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October 1, 2011 6:15:54 PM

Is there something I can use like a dongle or something to use as a "HARD KEY" to boot my computer from?

in other words;
IF the USB dongle is NOT plugged into my computer - it will NOT boot/start up.
...as in the device HAS to be plugged in to start the computer.

can i use a standard usb drive? and is there any recommended software available?

ANY comments appreciated.

Thank you.

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October 1, 2011 6:32:58 PM
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October 1, 2011 8:12:52 PM

hahahahaha... i like your sig... interNATIONAL... WHAT a gas.

say this proggy looks pretty cool.
do you use it?
if so, does it shut down the system, or just as it says, - disables keys/mouse & "blackens" screen? (or goes into standby?)

thx re-opened.
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October 1, 2011 8:14:30 PM

My brother uses it on his rig,he loves it.
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October 2, 2011 6:30:13 PM

is there however any hardware (like a USB dongle) that i can use to disable my machine from being started AFTER I shut my machine down... say in case someone stole my rig??

i understand there are several ways to get around gutting and stripping a machine down or use an alternative like TRUE CRYPT for data protection.

I just want an "ignition key" for my machine.

thanks again.
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October 14, 2011 7:01:30 PM

Full Disk Encryption, no password, system won't work. Without a custom electrical build, no way to lock it down with hardware. USB ports are too generic to have the system know to check for things on it during boot.
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October 15, 2011 8:36:39 AM

cool thanks hang-the-9; the answer i was looking for. THANKS.
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October 15, 2011 8:36:56 AM

Best answer selected by Majestic One.
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