Frequently formatting a storage media causes aging; in other words its life decreases and eventually the media gets corrupt and remains of no use. A better option is to deploy security, which checks that only the administrator can access the pen-drive, thus decreasing the chances of virus threats.
At times you might be storing some confidential and/ or personal data in pen-drive, which you don’t want others to access. In such case, applying security check will help them to keep their pen-drives and data secured. Only limited accounts will have the authority to use the pen drive and the data will not be accessed by unwanted users.
It is a simple task to deploy security; but before applying security, one must format the pen drive using NTFS file system.
Steps to format using NTFS:
- Log on to Windows with administrator account.
- Right-click the storage media drive that is to be formatted.
- From the context menu, click the Format option.
- On the displayed dialog box, from the File System drop-down list, select the NTFS option.
- On the displayed warning message, click OK to provide the consent.
- Wait till the media gets formatted.
- Once done, click OK to continue.
- Close the opened dialog box.
- Your pen drive now uses NTFS file system.
After formatting your pen drive using NTFS, you can now apply permission to it.
Steps for applying permission:
- Right-click on the storage media drive and click Properties.
- On the properties box, go to the Security tab.
- Click the Edit button.
- On the dialog box, click to select the user from the list.
- Once selected, check the desired checkboxes from the list below to set permissions for the user on the media.
- You can also add any other user by clicking Add button.
- You can also add or remove user accounts to add or remove permission on a user or group by click Add or Remove buttons respectively.
- Click OK on all the opened boxes and windows when done.
Your pen drive is now secured. Before giving access, the pen drive will ask for valid authentication.