Folder Lock and Dropbox on SSD drive

in Techie Stuff
6 replies 639 views
PennywisePennywise Forumite
13.4K Posts
Part of the Furniture 10,000 Posts Name Dropper
Forumite
I'm currently using a combo of dropbox/folder lock to use the same data/documents across several computers. The data/docs on each PC are encrypted via folder lock. Once "opened" in folder lock, dropbox is then opened which syncs the data between dropbox and the PC. This setup is to synchronise all computers and also protect/encrypt the data/docs on each PC. It has worked well because there's never more than one person working on any file at any time.

I now have a problem. Dropbox have withdrawn their support for FAT32 and all directories etc need to be converted to NTFS, which is annoying enough. But, Folder Lock NTFS doesn't work with Win10 using SSD drives. So, basically, I can no longer use the Folder Lock/Dropbox combo on computers with SSD drives under Win 10.

So, 2 options. Anyone got any suggestions of workarounds to make Folder lock work with SSD/Win10 in NTFS formats, or anyone got any suggestions as to a Folder Lock/Dropbox combi replacement?

Replies

  • wongataawongataa Forumite
    2.4K Posts
    Tenth Anniversary 1,000 Posts Name Dropper
    Forumite
    Why would Folder Lock not like SSD drives? As long as it supports the disk format it shouldn't care what the drive type is surely?
  • John_GrayJohn_Gray Forumite
    5.8K Posts
    Part of the Furniture 1,000 Posts Name Dropper Photogenic
    Forumite
    What wongataa says, plus:

    have you consulted Folder Lock technical support about "Folder Lock NTFS doesn't work with Win10 using SSD drives"?

    There's no mention of "SSD" in the FAQs on their website.
  • PennywisePennywise Forumite
    13.4K Posts
    Part of the Furniture 10,000 Posts Name Dropper
    Forumite
    Just had an email from folder lock confirming the situation

    "Sorry for the inconvenience, we have disable NTFS locker from Folder Lock due to its compatibility issues with windows 10. You can create FAT32 locker right now, our team is working on this issue so this will be fixed in future version."
  • John_GrayJohn_Gray Forumite
    5.8K Posts
    Part of the Furniture 1,000 Posts Name Dropper Photogenic
    Forumite
    Presumably there is no problem with SSDs, then, just with NTFS on Windows 10?

    Sounds almost unbelievable that they've suddenly discovered a problem with the major Windows operating system and the almost universal file system!
  • onomatopoeia99onomatopoeia99 Forumite
    6.8K Posts
    Eighth Anniversary 1,000 Posts Name Dropper
    Forumite
    John_Gray wrote: »
    Presumably there is no problem with SSDs, then, just with NTFS on Windows 10?

    Sounds almost unbelievable that they've suddenly discovered a problem with the major Windows operating system and the almost universal file system!
    Would tend to agree - there's no reason why the difference between an SSD and a mechanical drive would affect an encryption utility / driver. These will generally be written as minifilter drivers which sit way above and isolated from the hardware abstraction layer in processing of file IO requests.

    While it's near unbelievable that a product could be on sale that does not support the Windows 10 + NTFS combination, there being a problem for the developers to implement it is not unbelievable at all. I'm working on automatic file encryption at the moment and can tell you that writing a kernel mode driver for file IO is hard! :rotfl:
    Home is where my books are.

    Solar PV 5.2kWp system, SE facing, >1% shading, installed March 2019.
    Mortgage neutral target Jun 2019, achieved Dec 2018.
  • PennywisePennywise Forumite
    13.4K Posts
    Part of the Furniture 10,000 Posts Name Dropper
    Forumite
    John_Gray wrote: »
    Presumably there is no problem with SSDs, then, just with NTFS on Windows 10?

    Sounds almost unbelievable that they've suddenly discovered a problem with the major Windows operating system and the almost universal file system!

    It worked fine on my other Windows 10 PC with a traditional hard drive. I'm using the same version of the FL software on both, so it's definitely an issue with the SSD drive.

    Anyone got any suggestions as to a Folder Lock/Dropbox combi replacement?
This discussion has been closed.
Latest MSE News and Guides

Boost your Nectar points

Get up to £25 this Saturday

MSE News

Preparing for summer

What MoneySaving things can you do now to get ready?

MSE Forum

Hot Diamonds 40% off code

Including already-reduced outlet stock

MSE Deals