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    Recommended Encryption for Portable Drives

    Hi Guys

    Just wondered what software people might be using for encrypting portable drives.
    Ideally i'd like the ability to decrypt/encrypt a drive on the fly with a standalone executable that doesnt require installation. As I'll be plugging it into many computers over its lifetime I'd rather not have to install something to get access to the data. And ideally the ability to encrypt with containers instead of the whole partition.

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    Re: Recommended Encryption for Portable Drives

    Checkout Veracrypt, sounds like its what you are after.
    Essentially a successor to TrueCrypt.

    (Sorry I can't post URLs yet due to post count)

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    Re: Recommended Encryption for Portable Drives

    The question is why do you need this. I also tried it at first, but then I realized that this is sheer stupidity. I reinstall the system and programs myself. Therefore, I am not afraid that someone in the service center will read something.

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    Re: Recommended Encryption for Portable Drives

    Why does it matter why they want it?

    And did you even read what the OP said? Not sure what your on about with reinstalling systems and programs?
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    Re: Recommended Encryption for Portable Drives

    I have a recommendation for the following (we use a lot of them)

    https://istorage-uk.com/product-cate...ted-hdds-ssds/

    No software needed but they are expensive.



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    Re: Recommended Encryption for Portable Drives

    Quote Originally Posted by Jonj1611 View Post
    Why does it matter why they want it?

    And did you even read what the OP said? Not sure what your on about with reinstalling systems and programs?
    Spam poster ?



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    Re: Recommended Encryption for Portable Drives

    Quote Originally Posted by AGTDenton View Post
    Hi Guys

    Just wondered what software people might be using for encrypting portable drives.
    Ideally i'd like the ability to decrypt/encrypt a drive on the fly with a standalone executable that doesnt require installation. As I'll be plugging it into many computers over its lifetime I'd rather not have to install something to get access to the data. And ideally the ability to encrypt with containers instead of the whole partition.

    Cheers
    I use a Samsung T7 Touch SSD. This (obviously) uses Samsung chips, has AES 256-bit hardware encryption, and the "Touch" version authenticates using the built-in fingerprint scanner (or a password).

    So, with the fingerprint, the drive contents can be accessed by me on anything (with USB) but not by anyone else. It has to be activated, but then requires no drivers etc in use on connected devices. And clearly, if I lose it, nobody else can access the contents.
    A lesson learned from PeterB about dignity in adversity, so Peter, In Memorium, "Onwards and Upwards".

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    Re: Recommended Encryption for Portable Drives

    Can you use bit locker for portable drives?

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    Re: Recommended Encryption for Portable Drives

    not supported on anything but windows....



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    Re: Recommended Encryption for Portable Drives

    Thank you chaps. Sorry I completely forgot I made this post.
    I was expecting to be returning to work at the time but health said otherwise.

    The main reason for asking which I should have mentioned is GDPR. I sometimes have data on an SSD which could be sensitive, now we're dealing with proper clients its become more important. Even though I've yet to lose one or have one stolen in 25 years I should probably buck my ideas up.

    Quote Originally Posted by Apex View Post
    I have a recommendation for the following (we use a lot of them)

    https://istorage-uk.com/product-cate...ted-hdds-ssds/

    No software needed but they are expensive.
    Quote Originally Posted by Saracen999 View Post
    I use a Samsung T7 Touch SSD. This (obviously) uses Samsung chips, has AES 256-bit hardware encryption, and the "Touch" version authenticates using the built-in fingerprint scanner (or a password).

    So, with the fingerprint, the drive contents can be accessed by me on anything (with USB) but not by anyone else. It has to be activated, but then requires no drivers etc in use on connected devices. And clearly, if I lose it, nobody else can access the contents.
    I like the two hardware ideas actually, that might fit the bill more perfectly than software.
    £279 512GB SSD will be well within budget - I can split the sensitive & non sensitive data quite easily
    EDIT: and just seen the prices on the Samsung T7's are quite amazing, again well within budget.

    The non sensitive stuff is usually the larger files, the sensitive stuff tends to be much smaller so would take a while to fill the 512GB and should last a good amount of time.

    I wonder what brand of SSD iStorage use underneath.
    I'll look in more detail tomorrow but you've both sent me on a good path, thanks both.

    Quote Originally Posted by Kumagoro View Post
    Can you use bit locker for portable drives?
    There is the problem of Bitlocker only being on Pro versions of Windows 10. Unless this has changed Home & some specialist versions don't have it.
    Last edited by AGTDenton; 20-10-2020 at 12:53 AM.


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    Re: Recommended Encryption for Portable Drives

    Quote Originally Posted by AGTDenton View Post
    There is the problem of Bitlocker only being on Pro versions of Windows 10. Unless this has changed Home & some specialist versions don't have it.
    Bitlocker still works on sub-Pro editions of Windows, even back in the days of Vista, provided that Bitlocker encryption has already been applied to the drive using a Pro-(and beyond) edition first.

