A logical drive, also known as a partition drive, is a special section of your hard drive that you have created to have a separate operating system (OS) and file system. Locking your logical drive is a good thing to do if you are using it for sensitive work material or you wish to keep it private from other computer users.
Things You'll Need
- Partition locking software
- Computer with Microsoft Windows
Install the drive locking software on your master drive. It is very important to install it on the master drive because it won't be able to lock the logical drive if it is self-contained. Logical/partition drive locking software is available for download (see Resources).
Launch the program to set locking preferences. Most interfaces are very simple and will feature basic preference settings such as password length and character type.
Select your partition and run locking application. Depending on your program, you may have to do this from the boot menu. If this is the case, press "F11" to enter the setup menu and then run the program from there (there should be a security option here if the software has been installed correctly). If the software you downloaded supports a graphical interface, simply access your logical drive from the interface (while using the master drive) and then lock it using the tools in the program.
Restart the computer. No matter what type of program you use to lock your logical drive, you will need to perform a hard power down (shutting down the computer by holding the power button) and then restart the computer after a few minutes.
Tips & Warnings
- It is best to only have one logical drive on a computer. If you must have a tertiary drive, consider using an external hard drive.
- A program that accesses the logical drive from the master drive can cause serious computer slowdown. To combat this, free up as much memory as possible by disconnecting from the Internet and closing all nonessential programs.
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