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Restricting access to hard disk

I am using Win Me edition in my PC. I have a stand-alone machine and do not have any network. I want my hard disk to be protected by not saving any files without my access. When I switch on the PC and go out for just 15 minutes, the children save .bmp files using paint.

Is there any way a particular drive or hard disc can be protected against saving any type of files so no other person other than the authorised one can write to hard disc? Please suggest a solution.


If you would like to have a secure system, then having window2000 professional would be preferable. You can have an NTFS file system which is a secure file system. You can have folder-level security and file-level security. You can lock your system by pressing the Ctrl + Alt + Delete keys. This will prevent other users from logging on to your computer without knowing the password. If you insist on having ME and still would like to enjoy folder-level protection and locking facility. then you will have to install some utility software which will provide for this.

One such simple utility is the `lock my PC', which allows you to lock your PC when you go away. A lock screen is displayed and to log into the computer you will have to provide the password, which was set when installing the software.

Here is a url from where you can download this utility:,39000587,39008555s,00.htm.

Solution by G. Rajah

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