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    Default Password protect external usb drive

    What is the best way to password protect an external drive? After searching I found a few programs which seem to perform what I want to do. However, I was hoping to get some feedback from those who are familiar with what I'm trying to do. Thanks

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    Default Re: Password protect external usb drive

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    All of mine are encrypted using the Encrypt options available from within
    Partitioner (within Yast). I do not set them to auto-mount on bootup
    since it prompts for a passphrase and I need to be able to reboot the
    system remotely when I do not have an opportunity to enter that in, but so
    far this is working well for me. This is all part of OpenSUSE out of the box.

    Good luck.





    On 05/13/2011 02:06 AM, quietthought wrote:
    >
    > What is the best way to password protect an external drive? After
    > searching I found a few programs which seem to perform what I want to
    > do. However, I was hoping to get some feedback from those who are
    > familiar with what I'm trying to do. Thanks
    >
    >

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    Default Re: Password protect external usb drive

    If you are only going to use the external device on Linux systems, use YaST to create an encrypted partition.

    Therefore when you plug in the drive, openSUSE / other distros will ask you to enter the passphrase to mount the device.

    Please expand a little bit more on what you wish to do.

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    Default Re: Password protect external usb drive

    Yah I forgot to mention I will be using it on non-Lniux windows systems as well. I just dont want anyone to be able to hook up my external drive to their pc and then start fooling with my data or whatever.

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    Default Re: Password protect external usb drive

    I myself have not created a password protected storage device compatible with Windows and Linux, a quick google has revealed FreeOTFE and TrueCrypt - Free Open-Source On-The-Fly Disk Encryption Software for Windows 7/Vista/XP, Mac OS X and Linux

    In fact you have made me quite curious :-)

    Perhaps some of the more experienced users may be able to help.

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    Default Re: Password protect external usb drive

    On 2011-05-13 19:36, quietthought wrote:
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    > Yah I forgot to mention I will be using it on non-Lniux windows systems
    > as well. I just dont want anyone to be able to hook up my external
    > drive to their pc and then start fooling with my data or whatever.


    There is encryption, but the native method is not multiplatform, AFAIK.

    It might also be possible to use the ATA hardware password, but I have
    never known of anybody using it in Linux. Also, the chipset of the external
    box might not support it.

    See mand hdparm to learn what it is known.

    --
    Cheers / Saludos,

    Carlos E. R.
    (from 11.2 x86_64 "Emerald" at Telcontar)

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