HomeProductshdDataSafeSupport
hdDataSafe Support
User's Manual


Introduction
Welcome to hdDataSafe!
hdDataSafe is a fast, simple way to store and protect critical and sensitive files on different storage media. Simply drag-and-drop your valuable files inside a password protected private folder. Your files are automatically encrypted, so even if you share your storage media or it becomes lost or stolen, your files are safe.
Trial Edition Limitations:
The Trial Edition of the software will allow you to store up to 2GB of encrypted data.
You can use the Trial Edition for an unlimited period of time for FREE!
Specifications
Supported Operating Systems (32-bit & 64-bit):
Windows XP®
Windows Vista®
Windows® 7
Windows® 8
Windows® 10
Supported Hardware:
Disk Drive (HDD / SSD, Internal / External)
USB Flash Drive
Optical Disk (CD-RW, DVD_RW, BD-RE)
Memory Card (SD / Micro SD / SDHC / MMC / MS / MS PRO / MS DUO / MD / M2-3)
Supported File Systems:
NTFS5
NTFS
exFAT
UDF
FAT32
FAT16
Encryption:
AES-256 (industry standard)
AES-192
AES-128
Twofish
Getting Started
hdDataSafe software is portable, no installation is needed, just unzip or copy/paste hdDataSafe folder containing the executable and accompanying documents to a location in your storage media (Disk Drive,USB flash drive, Memory Card) and double-click on executable file to run.
Unzip Note
If you don't already have a zip file archiver utility installed on your computer, you can still open/unzip the files.

Windows 10/8/7/Vista/XP support zip files natively, which means that you can just double-click the zipped file to access its content.


Open File Explorer, and find the zipped file.
  • To unzip the entire file, right-click to select Extract All, and then follow the instructions.
  • To unzip a single file or folder, double-click the zipped file to open it. Then, drag or copy the item from the zipped file to a new location.
Setup
On the first run of the software you will be asked to accept the end user license agreement (EULA) and enter a password (Fig.1). After entering your password, a ‘special’ folder will be created, in the same location where the executable is installed, into which your encrypted files will be saved. This folder is named Safe and contains some important files necessary for the software to operate.
Fig.1
Adding (encrypting) files and folders
You can easily add (encrypt) files and folders using the following methods:
1. Select the files and folders you want to add from Computer (Fig.2a) or Windows® Explorer (Fig.2b), and drag-and-drop them right into Safe.
Fig.2a
Fig.2b
2. Copy files and folders you want to add from Computer (Fig.2c) or Windows® Explorer (Fig. 2d), and paste them into Safe (Fig. 2e). Right-click on selected files and folders and select ‘Copy’ from the popup menu, right-click in Safe and select ‘Paste’ from the popup menu.
Fig.2c
Fig.2d
Fig.2e
3. Add files manually by clicking on the ‘Add File’ icon from the tool bar or menu, and select the files you want to add (Fig.2f).
Fig.2f
Saving (decrypting) files and folders
You can save (decrypt) files and folders using the following methods:
1. Select the files and folders you want to save, and click on the ‘Save File’ icon from the tool bar or menu (Fig.3a).
Fig.3a
2. Select the files and folders you want to save, and right-click on one of them. Select ‘Save File’ from the popup menu (Fig.3b).
Fig.3b
Opening/Viewing (temporarily decrypting) files
You can temporarily open or view files using the following methods:
1. Select the file you want to open/view from Safe, and click on the ‘Open File’ icon from the tool bar or menu (Fig.4a).
Fig.4a
2. Select the file you want to open/view from Safe, right click on it, and select ‘Open File’ from the popup menu (Fig.4b).
Fig.4b
NOTE: The file(s) will be decrypted and extracted into Windows temporary files folder and deleted when you log off or close the application.
Backup your data
You can backup your data (Safe folder) using the following methods:
1. Click on the ‘Backup Safe’ icon from the tool bar or menu and choose a folder location (Fig.5).
Fig.5
Miscellaneous
> You can also manually back up Safe folder by copying/pasting just as you would do with any other folder or file.
> You can create another Safe folder by manually renaming the existing one. The software will search for, but not find the folder and the Setup process will be repeated resulting to a newly created Safe folder.
Troubleshooting (problems running the software)
If you encounter any file access problems or issues running the software then try the following solutions:
1) Run the software as an Administrator.
2) Create an exception rule for hdDataSafe.exe in your anti-virus software.
3) Download and install hdmachina.com's certificate.
4) Contact us.