how to password protect external hard drive?

how do i get started with my verry own password protect program.

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#1 nazfera2  Icon User is offline

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how to password protect external hard drive?

Posted 27 October 2010 - 07:56 AM

Hey Guys im interested in password protecting my external hard-drive.
i know there is already programs that can do this but i want to make my own.

maybe some of you guys can lead away and let me know which language should i do it with.
also how could i get things started.

i just need a boost. im really pumped up for this ^_^


languages i know is C++ and Visual Basic some C#

oh yea i just wanna make a program that would at start-up pop up and make the user put the password if not then the partition will be set to hidden. also would be a good idea to set the partition hidden until user puts password.

or something similar to that you guys can point me out thanks in advance.

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Re: how to password protect external hard drive?

Posted 27 October 2010 - 07:58 AM

Wrong forum, you need to post this in either the C#, C++ or VB depending on what you want to use.
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Re: how to password protect external hard drive?

Posted 27 October 2010 - 08:02 AM

This sounds like something that managed languages like C# and VB.NET aren't well-suited for, so I'll move this to C++.
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Re: how to password protect external hard drive?

Posted 27 October 2010 - 08:09 AM

i specificly said i dident know what language to use.

and that i have experience on all the above...



View Postmacosxnerd101, on 27 October 2010 - 07:02 AM, said:

This sounds like something that managed languages like C# and VB.NET aren't well-suited for, so I'll move this to C++.

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Re: how to password protect external hard drive?

Posted 27 October 2010 - 08:11 AM

Look at TrueCrypt's source. You are really going to have to learn how to code a boot loader.
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Re: how to password protect external hard drive?

Posted 27 October 2010 - 08:27 AM

View Postnazfera2, on 27 October 2010 - 11:09 AM, said:

i specificly said i dident know what language to use.

and that i have experience on all the above...



View Postmacosxnerd101, on 27 October 2010 - 07:02 AM, said:

This sounds like something that managed languages like C# and VB.NET aren't well-suited for, so I'll move this to C++.


This Site Questions and Support forum is for questions related to site usage rather than programming questions. If you want to ask about general software development questions, the Software Development is more appropriate. However, VB.NET and C# aren't well suited for this type of task, so you'll probably get better responses in this forum. If you really want me to, I can move this to Software Development.
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Re: how to password protect external hard drive?

Posted 27 October 2010 - 08:28 AM

Seems to me the best way to do this wouldn't be a self-written program at all, but rather use a well-known, fully-tested and vetted program already available like TrueCrypt.

EDIT: Oops, I got beaten and missed oscode's response, although I contend the OP should just USE TrueCrypt.

This post has been edited by JackOfAllTrades: 27 October 2010 - 08:31 AM

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