Tools to Password Protect External USB Hard Disk Drives

We know how important it is to safeguard our data from unwanted people and if the data is in our external hard disk or USB drives, then it becomes more important to keep it secure. Since the drives lacks ability to password protect the data by themselves, the information is at risk all the time.

So if you are looking for some tool that can password protect your drive so that you can feel free with peace of mind, then here are some that can help you. Using these tools, you can not only protect your data from reaching the wrong hands but also be sure that without your knowledge no one will be able to access the information.

USB Safeguard


The first tool that I liked to password protect your USB drives is the USB Safeguard as it is a small tool that needs no installation and can be run directly from the USB drive. What you need to do is just run the tool from the drive and provide a password to lock it. That’s it, now anyone who will try to access the drive will require the password to unlock it. However there is a limitation with it, that the free version is not full and has some limitations to it.

Folder Lock


Another tool for the same purpose is the famous Folder Lock. You can use this tool to lockdown your data, files and also the USB drive. Folder Lock lets you password-protect files, folders and drives; encrypt your important files on–the-fly; backup them in real-time; protect USB drives and portable devices; shred files and clean history.

Folder Lock Lite


You can also try the lite version of the Folder Lock, which provides the same level of security but with easiness. Drag and drop feature is a plus.

File Secure Free


A freeware that allows you to encrypt, backup, shred and lock the USB drive. The tool works great and lets you lockdown the USB drive with a password so that no one is able to access it. However you will need to unlock the drive each time to access the contents.

Let me know which tool worked great for you.

2 Replies to “Tools to Password Protect External USB Hard Disk Drives”

  1. Thanks a lot for entertaining my email and suitably responding in this Cool Tips and Tricks. But would have been perfect if there is no software interface at all, just when plugged in, should ask me to supply the password. I just love your efforts on your website in disseminating the knowledge endowed in you.

  2. Thanks najmudeen for your words, but what you are asking isn’t possible without a software, Had the tool been there in the drive itself, it would have been great.

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