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Windows 7: HDD Installation

21 Aug 2016   #1
habb

Windows 7 x64
 
 
HDD Installation

I have bought a Transcend Store Jet 25M3 2TB HDD and want to use it on my W7 steam-driven p.c.
I am also steam-driven.
It is to be used for simple back-up storage only, no other frills, just a password.
I want it to require a password before entry, otherwise I don't want any sophistication whatsoever.
Can anyone tell me, in simple terms, how I can achieve this?
Many thanks in anticipation of your advice.


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21 Aug 2016   #2
TechnoMage2016

Windows 7 Ultimate, SP1, x86
 
 

Well, your description leaves me, and I'm sure others as well, guessing as to just what the heck you're doing.

Is that a bare-bones HDD, or is it a USB Backup drive?

I'll just tell you what I do.
I have a 2TB Seagate HDD, that I use to backup my entire SSD drive that is my main HD in my desktop PC.
I connect the HDD to my PC when I want to do a backup, then run my Ghost backup program from a bootable CD, then perform a clone of my SSD to my HDD. And when I'm done, I disconnect the 2TB drive and put it away in a safe place. NO passwords are required.

Me thinks you're making the proverbial molehill into a mountain.

K.I.S.S. (Keep it simple Sam!)
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21 Aug 2016   #3
habb

Windows 7 x64
 
 

Thanks for the reply.
'What the heck am I doing?' I am asking a simple question of a forum.
It seems a molehill to me, as well.
Whether it is a 'bare bones' affair I have no idea.
I pay loadsadosh for a Transcend StoreJet25M3 2TB HDD sent to me through the post, plug it in to my p.c. via the supplied usb cable, and hope to periodically download my W7 'My Docs' into it. I would like anyone to have to negotiate a password before being able to do that.
Simple enough, it seems to me.
Is there an available prog for a password included in/on the supplied HDD or do I have to download something from the internet?
Your description of what you do would be helpful to me if I had any idea of what you are saying.
Thanks for the reply anyway.
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21 Aug 2016   #4
samuria

win 8 32 bit
 
 

How big are docs the best option is to backup to Google drive or one drive there protected and save and it's free giving you over 20 gig
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21 Aug 2016   #5
habb

Windows 7 x64
 
 

My 'My Docs' is 36 GB, Music 8 GB and Pictures about 3 GB.
For the past couple of years I have been using a 2TB Western Digital HDD which came with a built-in password programme.
Periodically I download the above files onto it, adding them to the ones already there. When they begin to fill the HDD I delete some of the older ones.
I now want a back-up back-up.
Before buying this new Transcend HDD I thought I read on the internet that these things come with a security password system, and that seemed reasonable to me, hence my surprise at not finding one.
Thanks for your reply.
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21 Aug 2016   #6
habb

Windows 7 x64
 
 

Well, what an expensive mistake I have made!
It seemed so obvious to me, in my ignorance, that a password prog could be quickly found and downloaded onto my new 2TB external hard drive in the event that one isn't installed by the manufacturer.
I have just spent hours browsing the internet for such a prog, and failed to find one. I am very careful about downloading anything that looks even slightly suspicious.
I will be grateful for any simple advice but I think I have to hiding it away more carefully.
Thanks.
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21 Aug 2016   #7
bigmck

Windows 7 Home Premium 32-Bit - Build 7600 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by habb View Post
I have bought a Transcend Store Jet 25M3 2TB HDD and want to use it on my W7 steam-driven p.c.
I am also steam-driven.
I have just gotten on this thread, but I have to ask. What does the above mean?............ Steam-Driven?
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21 Aug 2016   #8
habb

Windows 7 x64
 
 

Sorry, it is an expression commonly used in the UK to suggest old and out-of-date compared to, say, diesel, gas, nuclear power etc.
I meant that my p.c. is old and slow and so am I, both of which are irrelevant, possibly, but I wanted to 'paint the picture' just in case it helped with the answer.
Thanks.
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21 Aug 2016   #9
DavidE

Multi-Boot W7_Pro_x64 W8.1_Pro_x64 W10_Pro_x64
 
 

If you have Win 7 Ultimate or Enterprise you might be able to use the built in Bitlocker encryption.

You could consider using a backup program that allows using a password for the backup files.

Most WD external drives use hardware encryption.
If the encryption chip ever fails or you remove the drive from the enclosure you won't be able to see your data.
You probably would need to use and pay for a WD data recovery service to get the data.
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22 Aug 2016   #10
bigmck

Windows 7 Home Premium 32-Bit - Build 7600 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by bigmck View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by habb View Post
I have bought a Transcend Store Jet 25M3 2TB HDD and want to use it on my W7 steam-driven p.c.
I am also steam-driven.
I have just gotten on this thread, but I have to ask. What does the above mean?............ Steam-Driven?
Thanks for the explanation. In that case I suppose I am also "steam-driven".
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