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How to password protect a specific folder on a USB thumb drive

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How can I password protect a specific folder on a usb thumbdrive? Not the whole drive just a specific folder?
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Here's a walk thru that should give you what you're looking for

https://www.computerhope.com/issues/ch000705.htm

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kenfcamp

Thanks but this USB thumb drive doesn't support security, is there a specific brand, or a way of formatting that password protecting a specific folder would be possible?
Gary
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Thanks but this USB thumb drive doesn't support security

It should still work, give it a try
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You might want to use a new (dummy) folder with a couple of text files to test
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One thing to check... If the drive's properties > General > File system doesn't show NTFS, it first needs to be formatted it as NTFS. 

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needs to be formatted it as NTFS

@NVIT

Nice catch
David Johnson, CDSimple Geek from the '70s
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IMO you can't password encrypt a folder on a usb drive.  What you can do is encrypt a compressed file that has the files you want to protect using 7-zip, WinRAR, WinZip
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UserA who might exist on your system likely will not exist, on any other system where this USB int be attached, the user if they have admin rights can view the contents.

You either need a USB that gas builtin ever its/encryption that would be neeed to decrypt to access

The compress/zip with a password .....the issue you have to take into account is whether the person who will try to access the tile might have to have software installed to unpack, provide the password.
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So I ran my suggestion through some tests and here's what I found/determined

This will work on a FAT32 formatted USB drive

You can encrypt a folder, HOWEVER the contents of the folder will be viewable just not accessible

This is effective but extremely limited and portability (Accessing on different systems) is almost impossible.

A better option (IMO) to this would be VeraCrypt -https://www.veracrypt.fr/en/Home.html

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Thank you all for your input, it is appreciated.
Gary
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i wo,nder if you did not like bestcrypt?
David Johnson, CDSimple Geek from the '70s
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no points: @nobus: veracrypt is free bestcrypt is 60USD was probably the reasoning.
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well - he did not react to my post -  that's why i asked