Can I password-protect a specific folder?

I want to password protect a single folder on a flash drive - and I want it to be passowrd protected on ALL computers I use the drive on. Any idears how to do that?

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msandy13 years ago

7-zip is ok, but I need to decrypt and encrypt every time I wanna view the contents in the protected folder, and Truecrypt's' protection process is a little bit complicated. In my opinion, you can try USB security(http://www.kakasoft.com/usb-security) or Folder Protector(http://www.kakasoft.com/folder-protect), both of which are used to password protect folders in USB flash drive, the outstanding features of them are easy-to-use and portability.

Actaully, a simple way to do this is to use zip compression

If you store the contents you wish to protect in a zip file, then store that zip file into a password protected zip file, then a password will be required to access the information.

I suggest that the compression method is a simple storage rather than actually compressing it.

This could be accessed with anything that has zip compatability.

However, to do this, you will need 7-zip (or some similar zip-ing agent) because Windows dislikes you zipping zip files.

Gets the job done for the very basics.

Downside: you won't be able to update this with an easy drag-and-drop, you'll need to repack it each time you wish to add a file to the protected content.

Another downside: If your private content is greater that 4GB, and you're storing this on something like a flash drive, then you will need to convert the volume to an NTFS file system (since your flash drive likely has a FAT or FAT32 file system, which has this 4GB limit)

If you do convert your volume, be sure to turn off the indexing option, otherwise you will likely screw up the volume, and will need to reformat. (You can turn off this option via "Properties" of the volume in the "General" tab)

Always try to "Safely Eject" an NTFS flash drive... ALWAYS. I have lost GB's of data from not doing this.

FAT or FAT32, doesn't really matter, just don't pull it out when in the middle of copying something...

Janky Hacks For The Win.
lemonie7 years ago
Windows (I have XP) will let you do this-Right-click, Properties, then Sharing, then "make this folder private"

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Labot2001 (author)  lemonie7 years ago
Not the same for Windows 7 :(

Oh come on now - it'll be in there somewhere, find it?
Why didn't you mention Windows 7 19 days ago?

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Labot2001 (author)  lemonie7 years ago
Well, there *is* a similar option, but it's not quite what I'm looking for. I did find something that does the trick though... but again, not what I'm looking for. Sighhhh.
Labot2001 (author)  Lithium Rain7 years ago
DID YOU TRY SEARCHING FOR IT? IT'S NOT AN EASY THING TO COME BY.

I WOULDN'T BE HERE ASKING IF I HADN'T ALREADY TRIED LOOKING.

>storms off angrily<
WELL TRY YELLING

YELLING ALWAYS WORKS

OH BY THE WAY LOOK INTO TRUECRYPT

>also storms off angrily<