Password protect USB drive on Mac and PC?

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by nescapolita, Jan 10, 2010.

  1. nescapolita macrumors newbie

    Jan 10, 2010
    Hello everyone,

    I've been searching here and on google to no avail. Here's my dilemma:

    I'm a teacher. I use OS X at home and Win XP at work. I have a USB drive that contains all my materials. I want to password protect it, so that if i forget it somewhere, students will not be able to see final exams/tests etc. I am not an admin at work and the IT dept will not install any programs on my work PC. I want to be able to access these files at home also.

    Any ideas? I'd really appreciate it!
  2. old-wiz macrumors G3

    Mar 26, 2008
    West Suburban Boston Ma
    The only way to password protect a device is to encrypt all the data within it. Unfortunately I don't know of any app that works on both mac and PC. Neither windows nor OSx have a way to password protect a device. Unless you encrypt the device, if it is stolen the data can be found one way or another.
  3. angelwatt Moderator emeritus


    Aug 16, 2005
  4. PajamaPants macrumors member

    Jul 2, 2013
    Like Angelwatt said TruCrypt is the way to go, been using it for some time just for the apps feature but still use the encryption to feel James Bond-ish :)
    And it's free.

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