Re: Hard Drive Password Protection

From: Roger Abell (
Date: 05/11/05

Date: Tue, 10 May 2005 19:31:04 -0700

In XP Home edition one must use a Safe Mode (F8) boot in
order to access the NTFS permissions dialog in the properties
of files, folders, and the root of partitions that are formatted
with NTFS.

All filesystem (and much other) access control in Windows is
done by naming the accounts that will be allowed access, rather
than by placing passwords on things as was done with earlier
DOS family versions of Windows.

MS has a small group of KB articles that walk through the use
of NTFS permissions in XP. Regrettably I do not have those
links at hand, but if that is something you need, a post over in
the windowsxp.security_admin newsgroup will likely get you
all the directions that you need.

Roger Abell
Microsoft MVP (Windows  Security)
MCSE (W2k3,W2k,Nt4)  MCDBA
"dazed1" <> wrote in message
> Im running windows XP home edition. i have 3 hard drives (C,D,E). i am the
> admin. for this pc but it has a guest account and is shared on the home
> network. is there a way i can password protect an entire harddrive (other
> than the C drive) or atleast the folders within the other two harddrives
> without having to attach them to a specific user profile?
> Thanks

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