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Windows 7: how to know when was my external hard disk was used?

19 Apr 2015   #1
Ganesh Ujwal

Windows 7 Ultimate x32
 
 
how to know when was my external hard disk was used?

how to know when was my external hard disk was used or plugged to pc or laptop?
i mean putting monitoring on external hard disk.

for PC's there is a event viewer, what about external harddisk's?


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19 Apr 2015   #2
americancritic

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-Bit SP1
 
 

Hello and welcome to the sevens forum.

First I don't think you can tell when your external hard drive was used, unless you have something on your system that would tell you if it was used or messed with your kind a out of luck so to speak.

You can always set up a password on your external hard drive to lock people out.
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19 Apr 2015   #3
Ganesh Ujwal

Windows 7 Ultimate x32
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by americancritic View Post
Hello and welcome to the sevens forum.

First I don't think you can tell when your external hard drive was used, unless you have something on your system that would tell you if it was used or messed with your kind a out of luck so to speak.

You can always set up a password on your external hard drive to lock people out.
but Putting password will have problems in detecting harddisk?, i just saw this thread: accessing locked drive ... have password but cannot see drive on computer - External Hard Drive - Storage

Please tell any alternative how to know when was the last time used?
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25 Apr 2015   #4
ThrashZone

Win-7-Pro64bit 7-H-Prem-64bit
 
 

Hi,
Encryption software is about all that can be used that I know of,
Just install it on your computer and select the external as the one to encrypt and not the computers drive,
As long as the have the software on the machine and the machine functions you should be okay,

If something happens to the machine the software is on then you'd be in a bit of a pickle
Refer to the encryption software website for that case
Cheers.
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25 Apr 2015   #5
ComputerGeek

Desk 1: Win 7 Pro x32; Desk 2: Windows 10 x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Ganesh Ujwal View Post
how to know when was my external hard disk was used or plugged to pc or laptop?
i mean putting monitoring on external hard disk.

for PC's there is a event viewer, what about external harddisk's?
The event viewer will record events when you plug/unplug external hard drives. See The Windows 7 Event Log and USB Device Tracking. I've never actually tried using that info, so read it and you might try it. But you're on your own. I can't provide any help in using it.

An easy utility output to read is USBLogView. But I think it only runs in the foreground, meaning it would have to be started and kept running in someone's user account
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