Rohos Mini Drive

Rohos Mini Drive

Free
An application to password-protect USB flash drives
4.0  (5 votes)
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Rohos Mini Drive is intended to protect the information you store on your USB drives by creating a password-protected encrypted volume. Moreover, the tool can also be used to encrypt a given application or folder. Luckily, you won’t even have to memorize the password to access those contents as you can use a USB stick as the hardware key instead.

The application is relatively easy to use, as it all depends on your experience in using this type of utility. The initial steps that include creating the new protected volume are, perhaps, the most complicated; but after that, you can start saving and retrieving information as you normally do. The difference is that anyone who doesn’t know the password will not be able to access that data. In fact, unauthorized users won’t even know that you’re hiding a secret volume on your USB device.

As being said, using the program involves an initial configuration for every new device. At this point, it lets you decide the size, the encryption algorithm and the drive letter for the new volume. After that, every time the device is connected, the partition will appear as an independent drive. Since you don’t need to encrypt all the storage space on the device, the rest can be available under the drive letter you normally use.

The downloaded zipped package comes with three bundled utilities: Rohos Mini, Rohos Disk Browser and Mini Control Panel. These three programs are absolutely portable. You should bear in mind that if you’re planning to access the encrypted information on another computer, you need to copy the application executable file to the unencrypted space in your USB device. Then, after the inserting the device into another computer, you can run this file and enter the password to make encrypted data accessible.

All in all, Rohos Mini Drive is an excellent free utility that comes in handy for those users who need to transport sensitive information on their USB storage devices. I detected one little problem when accessing a protected volume on a USB stick. Every time I executed Rohos Mini.exe and provided the right password, it opened the same volume again but with a different drive letter. In my opinion, the program should be able to detect that the selected volume was already open.

Pedro Castro
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Review summary

Pros

  • Uses strong encryption algorithms.
  • Helpful bundled utilities: Rohos Mini, Rohos Disk Browser and Mini Control Panel.
  • You are able to use a USB stick as the hardware key.

Cons

  • The program cannot detect when a given volume is already open.

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