COMSOL has released a device allowing the secure partitioning of up to 4GB of a hard disk drive.
The USB Virtual HDD Key is ideal for storing sensitive material on the computer, with the partition only accessible after insertion of the key into a USB port. When the Virtual HDD Key is removed, the invisible section of the HDD does not even show on the device manager, so further increasing the level of security.
Under Windows 98, 98SE and ME, the key can support a 2GB partition, running Windows 2000 or XP, this is extended up to a maximum of 4GB. The virtual drive can be partitioned for any size and format including FAT/FAT16/FAT32 and NTFS.
The key's software creates an image file in the partitioned virtual drive. This is hidden automatically and cannot be accessed, deleted or modified without the key.
With the majority of motherboards, the key also offers an optional PC-Lock function which prevents any unauthorised use of any part of the computer. The key must be inserted on boot-up, otherwise the computer will stop under BIOS and display a "Please insert your Virtual Key" message. This remains and the computer stays inaccessible until the key is inserted.
Fully USB 1.1 compliant, the Virtual HDD Key requires no external power supply. It is small enough to hang on a keyring.