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I have 320 GB hard disk on my laptop and I have installed Ubuntu 11.04 on 1 partition and another partition is reserved for storage. I want to protect that storage partition with a password. How can I do that?

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what do you mean by protect? Keep confidential, or prevent deletion? –  Rory Alsop May 5 '11 at 9:05

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TrueCrypt

Package in Natty

From the website: Free open-source disk encryption software for Windows 7/Vista/XP, Mac OS X, and Linux. Some of the main Features:

  • Creates a virtual encrypted disk within a file and mounts it as a real disk.
  • Encrypts an entire partition or storage device such as USB flash drive or hard drive.
  • Encryption is automatic, real-time and transparent.

    More information about the features of TrueCrypt can be found in the documentation.

And to finish it off a nice (term used loosly...) youtube video on using truecrypt in Ubuntu 11.04

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when you're creating new partition trough system -> administration -> disk utility, you can set "encrypt whole partition". Then, always when you will try to mount it, it will ask you for password.

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you can backup your data somewhere else, create encrypted partition and put them back

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