Storing Volumes on USB Memory Sticks

SafeHouse really shines when it comes to working with USB memory devices.

USB memory sticks have soared in popularity. Everyone's got one -- or five! They come in all shapes, sizes and colors. And the amount of information they can hold just keeps on getting bigger.

Can you really afford to have potentially gigabytes worth of sensitive data sitting unprotected on one of these devices? With SafeHouse, you don't have to.

SafeHouse can work with protected volumes on memory sticks just as easily as it can with volumes hosted on your local hard drive.

SafeHouse Trial Version on Memory Sticks

We recommend keeping a copy of the SafeHouse trial version on your memory stick just in case you ever need quick access to the files on your memory stick and you're not at your normal PC. The trial version is freely distributable and it's perfectly okay to put a copy on your USB device. This way, you have everything you need right with you if you need to get at your files using somebody else's PC.

SafeHouse Explorer

You should also know about our SafeHouse Explorer software which is perfect for memory sticks. If you frequently access files on your memory stick from different computers, the primary benefit of using SafeHouse Explorer is that it doesn't need to be installed -- you can run the SafeHouseExplorer.exe program directly from your memory stick. SafeHouse Explorer is a freely-distributable companion product which can be downloaded from the website.

Creating Volumes on USB Memory Devices

SafeHouse allows you to create new volumes directly on USB memory devices. You don't have to do anything special. The steps below will guide you through the process.

Alternatively, if your volume already exists on your hard drive, you can simply use Explorer to copy it to you USB drive (be sure the volume is closed before doing this).

Follow these steps:
  1. Launch the SafeHouse Create Volume wizard as you normally would to create any new volume.

  2. When the wizard asks you to choose a location or folder for the volume, click the tiny folder icon and browse to the drive letter for your USB device.

  3. Pick any name you want for your volume file. The file can reside either in the root or any folder of the USB device.

  4. Advance through the remaining pages of the wizard and create the volume directly on the device.

  5. You're done.

Opening Volumes on USB Memory Devices

SafeHouse really doesn't care where your volume files are located. You just need to point to them and enter your password.

Although you're likely used to opening your primary volume simply by double-clicking the SafeHouse system tray padlock icon, to open any other volumes, you'll need to let SafeHouse know where to find them. SafeHouse already knows where your primary volume is located because that's one of the configuration settings, and conveniences, of your primary volume.

The easiest way to let SafeHouse know which volume file your interested in opening is to locate the file in Explorer and double-click on it.

Follow these steps:
  1. Insert your USB device into your PC.

  2. View the files on the device using Explorer and locate the SafeHouse volume file.

  3. Double-click on the volume file to open it up.

  4. SafeHouse will prompt for your password and then open the volume identically to how it opens volumes located on your standard hard drive.

  5. You're private files will then be fully accessible to you.

Please remember to close your volume before removing the USB device from your PC.

Using Smartcards with Volumes Stored on USB Memory Sticks

Let's take it to the limit! SafeHouse lets you store multiple volumes on the same USB memory device, and then store the passwords for those volumes on any SafeHouse-compatible smartcard. Better yet, make that smartcard a USB virtual smartcard created on that very same USB device, and further, keyed to the hardware-embedded serial number of that device.

What does this mean?

It means that you've got a single USB device that holds all your secret files and simultaneously serves as a smartcard so you only have to remember one PIN no matter how many volumes are contained on the device.

Of course, this same smartcard could also store passwords for any other volumes you own stored on other drives, including your primary volume located on your main PC.

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