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.
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.
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:
Internal and external hard drives
USB Flash disks and memory sticks
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.
Right click the SafeHouse padlock system tray icon.
Choose Tools & Options from the menu.
Click the Tools tab.
Click the Create New Volume button.
This wizard will advance through the following series of pages:
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:
Volumes are standard Windows files. You can view, move or delete them in Explorer just as you would with any other kind of file.
The file extension for SafeHouse volumes is .SDSK. You can easily identify them by their distinctive red folder icon (shown above) .
The maximum size for a volume is 2,000 Gigabytes, or the size of your hard drive; whichever is less.
You can create as many volumes as you wish.
Volumes can be located on internal and external hard drives, USB drives, memory sticks, CDs, DVDs and network servers.
Every volume has a password. Passwords can be changed as often as desired.
Volumes can be securely backed up to other drives, tape or DVDs using standard backup software.
Windows will treat your volumes as new "virtual" hard drives which are only accessible once you enter your password.
You can choose a Windows drive letter to associate with your volumes. Use this new drive letter in Windows, Explorer and your applications to work with your document files just as you always have. They'll never know the difference.
Volumes support all drag-and-drop file operations in Windows Explorer.
When your files are saved inside a volume, they are protected using super-strong encryption.
When you move a file out of a volume, it is no longer protected by SafeHouse.