Hard Drive Password Protection



dazed1
07-09-2005, 10:50 PM
Im running windows XP home edition. i have 3 hard drives (C,D,E). i am the
admin. for this pc but it has a guest account and is shared on the home
network. is there a way i can password protect an entire harddrive (other
than the C drive) or atleast the folders within the other two harddrives
without having to attach them to a specific user profile?
Thanks

Shenan Stanley
07-09-2005, 10:50 PM
dazed1 wrote:
> Im running windows XP home edition. i have 3 hard drives (C,D,E). i
> am the admin. for this pc but it has a guest account and is shared on
> the home network. is there a way i can password protect an entire
> harddrive (other than the C drive) or atleast the folders within the
> other two harddrives without having to attach them to a specific user
> profile?

Not without third party applications..
Why would you not just change the File/Folder permissions on the given
folders (or drive as a whole) that you want to protect?

Much cleaner.

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Roger Abell
07-09-2005, 10:50 PM
In XP Home edition one must use a Safe Mode (F8) boot in
order to access the NTFS permissions dialog in the properties
of files, folders, and the root of partitions that are formatted
with NTFS.

All filesystem (and much other) access control in Windows is
done by naming the accounts that will be allowed access, rather
than by placing passwords on things as was done with earlier
DOS family versions of Windows.

MS has a small group of KB articles that walk through the use
of NTFS permissions in XP. Regrettably I do not have those
links at hand, but if that is something you need, a post over in
the windowsxp.security_admin newsgroup will likely get you
all the directions that you need.

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Roger Abell
Microsoft MVP (Windows Security)
MCSE (W2k3,W2k,Nt4) MCDBA
"dazed1" <dazed1@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
news:2AF3F8AC-9BF9-400C-8246-40EE14D8D372@microsoft.com...
> Im running windows XP home edition. i have 3 hard drives (C,D,E). i am the
> admin. for this pc but it has a guest account and is shared on the home
> network. is there a way i can password protect an entire harddrive (other
> than the C drive) or atleast the folders within the other two harddrives
> without having to attach them to a specific user profile?
> Thanks

Deryck
07-09-2005, 10:50 PM
http://truecrypt.sf.net
http://www.pgp.com

I personally prefer truecrypt because of its flexibility and support
for different algorithms (as well as cascading). E-Mail me if you need
instructions with either of these.


Hard Drive Password Protection