How to Protect Your USB Flash Drive with Rohos Mini Drive
USB flash drives are convenient devices for storing and transferring data, but they also pose security risks. If you lose your USB drive or someone steals it, they can access your private files without your permission. To prevent this, you need to encrypt your USB drive with a password and a strong encryption algorithm.
One of the best tools for encrypting your USB drive is Rohos Mini Drive[^1^]. Rohos Mini Drive is a free software that allows you to create a hidden and encrypted partition on your USB flash drive. You can store your sensitive files in this partition and access them only by entering the correct password. Rohos Mini Drive also offers a portable encryption tool that lets you work with the encrypted partition on any PC without installing any software or having administrator privileges.
In this article, we will show you how to use Rohos Mini Drive to protect your USB flash drive with encryption.
Step 1: Download and Install Rohos Mini Drive
You can download Rohos Mini Drive from the official website[^2^]. The file size is about 4.5 MB and it works on Windows XP/Vista/7/8/10/11. After downloading, run the setup file and follow the instructions to install the software on your PC.
Step 2: Create an Encrypted Partition on Your USB Flash Drive
After installing Rohos Mini Drive, insert your USB flash drive into your PC and launch the program. You will see a window like this:
Click on the \"Encrypt USB drive\" button and you will see another window like this:
Here you can choose the size of the encrypted partition (up to 2 GB for free version), the drive letter, and the password. You can also enable or disable some options such as hiding the encrypted partition from Windows Explorer, creating a backup file, or using a virtual keyboard. Make sure you choose a strong password that you can remember and click on \"Create disk\".
Rohos Mini Drive will create an encrypted partition on your USB flash drive and format it with NTFS file system. This may take some time depending on the size of the partition and the speed of your USB drive. When it is done, you will see a message like this:
Congratulations! You have successfully created an encrypted partition on your USB flash drive. You can now click on \"Open disk\" to access it or \"Close\" to exit.
Step 3: Work with Your Encrypted Partition
To work with your encrypted partition, you need to connect it as a disk drive on your PC. You can do this in two ways:
Using Rohos Mini Drive desktop version: Launch Rohos Mini Drive on your PC and click on \"Connect disk\". Enter your password and click on \"OK\". You will see a new drive letter in My Computer that represents your encrypted partition. You can copy/paste files, save documents, or open applications from this drive as usual.
Using Rohos Mini.exe portable version: Go to your USB flash drive and open the folder named \"Rohos\". Double-click on the file named \"Rohos mini.exe\". Enter your password and click on \"OK\". You will see a new drive letter in My Computer that represents your encrypted partition. You can work with this drive as usual.
To disconnect your encrypted partition, you can either right-click on the drive letter and choose \"Eject\" or use Rohos Mini Drive to click on \"Disconnect disk\". This will lock your encrypted partition and make it invisible again.
Step 4: Use Rohos Disk Browser to Access Your Encrypted Partition on Any PC aa16f39245