I want to secure my external (1 TB) hard drive that I use as a physical back-up for my home computer so that if the drive is stolen (eg burglary) then the data is not easily accessible by a common or garden thief.
- Needs to be accessible during normal working activities whilst I'm logged into Windows Vista Basic so that scheduled/ad-hoc backups to the external drive can take place and other programmes that create a backup there (eg Adobe Lightbox).
- If the drive is unplugged either whilst the computer is turned on (on password-protected screen-saver) or turned off then the data on the hard drive cannot be accessed without a password.
Paid-for software is fine - the priority is usable and simple software that just works and I don't have to worry about it.
NB I'm using Dropbox 50GB service at the moment for remote backup so my vision is that I'll have all my documents on my local hard drive in the Dropbox folder, which will be mirrored on the (secure) external hard drive, and also online on the Dropbox service.
Hope this makes sense!