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Password protected Harddisk

Discussion in 'General Hardware' started by Laurijan, Nov 3, 2007.

  1. Laurijan

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    Hi!

    According to ATA specifications every ATA harddisk (PATA,SATA) must have the possibility be protected by a password - the bios must be compatible but most new ones are.
    A nice progam HD-X Lock makes it possible to install passwords to ones harddisks so that ever time the PC is shut down and is started again a usb-stick or CD-Rom or floppy with this program has to be inserted to provide a password. Otherwise the Harddisk apears to be empty / formatted. A very nice thing if one is a pirate.
    There is a user password and a master password. With the free version of HD-X Lock one can only set the user password - with the full version also the master password which is important cause the factory set master password in all seagte harddisks is well know (seagate+25 spaces) and samsung has no master password at all installed.
    With laptops that have a harddisk password setting in the bios one can not use HD-X Lock because when you set a password with HD-X Lock it is internally scrambled and you can not get the harddisk open without putting the lapstops harddisk into a desktop PC.
     
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  2. ex_reven New Member

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    A bit inconvenient if you ask me.
     
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    A little bit inconvenient too is that one can not use sleep mode in windows because the harddisks lock up and one has to reboot to enter the pasword. But maybe some motherboard allow sleep mode - dont now.
     
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    better option, fiddle with group policies. So only your admin account can access the drive, (use the old login method without welcome screen as well).
     
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    This procedure has been used by M$ for the Xbox1 to keep modders and hackers at bay. Worked, but not that well.

    I think it is pretty much redundant to have this sort of protection with computers.
     
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    Well, anything I want to keep private I just put on a separate partition that is protected by TrueCrypt, a nice little free utility.
     
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    But is it possible to share these crypted files in DC++ for example?
     

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