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How to manipulate files but prevent content from an external hard drive to be copied to a pc?

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I am hiring a person to help me organize the content of my 300GB external hard drive into categories, subcategories, etc.  This person will be using his own laptop to do this.  My question is how can I prevent the content from the external hard drive to be copied to his PC while allowing for him to be able to create folders and move files into those folders within the drive so the organizing can get done?
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Simple answer:  You can't.

Don't hire someone you don't trust with your data -- or simply insist that he does the job using your PC.

By the way, be sure you have a good backup of your data before making major organizational changes to your files/folders => you don't want to lose data because some restructuring operation went awry, or an apparent duplicate was deleted that wasn't really a duplicate, etc.   [You should, of course, always have backups anyway.]
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... There IS, of course, one way you could protect the data so that even if it was copied to another PC it couldn't be accessed => you could encrypt all of the files using XP's EFS, a commercial encryption utility, etc.    But there are two problems with this approach:  (1)  Unless the filename itself is enough to let your "organizer" know how to organize your files, this doesn't work; and (2) it will take you a fairly extensive amount of work to encrypt all of the files ... you could probably do your own organization in the same amount of time [and eliminate the concern about someone copying the files :-) ]
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