trying to deny access to settings.


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I recently upgraded from Vista 32-bit to Vista 64-bit. I did this reformatting my C drive then performing a clean install of Vista 64-bit. I now have a problem with my volume(s) becoming write protected. I have to fight a constant battle against Vista to keep the volumes writeable.

I have two drives:
WD SE16 640GB: Primary or C drive
Samsung T166 500GB: Secondary or D drive (used mostly for storing downloads, music, video etc.)

Under Disk Management, both my drives alternate between being shown as "Online" and "Write protected": They can be shown as Online and then seconds later I hit F5 and both drives are suddenly write protected. Then I hit F5 again and they're "Online". Sometimes one of the drives is "Online" while the other is "Write protected". It's like a lottery, every time I refresh, the drives show a different status. It's like they're rapidly and constantly changing status.

My C drive always remains writeable despite this. I don't know why - maybe it's because the drive is in use by the paging file and windows system files so the change cannot be applied.

My D: drive on the other hand will write protect itself shortly after I have booted the machine. When I try to rename, copy or delete files I just get a Windows message saying the drive is write protected and I should remove the write protection or use another drive. When this happens I run Diskpart, and the command "Attributes volume clear readonly&qu... Read more

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How do I disable write-protect on my hard drives?

A:Disabling Write protect on my drives?

If any of your dynamic drives has become read-only you can use diskpart to clear the readonly flag. Check the MS support article on the utility

A Description of the Diskpart Command-Line Utility

In sort, you launch diskpart from the command line, do a "list volume", then "select volume X" where X is the read-only volume and finally "attribute volume clear readonly".

Note that the volume has probably become read-only for a reason and this won't fix the problem. And you can not clear the readonly flag on XP unfortunately.

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Hi everyone

I am trying to resolve an issue regarding opening ODT & ODS files from an exFAT portable SSD drive via a PC running Windows 7 Pro (64bit). The problem is that trying to subsequently access the file causes the program to lock (freeze) at the initial opening screen (it doesn't actually get as far as opening the file) with the only way to recover being to pull the power from the PC and reboot.

After that the SSD then has to be checked and the corrupted file system repaired. Once done the file can be accessed if it's moved or copied to the local disk (NTFS formatted).

I have tested the above on two separate PC's running Windows 7 Pro 64bit with exactly the same results. Testing on 2 x Windows 10 PCs works fine i.e. you can access and open the files without issue.

At first I thought that it was every type of file but it looks like it's only Open Office files that are affected with all other types (PDF's, JPEGs, MS Word documents*, etc, etc.) opening as they should.

*Open Office files are able to be opened with MS Office without issue.

I found this out the hard way after buying a 500 gig Samsung SSD formatted by default with exFAT. To eliminate this drive I also carried out the same tests on a 64GB memory stick with exactly the same (bad) results.

At the moment the only way around this is to reformat the drives using NTFS but I've had issues with this type of format in the past with regards to file permissions plus the exFAT format can be used ... Read more

A:Open Office 4.1.2 Files UNUSABLE on exFAT portable drives

I think that the problem is the Office you have on your PC. Witch office you have on the PC, MS office or Open Office?
You are trying to open by double click on explorer or by File open form inside office?

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A file on my portable hard drives says it requires system permission but when i give it system permission it still doesnt let me delete it, it bother me, ive scanned it with 3 virus programs and it's not a virus.

A:A file on my portable hard drives says it requires system permission

Have you tried right-clicking that file and choosing Take Ownership then afterwards, try to delete it? That's what I would do first.

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I was doing word editing on my win 8 pc from my USB drive. When I click save, the computer says that I cannot save it with the same name. I then proceeded to save it on the desktop with a different name. I then tried to copy it back to the USB drive, it says the drive is write protected.

I did try another word file on another USB drive, it says write protected. How to solve this problem? I did try this method:

However, this method formats the drive which I don't want to happen. Also, while following the instructions in the youtube video, I got stuck when it came to formatting the drive. It says the drive is protected.

I then took the USB drives to my windows 7 laptop and it works, so there must be something wrong with Windows 8 and not the USB drives.

Any ideas?

A:Unable to copy files to USB drives due to write protect

Hello mystvearn,

You might see if this below may be the issue and be able to help. Option Three seems appropriate for this.

Disk Write Protection - Enable or Disable in Windows - Windows 10 Forums

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So my buddies and i recently opened a small internet cafe, we're now getting started. and i was wondering how will we protect our systems on our network from infected flash drives, micro SD etc the people will want to use on the computer. we have AVG Antivirus on all of our system and the firewall the router came with, but im still not quite sure as yet. is there any program you guys can recommend that will scan the USB as they plug in?

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Would appreciate it if you would tell me how to set up a password protection for IE. Many thanks.

A:How to password protect IE

I am also interested in knowing how to password protect IE. Thanks

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Is there any way to password protect my outlook express? I want to be able to open it and not be scared that someone here will go through my files... So what i'm wanting to do is make it to where it won't open or it will close if you don't have the correct passowrd.

A:Password protect

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First of all I'm using iis under WinXP, with active perl installed, and using frontpage to create web pages.

How can I protect certain pages within the web site with a password? Prompt user to enter password to view contents of protected page(s).

Thank You

A:Password Protect.....

In IIS open the properties sheet for the folder or file you want to be secured and go to the Directory Security tab. Under the Anon Access and Authentication click the edit button and check the challenge response check box. If there is a user account and password set up they should be able to access the folder when challenged.

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I have been looking in the settings for a way to put a password on the internet that doesn't ask me to supply a password at every site. How can I do this.

A:Password protect IE

If you are saying , every time you go back to a site you have already set a password & it reasks you , the info below may help .

If it is not that , I can't help .





Microsoft Internet Explorer (version 5 or later) has an AutoComplete feature that helps you
fill in Web-based forms. If the feature is enabled, each time you submit data in a form, the
information is encrypted and stored on your local machine. The next time you encounter a form
field with the same internal field name, IE tries to complete that field automatically. As
soon as you type a letter that matches the beginning of any recorded value for that field, IE
displays a list of possible values from which you can choose. To see all saved values, you
press the Down Arrow.

The Internet Options applet in Control Panel lets you turn AutoComplete on and off and clear
all its recorded data. It doesn't, however, let you clear form fields selectively or view the
stored data. This issue's utility, AutoWhat? 2, fills the gap. With AutoWhat? 2, you can view
what's stored for each input field name, delete incorrect values, and preload the system with
additional values.

AutoWhat? was originally released as a PC Magazine Extra utility in November 1999.... Read more

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I want to know how I can password protect IE7 so that anytime the IE app is called to load, it will ask for a password. Correct password = internet access, incorrect password = no internet access. There are no Windows users setup except for Admin (and I would rather not do that either), so protecting folders etc. with that is not an option.

I have looked extensively for a 3rd party app or add-on, but cannot find anything. Strange, as I would think this would be something that many people/families would like. Just something simple to block IE only. Freeware would be nice, too.

Thanks in advance!

A:How to password protect IE?


This is very simple and can be done inside IE itself.

Password protect Internet Explorer 7Open up Internet Explorer
Click Tools
Click Internet Options
Click on the tab Content
Underneath 'Content Advisor', Click Enable
Then click on the tab General
Under 'Supervisor Password click Create
Make you password then click Ok.
Then Apply and finally Ok

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i would like to secure my second installed hard drive. how can i block people from accessing it? i'm using winxp. any suggestions? thanx.

A:possible to password-protect my second HDD?

XP-Home or XP-Pro? With Pro, all you have to do is only allow your account to access the drive, and other accesses will be blocked.

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