• on Computer/Software/Internet
  • Published in issue 7/2005 on page 0
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Hard Drive Switch


Readers of Elektor Electronics who have both a PC and children face a particular problem. Since the young tend not to be too circumspect in their surfing habits, parents’ files are in permanent danger of being infected with viruses or deleted. There is also the risk of children or their friends gaining unauthorised access to files not intended for their eyes.
Perhaps a separate PC for the children would take up too much space or is ruled out for pedagogical reasons; in that case, the solution is to install two separate hard drives in the PC, one for the children and one for the adults. Ideally the two hard drives will each carry their own operating system and have their own software installed. As long as things are arranged so that the children can only boot their own drive, the parents’ data will remain secure.
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