Secure Hard Drives
Category: Computers > Hardware
Asked by: wanderingturtle-ga
List Price: $10.00
30 Dec 2005 06:56 PST
Expires: 29 Jan 2006 06:56 PST
Question ID: 611270
Two Questions: 1. I'm looking for a good, economical external hard drive with 20+ gigs. I don't need anything fancy schmancy, just something that'll use USB 2. 2. If I encrypt and maintain the files on my new hard drive using the Windows encryption tool (file>properties>encrypt), can I ever open those files on another computer, or are they inextricably linked to my present computer?
Re: Secure Hard Drives
Answered By: endo-ga on 31 Dec 2005 06:32 PST
Hi, Thank you for your question. 1. These two drives are among the cheapest you can find: LaCie External 80GB Hard Drive ($81) http://www.pricegrabber.com/search_getprod.php/masterid=1063041 Maxtor Personal Storage 3100 External 80GB Hard Drive ($70) http://www.pricegrabber.com/search_getprod.php/masterid=5433051 The following one has a good review on Tomshardware but is more expensive: Seagate Portable ST9100801U2 External 100GB ($166) http://www.pricegrabber.com/search_getprod.php/masterid=5510065 External drive review: Storage and Security On the Go http://www.tomshardware.com/2005/01/14/storage_and_security_on_the_go/page5.html I believe all these drives fit your requirements. 20gb drives aren't really around anymore, or will be the same price but fancier (smaller/lighter). 2. To open files encrypted in that way on another computer you need the certificate and the key pair. However carrying those around on the drive isn't secure in itself. You might want to have a read here on how Windows encryption works: Best practices for the Encrypting File System http://support.microsoft.com/kb/223316/en-us To encrypt your files on the external drive you have several options, which I've listed below, they were listed from the Windows Marketplace and are all free of charge. Windows Market Place http://www.windowsmarketplace.com/results.aspx?bcatid=333&page=6 EncryptOnClick http://www.download.com/EncryptOnClick/3000-2092-10449082.html FineCrypt http://www.download.com/FineCrypt/3000-2092-10473436.html Crypto Tools http://www.download.com/Crypto-Tools/3000-2092-10436342.html If you have any problems, please let me know and I'll do my best to help. Thanks. endo Search strategy: External drive http://www.pricegrabber.com/search_attrib.php/page_id=11/popup2%5B%5D=2:394/sortby=priceA encryption tool http://support.microsoft.com/search/default.aspx?query=encryption+tool encryption windows xp external drive ://www.google.com/search?q=encryption+windows+xp+external+drive
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