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How do i password protect my pen drive????????
If i am using true crypt, there would be patitioned and this can be formatted,hence encryption is gone?????
Is there somehow that it prompts for a password every time the pen drive is inserted?????
I dont need encryption as much as i need password protection, and such that it prompts users for password as soon as the pen drive is inserted??
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Updated 6-Feb-11 18:43pm
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There's no foolproof and universal way to do this. What people typically do is to encrypt the data (and not the disk).

[Update - in response to your comment]

You could write a custom usb driver and then have a non-standard usb stick manufactured. It would still connect via USB but without your driver, it would be unreadable. And since Windows won't see it as a standard disk, there's no risk of formatting too.
 
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anirban_sinha 6-Feb-11 23:39pm    
cant aceept it
Nish Nishant 6-Feb-11 23:41pm    
You could write a custom usb driver and then have a non-standard usb stick manufactured. It would still connect via USB but without your driver, it would be unreadable. And since Windows won't see it as a standard disk, there's no risk of formatting too.
Sergey Alexandrovich Kryukov 7-Feb-11 0:45am    
Would be a big overkill, don't you think?
--SA
Nish Nishant 7-Feb-11 15:43pm    
Yeah, in my opinion it would be, but the OP said my original suggestion was not acceptable to him.
Sergey Alexandrovich Kryukov 7-Feb-11 21:49pm    
I saw his comment. OP could do his own search. There is nothing impossible about the task, but it needs considerable amount of time to develop. Unfortunately, Microsoft is very reluctant to retrofit anything (I'm talking about my answer with Windows 7), due to their marketing strategy.
--SA
Maybe this[^] third party software can help you - I have never tried it myself.
 
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Sergey Alexandrovich Kryukov 6-Feb-11 23:57pm    
E-eh, not Open Source, not even free of charge. I hope there is a simpler way.
--SA
Abhinav S 7-Feb-11 3:19am    
Well - if you are looking for added security, you need to pay. :)
Sergey Alexandrovich Kryukov 7-Feb-11 21:16pm    
Not always. Open Source is not always more powerful, but not Open Source is inherently insecure: company is interested in money more than in your security; and you cannot check the source. Same thing about Revision Control and other sensitive application - should be Open Source.
--SA
If you use Window 7, the solution is the BitLocker: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ee449438(WS.10).aspx#BKMK_WhatIsBitLocker[^]. It will work with removable drives, of course.

I'll understand if you cannot accept this answer if you work with older systems.

—SA
 
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anirban_sinha 7-Feb-11 0:27am    
sry..i knew that.
Espen Harlinn 7-Feb-11 15:41pm    
Good link :)

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