Privacy with External Hard Drives



Michael P
07-10-2005, 02:09 AM
I just purchased an external hard drive for large files and backup. I
noticed on XP there is no way to secure these files, so that others on my PC
can not view. Is there something I am missing, or do i have to get a third
party software? If so, any freeware or shareware recommended??

Mike Brannigan [MSFT]
07-10-2005, 02:09 AM
"Michael P" <MichaelP@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
news:2D369076-A88C-4EE5-AB27-2C8B874C6C40@microsoft.com...
>I just purchased an external hard drive for large files and backup. I
> noticed on XP there is no way to secure these files, so that others on my
> PC
> can not view. Is there something I am missing, or do i have to get a
> third
> party software? If so, any freeware or shareware recommended??

If you are running Windows XP Professional the you have missed EFS - the
encrypting file system.
See the Help and Support for more information.

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"Michael P" <MichaelP@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
news:2D369076-A88C-4EE5-AB27-2C8B874C6C40@microsoft.com...
>I just purchased an external hard drive for large files and backup. I
> noticed on XP there is no way to secure these files, so that others on my
> PC
> can not view. Is there something I am missing, or do i have to get a
> third
> party software? If so, any freeware or shareware recommended??

Torgeir Bakken \(MVP\)
07-10-2005, 02:09 AM
Michael P wrote:

> I just purchased an external hard drive for large files and backup. I
> noticed on XP there is no way to secure these files, so that others on my PC
> can not view. Is there something I am missing, or do i have to get a third
> party software? If so, any freeware or shareware recommended??
Hi,

Free open-source disk encryption for Windows XP/2000/2003:

TrueCrypt
http://www.truecrypt.org/


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Privacy with External Hard Drives