General information regarding SafeGuard PrivateDisk Portable

  • Article ID: 107543
  • Updated: 15 Jul 2014

General information regarding SafeGuard PrivateDisk Portable

Known to apply to the following Sophos product(s) and version(s)

SafeGuard PrivateDisk

Operating systems
All supported Operating Systems

What To Do

Using SafeGuard PrivateDisk Portable you can access PrivateDisk drives even if SafeGuard Private Disk is not installed on the computer.

This is achieved by a specific program (PDPortable.exe) that is copied to removable media. You can select an option for copying SafeGuard PrivateDisk Portable to the removable media when creating a PrivateDisk drive.

When connecting the removable media to a computer without SafeGuard Private Disk you cannot access the PrivateDisk drive. However, after starting SafeGuard PrivateDisk Portable you can select the PrivateDisk drive and after entering the password for this drive you will be granted read access to the encrypted files.

You cannot add files to the PrivateDisk drive using SafeGuard PrivateDisk Portable. However, you can save files from the PrivateDisk drive to a different file location. In this case, the files will be saved unencrypted at the new location. 

Since version 2.30, SafeGuard PrivateDisk has utilized keys from the SafeGuard Enterprise keyring to create and open PrivateDisk virtual volumes. The prerequisite for this is that SafeGuard Enterprise and SafeGuard PrivateDisk are installed on the same client.

As of SafeGuard PrivateDisk 2.50 the keys can even be used with SafeGuard PrivateDisk Portable to get read access to PCs where no SafeGuard software is installed.

If you need more information or guidance, then please contact technical support.

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