Rohos Mini Drive – Hide Your Data on Flash Drives

I carry a 2Gb SD Card in my wallet almost every day. On the card, I have a complete portable suite of applications, pictures, movies, music and some personal data.

I keep it backed up occasionally, so I’m not worried if I lose it. However, I don’t want my personal data falling into the wrong hands. Up until recently, I’ve been using the free  Safehouse Explorer to encrypt all that data. It’s a fantastic and easy to use encryption utility, but now I’m using an app that works better for me.



Rohos Mini Drive (RMD) is a free encryption utility, especially designed to hide and protect data on a USB flash drive or other flash media, such as my SD card. RMD has a host of features that make it simple to manage hidden data on a flash drive. Here are a few:

  • Creates a virtual encrypted partition (volume)
  • Automatically detects your USB drive and helps create a new volume
  • Portable works on a guest computer without Admin rights
  • Volume is protected by password
  • Encryption is automatic – on-the-fly’
  • Encryption algorithm is AES 256 bit
  • Virtual Keyboard – protects your password from keyloggers
  • Autorun Folder – shortcuts that automatically start when volume is opened great for launching portable menus
  • File Virtualization you can safely open files without them being decrypted to temporary space on the host PC
  • FREE for non-commercial, personal use

Set-up and Use:

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  • John

    You could use FreeOTFE instead. It has the *exact* same features of Rohos including the ability to have a fully encrypted drive, portability and the ability to get at your data when you don't have admin rights. To that, it adds many features including additional encryption algorithms, support for encrypted Linux volumes and more. Plus it's open source and $0 for personal AND commercial use. So, in many ways, it's much better than ROHOS.

    • Clif Sipe

      Thanks for the tip John. I will look that one over closely. It sounds awesome. Do you use it?
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  • Olga

    Great article!
    Sorry, John, but Rohos is far ahead of OTFE in portable encryption. You may read Andrew Patrick's article regarding this –

    • John

      Rohos has the same limitations as OTFE when in non-admin mode. When in admin mode, Rohos, FreeOTFE and TrueCrypt work the same and show up as a drive letter.

      • Clif

        Thanks for the additional info John.