Working with SafeHouse Private Storage Areas

January 19, 2008 21:17 by pavritch

SafeHouse keeps your confidential files in special data vaults better known as volumes. The term volume roots back to the early years of computers and disk drives. All you really need to know is that with regard to your files, these volumes are simply large encrypted container files which are used to store your sensitive information.

The magic behind the SafeHouse programming makes these volumes show up in Windows as a new drive letter, which makes them 100% compatible with Windows Explorer and all of your favorite applications.

Any file you save to this new Windows drive letter (a virtual drive) is automatically stored into the volume and encrypted.

SafeHouse gives you several easy-to-use tools for creating and working with volumes. These tools are found on the Tools tab of the SafeHouse system tray utility

These tools are all pretty simple. Our user's guide has more information on what each does and how to use them.

SafeHouse volume files are actually standard Windows files. We just access them in a special way. You can't open them with a word processor any other standard application because all you see is a bunch of encrypted junk. Only SafeHouse, in combination with your secret passord, can make any sense of these files.

Volume Properties:
  • 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.


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