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Was wondering if there is a way to protect the contents of an external hard drive on windows Xp/Vista?

Is it possible to password an external hard drive, such that when its plugged to a system, a password will be required to access it?

Thanks.

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You don't say what OS. – Dennis Williamson Dec 24 '09 at 2:17
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While not exactly what your looking for, take a look at Truecrypt. It doesn't have the "prompt for a password at plug-in" that your looking for, but it will do drive encryption.

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If it is going to be Windows 7 - you could try bitlocker to go, though this is certainly not going to be acceptable for plugging into Linux, Mac or some earlier Windows installs either.

Personally, I would vote for TrueCrypt as well.

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