Introduction: How to Make Your Flash Drive Into an Impenitrable Data Safe :P

Okay, so basically what we'll be doing is making it so your generic flashdrive or mp3 player (Basically anything that uses flash memory...) can be safe from a predator finding it and going through what you store on it :)

Step 1: Get Some Software -.-

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Okay, to complete this first step, your gonna have to go and downlaod something :) (sorry :| ) and this something isn't just anything! ITS WINRAR!!!!! you can get this from then go to the downlaods section and get it. Now, since you completed that, go ahead and plug in your usb flash drive.

Step 2: Making the "secure" Folder!

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Now that you have winrar, and you have your usb flashdrive plugged in and all reved up and ready to go. Go ahead and open up the removable disc file thats in your "computer" folder. Now what you have to do is select all the files in there, and then right click. After you right click go to "Add to archive..."

Step 3: Making the "secure" Folder "secure."

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Now, to actually make it secure. After you add all those files to an archive, a window will pop up ( see picture) You can either make it RAR or ZIP, I personally reccomend zip, because the software for extracting it is default with windows, so lets continue using the ZIP extension. Then go to the advanced tab, then set password, and then type in your choice of password and click ok. ( see picture) And then ok again.

Step 4: You're Secure!

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Now you have a 100% secure flash drive, so if you lose it and you have imporant info, it won't be harmed (unless of course they break the flash drive...) Also, what I reccomend, is putting a text file in your flash drive that has your contact info and stuff in it. ( Once again, see the picture :P )


techwiz (author)2008-03-11

If you do loose your flash drive, and someone else finds all they have to do os format the disk and they have a new flash drive.

BeepDog (author)techwiz2011-02-25

Well yeah, but not your data.

joseph_trout (author)2008-11-13

you don't have to waste your money on Winrar. Peazip will do the same thing with higher encryption methods for free.

BeepDog (author)joseph_trout2011-02-25

Reccomend 7-zip Free and open source :)

RedFlash (author)2010-10-02

Duh! What was I thinking.

Bit late with the reply though, lol

mukek (author)2010-07-08

.uha is better

Gage987 (author)2009-12-01

I want one.

Redgerr (author)Gage9872010-03-02

they are so epicly awsome... most secure thing ever

brendene123 (author)2009-09-09

I use Truecrypt to create a encrypted virtual partition and use Ihound ( in the "public" partition. Ihound is free for up to 3 devices and once set up, will email you the IP Address and location of your flash drive. I also make a copy of the encrypted file and stick it on an online storage website like ADrive. That way if all is lost I still have an encrypted backup that I can access and download anywhere I can get on the web.
I have set up a drive like this for a friend who was in the process of getting divorced and it gave considerable peace of mind knowing that his notes and photos for his lawyer were safe even if his ex wife had the drive in her possession and he would know immediately when she plugged it in and where.
The only thing I would like on top of all that would be to have some way of auto erasing the files if an incorrect password was entered 3 times in a row like the IronKey system.

RedFlash (author)2009-06-20

Why not just use Truecrypt? That's government standard encryption

RedFlash (author)2009-05-15


EaglesNestOne (author)2009-02-20

I highly recommend IZArc it supports almost all archiving formats ( 7-ZIP, A, ACE, ARC, ARJ, B64, BH, BIN, BZ2, BZA, C2D, CAB, CDI, CPIO, DEB, ENC, GCA, GZ, GZA, HA, IMG, ISO, JAR, LHA, LIB, LZH, MDF, MBF, MIM, NRG, PAK, PDI, PK3, RAR, RPM, TAR, TAZ, TBZ, TGZ, TZ, UUE, WAR, XXE, YZ1, Z, ZIP, ZOO and more).

paulsima01 (author)2009-01-31

you know u can just use google :) and also on google you can find a free version

fwjs28 (author)2008-11-21

IM GONNA PRANK CALL YOUR HOUSE.....*runs and dials phone number*

dombeef (author)fwjs282008-12-05

is that a real phone number , did you try?

fwjs28 (author)dombeef2008-12-05

sadly i actually did...just to see what the phone would say....

dombeef (author)fwjs282008-12-06

lol but is it real? lol!

fwjs28 (author)dombeef2008-12-06

no..its said **du do du!!!** were sorry this number is unavailable...please check the number and try again....and it just keeps playing over and over untill u hang up...

joseph_trout (author)2008-11-13

you don't have to waste your money on Winrar. Peazip will do the same thing with higher encryption methods for free.

F1X0R (author)2008-10-28

You can get free-to-use programs that will crack that password in a matter of minutes right? That isn't impenetrable at all. In fact, getting round it is quite trivial.

lpirkel (author)2008-10-10

I don't know about this.... you would have to re-zip up any new files that you put on the flash drive. Too much work for me.

merseyless (author)2008-05-03

lol i know where you live ( and your phone number, name and email) besides that good ible

they're made up, not real.

it was sarcasm.


IamTheCreator (author)2008-02-10

Very true, very true. :)

KissMyHuman (author)2008-02-10

I suggest looking into TrueCrypt since it mounts the encrypted file as a virtual partition. The main fatal flaw in your tutorial is that a compression program will uncompress your file to a temp directory where it can then be recovered from later even after deletion. Password protecting compressed files should really only be used for creating annoyances for the average curious person (i.e. password protecting your girlie pictures if you share a computer with your family or roommate)

Psyber (author)2007-12-20

you may just want to use something like truecrypt instead. It has quite a few features, its free, and it has multiple levels of security (i.e. hidden encrypted volume inside an encrypted volume so you could feasibly give up the password without giving up the protected data) Good stuff

GorillazMiko (author)2007-12-13

your windows vista looks cool. all of them look cool. haha

icanryme2002 (author)2007-12-13


IamTheCreator (author)2007-12-13

Yeah good point, plus, the average person may not have a .rar cracker :P

GreenDay (author)2007-12-13

I wouldn't put my address in it. If someone was to steal a knapsack with the flash drive and your house keys, you wouldn't want them knowing where your house was. It actually happened to a friend of mine a while back, but instead of the flashdrive having his address it was his school agenda.

tyeo098 (author)2007-12-13

YOUR HOUSE # AND PHONE # BOTH MATCH?!?!?!? COOL!!!!!11!!!one!one!!!exclamation point!!!

gamer (author)2007-12-13

there are many .rar file crackers out there. nice instructable though. -gamer

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