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Difference between Full Disk Encryption & File, Folder Encryption

Created: 09 May 2012 | 2 comments
krishna4u's picture


I am new to encrytion technology.
Kindly let me know the Difference between Full Disk Encryption & File, Folder Encryption and which one is the best.

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Yayuca's picture


Full Disk Encryption will encrypt the computer hard drive - entirely or the partitions you define (files, folder, etc).

This means if you don't have access, you lost the password or the computer is stold, access the encripted drive won't be possible.

By encripting files and folder, I probably mean Removable Storage, a funcionality to encrypt extenal drives, such USB or SD cards. With this product, you can also allowed user to encrypt files on demand if they are using the removable storage outside of the company (agentless computer).

Hope this helps,



UFO's picture

Is there any clear positioning for Symantec encryption:

- what product is for endpoint forlders encryption?

- what to use for server folders enrcyption?

- what is to enrcyption for external devices?


Is there any enrcyption features table to compare all enrcyption products from Symantec?