    For example, I can encrypt my USB stick using Bitlocker on Win 10 Pro, put stuff on it, take it to my Windows 7 Home machine, plug it in, unlock it using the password I set earlier (the usual Bitlocker prompt comes up), transfer files to and from it just like a regular drive. Take it to my Windows 8.1 Home machine, unlock using the password etc etc.

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    Re: Recommended Encryption for Portable Drives

    Quote Originally Posted by DDY View Post
    Bitlocker still works on sub-Pro editions of Windows, even back in the days of Vista, provided that Bitlocker encryption has already been applied to the drive using a Pro-(and beyond) edition first.

    For example, I can encrypt my USB stick using Bitlocker on Win 10 Pro, put stuff on it, take it to my Windows 7 Home machine, plug it in, unlock it using the password I set earlier (the usual Bitlocker prompt comes up), transfer files to and from it just like a regular drive. Take it to my Windows 8.1 Home machine, unlock using the password etc etc.
    Didn't realise that, though hadn't tried it. A useful little wrinkle, that.
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    Re: Recommended Encryption for Portable Drives

    Thank you DDY. That is a useful piece of knowledge no matter how small, makes you wonder how many won't realise the feature exists and unnecessarily opt for an alternate solution.

    Microsoft should definitely mention it on this page:

    https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/...5-741561aae838

    Quote Originally Posted by Microsoft.com
    Note that BitLocker isn't available on Windows 10 Home edition.
    To me means it isn't available at any level.


    I've definitely got some good options to ponder


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    Re: Recommended Encryption for Portable Drives

    Quote Originally Posted by AGTDenton View Post
    Thank you chaps. Sorry I completely forgot I made this post.
    I was expecting to be returning to work at the time but health said otherwise.

    The main reason for asking which I should have mentioned is GDPR. I sometimes have data on an SSD which could be sensitive, now we're dealing with proper clients its become more important. Even though I've yet to lose one or have one stolen in 25 years I should probably buck my ideas up.





    I like the two hardware ideas actually, that might fit the bill more perfectly than software.
    £279 512GB SSD will be well within budget - I can split the sensitive & non sensitive data quite easily
    EDIT: and just seen the prices on the Samsung T7's are quite amazing, again well within budget.

    The non sensitive stuff is usually the larger files, the sensitive stuff tends to be much smaller so would take a while to fill the 512GB and should last a good amount of time.

    I wonder what brand of SSD iStorage use underneath.
    I'll look in more detail tomorrow but you've both sent me on a good path, thanks both.


    There is the problem of Bitlocker only being on Pro versions of Windows 10. Unless this has changed Home & some specialist versions don't have it.
    Not say they will be but the hdds in the ones we have are all WD Green drives so there is a chance the SSD's are wd based.

    We like the hardware based design, means we can share between unix and window systems (data ingress for vms too) so it fits our usecase. The do pin pad usb sticks too (we have a few of them for small amounts of data)



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    Re: Recommended Encryption for Portable Drives

    Quote Originally Posted by Apex View Post
    I have a recommendation for the following (we use a lot of them)

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    No software needed but they are expensive.
    We have some of the DT2s at work, and they're an absolute pain. Works just fine, don't get me wrong, but they're super bulky and use a separate power brick. Maybe I'll have to see if my IT dept. can sort us out with the Pro2 ones, they look much better.

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    Re: Recommended Encryption for Portable Drives

    Quote Originally Posted by AGTDenton View Post
    ....

    To me means it isn't available at any level.

    ....
    It possibly could be, for modest cost.

    Getting an old OS (like W7) in a version with Bitlocker enabled, shouldn't be hard. I still have an old machine with Ultimate on it.

    I also have a couple of machines that I *need* (or more accurately, used to need) to he able to take on multiple personalities. An IcyBox drive cage capable of taking bare drives means I can boot from any drive. So I have old drives with W7, W8, a couple of Linux flavours, etc, and can boot any of them without bothering with multiple partitions, etc. Just insert correct drive, and boot. I also have a 2.5* to 3.5" adapter, so can use mobile Hard drives and SSDs in it, too.

    I use it largely for testing, etc, but it could even be used in a single "only" PC.

    Insert bit-locker enabled OS, boot, enable BL on mobile drive. Shut down. Change to primary HD, Reboot, and you have your normal OS back, be it W10, Linux, whatever.

    I went belt and braces and put a manual power switch in the cable supplying power to other drives in that machine. Flip it off, and when I boot in "test" mode, it cannot mess with those other drives, even if it tries.

    It might be a way round not having a BL-enabled OS, for pretty low cost.
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