Using Encryption

Setting up Encryption

NOTE: The encryption utility is PC-only, so encryption cannot be used under Mac OS X.


  1. Connect the drive to your computer and wait for the drive to be recognized.

  2. When the Autoplay window appears for the Iomega External Drive, click the red X to close the window.

  3. When then Autoplay window appears for the Virtual CD, click "Open folder to view files".

  4. When the Virtual CD window opens, double click Iomega Encryption Utility.exe to install and run the utility.

  5. It will take a few minutes to install the software on your computer and open the utility. Wait until you see the encryption setup screen.

    CAUTION! Changing the encryption setting will delete any data stored on the drive. If there are any data files on the drive that you want to keep, copy them to another drive or volume before proceeding.

  6. Check the box next to "Encrypt your data on this device". Encryption Setup will then open the password dialog boxes.

    NOTE: If you are not logged in as an adminstrator, you will receive a message indicating you must run the software as Admininstrator. To do this, close the utility and go to Program Files (Windows 7) or All Programs (Windows Vista) and select Iomega → Iomega Encryption. Right click on the icon for Iomega Encryption.exe and select Run as administrator from the drop-down menu.

  7. Enter and confirm that password you want to use. See Password Tips for suggestions on how to set up a strong password.

  8. Click Update to proceed with the encryption setting change.

    The encryption utility will reconfigure the drive then format the data partition for use. The drive will be unmounted and remounted as it is reconfigured.

    NOTE: If Autoplay windows for the Iomega External Drive or the Virtual CD pop up when the drive is remounted, just close them and wait for the encryption utility screen to appear.

  9. When the format is complete, the encryption utility will open to the "Lock" screen with a green icon showing that your drive is unlocked for use.

  10. To access your drive, use the drive letter assigned for the Iomega_Ext partition. You can now write or copy files to the drive just as you would with any other volume on your system. All data you put on the drive will be automatically and transparently encrypted.


  1. Open My Computer and double click on the Virtual CD drive.

  2. When the Virtual CD window opens, double click Iomega Encryption Utility.exe to install and run the utility.

  3. It will take a few minutes to install the software on your computer and open the utility. Wait until you see the encryption setup screen.

    CAUTION! Changing the encryption setting will delete any data stored on the drive. If there are any data files on the drive that you want to keep, copy them to another drive or volume before proceeding.

  4. Check the box next to "Encrypt your data on this device". Encryption Setup will then open the password dialog boxes.

  5. Enter and confirm that password you want to use. See Password Tips for suggestions on how to set up a strong password.

  6. Click Update to proceed with the encryption setting change.

    The encryption utility will reconfigure the drive then format the data partition for use. The drive will be unmounted and remounted as it is reconfigured.

    NOTE: If a window for the Virtual CD pops up when the drive is remounted, just close it and wait for the encryption utility screen to appear.

  7. When the format is complete, the encryption utility will open to the "Lock" screen shown below with a green icon showing that your drive is unlocked for use.

  8. To access your drive, use the drive letter assigned for the Iomega_Ext partition. You can now write or copy files to the drive just as you would with any other volume on your system. All data you put on the drive will be automatically and transparently encrypted.


IMPORTANT! As long as the drive is unlocked, the data partition and all files on it will be visible on your system. When you lock or disconnect the drive, the data partition will become invisible and inaccessible until you use the Iomega Encryption utility to unlock the data partition.


| top of page |


Locking and Unlocking the Data Partition

After you set up encryption, the Lock screen will show the green icon pictured below indicating that the drive is unlocked for use.

If you click the Lock button, the data partition will lock so it is no longer visible on your system. The icon will change to a red lock, and the button will change to Unlock.

You can use the Lock button to lock the data partition when the drive is still connected but not in use, or before using the safe removal utility to unmount the data partition. If you accidentally disconnect the drive, it will lock automatically.

NOTE: If you try to lock the drive and receive an error message, close all files and any windows displaying the contents of the data partition, then select Lock again.

Whenever the drive is locked, you must use the Iomega Encryption utility to unlock it so you can access the data partition. There are several ways you can run the utility:

  • If the encryption utility icon is present in the computer's system tray, right click the icon and select Show Iomega Encryption.

  • If you have already installed the encryption utility on the computer but it is not currently running, select StartProgramsIomegaIomega Encryption.

  • If you are connecting to a computer where you have not previously installed the encryption utility, run Iomega Encryption Utility.exe from the Virtual CD partition. See the first steps of the setup instructions for details.

    NOTE: Under Windows 7 or Vista, Autoplay will pop up each time you reconnect the drive. Under Windows XP, the Virtual CD partition will open automatically whenever you reconnect the drive. You can double click the exe file on the Virtual CD partition any time to reinstall and open the utility, but it will be faster to use one of the other options if the software is already installed.

To unlock the drive once the Iomega Encryption utility displays, select Unlock, enter your password, then click the Unlock button.

IMPORTANT! You must enter a valid password to unlock the drive and access your data. If you have forgotten your password, you will have to reset the device. This will cause you to lose all data stored on the drive.


| top of page |


Settings Options

The Settings screen in the Iomega Encryption utility allows you to select options for running and closing the software:

Run automatically at startup
When this option is checked, the Iomega Encryption utility will launch automatically each time you restart the computer.

Minimize and keep running when close is clicked
When this option is checked, the Iomega Encryption utility will continue running when you click the close button in the upper right-hand corner of the window and appear as an icon in the system tray. To display the utility window, right click the icon and select Show Iomega Encryption.

Start minimized to system tray
If this option is checked, the Iomega Encryption utility will launch minimized and appear as an icon in the system tray. To open the utility window, right click the icon on the system tray and select Show Iomega Encryption.

Lock devices when Iomega Encryption exits
When this option is checked, you can lock your drive by right clicking on the icon on the system tray and selecting Exit. If you have deselected the option to minimize the utility and keep running when close is clicked, you can also lock your drive by closing the utility window. This provides a fast way to lock your drive when it's not in use.


| top of page |


Password Tips

A password must be at least 6 characters long, up to a maximum of 32 characters. Generally, longer passwords are more difficult to break. You can use any characters for your password. For maximum security, always use a strong password. A strong password should include upper and lower case letters, numbers, and punctuation symbols.

Protect your password and do not write it down or share it with others. To avoid being locked out of the drive, select a password that you can easily remember but cannot be easily guessed by someone else.

IMPORTANT! Remember your password! If you forget your password you will have to reset the device so you can use it again; however, you will lose all data stored on the drive.


| top of page |


Resetting the Device

The Reset button on the Encryption screen allows you to reset the device in case you have forgotten your password or want to quickly erase all data on the drive and remove the password. Reset does not change the encryption status or the settings options for the encryption utility.

After the device resets, you will be able to assign a new password that will give you access to the drive. Encryption Setup will then reformat the data partition so you can use it.

CAUTION! Use this option only if you want to remove all data from the drive or have forgotten your password so you can no longer access the data partition.


| top of page |


Changing the Encryption Setting

If you want to remove encryption from your drive, select the Encryption button on the Encryption screen. This will run Encryption Setup. Simply remove the checkmark for "Encrypt your data on this device" and click the Update button. Encryption Setup will reconfigure the drive to remove encryption then format the data partition for use.

CAUTION! Changing the encryption setting will delete all data stored on the drive! If there are any data files on the drive that you want to keep, copy them to another drive or volume before using this option!


| top of page |