Re: Protecting my hard drive?

From: Stephen Howard (
Date: 09/15/05

Date: Thu, 15 Sep 2005 10:43:51 +0100

On Wed, 14 Sep 2005 19:25:13 -0500, Mama Bear <MamaBear@No-Spam.noo>

>Is there a low cost way to password protect my hard drive, so that
>if it was stolen along with my computer, no one could access it?
>Something not too hard to log in with when I start it up though?
>I have Systemworks 2005 but don't think there's anything in there
>for this.

I think encryption's the key ( excuse pun ).
Once someone has access to your computer's internals it's pretty much
all over bar the shouting - but if the data is securely encrypted then
all they really have is a nice new computer.

There are quite a few freeware apps that you might find useful. I use
Blowfish Advanced CS to encrypt my sensitive data, and there are other
good encryption programs out there. Some people prefer to use
encrypted drives or 'containers'. Both systems will work for you, it's
just a matter of preference/convenience.

Blowfish Advanced can make use of 'job files', which essentially act
like DOS batch files. You can set up a series of encryption/decryption
tasks that run from a shortcut on your desktop.


Stephen Howard - Woodwind repairs & period restorations
Emails to: showard{whoisat}shwoodwind{dot}co{dot}uk

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