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Windows 7: Folder/file locking software

20 Dec 2010   #1
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ult. x64
Folder/file locking software


Is anyone aware of any folder/file locking software that I can use to completely block access (read and write) to several folders on a removal USB?

This request is for a friend who keeps sensitive information on a removal USB drive. The idea is that if it is ever lost/stolen he can rest reasonably assured that the contents cannot be accessed.

Is there anything out there like this that anyone here has used? Preferable freeware?


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20 Dec 2010   #2

Windows 7 Ultimate x86

I assume this one would work(esp. option 2) Just make sure he has an unencrypted set as backup somewhere just in case

How can I use TrueCrypt on a USB flash drive?
You have two options:
  1. 1.) Encrypt the entire USB flash drive. However, you will not be able run TrueCrypt from the USB flash drive.
    Note: Windows does not support multiple partitions on USB flash drives.
  2. 2.) Create a TrueCrypt file container on the USB flash drive (for information on how to do so, see the chapter Beginner's Tutorial, in the TrueCrypt User Guide). If you leave enough space on the USB flash drive (choose an appropriate size for the TrueCrypt container), you will also be able to store TrueCrypt on the USB flash drive (along with the container not in the container) and you will be able to run TrueCrypt from the USB flash drive (see also the chapter Portable Mode in the TrueCrypt User Guide).
That is an excerpt from here

TrueCrypt - Free Open-Source On-The-Fly Disk Encryption Software for Windows 7/Vista/XP, Mac OS X and Linux - FAQ

My System SpecsSystem Spec
20 Dec 2010   #3

Windows 7 x86/x64, Server 2008r2, Web Server 2008

I have to agree with SledgeDG. TrueCrypt is a great software which would fit the needs noted above.
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20 Dec 2010   #4

Windows 7 x64 pro/ Windows 7 x86 Pro/ XP SP3 x86

Truecrypt is a great solution for single users but do remember, to run it in traveller mode the user needs to have admin rights.

One of the great benefits of TrueCrypt is that you can run it from USB stick (Traveller Mode) without having the software installed on a PC, however, you must have admin rights on the computer you're using it on. This is fine for most home users who have admin rights on their own machines but what if your a tech wanting to make TrueCrypt available for your users who most likely don't have admin rights on their work PCs.

Geek Know How - TrueCrypt No Admin

So if your friend is in a corporate environment, he'll need to deal with those issues. Another alternative, though somewhat expensive is to use secure drives from Kingston, sandisk etc. This review will help understand though its a bit dated.

Review: 7 secure USB drives - Computerworld
My System SpecsSystem Spec
20 Dec 2010   #5
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ult. x64

Excellent feedback - thanks Guys. Will check it out.
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