Storing Volumes on CD/DVDs

SafeHouse fully supports opening volumes located on CDs and DVDs.

SafeHouse volumes are not specifically associated with your physical PC. You can create a volume on one PC, and then open it up on another PC. Of course, you still need to know the password.

Secure Backups

SafeHouse is great for keeping secure backups on CD/DVD. Follow the instructions below for placing your volume on CD/DVD. It will be fully encrypted and completely safe; even if it falls into the wrong hands. If you later need to access the files, you can open the volumes directly from the CD/DVD media provided you know the password.

Distribute Private Data on CD/DVDs

SafeHouse provides a simple and elegant solution for distributing confidential data to employees or business partners on CD/DVDs. Since the SafeHouse trial version is freely distributable, most people include a copy of the software alongside the volume in the root directory of their CD/DVDs as they're being prepared for mass distribution. This way, any recipients who do not already have SafeHouse installed have the Setup program right there on the CD.

The SafeHouse trial version runs in read/write mode for 30 days, and then reverts to read-only mode thereafter. Your clients will have full access to your data provided they know the password (it's up to you to tell them the password). This software is freely distributable. You do not need a license to distribute the trial software downloaded from the website.

Distributing SafeHouse Explorer

You should also know that our SafeHouse Explorer software is freely distributable as live software which will not expire. Although SafeHouse Explorer does not include some of the extra features and conveniences of our commercial SafeHouse products, one of the primary benefits of including it with your distributed data is that its Explorer-like user interface will be familiar to everyone who uses it.


The recommended approach for getting your volume onto CD/DVD is to first create it on your hard drive and fill it with files. When you're ready, burn the volume to your CD/DVD using the CD/DVD-burner software that came with your CD/DVD drive or computer.

Follow these steps:
  1. First create a volume on your standard hard drive. Be sure it's not any bigger than your CD/DVD.

  2. Open the volume, fill it will files, and then close it.

  3. Use your standard CD/DVD-maker software (such as Roxio or Nero) to burn the SafeHouse volume file onto your CD/DVD.

  4. You can then point SafeHouse to the volume file located on the CD/DVD and open it up as you would any other volume. Of course, since you cannot write to CD/DVDs, you'll only have read-only access.

CD/RW Media

SafeHouse is compatible with CD/RW media, but only if you use is similarly to a standard CD in read-only mode.

If you try to create a volume directly on CD/RW media, or try to open a volume hosted on CD/RW media and write to it, you're most likely going to encounter problems due to the fact that the software drivers used by these devices do not meet the minimum requirements needed by SafeHouse.

The best approach to get around any issues is to first create your volume on your normal hard drive. Fill it up with files. Then finally, use Explorer to copy the populated volume to the CD/RW media.

Follow these steps:
  1. Create your volume on your hard drive. Make sure the size is no bigger than the size of your CD/DVD so you can later copy it over.

  2. Open the volume, fill it with files and then close it.

  3. Copy the volume from your hard drive to the CD/DVD using Explorer.

  4. You can then open the volume directly on the CD/RW drive, but only for reading. Do not try to write to it.

  5. We recommend marking the volume file as read only using Explorer. You can do this by right clicking on the volume file in Explorer and choosing Properties on the popup menu.

How to Open Volumes on CD/DVD

SafeHouse can open volume files hosted on CD/DVD media just as it can with volumes hosted on nearly any other kind of media.

Follow these steps:
  1. Insert the CD/DVD containing the volume into your drive.

  2. Use Windows Explorer to navigate to the letter for this drive and display its files.

  3. Locate the SafeHouse .SDSK volume file and double-click on the filename.

  4. You'll be presented with the familiar SafeHouse password entry dialog. If you're using a smartcard which contains the password for your volume, the password dialog is skipped.

  5. Your private files with then be available to Explorer (for reading only).

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