can cd-rw disks be password protected?

I currently have a Zip drive that I store some personal data on and I can password protect each Zip disk so no one else can access the info. I was wondering if I could password protect cd-rw disks?
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Put one folder on the CDRW and password it, then put all the other folders into it.
Are you password protecting the actual folder itself or the whole disk? If the folder then it should work the same way on a CDRW.
grwistAuthor Commented:
I want to protect the entire cd-rw disk so I won't have to protect each folder or file on the disk. That should save a lot of time.
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Password protecting the CDRW would be a function of the software that you are using to write the disk with, therefore you would have to check your particular software to see if it is a feature somewhere.  

grwistAuthor Commented:

what program would I use to encrypt the folder on the cd-rw disk? This could be one solution.
grwistAuthor Commented:

I have a new Yamaha cd-rw with NeroAhead burning software. I'll have to read the instructions, probable tomorrow, to see if I can use it the way you suggest. Thanks for the idea.
Since the CD-RW disk acts like a giant floppy disk, any software that encrypts regular drives should work on it as well.

Does anyone know if the Win2000/XP native encrypting utility will work with CD-RW?  My XP machine is haywire right now so I can't check...
Any good encryption program should be able to do this.  password protect a folder protection
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grwistAuthor Commented:
Simple but probably good enough for what I need.
Thanks, raty333
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