Privacy is always a matter of concern for an individual. With the world well in to the age of computers, it is only normal that every user would want to keep their virtual data at under lock and key. Now storing your data can be done via many ways. However, saving your data that is offline and on your PC hard drive also comes under the rather broad umbrella. Using Windows 7 a user can restrict access to his/her hard drive. This can be done by setting a password for your username. This will be needed by anyone else who would wish to sneak peek at your belongings, as a result blocking them out. In addition, this feature can be further altered by the user like allowing only one other single user to view it. Now here are some instructions from Windows 7 help to aid you in setting the username and password for the hard drive intended.
- Log on to your computer with an account with Administrator rights. Click “Start,” type “user” in the automatically selected “Search programs and files” search box and click “User Accounts.” Click “Manage another account.”
- Click “Create a new account,” if you need to create a user account for other people that will be using the computer. If you already have another account set up, go to the next step. You need to have at least your user account and another one set up to restrict access to a drive. Type a name for the user and click “Create Account.”
- Click “Start” and “Computer.” Right-click the name of the hard drive you want to restrict access to. Click “Properties.”
- Click the “Security tab” in the “Properties” window that opened. Click “Edit…” and “Add...” in the “Select Users or Groups” window that opened.
- Type the name of the other user account on your computer. Click “OK.” Uncheck the boxes to the left of any options that you do not want the user to have available. Check the “Deny” box for “Full control” to disable all control from the user for files on the hard drive.
- Click “OK,” “Yes” and “OK.” Close any open windows. Click “Start,” and then log off your account and log on as the other user to test your settings.
- Click “Start,” “Computer” and double-click the name of the hard drive you restricted access to. A window indicating, “Access is denied” is shown. Close the window and log off the computer.
Hope these instructions from Windows 7 help have helped you in password protecting your hard drive. Thank You.