How do I create a secure secret folder on my external hard drive?

anhdroid June 13, 2012
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Is there any software that will help me create a secret folder on my USB external hard drive? The folder itself should be hidden or password-protected so that nobody can see or access it except me. I will then use the folder to backup some important files with personal information inside.

A free solution would be appreciated. Thanks a lot!

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  1. Steve Montgomery
    August 2, 2012 at 10:52 pm

    Try True Crypt, a free open source encryption program. I've used it for a few years now, and I love it! You can download the newest version at .

  2. Manide
    June 18, 2012 at 8:19 am

    TrueCrypt is also my recommendation. One of the main reasons in chosing it was this article:

    • Dalsan
      June 25, 2012 at 3:17 am

      All I have to say is wow! I always has it in portable version but never used it, but extremely good reason to start!

  3. Armando Alarid de la Torre
    June 13, 2012 at 10:41 pm

    You can use trucrypt or also you can use a Linux distribution called backtrack 5 you will find a tool for that

  4. ryandigweed0
    June 13, 2012 at 10:04 pm

    Yeah i vouch for TrueCrypt as well

  5. anhdroid
    June 13, 2012 at 9:11 pm

    Thanks everyone for the suggestions! I think I would look into TrueCrypt.

  6. Alan Wade
    June 13, 2012 at 7:04 pm

    Sorry, but the question I have to ask is if the drive is external, why would you leave it around for people to access your files?
    There are loads of encryption methods and loads tools to crack/hack a folder, how much are you willing to pay to pretect it? There is a multitude of free and paid for file protection tools about, Google it and get hundreds of pages, thats what we do!

  7. ha14
    June 13, 2012 at 4:46 pm

    Perhaps Toolwiz BSafe can work on external hard drive

  8. Dave
    June 13, 2012 at 3:54 pm

    You could use the cloud or a online storage there are plenty for free to store what ever you want.

  9. Jon Smith
    June 13, 2012 at 3:38 pm

    They have an option to mount a secret folder so you can escape the extortion but I hope that never happens to you

  10. Bruce Epper
    June 13, 2012 at 3:04 pm

    It is probably easiest to use TrueCrypt to create a virtual disk on your external drive.

  11. Mike
    June 13, 2012 at 2:31 pm

    The problem with "secret" or "hidden" folders is that there is always a way for someone to find it ~ the same applies to simple password protection which can be brute forced or depending on the solution simply doesn't work e.g. when the device is plugged in at a Linux machine or so.

    The only thing I can recommend is creating an encrypted "container volume" to store the files.

    The most popular choice especially if you are going to use the drive on different systems e.g. Linux or OSX would be TrueCrypt however it does require administrative privileges ~ even the portable version.

    If you are only planning on using it on Windows only I recommend FreeOTFE. It is fully portable e.g. can be copied and used from the external drive you store the "container file" on and further it works as a standard user ~ no admin required.

  12. illegal3alien
    June 13, 2012 at 2:18 pm

    You should look into Truecrypt. You could create a secure file container of partition the flash drive and dedicate a small section of it to become the encrypted area.

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