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Micromat announces PodLock

Micromat, makers of the TechTool Pro disk repair utility for Macintosh, has announced a new utility for iPod. PodLock allows users to hide important files by creating an “invisible” partition on their iPod. According to Christian Pickman, Product Manager of Micromat, “It’s like having a secret drive for your data files that only you can see by entering your personal password. If you use your iPod as an external drive to transport data, you’ll want this protection in the event that you should ever lose your iPod.” The utility can also unfragment file data on the iPod, improving file retrieval and music access speed; backup and restore data on the primary iPod volume; and display important and interesting technical information about the iPod, like where a specific iPod was manufactured. PodLock is priced at $65.

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That’s cool—carrying vital data on a drive that might be stolen is indeed a privacy concern. Especially if you have your whole Mac OS X installation and home folder ready to boot right on your iPod.

However, Mac OS X does have a free solution built in: Disk Utility will make encrypted disk images (“Sparse Images”) that grow and shrink to fit the contents. Plus they work on a Windows-formatted iPod, which PodLock apparently won’t. That’s good when you want encrypted Mac data and yet still want to store other data that can be shuttled to/from Windows machines.

Posted by LC Angell on November 9, 2004 at 3:16 PM (CST)


At MacWorld the sales person said it would backup my music also, but he was wrong. It will not back up music in the hidden /ipod_control/music/Fxx directory but it will backup music stored as data elsewhere. Since all sales are final, I got taken. Too little for the price.


Posted by LC Angell on February 16, 2005 at 11:09 AM (CST)

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