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protecting data on External Hard Drive

Ok here goes, Iam using a machine that has windows XP Pro.  I have an external hard drive that I want to add security to.  I use the external hard drive to move the contents of my d: drive located on my desktop machine to my laptop at home, replacing the laptop d: drive with the updated d: drive from my desktop.  I want to, incase HD is lost or stolen, have the data secure.  I want to be the only one that can view the files.  I know XP can Encrypt and decrypt files, but can it encrypt the entire external HD? Also if the external HD is encrypted while plugged into the desktop will I then be able to access the files on my Laptop?

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LucFEMEA Server EngineerCommented:
Hi James_Foxster,

You might want to take a look at PGP:

As long as both computers have the key they can both use the data but for the rest it'll be encrypted.
(Please do test batches before using this on your valuable data. If you loose the key the data is lost forever!)


James_FoxsterAuthor Commented:
Greetings LucF,

 Thanks for the comment, I was able to encrypt the data from the desktop; export the decryption key and import it to the laptop.  The data can now only be accessed from desktop and laptop.  

Many thanks for your comment.  

LucFEMEA Server EngineerCommented:
You're very welcome :)

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