How can I make my PC ask for a password before accessing any external drive?

Anonymous December 28, 2013

Hello, I am so sick of this problem that someone came and copy some information to their external drive (e.g. usb drive) without my permission. So, I want my PC to ask for a password before accessing the device that is plugged in.

  1. Tim L
    January 1, 2014 at 12:14 pm

    Thanks, For your appreciation...

  2. dragonmouth
    December 30, 2013 at 1:59 pm

    The easiest way to prevent your problem is to never leave your computer logged on and unattended. Either LOG OFF or Lock Screen.

  3. Gede Surya S
    December 29, 2013 at 1:16 am

    Just an addition to Oron J comment, I recommends encrypting your external hardisk with a program such as TrueCrypt

  4. Hovsep A
    December 28, 2013 at 11:35 pm

    well you can lock you USB access
    Netwrix USB Blocker

    Phrozen Safe USB

    USB Disks Access Manager

    USB Secure
    Password protect your USB drives


  5. Oron J
    December 28, 2013 at 10:06 pm

    The short answer is no, you can't do what you are asking for. What you can do is:
    Set up a password on your account, so that only you would be able to log on.
    Change the security on your system so that your data cannot be accessed by anybody (encrypt your hard disc, make your profile private or whatever your system allows you to do.
    Log off or lock your system whenever you're not using it.

    You can also disable USB drives altogether, but this will affect all users, including yourself.

  6. Alan W
    December 28, 2013 at 6:34 pm

    One way would be to right click on the drive select properties and then change the permissions to just you under Security assuming of course that you log out when leaving your machine unattended.

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