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Old 11-10-04, 11:25 PM
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How do I password a USB flash drive?

I have some office files I backup onto a Dell flash drive and want to password it.

Anyone know how to accomplish this?

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Add them to a zip file and password-protect the zip file?
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I've never seen a Flash drive that requires a password, but I'm sure they exist. It would be really easy: the plug-and-play driver would just use your password to construct an RSA key for decrypting data stored on it (with the other key.)

stevevt's solution works as well. Just be aware that, except for the most recent version of the Zip algorithm (built into Winzip 9), Zip passwords can be defeated in about 1/100th of a millisecond.

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A lot of flash drives nowdays come with encryption software built-in.

I bought the Cruzer Micro 512MB flash drive. Its security software is really easy to use. You get a window divided into two: one for regular storage and one for encrypted storage. Whenever you drag files into or out of the encrypted storage, you type a password. PW can be any length.
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SanDisk offers an encryptian program for its flash drives. There is a paid version and a free version that has worked fine for me.

Whether or not the program can be used on other flash drives or not, I don't know.

You can download the free version here: http://www.sandisk.com/retail/cruzer-cruzerlock2.asp
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I'd rather not zip it since I back it up do it twice a day (in case my office burns down type thing).

Mine has no encryption. I can open it on any windows system computer.

I'll try the sandisk thing.

Of course, I could stop being lazy and email Dell.
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My Kanguru thumbdrive had encryption software as well.
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Originally posted by Mr. Salty
You can download the free version here: http://www.sandisk.com/retail/cruzer-cruzerlock2.asp
Yup, that's the software. Works pretty good.
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Dumb question, but will the sandisk software only work w/ sandisk usb drives?
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That's the $64,000 question. Both my flash drives are SanDisk, so I don't know. I'd like to hear from anyone who has tried it on a non-SanDisk model.

It can't hurt to download it and try it, thoug, because it's free. Just save the zipped installer on your flash drive and double-click it.
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Originally posted by sfsdfd
I've never seen a Flash drive that requires a password, but I'm sure they exist. It would be really easy: the plug-and-play driver would just use your password to construct an RSA key for decrypting data stored on it (with the other key.)

stevevt's solution works as well. Just be aware that, except for the most recent version of the Zip algorithm (built into Winzip 9), Zip passwords can be defeated in about 1/100th of a millisecond.

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The new Kingston Data Traveler Elite requires a Password. I know I purchased one. So you are correct SFSDFD, they do exist.
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Originally posted by bahgee
Dumb question, but will the sandisk software only work w/ sandisk usb drives?
According to the web site, it works on Sandisk Cruzer Mini, Micro, and Titanium flash drives only. I tried it on my hard drive, and it doesn't work (got an error message that it could not find the "Cruzer").
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Originally posted by kayak99
I'd rather not zip it since I back it up do it twice a day (in case my office burns down type thing).

Mine has no encryption. I can open it on any windows system computer.

I'll try the sandisk thing.

Of course, I could stop being lazy and email Dell.
You can use something like Cobian backup (freeware) to schedule and automatic copy and zip of the files you want to back up. Less work for you.

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