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4 Free Utilities to Password Protect Your USB Drive

We use our computer flash drives to save all sorts of files. Often these files are private documents, images, and videos. We would not want anybody else to have access to these files without our permission. For this reason it is best to password protect our flash drives and ensure we are the only ones with access to them.

If you are a Windows user looking for an application to password protect your USB, then the following 4 freeware solutions will serve you perfectly.

1. Rohos Mini Drive

Rohos Mini Drive

Rohos Mini Drive is a simple yet effective security application for your USB flash drives. The application is sized at nearly 3MB and installs on almost all Windows computers. With Rohos you can create a secret encrypted partition on your flash drive and store private files in it. Encryption is done on the fly and does not require administrative privileges. To access the partition you need to type in the right password. You can carry around Rohos’s portable version in your flash drive to access the encrypted partition from any computer.

Download Rohos Mini Drive

2. Comodo Disk Encryption

Commodo Disk Encryption

Comodo Disk Encryption is another freeware designed to encrypt hard drive partitions. You can use the program to add an encrypted partition on your flash drive that is accessible only through the set password. Get the 8.5MB setup file for the app from the link given below.

Download Comodo Disk Encryption

3. USB Safeguard

USB Safeguard

USB Safeguard is a tiny executable file sized at only 400KB that you store in your flash drive. Running the executable and setting a password locks down your flash drive. You can unlock it by re-running the EXE file and typing your password.

Get USB Safeguard

4. TrueCrypt

TrueCrypt is open-source and its setup file is sized at 3.4MB. The program offers the same features such as Rohos Mini Drive, plus more. In addition to creating encrypted partitions on the hard drive and flash drives, the program can also create a virtual encrypted disk within a file and mount it as a real disk. Moreover the program’s design helps simultaneously read and write data to your flash drive faster.

Download TrueCrypt

Do let us know which software do you use to password protect your Pen drives?

Remove USB write protection error

The other day, my Kingston 2GB USB Pen Drive started showing up this weird error every time a Write operation was performed. I couldn’t rename, delete or write any file or folder. Even format operation was not being performed saying the disk is write protected. Just as I was about to give up thinking the Pen Drive had died I found out a solution.

You need to Low – Level Format your USB pen drive. Windows or even GParted in Linux does not perform a Low-Level format. They just do a normal one. Here I give below 2 such free utilities which will help you to format your USB drive and get it to work.

Run any of these and after format is complete. Reformat using the windows utility. It’ll start to work again. Be sure to recover all files before running a low level format as no recovery is possible after that.

Download : Apacer USB Repair Utility

Download : HDD Low Level Format Tool