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Mannheim62
08-26-2016, 11:34 AM
Hello again,

I purchased a 128GB SanDisk USB Drive. There was Encryption Software on the drive which is called EncryptStick; http://www.encryptstick.com
I've never heard of this program before. Can anyone shed some light on this for me? Are there any other options out there? Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks,
Mike

ferrarr
08-26-2016, 12:02 PM
When you format the USB for Mac, it will erase that software. Did you buy the USB for the software? The stick is, more probable than not, formatted for Windows.

Mannheim62
08-26-2016, 12:18 PM
Bob,

I bought the drive because it was on sale at BestBuy. The USB Drive had the software on it when I bought it. I copied the folder to my desktop before I formatted the drive for Mac. In the folder on my desktop there was a link in a PDF File that took me to this site: http://kb.sandisk.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/2399/%C2%A0%5bR=301,NE,NC,L%5d

Mike

McBie
08-26-2016, 12:47 PM
Do you need encryption software ?
If not , bin it.
If you do, bin it as well.

If you did not specifically went looking for it, don't install it !!!

If ever you need encryption do some research and select the one that best suits your needs. ( based on your defined criteria )

Cheers ... McBie

Mannheim62
08-26-2016, 01:02 PM
I understand, thanks. I don't need encryption as much as I'd like to "password protect" the USB Drive. So I guess the next obvious question would be: Is there a way to "password protect" a USB Drive?
This whole idea came about because of a conversation I had with a friend. Long story short .... If you had to evacuate your home, would you know what important documents to grab first?
So I want to scan my documents, place them on a USB drive and password protect it. So just in case of an emergency, all I have to grab is that USB Drive.

Thanks,
Mike

McBie
08-26-2016, 01:13 PM
Mike, just for my understanding ... do you mean a USB hard drive or a USB memory stick ?

Cheers ... McBie

Mannheim62
08-26-2016, 01:23 PM
McBie,
it's a USB Memory Stick.
Thanks,
Mike

IWT
08-26-2016, 01:24 PM
Mike

I can't say this works for all USB Sticks and Drives; but if you format the Stick/Drive to Mac OS X Extended (Journaled) and can see it on the Desktop (Finder Preferences), then Right Click and from the Drop Down menu, choose "Encrypt nameofstick/drive". You give it a Password and that's it.

The encryption only applies when you unmount the Stick/Drive. When you attempt to remount it, you must use the PW before it opens.

Would that suit you?

Ian

McBie
08-26-2016, 01:35 PM
Mike, have a look here.

http://www.ironkey.com/en-US/

I have been using them for years and they are absolutely great.
All problems solved :-)

Cheers ... McBie

Mannheim62
08-26-2016, 01:38 PM
Ian,
Thanks for responding. I'll try that first chance I get. Hopefully it will suit me. I appreciate your help.

Thanks,
Mike

Mannheim62
08-27-2016, 10:32 AM
Mike, have a look here.

http://www.ironkey.com/en-US/

I have been using them for years and they are absolutely great.
All problems solved :-)

Cheers ... McBie

McBie,

Thanks for the link. There's a lot of information on this site.

Mike

Mannheim62
08-27-2016, 11:14 AM
Mike

I can't say this works for all USB Sticks and Drives; but if you format the Stick/Drive to Mac OS X Extended (Journaled) and can see it on the Desktop (Finder Preferences), then Right Click and from the Drop Down menu, choose "Encrypt nameofstick/drive". You give it a Password and that's it.

The encryption only applies when you unmount the Stick/Drive. When you attempt to remount it, you must use the PW before it opens.

Would that suit you?

Ian


Ian,

I formatted the flash drive to Mac OS X Extended (Journaled Encrypted) I believe it said. That enabled me to password protect the drive. I guess it's similar to OS X El Capitan: Encrypt removable disks or media. https://support.apple.com/kb/PH21791?locale=en_US

Thanks again,
Mike