Windows 7 Forums

Welcome to Windows 7 Forums. Our forum is dedicated to helping you find support and solutions for any problems regarding your Windows 7 PC be it Dell, HP, Acer, Asus or a custom build. We also provide an extensive Windows 7 tutorial section that covers a wide range of tips and tricks.


Windows 7: How to add password to internal hard drive?

19 Feb 2014   #1
green elephant

windows 7 home premium
 
 
How to add password to internal hard drive?

Hello fellow Windows 7 users,
I have a WD Caviar Green 2tb desktop hard drive that I bought to backup all my files on using a SATA to USB converter cable to connect it to my laptop (the hard drive cost me $40, quite a bit cheaper than buying another My Passport 2tb). I would like to add a password to it like I did to my My Passport external hard drive, where it requires a password to access the content on the drive. I called WD and they said that I couldn't. Of course there must be some sort of 3rd party software out there.
Thanks


My System SpecsSystem Spec
.
19 Feb 2014   #2
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

You could encrypt the data. But that will lengthen the read/write operations. Hopefully you have a husky CPU.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
19 Feb 2014   #3
LMiller7

Windows 7 Pro 64 bit
 
 

Encryption is pretty much your only option.
A password works on your external drive because it is part of the firmware of the drive and cannot be bypassed by normal methods. Your internal drive lacks this feature. The basic principle (pretty much universal) is that security is not an add-on. It is something that must be designed in.

Encryption works because the security is in the data itself, not the device that contains it.

NTFS security isn't much good here either. Attach the drive to a computer on which they have admin rights and anyone can set whatever permissions they wish.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
.

19 Feb 2014   #4
green elephant

windows 7 home premium
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by LMiller7 View Post
Encryption is pretty much your only option.
A password works on your external drive because it is part of the firmware of the drive and cannot be bypassed by normal methods. Your internal drive lacks this feature. The basic principle (pretty much universal) is that security is not an add-on. It is something that must be designed in.

Encryption works because the security is in the data itself, not the device that contains it.

NTFS security isn't much good here either. Attach the drive to a computer on which they have admin rights and anyone can set whatever permissions they wish.
so its not possible unless i "encrypt" it? I have no idea how to encrypt it so how would i do this and how does it work?
My System SpecsSystem Spec
19 Feb 2014   #5
green elephant

windows 7 home premium
 
 

BitLocker
I am currently copying a boat load of content to the drive I want protected, can I encrypt the drive while I am copying content to it?
My System SpecsSystem Spec
19 Feb 2014   #6
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Yes if you have Windows Pro or Ultimate
My System SpecsSystem Spec
19 Feb 2014   #7
green elephant

windows 7 home premium
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs View Post
Yes if you have Windows Pro or Ultimate
Yeah i upgraded to ultimate a while back.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
19 Feb 2014   #8
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

My System SpecsSystem Spec
Reply

 How to add password to internal hard drive?




Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search




Similar help and support threads
Thread Forum
Help Upgrading 1 TB Internal to 2 TB Internal Hard Drive
So my 1 TB internal hard drive has less than 30 GB of space and I want to upgrade to a 2 TB internal so I can hold more of my games on it. How would I be able to transfer every single thing from the 1 TB to the 2 TB?
Hardware & Devices
Internal Hard Drive Password Protection
I'm running Windows 7 Pro 64bit (SP1) on my Small Business Computer Three Internal Hard Drives: CDrive is OS, DDrive is Data, EDrive is Data I would like to password protect both of my data drives. I want to have to enter a password to access ANY info on these drives...is this possiable? Any...
Hardware & Devices
how can i put password on (internal) hard disk??
hey friends!! I want a software to put password on internal harddisk... i cant find any software for it... so please help... and thanks in advance.. :)
Hardware & Devices
how to make your internal hard drive into and external hard drive ?
I have an internal hard disk not in use ,and I would like to make it as external disk ! I looked on the net and I found I should have the " encelsure " butt I think I wont find it here in my city . So is there another way ? like usb -esata cable ?
Hardware & Devices
How can i lock my hard disk(internal) with a password
how can i lock with a password just like we do it on folder ... is there any special software for these kind of thing...if u gus know any please let me know :)
Software
Internal Hard Drive acting like an External Hard Drive
Hi guys, I'm new on any sort of forums so go easy if it's a stupid question..but here goes. Me and my brother built me a new computer from scratch (he did the building - i did the watching). To cut a long story short - I purchased an internal hard drive from Overclockers UK. It's a Samsung...
Hardware & Devices


Our Sites

Site Links

About Us

Find Us

Windows 7 Forums is an independent web site and has not been authorized, sponsored, or otherwise approved by Microsoft Corporation. "Windows 7" and related materials are trademarks of Microsoft Corp.

Designer Media Ltd

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 12:56.

Twitter Facebook Google+



Windows 7 Forums

Seven Forums Android App Seven Forums IOS App