How to Create a New Volume

The Create SafeHouse Volume wizard is used to create the container files which will house your private files being protected by SafeHouse.

This wizard will walk you through steps of picking a name, location, size and password.

If you're using smartcards with SafeHouse, the password you choose to protect this volume will automatically be written to your smartcard after your volume as been successfully created.

What are Volumes?

SafeHouse keeps your confidential files in large protected container files which can range in size from a few megabytes to hundreds of gigabytes. In a way, they're sort of like folders.

Some people like to refer to these special files as safes or data vaults, because each one is protected using a password known only to you. In SafeHouse, we call these files "volumes", which is simply a fancy term which has gained popularity over time for describing this kind of technology.

Once you move your files into one of these containers, they're instantly under the full protection of SafeHouse. SafeHouse only guards files which are contained in volumes.

SafeHouse volumes can hold as many files in them as will fit. And if you do ever run out of room, you can easily make your volumes bigger. You likely created your first volume when you installed the software; however, there's really no limit to the number of volumes you can create.

 

Where are Volumes Located?

SafeHouse typically keeps your volumes in one common folder to make them easier to work with. This folder is named C:\SafeHouse.  

Volumes can be located nearly anywhere, including:

Volumes on CD/DVD:  SafeHouse volumes cannot be created directly on CD/R and DVD/R devices. See more information on using SafeHouse with CD/DVDs.

How to Launch this Dialog:
  1. Right click the SafeHouse padlock system tray icon.

  2. Choose Tools & Options from the menu.

  3. Click the Tools tab.

  4. Click the Create New Volume button.

Additional Wizard Pages

This wizard will advance through the following series of pages:

Advanced Configuration Options:

Professional Edition Only

Additional pages presented when you check the Show advanced configuration options checkbox:

More on SafeHouse Volumes

Here's a few things you should know about SafeHouse volumes:

 

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