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Password protect an external/portable USB gard drive

Is it possible to passord protect an external  / portable USB hard drive withiout purchasing a utility?

I have a Toshiba Stor.e ALU 2

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If you are using windows 7 ultimate, you can use bitlocker feature of the OS or use open source utility like truecrypt

http://www.truecrypt.org/
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or zip the contents and use a password for opening it
True crypt all the way, without reservation.