How to Password Protect a Pen Drive Partition

Nowadays protecting data is really essential especially when we carry confidential or private data in pen drives. Few pen drives come with data protection utilities but I remember one of my friend who had a tough time using such a utility. It was a 8GB Kingston Data Traveller II, it came along with a software which allows you to lock certain part of the data and makes it non writable. He had password protected 6GB and later he deleted the software accidently. The worst part was it wasn’t available even on the official website. The only alternative was to format the drive in Linux. It’s always safe to keep a backup of the software in your pc.

Well, such utilities might sometimes be a pain but there’s one utility- Rohos Mini Drive which is pretty cool. Rohos Mini Drive is a freeware that allows you to create an encrypted partition on the USB flash drive memory. The best part is that the encrypted partition is also hidden! Whenever you plug in the pen drive in any computer only the non encrypted and non hidden partition will appear. The protected partition will appear only after you enter the right password. There’s one serious con, you cannot encrypt a partition of more than 2 GB!

Features:
Creates a virtual encrypted partition within a USB flash drive free space
Automatically detects your USB stick config and creates encrypted partition
Program does not require installation to work with encrypted partition on a guest computer. You can start it right from USB drive
Encrypted partition is protected by password
Encryption is automatic and on-the-fly
Encryption algorithm: AES 256 bit key length. NIST approved.
Rohos Disk Browser to open encrypted partition without having Admin rights
Virtual Keyboard – to protect your encrypted disk password from a key logger
Autorun Folder. Saved program’s/file’s shortcut will automatically start/open up upon disk connection
Encrypted partition size limited to 2 GB

If you would like to create partitions in pen drives without passwords you can have a look at ‘How to Create Partitions in USB drive

Creating a password protected partition on pen drive:

Firstly, download Rohos Mini Drive from the bottom of the post and install it. Once done insert your pen drive and start Rohos Mini Drive. Click on the “Setup USB Key” button to start creating protected partition on your USB drive. Enter your desired password and make a note of it so that you don’t forget it later. Then, click the “Create Disk” button. It will take a few minutes to create the encrypted partition. Once created, on the main window of Rohos Mini Drive, you’ll find the protected partition. You can browse the protected partition and add the files you would like to keep safe. After you’re done with copying you can click on the ‘Disconnect’ button.
That’s it! now to access Rohos Mini Drive in any other computer you don’t need to install it on that computer too. It places a small portable executable file- Rohos mini.exe in the unprotected partition of your USB drive which will enable you to access the protected partition by running the executable file. All you need to do is just double click on it and enter the password to access the protected partition. You can also make use of the virtual keyboard by clicking the “Aa” button to protect your encrypted disk password from a key logger.

Download Rohos Mini Drive

[via- Mytechquest]

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Discussion

3 comments for “How to Password Protect a Pen Drive Partition”

  • Devesh Arora

    This software is very nice.

  • raghav

    how can we create a partition on a pre partition drive

  • Signy

    Unfortunately Kingston secure traveler is much better software:
    * Rohos don’t make hidden partition – it makes on normal USB hidden file with volume, which Rohos can mount as new letter. Original partition is visible and full.
    Kingston has real hidden partition, which is mounted instead small visible partition, where is Kingston software.
    Kingston hidden partition is even hidden in Windows disk management.
    * Kingston software is small, don’t need instalation. It can be run from command line (for example for automatic logout).
    Kingston has only one big disadvantage: it could work only on several (not all) Kingston flash drives. My new Kingston flash was without SecureTraveler software and on it this software can not work.
    I’ve tested Rohos Mini Drive and unfortunately Rohos Mini Drive is not substitution – at least not for me.

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