How to Open Volumes

SafeHouse provides numerous ways for you to open the volumes containing your private files. The reason we provide so many ways is that everybody works differently, and it's important that we make getting at your files as easy as possible; no matter how you choose to work.

Open your volumes using:

All of these methods support using smartcards to fill in your password so you don't have to type them.

How to Open your Primary Volume

Your primary volume is the one you use most often.  See Setting your Primary Volume.

Open your primary volume by either:

Both methods have the same result, which is to display the red password entry dialog shown below.

Enter your password and press Enter or click Open.

This dialog is bypassed if you are using a smartcard and SafeHouse was able to automatically retrieve your password.

TIP: If you would prefer to see the letters of your password as you type them, right click on the window caption and select the Reveal Password option.

How to Open Other Volumes

To open other volumes, or if you need more flexibility in choosing how your volume is opened, select the Open Volume system tray menu item to display the long-form dialog pictured below. This volume gives you complete control over how your volume is opened.

Select a volume and drive letter, then click the Open Volume button to accept.

You may optionally check the Read-only access checkbox to simulate write-protected media. This guarantees that your files cannot be updated.

TIP: The key icon to the right of the password entry field takes you directly to the Change Password dialog.

Opening Volumes using a Desktop Shortcut

Another way to open volumes that you use frequently is to create a desktop shortcut for them using the Open SafeHouse Volume dialog pictured above.

SafeHouse will create a shortcut directly on your desktop which looks like the padlock icon shown here on the left.

Follow these steps to create a desktop shortcut:
  1. Launch the Open SafeHouse Volume dialog.

  2. Select a volume and corresponding Windows drive letter to be associated with it when opened.

  3. Click the Create Shortcut button.

Double-clicking this shortcut launches the familiar red password dialog to receive your password. The password dialog will be bypassed if you are using a smartcard.

Opening Volumes using Explorer

SafeHouse also allows you to open volumes using Windows Explorer.

SafeHouse volume files can be identified in Explorer by their distinctive red folder icon shown here on the left. Their default location is typically C:\SafeHouse, however you could choose to store them anywhere, including on other disk drives, memory sticks or even CD/DVDs.

To open volumes using Explorer, either:

Both methods have the same result, which is to display the familiar red password entry dialog. This dialog is bypassed when using smartcards.

Opening Volumes using a Smartcard

When you are using smartcards with SafeHouse, the software will attempt to retrieve your volume passwords directly from your smartcard. If SafeHouse determines that you need to authenticate using your PIN, you'll see the dialog pictured below.

Once your insert your smartcard, the cards name will be displayed in the lower left corner of the dialog.

If you click Cancel when this dialog is displayed, you'll be allowed to type your password manually.

See Using Smartcards with SafeHouse.

NOTE:  Some supported smartcards use a manufacturer-supplied dialog in place of this built-in dialog.


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