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    I have some important data which I have stored into a USB drive. Is it possible to password protect the USB drive, so that the data can be secure and if the USB is seen by someone the data can only be accessed by me with a password.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Preeti_20 View Post
    I have some important data which I have stored into a USB drive. Is it possible to password protect the USB drive, so that the data can be secure and if the USB is seen by someone the data can only be accessed by me with a password.
    In Win 7, u can easily do it by enabling the bitlocker feature.Just right click on the USB drive'sicon to enable it & provide password to encrypt it.
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    So is it only possiable with Windows 7?

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    I didnt know that it was possible to password protect USB drives. Can this be done with DVD or CD's?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Preeti_20 View Post
    So is it only possiable with Windows 7?
    And quite possibly win 8 also.

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    The bitlocker encrypted drives can be accessed in a read-only mode in linux via dislocker. Well there is also a commercial software available to crack the encryption but it costs $795. So unless someone is hell bent on accessing the data you are safe.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ramitzar View Post
    In Win 7, u can easily do it by enabling the bitlocker feature.Just right click on the USB drive'sicon to enable it & provide password to encrypt it.
    I havent actually tried the enable a password, but just want to get it clear first.
    I insert the the USB drive into my laptop and then right click on it, and then what do I select after right clicking?

    Quote Originally Posted by therkb View Post
    The bitlocker encrypted drives can be accessed in a read-only mode in linux via dislocker. Well there is also a commercial software available to crack the encryption but it costs $795. So unless someone is hell bent on accessing the data you are safe.
    What if you dont want to data to be read either?
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    Stay away from linux I'd say. I encrypted my mp3 player and it stopped playing. Had to disable the encryption to make it work again. Was not not able to check it on XP though.

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    Why not just try another method for protecting data, instead of a USB. There are probably more easier and better ways to protect data.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Preeti_20 View Post
    I havent actually tried the enable a password, but just want to get it clear first.
    I insert the the USB drive into my laptop and then right click on it, and then what do I select after right clicking?
    Click Turn On BitLocker.
    Enter password.
    Save the Key on the disk.
    Encrypt the drive.(It will take some time)

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    Quote Originally Posted by RamJet View Post
    Why not just try another method for protecting data, instead of a USB. There are probably more easier and better ways to protect data.
    What other methods would you suggest for protecting data.


    Quote Originally Posted by therkb View Post
    Click Turn On BitLocker.
    Enter password.
    Save the Key on the disk.
    Encrypt the drive.(It will take some time)
    Will try it out.....thanks!

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