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. The only limit is the amount of hard drive space available on your PC. Volumes can also be located on external drives and removable media.
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.
Although SafeHouse supports having any number of volumes, most people work with a single volume the majority of the time. We call the volume you use most often your "primary volume", and you can open it up in Explorer simply by double-clicking the SafeHouse padlock system tray icon. You'll find more information on this in other sections of this help guide.
By default, SafeHouse stores your volume files in a folder named C:\SafeHouse. This is where your primary volume will typically be located.
We do this simply for your convenience. You're free to save your volumes anywhere you choose, including on other disk drives.
Volumes are created using the Create Volume wizard, which is one of the tools that comes with SafeHouse. You can create new volumes at any time. Make as many as you wish.
Some people like to create separate volumes for each area of work or subject. For example, you might create one for business and accounting, and then another to store your private photos.
The quick answer is that it's all done using SafeHouse's padlock system tray icon. There are menu items to open, close and work with your volumes in Windows Explorer. This is explained more fully in the section titled How to Access your Files.