Securing Your Data in External Hard Drives

Securing your data on external hard drives is crucial for keeping sensitive information safe. Data privacy and safety are vital, and a single breach can prove disastrous. This article will cover password protection, encrypting your data, and locking your data. File Vault and other advanced encryption options are also available. If you are unsure which one to use, consider using all three. Encryption is a better option than password protection alone.


Follow these steps to secure your data in an external hard drive. You must first install the appropriate encryption software. Once installed, open the software and select the “New Volume” option. Select the external hard drive and make sure it’s listed as a non-system volume. Then, set a password and continue. The encrypted data is no longer visible to anyone. After installing the encryption software, it’s time to set up your external drive.

Password protection:

One of the best ways to protect your external hard drive data is to use a password. These drives are helpful when sharing files and data from other computers. They can be password protected or encrypted, making it harder for others to access them. When choosing password protection for your external hard drive, you should choose the security level that suits your needs. Then, choose how often you want to back up your data.


To lock an external hard drive for data security, you must format it as NTFS. After formatting, you will receive a message stating that your hard drive has successfully been encrypted. Next, right-click on the external hard drive and select Bit locker Encryption. After you have selected Bitlocker Encryption, you will be prompted to enter a password to access the encrypted drive. The recovery key can be used to unlock the encrypted drive if you accidentally forget it.

File Vault:

If you have an external hard drive that you often use, you may wonder how to secure your data. First, you need to format the drive with the FileVault encryption software. After formatting, open the software and choose the ‘New Volume’ option. Click on this option and choose the external hard disk drive as your device. Once this is done, you need to choose a strong password hint to protect your data. Once the encryption software has finished, you must enter the password each time you need to access the drive.